Sounds of the South
Sound recording of neckbones, a brisket, pork shoulders, ribs, and rib tips being cooked on an open bit barbecue. Open pit barbecue involves slowly smoking the meat, having the meat juices drop into the heat source, and then allowing the smoke to come back up and infuse the meat with the flavor.
A banjo solo by Earl Scruggs in his song, Foggy Mountain Breakdown which was first recorded in 1949. The distinctive, three-fingered picking style is created using thumb, fore, and middle fingers. This style revolutionized string band music and became the iconic sound of bluegrass.
Sound recording of a South Carolinian imitating the cries of a merchant from his hometown. Catchy tunes such as these were a common form of advertising in a society without digital media or amplification.
Sound recording of a woman imitating the street cries of a Georgia watermelon merchant. The tune uses both snappy lyrics and exaggerated claims to market the product to passersby.
The chorus to the patriotic spiritual used to rally Union troops during the American Civil War. The song was adapted from its original version, "John Brown's Body" (an American folk song composed by William Steffe), by Julia Ward Howe,. The lyrics were initially published in The Atlantic Monthly in February, 1862.
Sound recording of cotton being harvested with a 'stripper-type' harvesters on a farm in North Carolina. A 'stripper-type' harvester is unique in that as it moves through a field it will strip an entire cotton plant from the ground.