May 13, 2019

Kilby Snow: Country Songs and Tunes with Autoharp

Asch Recordings AH 3902

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1970
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Appalachian Music
A1 Molly Hare (1:48)
A2 Greenback Dollar (1:47)
A3 Wind And Rain (3:08)
A4 Budded Roses (3:29)
A5 Sourwood Mountain (1:49)
A6 The Cannonball (2:13)
A7 Mean Women (2:37)
A8 The Road That's Walked By Fools (2:07)
A9 Autoharp Special (3:46)
B1 I Will Arise (3:05)
B2 The Old Crossroads (2:18)
B3 No Tears In Heaven (2:32)
B4 Lonely Tombs (3:12)
B5 Flop Eared Mule (1:43)
B6 'Round Town Girls (1:56)
B7 Two-Timing Blues (3:17)
B8 Woodrow For President (2:07)
B9 Shady Grove (2:36)
Kilby Snow (autoharp/vocals)
Designer: Ronald Clyne, Recorder: Mike Seeger
Recorded over three days on the stage of an auditorium near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Kilby Snow sings and plays autoharp on this 1969 Folkways release. Snow began playing the autoharp at just three years old. By the time he was five, he won first prize of $20 in gold at a fiddler's convention. Liner notes include an introductory essay by Snow as well as notes on a number of the album's songs.

May 8, 2019

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Stars And Stripes Forever

United Artists Records UA-LA184-J2

Format: 2xVinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1974
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Country
A1 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (1:43)
A2 Dirt Band Interview (3:39)
A3 Cosmic Cowboy (Part 1) (3:21)
A4 Aluminum Record Award (1:31)
A5 Fish Song (3:50)
A6 Mr. Bojangles (3:46)
B1 Vassar Clements Interview (3:56)
B2 Listen To The Mockingbird (2:47)
B3 The Sheik Of Araby (2:08)
B4 Resign Yourself To Me (2:40)
B5 Dixie Hoedown (2:27)
B6 Cripple Creek (0:54)
B7 The Mountain Whipporwill (Or, How Hillbilly Jim Won TheGreat Fiddler's Prize) (7:07)
C1 Honky Tonkin' (2:00)
C2 House At Pooh Corner (2:54)
C3 Buy For Me The Rain (2:32)
C4 Oh Boy (2:50)
C5 Teardrops In My Eyes (2:11)
C6 Glocoat-Blues (3:11)
D1 Stars And Stripes Forever (0:38)
D2 Battle Of New Orleans (2:58)
D3 It Came From The '50s (Blast From The Past) (6:46)
D4 My True Story (3:08)
D5 Diggy Liggy Lo (3:52)
Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica) Jeff Hanna (bass/drums/washboard) Jimmy Ibbotson (accordion/bass/drums/keyboards/piano) John McEuen (banjo/accordion/fiddle/mandolin) Vassar Clements (fiddle) Les Thompson (bass/guitar/mandolin) Doug Journigan (dobro)
Coordinator: Dave Neckar, Director: William E. McEuen, Painters: Terry Schoonhoven and Vic Henderson, Photographers: Alice McEuen, Bill Higgins, Kansas Film Works, Kerwin Plevka, William E. McEuen, William Estabrook and Win Muldrow, Engineers: Dino Lappas, Michael Denecke and Gary Mullen
In many ways, the mixed collection of live and studio recordings on Stars & Stripes Forever accomplished for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and rock music what Sweetheart of the Rodeo failed to do for or with the Byrds, showing the rock band plunging deeply into country music. Two years in the making, it incorporated new studio cuts and live tracks recorded at five concerts over a two-year period, as well as interview material with guest fiddle player Vassar Clements. The mix works better than just about any genuine country (as opposed to country-rock) effort ever done by a rock band, mostly because the band was so careful in their recording and editing, and they gave themselves time to get this stuff just the way they wanted it. Beyond the excellent concert renditions of "Mr. Bojangles" or "The Battle of New Orleans" (which became a single in the wake of this album), and covers of Hank Williams songs and numerous traditional tunes, listeners found they'd walked in on something very deep and profound, tapping into a special creative process. Whatever the reason, this album gave the public more than its money's worth and was a success, charting higher than any other record the group ever released. It still packs lots of power. --AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

