1979 was the year I turned nine. My world revolved around what Paul and I could come up with to entertain us. We liked baseball, exploring the woods, fishing, and listening to our older brother Steve’s music when he wasn’t home.
Pictures freeze a moment in time forever. The same can be said of videos and recordings. Each of them keep a moment, an actual part of someone’s life for others to look back on with fondness and discover something they may have forgotten or maybe they never knew.
I found a recording of J. Roy Stalcup—one of those pieces of history frozen in time for folks like you and me to enjoy 40 years later.
On March 13, 1979 Lee Knight recorded J. Roy Stalcup in the Martins Creek community of Cherokee County NC. In the recording Mr. Stalcup plays a banjo tune and talks about the old song “500 Hundred Miles.”
To listen to J. Roy visit this page.
For a history buff like me it’s been hard to shake the powerful feeling I got after hearing J. Roy Stalcup. I keep thinking of the scene of him and Lee sitting around a recorder while just down the road Paul and I were probably sitting around listening to Steve’s music with one ear listening for Steve’s arrival so we could skadaddle before he caught us. It also doesn’t hurt that I really like the song and J. Roy mentions two verses I’ve never heard. The year also stands out because I suffered my first great loss of a loved one when Mamaw Wilson died unexpectedly in August of 1979.