NMJR @ Jenny Jack Farm

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Last Friday night, about 75 folks had the pleasure of hearing The New Millennium Jelly Rollers perform at the farm. Max Godfrey, the bearded musician, was an apprentice here in 2012. Prior to coming to work with us, Max had worked on a farm in Vermont where traditional work songs were a large part of the farming culture. He studied the recordings of Alan Lomax, the oral historian who collected field recordings of American folk music of the 20th century. Max began teaching these songs to other farmers through workshops and conferences. He also sang them everywhere he could- from fields to farmer’s markets.

Max sang in our fields a lot as he worked. His Appalachian sound would totally mesmerize anyone who happened to be around. He even taught us some work songs.  One of my favorite farm memories was Max’s bellowing voice coming across the field to me as…

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