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September 23, 2013

Trove of Mich. folk music unearthed in archive

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DETROIT —

Now, the library is releasing a podcast and an e-book, and the University of Wisconsin is releasing a multi-CD set. A traveling exhibit with live concerts will begin Sept. 30 in Mount Pleasant, about 120 miles northwest of Detroit.

Sampson Pittman Jr., 77, son of the blues artist Lomax recorded during his final Michigan session, said it's fascinating for him to hear the collaborations between Frazier, whom he called "Uncle Calvin," and the father he lost at 8 years old.

"I started out playing the kind of music I heard him playing," said Pittman, who has carried the torch as a longtime blues guitarist. "They would tell these stories through the music."

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