May 3, 2019

Cowboy Songs, Ballads, And Cattle Calls From Texas

Library of Congress AFS L28

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1952
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Colley's Run-I-O (I) (Lumberjack Song): L. Parker Temple
A2 The Buffalo Skinners (II): John A. Lomax
A3 Goodbye, Old Paint (I): Jess Morris
A4 Goodbye, Old Paint (II): Sloan Matthews
A5 The Texas Rangers: Sloan Matthews
A6 Cattle Calls: Starting, Driving, And Night-Herding: Sloan Matthews
A7 The Cowboy's Life Is A Very Dreary Life: Sloan Matthews
B1 The Dying Ranger: Johnny Prude
B2 The Dying Cowboy: Sloan Matthews
B3 The Streets Of Laredo: Johnny Prude
B4 The Zebra Dun: J. M. Waddell
B5 The Dreary Black Hills: Harry Stephens
B6 The Night-Herding Song: Harry Stephens
Editor: Duncan B. M. Emrich, Recorder: Duncan Emrich, John A. Lomax and Rae Korson
Part unaccompanied and part with guitar or fiddle accompaniment. "From the Archive of American Folk Song." Field recordings made at various places in Texas and studio recordings in Washington, D. C. from 1941-1948 by John A. Lomax, Rae Korson, and Duncan Emrich. Program notes and texts (22 p.). Description from audio disc recording, analog, 33 1/3 rpm; 12 in., 1952; reissued in 1974. Digital preservation masters recorded from original master analog tapes by the Library of Congress Recording Laboratory in 2012. Original cutting master for audio disc production for reissue of AAFS L28: COWBOY SONGS, BALLADS, AND CATTLE CALLS FROM TEXAS (MASTER TAPE) 1974, 2 sound tape reels : analog, 15 ips, full track, mono. ; 10 in. RWC 8319, 8320. MAVIS title no.: 162559-3-1; 162559-3-2.

April 24, 2019

Mike Seeger: Old Time Country Music

Folkways Records FA 2325

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1962
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Bluegrass, Country
A1 Richmond Cotillion (1:55)
A2 The Baldheaded End Of A Broom (2:49)
A3 Sad And Lonesome Day (3:31)
A4 Lord Thomas (3:50)
A5 Oh My Little Darling (2:12)
A6 Bonaparte's Retreat (1:30)
A7 Frankie (3:04)
A8 Will The Weaver (3:24)
A9 Rollin' On (1:43)
B1 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (3:21)
B2 Worried Blues (3:29)
B3 The Story Of The Mighty Mississippi (3:03)
B4 Man Of Constant Sorrow (2:45)
B5 Handsome Molly (2:15)
B6 John Hardy (2:44)
B7 Johnson City Blues (2:48)
B8 Fisherman's Luck (2:40)
B9 Sourwood Mountain (1:46)
Mike Seeger (fiddle/banjo/dulcimer/guitar/mouth-harp/mandolin/autoharp/vocals)
Liner Notes: Mike Seeger, Photographer and Designer: John Cohen, Engineer: Tracy Schwarz
After researching, learning, and polishing songs found on early recordings of country music, multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger laid down these rousing tracks in 1962 at his home in New Jersey. His liner notes include lyrics and indicate the sources from which he learned each song.

