By Gregory Hansen
This biography of 97-year-old Richard Seaman, who grew up in Kissimmee Park, Florida, is determined by oral heritage and folklore study to outline where of musicianship and storytelling within the state's background from one artist's standpoint. Gregory Hansen offers Seaman's evaluate of Florida's altering cultural panorama via his tall stories, own event narratives, legends, mess around song repertory, and outlines of day-by-day life.
Seaman's formative years stories of fiddling performances and rural dances clarify the position such gatherings performed in development and holding social order in the group. As an grownup, Seaman moved to Jacksonville, Florida, the place he labored as a machinist and played together with his kinfolk band. The evolution of his musical repertory from the early Twenties throughout the Nineteen Fifties offers a source for reconstructing social lifestyles within the rural south and for knowing how alterations in musical type replicate the state's more and more city social constitution. Hansen incorporates a set of Seaman's mess around tunes, transcribed for the advantage of performer and researcher alike. The thirty tall stories integrated within the quantity represent a consultant pattern of Florida’s oral culture within the early years of the twentieth century.