Little Dove

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Produced by Bob Fulcher

Assistant Producers: Rachel Boillot, Sam Simmons and Marcianne O’Day

Historic recordings (1975-1995) courtesy of Lou and Russ Wilson.

Field recordings by Bob Fulcher (2000-2015), Brian Vollmer (2008), Rachel Boillot (2015).

Fieldwork by Bob Fulcher, Ben Bateson, Brian Vollmer, Allison Williams, and Rachel Boillot.

Engineering by Sam Simmons

Album art and design by Rachel Boillot

Here is a strong farm woman with a holy voice, supplely curving through old mountain song lines, quiet with immense strength, perfectly confident and true. Lou Wilson loved fun, too, and had a schoolgirl fancy for the great radio singers who created early country music in East Tennessee.  Her life was hitched to the greatest fiddlers of the Powell Valley, but Lou created her own legacy—the last voice for many manifest beauties and merriments.

-Bob Fulcher

Lou Wilson & Family on porch
Lou Wilson & Family on porch.

Pickin’ on the porch at the old family homeplace in Speedwell, Tennessee,

host to numerous musical gatherings and shindigs

From left: Ema Lou Wilson, Jean Wilson, Jerry Clawson, Russ Wilson, and Bob Rogers

Photo Courtesy of Russ Wilson 

Lou looking at picture on porch
Lou looking at picture on porch

Ema Lou Wilson looks at photographs from one of the old shindigs with great delight

Photo Courtesy of Russ Wilson

 

Another of Lou Outside
Another of Lou Outside

 

 Ema Lou Wilson at Cade’s Cove, Tennessee

Photo Courtesy of Russ Wilson

Ema Lou Wilson at the annual Louie Bluie Festival in Cove Lake State Park
Ema Lou Wilson at the annual Louie Bluie Festival in Cove Lake State Park
Lou Wilson
Lou Wilson

Ema Lou Wilson remembering ballads as her Granny sang them to her. 

Photographs by Rachel Boillot, 2014.

Lou Wilson
Lou Wilson
Lou Wilson
Lou Wilson

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To view more photographs of the beautiful Ema Lou Wilson, please visit this Flickr Gallery.

Design by Rachel Boillot