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date: 20 November 2019

Ford, Brownie [Thomas Edison ]locked

  • John-Carlos Perea

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[Thomas Edison ]

(b Gum Springs, Oklahoma Territory, Jan 9, 1904; d Aug 27, 1996). Native American (Comanche) and European American singer, guitarist. Early experiences with music came while participating in cattle drives led by his uncle and later through performances at house parties and other public venues. Over the course of his life Ford worked in a diverse number of trades in addition to music, including cowboy, rodeo rider, Wild West and medicine show performer, and artisan. As a musician he went on to perform throughout the southeastern United States in venues ranging from clubs and rodeos to, later in life, the Louisiana Arts and Folk Festival in 1980, the Library of Congress’ “The American Cowboy” exhibit in 1983, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1985 and 1986. In recognition of his “extensive repertoire of cowboy songs, frontier ballads, sentimental parlor ditties … and early country and western tunes,” Ford received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in ...

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