Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
GUEST,Azizi Folklore: The KEMP Family Minstrels from Maine (19) RE: Folklore: The KEMP Family Minstrels from Maine 18 Jul 11


The Kemp Family Singers are also mentioned in this article:

http://www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com/category/news/

"Maine was first prominently mentioned in blues lyrics in 1928 when Mississippian Jimmie Rodgers recorded "The Brakeman's Blues," which contained the stanza "Portland, Maine, is just the same as sunny Tennessee; Any place I hang my hat is home, sweet, home to me." Blues probably reached Maine via traveling minstrel and vaudeville shows in the early decades of the twentieth century. African American minstrel troupes first visited after the Civil War, and Maine had its own Kemp Family Minstrel Show, founded in Leeds by George Washington Kemp, a former slave from Virginia. Because of Maine's remote location and small black population, however, few blues performers toured here until the music began to gain a solid foothold in the 1970s among white supporters, on the heels of the 1960s blues revival"

-snip-

The exact same comment as given in the above excerpt is also found at http://www.msbluestrail.org/_webapp_3395447/Mississippi_to_Maine

-snip-

I really hope that GUEST,davlaudee who posted on 21 Jun 10 - 03:58 PM has followed up on her stated intention to do some genealogical research on this family. However, I've not found any genealogical research online of George Washington Kemp, African American (born in Virginia, lived in Maine).

There are, however, a number of genealogical pages and other websites about other men named George Washington Kemp. From the information given, those men were White.


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.