April 21, 2019

The Poplin Family of Sumter, South Carolina

Folkways Records FA 2306

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1963
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Old Time
A01 Goin' Back To Sumter (1:38)
A02 Hannamariah (1:14)
A03 Sit At Home (2:23)
A04 Sumter Rag (1:09)
A05 River Of Jordan (2:12)
A06 Catfish (1:43)
A07 I Don't Want To Get Married (3:02)
A08 Someone's Been Beating My Time (1:58)
A09 Crawdad Song (2:56)
A10 The Preacher And The Bear (2:15)
A11 Sweet Kiss Waltz (1:33)
A12 Just Because (1:53)
B01 Eyes Like Cherries (2:16)
B02 The Blues Don't Mean A Thing (1:51)
B03 Cindy Gal (2:15)
B04 I Don't Drink Your Whiskey (1:15)
B05 Panhandle Rag (2:17)
B06 Hammer Ring (2:04)
B07 Steel Guitar Rag (0:58)
B08 You Gotta See Your Mama Every Night (1:45)
B09 Brown's Ferry Blues (1:11)
B10 Old Rueben (1:13)
B11 Fingers On Fire (1:11)
B12 My Home Is Not In South Carolina (1:30)
Edna Poplin Elmore (guitar/vocals) China Poplin (banjo/vocals) Bill Poplin (mandolin) David Jackson (guitar/vocals) Jack Tottle (mandolin)
Producer and Recorder: Jack Tottle, Designer: Ronald Clyne
The members of this musical family learned from their parents and from singers on the radio, including the Carter Family and Gid Tanner, but created and retained an individual style that distinguishes them from other string bands. This album presents both traditional and original songs.

March 31, 2019

Pete Seeger: Frontier Ballads

Folkways Records FA 2175

Format: Vinyl, 10", LP
Country: US
Released: 1959
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Fare You Well Polly (2:12)
A2 No Irish Need Apply (1:55)
A3 Johnny Gray (1:55)
A4 Greer County Bachelor (2:36)
A5 Cowboy Yodel (0:51)
A6 The Trail To Mexico (2:49)
A7 Joe Bowers (3:00)
B1 Wake Up, Jacob (0:19)
B2 Cumberland Gap (1:22)
B3 Erie Canal (3:21)
B4 Blow The Man Down (2:04)
B5 Ox Driver's Song (1:55)
B6 The Tex-I-An Boys (1:30)
B7 Sioux Indians (3:42)
Pete Seeger (banjo/vocals)
Adventurers, nonconformists, naturalists, and anyone seeking a new life traveled to America's far reaches, singing their old music even as they created new songs to describe life on the frontier. Through Pete Seeger's performance, Frontier Ballads presents the musical expressions of these immigrants, settlers, and workers as they moved westward.

March 17, 2019

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Capitol Records 7243-5-35148-2-2

Format: 2×CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Bluegrass
1-01 Grand Ole Opry Song (3:10)
1-02 Keep On The Sunny Side (4:26)
1-03 Nashville Blues (3:15)
1-04 You Are My Flower (3:39)
1-05 The Precious Jewel (4:09)
1-06 Dark As A Dungeon (2:47)
1-07 Tennessee Stud (4:50)
1-08 Black Mountain Rag (2:40)
1-09 Wreck On The Highway (3:25)
1-10 The End Of The World (3:54)
1-11 I Saw The Light (4:21)
1-12 Sunny Side Of The Mountain (2:50)
1-13 Nine Pound Hammer (2:53)
1-14 Losin' You (Might Be The Best Thing Yet) (2:49)
1-15 Honky Tonkin' (2:32)
1-16 You Don't Know My Mind (2:47)
1-17 My Walkin' Shoes (2:52)
2-01 Lonesome Fiddle Blues (2:43)
2-02 Cannonball Rag (1:16)
2-03 Avalanche (2:52)
2-04 Flint Hill Special (2:13)
2-05 Togary Mountain (2:28)
2-06 Earl's Breakdown (2:37)
2-07 Orange Blossom Special (2:12)
2-08 Wabash Cannonball (2:03)
2-09 Lost Highway (3:48)
2-10 Doc Watson & Merle Travis: First Meeting (Dialogue) (1:52)
2-11 Way Downtown (3:35)
2-12 Down Yonder (3:45)
2-13 Pins And Needles (In My Heart) (2:54)
2-14 Honky Tonk Blues (2:23)
2-15 Sailin' On To Hawaii (2:09)
2-16 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (4:26)
2-17 I Am A Pilgrim (3:54)
2-18 Wildwood Flower (3:33)
2-19 Soldier's Joy (3:33)
2-20 Will The Circle Be Unbroken (4:48)
2-21 Both Sides Now (2:25)
[Previously Unreleased Tracks]
2-22 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2:39)
2-23 Warming Up For "The Opry" (Talk) (2:43)
2-24 Sunny Side (Talk) (4:06)
2-25 Remember Me (1:39)
Roy Acuff (vocals) Maybelle Carter (autoharp/guitar/vocals) Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Merle Travis (guitar/vocals) Earl Scruggs (banjo/guitar) Vassar Clements (fiddle) Bashful Brother Oswald, Norman Blake (dobro) Randy Scruggs (autoharp/guitar) Junior Husky, Ellis Padgett (bass) Chet Flippo, Martha Flippo, Ray Martin, Tim Martin, Alice McEuen, Larry Murray, Gary Scruggs, Louise Scruggs, Steve Scruggs, Betty Travis (background vocals) Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Béla Fleck, Roger McGuinn (guest artists) Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna, Jimmy Ibbotson, John McEuen, Les Thompson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
Will the Circle be Unbroken is a 1972 album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with collaboration from many famous bluegrass and country-western players, including Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Pete "Oswald" Kirby, Norman Blake, Jimmy Martin, and others. It also introduced fiddler Vassar Clements to a wider audience.

