“Last year, we celebrated Alan Lomax’s centennial year with a range of programming around the country. As part of that effort, we came up with the idea of holding a special “Lomax Challenge Showcase” at the annual meeting of Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. We invited Folk Alliance 2015 conference attendees to sign up to “Take the Lomax Challenge”: each act chose a song or tune collected by Alan Lomax (or in some cases by his father John A. Lomax), put their own stamp on it, and performed it onstage at the conference. We got a wonderful response, and a wide range of performers signed up to “perform the archive.” Even better, we were able to obtain the services of a great videographer, Steve Circeo of Americana Music Times, who shot the whole thing in hi-res video. Because of that, we’re able to present the videos here at Folklife Today.
Our first performer was Dom Flemons, a musician and singer who currently tours and records as “The American Songster.” Dom was one of the founders of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he has played at the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium, and with whom he won a GRAMMY Award.” Read more here.