FloridaMemory.com is a great repository of archival photos, audio, and video from the State of Florida’s Division of Library & Information Services. The website itself is a rabbit hole of wonderful Floridiana, and if you’re not careful, you can end up losing an entire afternoon digging around exploring cool stuff.
The “Audio” section is the one that, obviously, grabbed my attention first, and it’s a doozy. You can listen to/download hours and hours worth of incredible music from the Florida Folklife Collection, blues, latin, Asian, and even Klezmer music, the source material of which ranges from WPA-era documentation to recent folk festivals. Best of all, they’ve also got five excellent compilation CDs – two Florida Folklife collections, a gospel collection, a blues set, and a bluegrass set – that you can download from the site OR request a complimentary CD copy of. Yeah, FREE MUSIC. And it’s pretty incredible stuff. Doc Watson, Zora Neale Hurston, Gamble Rogers doing “Orange Blossom Special” … it just goes on and on
I realize this may not be new news (they’ve been doing this for a while), but it was new news to me, so I thought I’d spread the word.