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The John C. Hartford Collection: Supplemental Materials

This Wilson Music Library recently received the library of musician John Hartford. The collection contains over 1,500 items, including biographies of musicians, fiddle tune books, and books on the music of the South.

Biographical Information on John Hartford:

Matt Meacham, Hartford [Harford], John, Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press. NOTE: You must be a Vanderbilt affiliate to access this content from off-campus. Anyone can access this link from a computer in the Wilson Music Library.

John Hartford - John's official memorial website. The page includes links to John's Facebook page, Twitter feed, and YouTube channel.

Other Online Resources:

The John Hartford Memorial Festival - Billed as "the most laid back festival in America," the Hartford Memorial Festival occurs in Bean Blossom, Indiana at the end of May. Held at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, the festival features a variety of bluegrass and "newgrass" performers, fiddle and songwriting competitions, and fun for the whole family.

The John Hartford Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library - John Hartford is best-known for his music, but his other love was steamboats. At the age of 15, he got a job as a night watchman on the Delta Queen, and ultimately obtained his pilot's license. John developed a fine collection of books, scrapbooks, serials, ledgers, photographs, and other memorabilia related to steamboats in America. The collection was donated to the St. Louis Mercantile Library, part of the University of Missouri St. Louis library system.

Sound and Video Recordings Featuring John Hartford:

  • John Hartford String Band, Memories of John, Compass Records 7 4539 2, compact disc, p2010, CD MUS-13575.
  • John Hartford, Aereo-Plain/Morning Bugle: The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings, Real Gone Music RGM-0098, 2 compact discs, [2012], CD MUS-16746.
  • Jamie Hartford, Part of Your History: The Songs of John Hartford, New Sheriff 705, compact disc, [2005], CD MUS-16651.
  • Down from the Mountain: Live Concert Performances by the Artists and Musicians of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Lost Highway  088 170 221-2, compact disc, p2001, CD MUS-5799.
  • A Tribute to John Hartford: Live from Mountain Stage, Blue Plate Music BPM 405, compact disc, c2001, CD MUS-16753.
  • John Hartford, Gum Tree Canoe, Flying Fish 18964-0289-2, compact disc, p2001 (previously released 1984; tracks 11-12 previously unreleased), CD MUS-16764.
  • John Hartford, Hamilton Ironworks, Rounder Records 82161-0442-2, compact disc, p2001, CD MUS-16766.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack from the film, Lost Highway/Mercury 088 170 069-2, compact disc, p2000, CD MUS-5566.
  • John Hartford, Live from Mountain Stage, Blue Plate Music BPM 401, compact disc, [2000], CD MUS-16752.
  • Bela Fleck, The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, volume 2, Warner Bros. 9 47332-2, compact disc, p1999, CD MUS-16770.
  • David Grisman, John Hartford, and Mike Seeger, Retrograss, Acoustic Disc ACD-37, compact disc, c1999, CD MUS-16751.
  • John Hartford, The Speed of the Old Long Bow, Rounder CD 0438, compact disc, c1998, CD MUS-16650.
  • John Hartford Fiddles Wild Hog in the Red Brush and a Bunch of Others You Might Not Have Heard, Rounder CD 0392, compact disc, c1996, CD MUS-16750.
  • John Hartford, Mark Twang, Flying Fish FF70020, compact disc, c1989, CD MUS-16772.
  • John Hartford, Me Oh My, How the Time Does Fly, Flying Fish FF 70440, compact disc, p1987, CD MUS-16768.