March 16, 2019

Lead Belly Sings "Goodnight Irene" 1935

A folklorist, John Lomax and his son Alan Lomax, with funding from the Library of Congress recorded Huddie William Ledbetter, commonly known as Lead Belly or Leadbelly. They first meet him while he was imprisoned. They were deeply impressed by his vibrant tenor voice and huge repertoire, they recorded him on portable aluminum disc recording equipment for the Library of Congress. They returned to record with new and better equipment in July of the following year (1934), all in all recording hundreds of his songs. On August 1, Lead Belly was released (again having served almost all of his minimum sentence), this time after the Lomaxes had taken a petition to Louisiana Governor Oscar K. Allen at Ledbetter's urgent request. The petition was on the other side of a recording of his signature song, "Goodnight Irene."

Kip Lornell, a Leadbelly expert, thinks this is almost certainly footage from March/April 1935, shot in Wilton, CT. --- probably at the home of friends of the Lomaxes. He wasn't sure if he'd ever seen footage from this event (Martha joining Huddie in NYC) but I have seen stills. He confirmed that, this was before he recorded for ARC, though he had previously recorded for the Library of Congress. Its also well before he recorded anything for Moe Asch, which is now Smithsonian Folkways material.

March 14, 2019

Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads

Buddha Records 74465 99724 2

Format: CD, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 07 Nov 2000
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
01 The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster) (3:17)
02 Talking Dust Bowl Blues (2:38)
03 Pretty Boy Floyd (3:07)
04 Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh) (3:05)
05 Dust Bowl Blues (3:24)
06 Blowin' Down The Road (I Ain't Gonna To Be Treated This Way) (3:01)
07 Tom Joad (Part 1) (3:23)
08 Tom Joad (Part 2) (3:26)
09 Do Re Mi (2:32)
10 Dust Bowl Refugee (3:04)
11 I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore (2:43)
12 Vigilante Man (3:20)
13 Dust Can't Kill Me (2:53)
14 Dust Pneumonia Blues (2:39)
15 Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues (Alternate Take) (2:27)
Woody Guthrie (guitar/harmonica/vocals)
Reissue Producers: Glenn Korman, Nora Guthrie and Rob Santos, Coordinator: Jeremy Holiday, Liner Notes: Dave Marsh, Designer: Brad Conger, Remastered: Doug Pomeroy
Dust Bowl Ballads is an album by Woody Guthrie, recorded for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey in 1940. It was Guthrie's first commercial recording and the most successful album he made. It is considered to be the first or one of the very first concept albums. The Dust Bowl Ballads was originally released as two three-disc collections of 78 rpm records. Twelve sides, including the double-sided "Tom Joad", were included in this release, but two of the thirteen songs, "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "Dust Bowl Blues" were left out due to length. All tracks were recorded at Victor studios in Camden, New Jersey on April 26, 1940, except "Dust Cain't Kill Me" and "Dust Pneumonia Blues" which were recorded on May 3. In 1964, during the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, a reissue including all tracks from the sessions was released in LP format by Folkways Records after RCA refused Guthrie's request to re-issue the album. The complete Dust Bowl Ballads remains available on compact disc through the Smithsonian Institution's Folkways Collection. The songs on Dust Bowl Ballads are semi-autobiographical, chronicling Guthrie's experience as a so-called "Okie" during the Dust Bowl era, where Guthrie witnessed the economic hardship that many migrant workers faced in California. Like many of Guthrie's later recordings, these songs contain an element of social activism, and would be an important influence on later musicians, including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Ochs and Joe Strummer. -- Wikipedia

