Sharp’s Hornpipe Vol. 2: The Sharp Family Recordings

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Fiddling John and Bonnie Sharp raised eight children in a half-tamed estate, bordering the giant canyons and wild woods at bluff edge on the Cumberland Plateau.  Crippled since childhood, John worked timber, made whiskey, harvested provender, and reared a house full of musicians.  This anthology carries the full atmosphere at the Blackhouse Mountain homestead, where venerated fiddle tunes swarmed alongside cowboy songs, boogies, sacred texts, and joking lyrics.  An authentic self-portrait of a Plateau family’s musical life, here is an honest collection from family tapes, field recordings, and home disc recordings from 1949 through 2015.

– Bob Fulcher, 2015

The 1st Sharp Reunion 1957
The 1st Sharp Reunion 1957
Pickett State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee (1957)
Sharp Family Reunion, Pickett State Park From front to back: John Jr., Evelene, Bethel, Fran, Bonnie, Paul, Eugene, and Opal
Sharp Family Reunion, Pickett State Park From front to back: John Jr., Evelene, Bethel, Fran, Bonnie, Paul, Eugene, and Opal
Paul & Junior Sharp
Paul & Junior Sharp
Bethel Sharp York and Paul Sharp
Bethel Sharp York and Paul Sharp
Photo courtesy of Nancy Copley
Fran Sharp Lawson
Fran Sharp Lawson
The Sharp family teaches young Mason Lee, Paul's Grandson, how to dance like his Grandfather
The Sharp family teaches young Mason Lee, Paul’s Grandson, how to dance like his Grandfather
Mason's mother, Vanessa Sharp Lee, daughter of Paul Sharp, wore Paul's dancing shoes for the occasion
Mason’s mother, Vanessa Sharp Lee, daughter of Paul Sharp, wore Paul’s dancing shoes for the occasion.
Opal Sharp Wright
Opal Sharp Wright
Jamestown, Tennessee (2015)
Photo by Rachel Boillot
Evelene Sharp
Evelene Sharp
Dayton, Ohio (1940's)
Photo courtesy of Evelene Sharp
Evelene Sharp
Evelene Sharp
Evelene Sharp
Evelene Sharp
Jamestown, Tennessee (2015)
Photo by Rachel Boillot
Evelene Sharp
Evelene Sharp

To view more photographs of the Sharp Family throughout the years, visit our Flickr page here.