Bascom Lamar Lunsford

Bascom Lamar Lunsford (March 21, 1882 – September 4, 1973) was a lawyer, folklorist, and performer of traditional (folk and country) music from western North Carolina. He was often known by the nickname "Minstrel of the Appalachians."

Birth and Death Data: Born March 21st, 1882 (Mars Hill)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal, banjo, composer, guitar, speaker

Notes: Listed on some labels as "The Minstrel of the Appalachians."

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W150220 10-in. 4/15/1930 Take me home, little birdie Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin), banjo, and guitar vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia W150221 10-in. 4/15/1930 I wish I was a mole in the ground Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with fiddle (violin), banjo, and guitar vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia W150228 10-in. 4/15/1930 Speaking the truth Bascom Lamar Lunsford Sermon, with fiddle (violin), banjo, and guitar speaker  
Columbia W150229 10-in. 4/15/1930 Stump speech in the 10th district Bascom Lamar Lunsford Speech, with fiddle (violin), banjo, and guitar vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh 8578 10-in. 3/15/1924 Jesse James Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh 8579 10-in. 3/15/1924 I wish I was a mole in the ground Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh 8580 Not documented Mar. 1924 [Unknown title(s)] Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh 8581 Not documented Mar. 1924 [Unknown title(s)] Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo vocalist, baritone vocal, instrumentalist, banjo  
OKeh 9291 Not documented Aug. 1925 [Unknown title(s)] Bascom Lamar Lunsford ; Blackwell Lunsford Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and banjo vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh 9292 10-in. Aug. 1925 The fate of Santa Barbara Bascom Lamar Lunsford ; Blackwell Lunsford Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and banjo vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
OKeh 9293 10-in. Aug. 1925 Sherman Valley Bascom Lamar Lunsford ; Blackwell Lunsford Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and banjo vocalist, baritone vocal  
OKeh 9294 Not documented Aug. 1925 [Unknown title(s)] Bascom Lamar Lunsford ; Blackwell Lunsford Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin) and banjo vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL117-AL118 10-in. 2/6/1928 Lost John Dean Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL119-AL120 10-in. 2/6/1928 Get along home, Cindy Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL121-AL121 10-in. 2/6/1928 Mountain dew Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL123-AL124 10-in. 2/6/1928 “Nol Pros” Nellie Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL125-AL126 10-in. 2/6/1928 Lulu Wall Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL127-AL128 10-in. 2/6/1928 Darby’s ram Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL129-AL130 10-in. 2/6/1928 Stepstones Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL131-AL132 10-in. 2/6/1928 Wish I was a mole in the ground Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL133-AL134 10-in. 2/6/1928 Kidder Cole Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL135-AL136 10-in. 2/6/1928 Italy Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL137-AL138 10-in. 2/6/1928 Little turtle dove Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Brunswick AL139-AL140 10-in. 2/6/1928 Dry bones Bascom Lamar Lunsford Male vocal solo, with banjo instrumentalist, banjo, vocalist, baritone vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lunsford, Bascom Lamar," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104400.

Lunsford, Bascom Lamar. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104400.

"Lunsford, Bascom Lamar." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104400

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