Dom Flemons grew up in Arizona and almost from the start was fascinated by folk music. And, very often, the music he loved best wasn’t widely available and so, in those pre-Internet days, Flemons would have to seek out the music armed only with a phone book and a library card.
“You would hear about a recording and then you would have to try to find where someone had that recording, so you’d have to hit up all the record shops and ask if they had it,” Flemons says. “The library was always important for me. In Phoenix, Arizona, where I’m originally from, the library happened to be a big library. They had just put some extra funding into it to make it a huge library. So they had a big amount of CDs when I was growing up.”
Flemons educated himself on the music of the past by watching documentaries on public television. Each documentary led to a search for more music.
“Every time that I would watch a documentary I would try to find CDs by the people that I heard about,” he says. “You just get names and you get stories to associate with those names. At that time, I used to find as much historical footage as I could of different musicians. Nowadays, we have YouTube and stuff like that. It’s not quite as arduous of a task to go into the library, find every video that they have and see if you can find that little clip. But it’s still a search that can be quite fulfilling if you’re looking for that special little footage that you hear on record. Just to see them visually, you’re able to take in the music in a whole different way.”
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“On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music,” Various Artists (www.SmokiesInformation.org)
When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated by president Franklin D. Roosevelt on Sept. 2, 1940, it was done so by the sacrifice of 700 families, 4,200 individuals, giving up the rights to land where they and their ancestors had lived. Prior to the park’s formation, folk song researcher Joseph S. Hall had traveled through the Smoky Mountains documenting the traditional songs of the people who lived there. With the help of Dolly Parton, Norman Blake, David Holt, The Brother Boys, Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons and other folk music greats, “On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music” attempts to celebrate both the people of the park and their music. Read more here.
“Now, this ain’t no hat exchange. You keep your hat and I’ll keep mine and that way everyone will be happy.” An enthusiastic audience member offered to trade his hat for Dom’s signature vintage hat but Dom wasn’t having any of that. The American Songster needs to look the part.
Dom Flemon’s Trio opened the Old Crow Medicine Show in Lincoln on a beautiful August evening and it was packed. Dom and his fellow bandmates were amazing and versatile musicians. Dom is the consummate showman and has a way of bringing past tunes and styles into the present. His rendition of Hot Chicken brought the house down. And my wife, Polly, was delighted with Dom’s rendition of “Polly Put The Kettle On.” Read more here.
Old Crow Medicine Show returned to Lincoln for the first time in nearly a decade, along with Dom Flemons, on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Rococo Theatre.
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This festival celebrates the components of live music festivals for FREE! For seven years, crowds have gathered in Nashville’s Centennial Park to watch over 750 artists and legends bring the house down. Some of those include EmmyLou Harris, Vince Gill, The Blind oys of Alabama and Grammy Award Winning artist, Dom Flemons.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate how legendary and live this festival is. One of the most recent showings headlined Dom Flemons. He plays a plethora of instruments that can fix any souls sully strings. Dom Flemons can simply rebuild your spirit. Read more here.
Palestinian singer, Reem Kelani used Polly Put The Kettle On on this BBC Broadcast. Listen to it here.
Watch Dom Perform is below: