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The original donation, which focuses on country music in Maine, was added to the archive in the summer of 2006. The focus was expended to music in Maine generally as well as storytelling (especially about Herbert F. Jackson) and jokes when other interviews were added by McKeen.

Fifteen accessions comprise the collection, which include Hal Lone Pine radio shows and oral interviews. These materials were gathered and donated by Jeff “Smokey” McKeen. The interviews were conducted by McKeen with country musicians and listeners in the 1990s to the present. Several other accessions outside of this collection are related to McKeen, especially in MF 039 (Traditional Music of Maine Series) and MF 130 (Fieldwork in Folklore and Oral History/AY 425).

NA1940 Ted Dorr, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, summer 1985, Camden, Maine. Dorr, a harmonica player, talks about his musical background and plays a selection of old time dance tunes and hymns. RESTRICTED.

NA1941 Warren Maddocks, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, fall 1985, Belfast, Maine. Maddocks, an old time piano player, talks about his days playing with the Allie Batchelder Orchestra in the 1930s. The group performed weekly at the Knights of Pythias Hall in Prospect, Maine. RESTRICTED.

NA1955 Henry Hatch, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, spring 1986, Islesboro, Maine. Hatch talks about his thoughts on Maine humor and storytelling; tells many of his favorite stories and recites several poems.

NA1956 Lester White, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, spring 1986, East Andover, Maine. White, age 75, talks about his experiences working in the woods and on river drives in Western Maine. He describes the types of songs, music and dancing that he remembers from the logging camps. Also includes Mr. White singing and playing the harmonica.

NA1957 Jim Conley, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, September 2, 1985, Portland, Maine. Conversation and music with Conley who has been playing accordion and harmonica for over 40 years.

NA1958 Stan Durgin, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, fall 1985, South Paris, Maine. Fiddler Durgin recalls and plays many of the old dance tunes he learned from his father, who played with Maine's legendary Mellie Dunham. Doc Tikander backs Stan on guitar and sings several songs including "The Hills of Dear Old Maine."

NA2230 Earl Grendell, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, fall 1991, Frankfort, Maine. Grendell of Frankfort talks about his personal experiences and memories of working in lumber camps and river drives. Field notes from an unrecorded interview.

NA2404 Blaine Woodbury and Nellie Woodbury, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 1996, Morrill, Maine. Field notes from unrecorded interview with the Woodburys about Herb Jackson stories.

NA2405 Clarence Choate, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 1996, Montville, Maine. Choate talks about Herb Jackson stories. Field notes from an unrecorded interview.

NA2406 Granville Dutton, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 1996, Morrill, Maine. Dutton talks about Herb Jackson stories. Field notes from an unrecorded interview.

NA2407 Chet Grady, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 1996, Belfast, Maine. Grady talks about Herb Jackson stories. Field notes from an unrecorded interview.

NA2408 Wilfred Cross, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 1996, Belmont, Maine. Cross talks about Herb Jackson stories. Field notes from an unrecorded interview.

NA2409 Mr. Horace Jackson, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, April 3, 1992, Morrill, Maine. Jackson talks about his distant cousin, Herbert Jackson, an infamous local "character."

NA2410 Maria (Jackson) Twombly, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, April 3, 1992 Belfast, Maine. Maria talks about her memories of her father, Herbert F. Jackson.

NA2411 Red Mitchell and Freedom town meeting participants, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, April 24, 1992, in South Freedom, Maine. Mitchell talks about Herbert F. Jackson. Recording of Freedom town meeting.

NA2412 Clayton Littlefield, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, April 25, 1992, Montville, Maine. Stories about Herbert F. Jackson.

NA2413 Ester Cross, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, February 17, 1993, Belfast, Maine. Stories of Herbert F. Jackson.

NA2414 Lewis Newell, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, March 24, 1993, Montville, Maine. Stories of Herbert F. Jackson.

NA2415 Maurice Johnson, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, February 5, 1993, Belfast, Maine. Herbert F. Jackson stories.

NA2416 Mildred Pottle, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, April 18, 1992, Montville, Maine. Herbert F. Jackson stories.

NA2417 Clarence Bartlett, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, Spring 1992, Montville, Maine. Herbert F. Jackson stories.

NA2418 Charlie Boynton, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, December 6, 1994, Belfast, Maine. Stories of Herbert F. Jackson and other local characters.

NA2419 Lee Carter, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, November 28, 1994, Montville, Maine. Stories of Herbert F. Jackson.

NA2420 Elmin Mitchell, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, March 30, 1993, Montville, Maine.Stories of Herbert F. Jackson and Clev Oliv.

NA2422 Ralph Overlock, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, February 1996, Camden, Maine. Overlock talks about growing up in South Freedom, Maine; local character anecdotes on Herb Jackson and others.

