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Ray Hicks - Ray Hicks Of Beech Mountain, NC Tells Four Authentic "Jack Tales" download album

  • Performer: Ray Hicks
  • Title: Ray Hicks Of Beech Mountain, NC Tells Four Authentic "Jack Tales"
  • Genre: Audio
  • Country: US
  • Formats: MP1 AHX FLAC APE TTA AAC WAV
  • Released: 1964
  • Style: Spoken Word, Field Recording
  • MP3 album: 1799 mb
  • FLAC album: 1454 mb
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Ray Hicks  - Ray Hicks Of Beech Mountain, NC Tells Four Authentic "Jack Tales" download album

Beech Mountain, NC. Submit Corrections. Tells Four Traditional Jack Tales.

Orville Hicks, the storyteller, grew up on the Beach Mountain of western North Carolina. He learned storytelling from his mother, Sarah Harmon Hicks, and his famous cousin, Ray Hicks. This book tells the story of Orville growing up in the mountains. Listen as Orville Hicks tells his tales-Jack Tales, other traditional tales, and slices of life from the North Carolina mountains. As you listen, expect to hear laughter. Some will likely be your own.

Appalachian Storyteller. 1983 NEA National Heritage Fellow. Hicks is the eighth generation of Hicks storytellers on Beech Mountain. When Ray was eight, he began working the fields alongside his parents, plowing with oxen and mules over land too steep for tractors. Hicks said the dialect in his tales originated more than 200 years ago, in the days of Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. Some have called his dialect the "purest" example of the speech of the Scotch-Irish and English pioneers who settled in Appalachia in the 1700s. Once discovered by folklorists, Hicks was invited to the annual storytelling festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Folk Legacy Records released an album of his storytelling entitled Ray Hicks Tells Four Jack Tales, and Appalshop included Ray in the film Fixin' to Tell About Jack.

Ray Hicks, born this day in 1922, was best known for his traditional storytelling and for preserving the original Beech Mountain ‘Jack Tales’ brought to western North Carolina by his ancestors. Ray, his grandfather Benjamin and his great-great grandfather Counce (Council) Harmon all carefully passed down these tall tales to the next generation. In a way Ray was the future of storytelling because he was certainly a bridge to future storytellers like his son, Ted, and his cousins, Jerry Harmon (from Franklin, NC) who travels internationally telling Jack tales, and Orville Hicks, who is well-known around Boone. He is authentic! Even as a Mountain Man he has his personality and demeanor, and I do not know how he isn’t a lot more known than he is.

Tracklist

A1 Jack And The Three Sisters 10:14
A2 Big Man Jack Killed Seven At A Whack 11:57
B1 Jack And Old Fire Dragon 12:44
B2 Whickety-Whack, Into My Sack [Soldier Jack] 9:56

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Folk-Legacy Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Folk-Legacy Records, Inc.

Credits

  • Design – Walter Schwarz
  • Liner Notes – Sandy Paton
  • Photography By – Sandy Paton
  • Recorded By – Sandy Paton
  • Voice – Ray Hicks

Notes

Recorded in 1963. Released on LP in 1964. Reissued on CD in 2010.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
C-14 Ray Hicks Ray Hicks Of Beech Mountain, NC Tells Four Authentic "Jack Tales" ‎(Cass, RE) Folk-Legacy Records C-14 US 1993


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