Welcome to the Southern Music Research Center

The Southern Music Research Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to the preservation and public presentation of the American South’s many music histories and ongoing forms of musical expression.

The real center of our Center is this website: a public archive of rare photos, rescued recordings, oral histories, ephemera and artifacts from a diversity of musical communities and traditions. We encourage visitors to get to know our site by browsing our collections — and to come back often, as we are actively acquiring and adding new material to the site.

You can support our mission and growth by making a financial contribution. To donate materials to the archive, please contact our executive director, Burgin Mathews: burgin@southernmusicresearch.org. To keep up with our latest archival collections and other updates, please join our mailing list.

Recently Added Items

The Watkins Brothers & The Mother's Best Red Hat Kids (Photo Postcard)

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Photo postcard of the Watkins Brothers and the Mother's Best Red Hat Kids, circa 1950s, WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Pictured left to right are Curley…

Dale Casteel (Photo)

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Dale Casteel, a founding member of the Alabama Ramblers, a band of servicemembers stationed in Korea during the Korean War.Photograph courtesy Joyce…

2 Photos: Dan & Clara Brennan

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Two photographs of radio personality Dan Brennan and his wife Clara, Birmingham, Alabama. The first shows the young couple at radio station WVOK. In…

3 Postcards: Dan Brennan / WVOK

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Three promotional photo postcards for WVOK radio personality Dan Brennan, Birmingham, Alabama. Also featured in the postcards are Brennan's wife Clara…

Dan Brennan at WVOK

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Photo of radio personality, businessman, and concert promoter Dan Brennan (1930-2020), WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Born in Brickyard, Alabama, Brennan…

Ad: Dan Brennan / Dixie Jamboree

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Advertisement for "The Dixie Jamboree," hosted by Dan Brennan, WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Begun in the late 1940s and continuing into the 1960s,…

WVOK Dixie Jamboree Cast Photo (2)

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Cast photograph of "The Dixie Jamboree," WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Begun in the late 1940s and continuing into the 1960s, WVOK's "Dixie Jamboree"…

WVOK Dixie Jamboree Cast Photo

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Cast photograph for "The Dixie Jamboree," WVOK, Birmingham, Alabama. Begun in the late 1940s and continuing into the 1960s, WVOK's "Dixie Jamboree"…

Happy Wilson and His Golden River Boys

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Photo of Happy Wilson and his Golden River Boys, Birmingham, Alabama. Pictured left to right are Billy Tucker, Ted Crabtree, Sammy Pruett, Louise…

Bobby "Swampgrass" Anderson: "Mr. WHVW"

"Mr. WHVW," a tribute to Darwin Lee Hill, recorded by Bobby "Swampgrass" Anderson.