March 13, 2019

Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust

Label: A&M Records SP-4527
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Monarch
Country: US
Released: 1975
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock
01 Diamonds & Rust (4:44)
02 Fountain Of Sorrow (4:31)
03 Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer (2:45)
04 Children And All That Jazz (3:07)
05 Simple Twist Of Fate (4:46)
06 Blue Sky (2:54)
07 Hello In There (3:04)
08 Jesse (4:28)
09 Winds Of The Old Days (3:53)
10 Dida (3:20)
11 I Dream Of Jeannie / Danny Boy (4:13)
Diamonds & Rust is a 1975 album by Joan Baez. Baez is often regarded as an interpreter of other people's work, and on this album she covered songs by Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers, and Jackson Browne. But Diamonds & Rust also contained a number of her own compositions, including the acclaimed title track, a distinctive song written about Bob Dylan.

March 6, 2019

Bill Monroe & Doc Watson: Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980

Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40064

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 21 Aug 2012
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Country Blues
01 Foggy Mountain Top (2:46)
02 What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul (4:31)
03 Watson's Blues (2:28)
04 Soldier's Joy (2:47
05 Where Is My Sailor Boy? (What Does The Depp Sea Say?) (3:31)
06 You Won't Be Satisfied That Way (2:02)
07 Kentucky Mandolin (2:00)
08 East Tennessee Blues (2:12)
09 Midnight On The Stormy Deep (4:34)
10 Lonesome Moonlight Waltz (1:35)
11 Banks Of The Ohio (3:33)
12 Fire On The Mountain (1:49)
13 Chicken Reel (1:50)
14 Turkey In The Straw (1:10)
15 Memories Of You (3:11)
16 Have A Feast Here Tonight (Rabbit In A Log) (2:31)
17 Paddy On The Turnpike (2:35)
Bill Monroe (mandolin/vocals) Doc Watson (guotar/vocals)
Recorder and Liner Notes: Ralph Rinzler, Photographers: Peter Feldmann and Robert Yellin
The essential genius of Bill Monroe and Doc Watson resides in their ability to infuse traditional American music with their distinctive musical personalities. Their unparalleled vocal and instrumental skills complement one another on these rare, previously unreleased duets." chronicles the early meetings of two instrumental geniuses." — Billboard

March 2, 2019

Osborne Brothers: Country Bluegrass

MCA Special Products MCAD-20976

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 Roll Muddy River (2:27)
02 Ruby Are You Mad At Your Man (3:00)
03 The Kind Of Woman I Got (2:25)
04 Blue Heartache (2:06)
05 Don't Let Smokey Mountain Smoke Get In Your Eyes (2:12)
06 Rocky Top (2:35)
07 Lizzie Lou (2:37)
08 Up This Hill And Down (2:20)
09 Georgia Pineywoods (2:09)
10 My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine And Dandelion Wine) (2:24)
Sonny Osborne (banjo/vocals) Bobby Osborne (mandolin/vocals)
Producer: Owen Bradley and Harry Silverstein, Compiler: Carl Michelakos
MCA Special Products' Country Bluegrass rounds up ten highlights from the Osborne Brothers' recordings for Decca in the '60s. Although these recordings don't find the Osbornes at their most traditional, they're nevertheless quite enjoyable, particularly for casual fans who aren't looking for anything more than a sampler. Among the featured songs are "Roll Muddy River," "Blue Heartache," "Don't Let Smokey Mountain Smoke Get in Your Eyes," "Lizzie Lou," and "My Old Kentucky Home". (AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

