I am currently very excited. While browsing iTunes to see if it had the new Bonnie Prince Billy/Trembling Bells EP (it did not), I decided to search for my favorite Appalachian storyteller Donald Davis. THERE’S SO MUCH DONALD DAVIS STUFF!
I have several of these recordings on audio cassette. Yeah. CASSETTE. I’m about to blow $50-something of iTunes gift cards on storytelling albums.
And I’m not sure why it’s set up this way, but all of his recordings are listed as audiobooks instead of albums. True, some of them (Listening for the Crack of Dawn, Jack Always Seeks His Fortune, See Rock City) have legitimate book releases but most of them are storytelling albums. And they’re all insanely discounted compared to what one would pay at the merch tent of a storytelling festival or at the website of Davis’s publisher ($1.95-4.95 compared to $14.95-16.95). What I’m suggesting by this is that you should maybe blow two bucks to find out why he’s the best.
Recommended titles include: Big-Screen Drive-In Theater, Braces, Grand Canyon, and if you want the REALLY Appalachian-y stuff go with Father Was a Wise Old Man
Let me know if any of you actually check out his recordings. Or feel free to ask me about storytelling festivals because I would imagine that you previously had not associated me with those (or you might not have known that they exist).