Urban Pioneers interview with Gloria Rowland Anderson, July 20, 2007

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Title Urban Pioneers interview with Gloria Rowland Anderson, July 20, 2007
Alternative Title Polly Stewart Oral History Project: Interview with Gloria Rowland Anderson (2007)
Links to Media https://stream.lib.utah.edu/index.php?c=portable_details&id=9668
Creator Anderson, Gloria Rowland; Stewart, Polly, 1943-2013
Contributor Bateman, Jennifer; Green, Laura Marcus
Publisher Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Date 2007-07-20
Date Digital 2013-06-21
Temporal Coverage July 20, 2007
Description Recording of an interview by Polly Stewart with Gloria Rowland Anderson, a participant in the Utah folk music scene of the 1960s. Jennifer Bott [now Bateman] served as sound engineer. Transcript by Laura R. Marcus [now Green]. One of the interview recordings that Polly Stewart and Jennifer Bott conducted for the Utah Folk Music Revival Oral History Project, 2004-2011
Spatial Coverage Salt Lake City (Utah); Provo (Utah)
Subject Anderson, Gloria Rowland--Interviews; Folk singers--Utah--Interviews; Musicians--Utah--Interviews; Folk music--Utah
Keywords Gloria Rowland; Gloria Rowland Anderson; Folk revival; Urban Pioneers; Oral history; Interviews
Table of Contents 1. Childhood in Roanoke, Virginia/musical background as a singer in family and on TV show; 2. Singing with the Greenwood Singers and Doug Wilson and the Trail Dusters Music in the family/roots in Floyd County, Virginia; 3. Singing popular music during high school years; 4. Going back to roots at BYU/old-time music repertoire; 5. Greenwood Singers Repertoire; 6. Growing up LDS in Virginia/coming to BYU; 7. Early days at BYU/hooking up with folk music community; 8. Second-class citizenship of girl singers in bluegrass scene during the ‘60s/hierarchies and etiquette; 9. Story of finding Gibson J-45 Sunburst guitar in Salt Lake; 10. Talking about musical technique and repertoire in the ‘60s/meeting musical friends and partners; 11. Raising eight sons with music in Provo/playing music in church Getting married/starting a family; 12. Story of the concert in the old railroad station in Provo; 13. Talking about the hippie, political, folk music scene in Provo during the ‘60s 14. Talking about being good Mormons during the ‘60s; 15. Spiritual/personal transformations/relationship to the Mormon Church Talking about most recent phase of musical life: Rosewood Trio, duets/history of area bluegrass bands/Utah Urban Pioneers concert; 16. Jennifer Bott asks questions, covering: BYU rally/Greenwood Singers repertoire/Anderson's beginnings as guitar player/difference in women's place in Virginia and Utah music and social worlds; 17. Behavior shifts when people leave the Mormon Church/social dynamics created by church dominance
Abstract Gloria Rowland grew up in a Mormon family in Floyd County, Virginia. She was musically talented--while still in elementary shool, she regularly performed on a TV station, WDBJ, the Hayden Huddleston Show. In high school she sang with Doug Wilson and the Trail Dusters on TV; and joined a Virginia country string band "The Greenwood Singers." After high school she and and her brother made a bold decision to leave Virginia and move out to the west attending Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah. During her college years, when folk singers like Joen Baez became well known, Ms. Rowland made a shift from singing popular songs to folk songs, and reconnonected to her roots by singing her family repertoire of Virginia hill songs. Despite she felt being a second class citizen as a woman in the bluegrass music scene, and being repressed by the political sensorship at BYU, she enjoyed her college years and made meaningful connections with many Musicians. After getting married to Hans Anderson, sha had 8 sons, all of whom play music instruments. About 30 years later, she ended her marriage , and became independent from LDS church, however she remains close to her family and friends who are still active LDS members. She recently teamed up with McRay Magelby and Peter Netka to formed a band called Rosewood Tio for the performance at the Utah Urban Pioneers Reunion Concert, Jan 24, 2007
Type Sound
Genre Sound recordings
Format application/pdf
Extent 75 minutes, 27 seconds
Language eng
Rights This material may be protected by copyright. Permission may be required for use in any form. For further information please contact Alison Regan, Head of Scholarship and Education Services at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah: alison.regan@utah.edu
Is Part of The 30 interview recordings that Polly Stewart and Jennifer Bott conducted for the Utah Folk Music Revival Oral History Project
ARK ark:/87278/s6tq6kgs
Setname uu_utfolklore
Date Created 2013-07-01
Date Modified 2014-02-20
ID 716415
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tq6kgs
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