DocumentAudio transcripts for Alda Smith
The South Carolina Piedmont has often been referred to as “The textile center of the world.” Alda Smith’s musical heritage is woven from the influences that migrated throughout the Piedmont during late 19th century. Recognizing the decline of the once dominant scene created by textile mills across the upstate, Alda Smith strives to preserve and present the history of the music created and nurtured in the mill town environment.
PhotoThe South Carolina Piedmont has often been referred to as “The textile center of the world.” Alda Smith’s musical heritage is woven from the influences that migrated throughout the Piedmont during...
AudioTraditional Appalachian ballad performed by Shelah Lafayette Laws. Recorded by Alda in 1967 when Shelah was 87 years old. When asked about the song, Shelah could only remember that he learned it as a...
AudioRalph Smith performing on Country Earle's WAGI radio program in 1955. Ralph was well-known for his "talking blues" and played many of the same songs as upstate blues musician and talking blues pioneer...
AudioRalph and his wife Faye singing one of their favorite old-time gospel numbers. Recorded in 1955 and transferred by Alda Smith.
AudioThis song features Ralph on guitar and 5-year old Warren Smith on vocals. Recorded in 1955 and transferred by Alda Smith.
AudioRalph Smith on guitar and vocals, accompanied by his father-in-law Shelah Laws. Recorded and transferred by Alda Smith.
AudioA traditional steel guitar or Dobro tune performed by Alda. This was a very familiar number to Alda - his father Ralph performed it often - along with several other steel guitar standards.
AudioAn original tune written and performed by Orris Smith, son of Ralph and brother of Alda. Recorded in Virginia in 1975 and transferred by Alda.