NA2423 Phillip Spaulding, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, February 1996, Morrill, Maine. Spaulding tells stories of local characters from Montville, including stories of Herb Jackson. Also present Mrs. Spaulding.

NA2429 Adrian Beal, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, fall 1993, Milbridge, Maine. Beal talks about local stories and fiddle tunes.

NA3296 Hal Lone Pine Radio Shows, deposited by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, December 1949, from the radio station CKCW in Moncton, New Brunswick, and CKCL in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Cassette 2432 Side A for December 15, 1949 on Moncton CKCW lists “Move it on Over,” “Anniversary Song” with a Hawaiian guitar solo, “Who at my Door is standing,” “Sleigh Song,” a hymn and recitation by Gene Hooper, “Listen to the Mockingbird” by Harold Carter, “Sign off Song,” “Theme Song,” “Chisholm Trail,” “Freight Train Blues” by Betty Cody, “Shanty in Old Shanty Town” by Little Abner and Florence, and “Torched and Tormented Tonight.”

Cassette 2432 Side B for December 14, 1949 lists “Lone Pine Theme,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Swiss Yodel” by Betty Cody, “Kentucky Waltz” by Smokey Martin, Gene advertising the upcoming show, “Slipping Around” by Gene Hooper, “Orange Blossom Special” by fiddling Harold Carter,” and “Little Boogie” by Little Abner.

Cassette 2433 Side A for December 17, 1949 lists “Lone Pine Theme,” “Texacana Baby,” “That Little Boy of Mine” by Betty Cody, “That House of Too Much Trouble” by Lone Pine, “Birthday Song,” dedications, “White Christmas” by talent winner Colline Watson, “Riding, Hiding Teardrops” by Smokey Martin, Gene Hooper, “Fiddle Time” by Harold Carter, “Baggage Coach Ahead” by Gene Hooper, and instrumental with spoons.

Cassette 2433 Side B for December 13, 1949 lists “Lone Pine Theme,” birthdays and dedications, “Star Spangled Waltz,” “Flop Eared Mule” by Harold Carter, “Okie Boogie” by Yeanir Andreas, “Red River Flows” by Gene Hooper, “Don Messer Theme song, Tommy Sullivan’s hornpipe, “Way Down Yonder,” “Prince Edward Island,” “When Cloney Lowered the Boat” by Big John McNeil, “The Old Red Barn,” “New Brunswick Breakdown,” tribute to Lone Pine and his radio troupe, “Hold Fast to the Right,” “Lone Pine and Co.,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Cowboy Blues” by Betty Cody, and “My Little Pea Patch Sweetheart” by Cowboy Frank Ellison.

NA3297 Oxford Grange Musician, deposited by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, recorded July 7, 1990.

NA3298 Gene Hooper, Betty Cody, Lone Pine, Dick Curliss, Westbrook Masters Music, deposited by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, June 22, 1959, unknown location. Artists include Gene Hooper, Betty Cody, Lone Pine, and Dick Curliss.

NA3299 Roy Bessey and Shirley Bessey, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, December 31, 2002, Thorndike, Maine. Interview begins after a five minute story by Roland Harrison.

NA3300 Chester “Chet” Grady and Josephine Grady, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, December 2, 2002, Belfast, Maine.

NA3301 Roland Harrison, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, November 19, 2002, Stockton Springs, Maine.

NA3302 Al Hawkes, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen. Hawkes discusses the business of country music on the radio in Maine in the 1940s and 1950s.

NA3303 Gene Hooper, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, July 17, 1989, unknown location.

NA3304 Ken Kingsbury, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, February 7, 2003, Frankfort, Maine.

NA3305 Ida Mitchell, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, February 11, 2003, Monroe, Maine.

NA3306 Harold “Red” Mitchell and Mildred Pottle, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 29, 2003, Montville, Maine.

NA3307 Alva Philbrook, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 16, 2003, Belfast, Maine.

NA3308 Clinton Piper, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, February 13, 2005, Troy, Maine.

NA3309 George “Leland” Sherman and Velmae Sherman, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, January 10, 2003, Lincolnville, Maine.

NA3310 George Worthing, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen, December 9, 2002, Liberty, Maine.

NA3447 Various Country Music Performers, recorded by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen.

NA3474 Delia Mitchell, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen.

NA3686 Blanche Sockabasin, Joseph and Margaret Nichols, interviewed by Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen. The recording also included recordings of Passamaquoddy Songs from the original wax cylinder recordings of Newall Jackson in 1890 and then of an unidentified male singer. This is believed to be part of a set, possibly from a set of tapes called Passamaquoddy Songs. RESTRICTED

Publication Date

2020

Keywords

Storytelling, Folk music, Country music

Disciplines

Folklore | Oral History

Size of Collection

44 items

Dates of Collection

1985-2005

Manuscript Number

MF145

MF145 Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen Collection

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