Folksongs of the Beehive State

Early Field Recordings of Utah and Mormon Music

edited by Mountain West Center and Fife Folklore Archives, Utah State University

It has been said that your ear is as old as your grandfather's voice. Be warned that if these recordings bring to mind your grandfather or grandmother, your ear just may have aged. In the mid-1940s, folklorists Austin and Alta Fife traveled throughout Utah and neighboring states collecting the music of the region. They recorded Mormon songs, anti-Mormon songs, cowboy songs, broadside ballads, and more. Extensive liner notes provide history and context. Note that sound quality is variable, limited by the field technology of the time.


Project MUSE volume 126, number 500, Spring 2013 / Andrew H. Dabczynski

Western Folklore volume 69, issue 1, Winter 2010 / David Stanley



Listen to track seven My Dixie Home 2:46 / Joseph W. McAllister.



1. The Gospel News, L. M. Hilton.

2. In the Midst of the Awful Mormons, Mrs. Jetta Huntsman.

3. Marching to Utah (All Are Talking of Utah), Rose Seegmiller Thompson.

4. Blue Mountain, F. W. Keller.

5. The Boys of Sanpete County (The Green River Song), Mrs. Elva A. Christiansen.

6. St. George Temple Builders Song, Jane Moss.

7. My Dixie Home, Joseph W. McAllister.

8. The Handcart Song, Mrs. Maria Platt Mumford and Mrs. Mary Ann Platt Seegmiller.

9. O Ye Mountains High (Zion), the Fletcher Bronson Family.

10. A Glass of Sweet Dixie Wine (Back to Dear St. George Again), Francis Y. Morse.

11. Hard Times, L. M. Hilton. 2:23

12. Ballad of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, George Harter.

13. Utah Carroll, Buck Lee.

14. Turkey in the Straw (adaptation), Myron Crandall. 3:59

15. Utah Trail, The Sagebrush Quartet (Reed, Nelson, & Edward Jones and Ramon Black).


Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Mountain West Center and Fife Folklore Archives, Utah State University
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-743-8