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Freeman Kitchens
13 Jul 2012
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Yours For The Carters: Vintage Sound Collections of Freeman Kitchens is an exhibit curated by Jennifer Joy Jameson which opened at the Kentucky Library & Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University in August of 2011.
As Ms. Jameson would tell us, if you love The Carter Family, country/folk music, or if you are joyfully immersed in the music and art of the vernacular reissue movement, you owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Kitchens. Aside from his contributions on these fronts, Mr. Kitchens has also served a valuable role within his Drake, Kentucky community – as his Drake Vintage Music and Curios is at once a record store, general store, and United States Post Office. Here's Ms. Jameson elaborating upon the how the Yours For The Carters exhibit will work to share this story with us:
"Since the mid-1940s, Freeman Kitchens has collected and sold early country music recordings out of his general store/post office in Drake, Ky., a small village about one hour north of Nashville, Tenn. 
"As founding member and president emeritus of the official fan club of the Carter Family, Kitchens and his club members have published and circulated some of the earliest forms of music journalism and grassroots documentation surrounding America’s beloved country music family, as well as other important country, blues, and country-western artists of the 20th century.
"With original images and artifacts from Mr. Kitchens’s shop, and from the collections of the Kentucky Library & Museum, this exhibit explores the wide reach of this local man, his small country store, and its legacy in contemporary music history.
Folks can follow this link to the Ms. Jameson's digital index of the vintage sound collection which consists of 250 7-inch reel-to-reel tapes of everything from recorded radio programs to Mr. Kitchens's own field recordings. It's hard not to view the attached pdf file of this material and not get excited for the gems that this exhibit promises to share.
We encourage folks to visit Ms. Jameson's photographs from Drake Music and Curios on her flickr page, and also to explore the Yours For The Carters site, which offers a rich collection of images, sound files, interviews and archival material ahead of the exhibit. 
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