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Joseph Ogando Collection

Identifier: MF137

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three interviews conducted by Joseph Ogando about country music in Maine and the Maritime Provinces and the paper that was written about the interviews for an independent study course with Edward D. “Sandy” Ives at the University of Maine in 1988. Themes include early years of radio; the importance of stories in early country music; and why country music was popular in northern Maine.


  • Creation: 1988

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NA2072 Maynard Jalbert, interviewed by Joseph Ogando, April 14, 1988, Caribou, Maine. Jalbert discusses country and traditional Maine music in the early-to-mid twentieth century; bilingual nature of woods songs; plays recordings with songs; instruments and musical learning in northern Maine during the 1920s and 30s; winter work in lumber camps during the Great Depression; lumber camps food; role of music at home and as a social pastime; story tellers in the lumber camps; fighting lice; differences between music in lumber camps and at dances; introduction of the radio circa 1938; French-Canadian heritage; wedding and Fourth of July celebrations; common French-Canadian names and how men with identical names were distinguished; why country music became popular in northern Maine; and recites and sings in French parts of folk songs made by a friend.

Text: 26 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2072_c0595_01, mfc_na2072_c0595_02, mfc_na2072_c0596_01, mfc_na2072_c0596_02 2 hours

NA2073 Gene Hooper, interviewed by Joseph Ogando, April 7, 1988, Machias, Maine. Hooper talks about country and traditional music in early-to-mid twentieth century Maine; influential musicians in the late 1920s and early 1930s; early radio in Maine and the stations he listened to; changes in radio and material aired; his experiences performing for radio; adapting traditional “story songs” for radio; importance of Jimmy Rodgers as a model; yodeling in music; playing in Canada and Virginia; why country music was popular in Maine and the Maritime Provinces; changes in country music by 1988; importance of lyrics and the story to early country music; and what instruments would sometimes accompany him.

Text: 25 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2073_c0597_01, mfc_na2073_c0597_02 1 hour

NA2074 Jim Dowling, interviewed by Joseph Ogando, April 20, 1988, Orono, Maine. Dowling discusses country music in the Bangor area; his childhood in the 1940s and 50s; growth of rock music; bars that played country music; prominent local musicians, particularly Dick Curless; and country songs coming out of stories.

Text: 13 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na2074_c0598_01 1 hour

NA2115 By Joseph Ogando, December 15, 1988, Orono, Maine. Independent study titled "Regional Country Music in Maine and the Maritimes.”

Text: 20 pp. manuscript

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Guide to Joseph Ogando Collection
In Progress
Thomas Libby
May 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States