Celebrating the Johnson Family Band & Fiddlemakers, August 4, in Albertville
On August 4 the Albertville History Museum will celebrate the music of the Johnson Family String Band who played music for 60 years in the area and the fiddle making of Adas and Ras Johnson. The Musem is located at 610 W Main St, Albertville, AL 35950.
11:00 a.m. Sand Mountain Music
Stories & Tunes by banjoist Jim Conner
1:00 p.m. The Famous Johnson Family Band
A short history of the band given by Joyce Cauthen,
author of With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow:
The History of Old Time Fiddling in Alabama
1:30 p.m. Johnson Family Stories
Told by Gary Pledger, grandson of Leo Johnson. The audience is invited to share Johnson Family stories.
2:30 p.m. Johnson Family Fiddles:
A demonstration on fiddle making by Don Jones, who learned to make fiddles from Guy Johnson, son of Adas Johnson.
3:00 p.m. Johnson Instrument Reunion:
If you own an instrument made by the Johnson Brothers,
bring it for Don Jones can comment on it and give advice on the care of the instrument.
3:30 p.m. Music in the Style of the Johnson Family
Flying Jenny, an old-time string band from Birmingham, will perform fiddle tunes and songs that the Johnson Family band performed on the Sand Mountain Jamboree on Radio Station WABU in Albertville and at the dances at the National Guard Armory in the 1950s. The five piece band, consisting of fiddle, guitar, clawhammer banjo, banjo ukulele, and bass, will play selections such as “Turkey in the Straw,” “Murillo’s Lesson,” “Bonaparte’s Retreat,” “Bile them Cabbages Down,” and “Katie Hill,” all familiar to fans of the Johnson Family band.
4:15 Doug Storm with Jimmy Taylor’s Group
Doug Storm will sing some of the old-fashioned hymns the Johnson Family often performed, backed by a group of Sand Mountain musicians led by Jimmy Taylor. Doug Storm is the great grandson of Adas Johnson, who played bass in the band and made 200 fiddles.
Exhibit: The Albertville History Museum will have a special exhibit featuring photographs of the Johnson Family, 21 fiddles, a guitar and mandolin made by the Johnson Brothers, set lists made by the band for their radio show, and other items shared by family and friends.
Contact Joyce Cauthen, joycecauthen@..., for more details.