March 1, 2019

Bruce Buckley: Ohio Valley Ballads

Folkways Records FA 2025

Format: Vinyl, 10"
Country: US
Released: 1995
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 The Rowan County Crew (3:34)
A2 Pearl Bryan (2:54)
A3 Sidney Allen (2:09)
A4 Sam Bass (2:26)
B1 Lula Viers (3:54)
B2 The Rarden Wreck Of 1893 (The Wreck On The CP & V) (2:12)
B3 John Henry (2:29)
B4 Molly Bonder (3:30)
Bruce Buckley (guitar/vocals)
Producer: Charles Edward Smith
These musical vignettes of historical events feature tales of outlaws, murders, feuds, and trainwrecks. In these fascinating accounts of misfortune in the Ohio River Valley, tragedy finds folk expression. Charles Edward Smith provides extensive notes about the events described in Bruce Buckley's performances.

February 28, 2019

Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music

Ethnic Folkways Library FE 4417

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1951
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Blues
A1 Mama Don't Tear My Clothes: Joe Brown (1:42)
A2 Southern Pacific: Joe Brown (1:23)
A3 Black Woman: Rich Amerson (5:00)
A4 Kansas City Blues: Red Willie Smith (1:46)
A5 Salty Dog Blues: Red Willie Smith (1:30)
A6 I'm Goin' Up North: East York School (Ala.) (1:27)
A7 Little Sally Walker: Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) (1:05)
A8 See See Rider: Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) (1:21)
B1 Mama's Goin' To Buy Him a Little Lap Dog: Vera Hall (0:47)
B2 Soon As My Back's Turned: Earthy Anne Coleman (1:35)
B3 She Done Got Ugly: Willie Turner (1:21)
B4 Now Your Man Done Gone: Willie Rurner (2:05)
B5 Field Calls: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (1:20)
B6 Father's Field Call: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (0:27)
B7 Children's Call: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (0:45)
B8 Greeting Call: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (0:48)
B9 Complaint Call: Enoch Brown (0:42)
B10 Brer Rabbit and the Alligators: Rich Amerson (3:55)
Artist and Recorder: Harold Courlander, Designer: Ronald Clyne
In an attempt to break away from the caricature of black music that was popular in America during the 1950s, Harold Courlander compiled this collection as documentation of black music in Alabama in its purest form. This first volume of secular music highlights some of the different manifestations of black music during that time including the virtuosic harmonica playing of Joe Brown, the left-handed guitar playing of Willie Smith, and the popular ring games of school children.

February 27, 2019

Scotty Stoneman with the Kentucky Colonels

Rural Rhythm Records RHY 1017

Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 Oklahama Stomp (4:25)
02 Once A Day (4:20)
03 Eighth Of January (5:20)
04 Any Damn Thing (2:22)
05 Lee Highway Blues (2:26)
06 Down Yonder (2:20)
07 Sally Goodin (4:09)
08 A Wound Time Can't Erase (4:14)
09 Shuckin' The Corn (2:21)
10 Listen To The Mockingbird (3:34)
11 Cherokee Waltz (5:00)
12 Cacklin' Hen (3:42)
13 Orange Blossom Special (4:00)
14 Goodnight Irene (2:50)
Scotty Stoneman (fiddle/vocals) Clarence White (guitar/vocals) Roland White (mandolin/vocals) Billy Ray Lathum (banjo/vocals) Roger Bush (bass/vocals) Skip Conover (dobro)
Directe and rDesigner: Jeremy Kay, Sleeve Notes: Alex Tottle and Jerry Garcia, Photographers: Steve Caholl, Diane Moore and Johm M. Delgatto, Engineer: Brooks Adam Otis
Recorded June-August 1965 at the Cobble Club , N. Hollywood CA & March 27, 29 at the Ash Grove, Hollywood CA. Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of this classic 1978 Sierra release features the late great Scotty Stone man who Jerry Garcia called the "Bluegrass Charlie Parker " while others called him "the Jimi Hendrix " of the fiddle. With album notes by the equally late great and Stone man fan, Jerry Garcia, Live in L.A. is the only album featuring this innovative country fiddler with both instrumentals and vocals along with the legendary Kentucky Colonels featuring Clarence White. Mastered from the original audio tapes, this release also features many new, rare photos with additional notes by Richard Greene and Peter Rowan, as well as faithful reproductions of the original LP color graphics plus four bonus track not on the original vinyl LP release.