Some very early recordings of John Hartford - http://www.johnhartford.org
John gave me these 45's sometime around 1960. I believe they were all recorded here in Saint Louis.
The following 7 tunes were from jam sessions that I recorded in my living room (144 St. George Place - Webster Groves, Missouri) in 1956. Paul Breidenbach handled the lead vocal & guitar while John harmonized & played the banjo. I'm sure I (John Hotze) probably added some rhythm guitar with my old Gibson.These were recorded with just one microphone input into a Wollensak reel to reel tape recorder. There was some clipping on the master tape. This tape had not been played since 1956 until I transcribed it to my computer. Unfortunately John never got to hear them before he passed away. They represent the beginning of the circle in which John's musical path traveled. If you listen to his last studio recording - "Hamilton Iron Works", you will understand what I mean by his having come full circle, back to his roots.
The following three files are the final 4 minutes of a radio show that I taped in John's living room sometime in 1956. Unfortunately, it appears as though a good deal of the show was taped over.
have quickly setup the following 11 short files. If you just click on them
they should start your audio media player and play. I'm sorry, right now I
only now they are probably John on the banjo and possibly Billy Lee on the
fiddle. These were transcribed from one of my 7" tape reels and have to
be from 1956.