October 30, 2015

Country Songs of the Lilly Brothers

Prestige Folklore FL-14035

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1964
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Dig A Hole In The Meadow (2:20)
A2 Goodbye Maggie (3:50)
A3 I'm Trouble I'm Troubled (2:50)
A4 Long Black Veil (4:00)
A5 Butcher Boy (3:50)
A6 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms (2:55)
B1 Weeping Willow Tree (3:40)
B2 There'll Come A Time (3:45)
B3 Open Up Them Pearly Gates (2:20)
B4 Rosewood Casket (4:20)
B5 Jack And Mae (3:05)
B6 Knoxville Girl (4:55)
Bea Lilly (guitar/voclas) Everett Lilly (mandolin/vocals) Everett Alan Lilly (bass)
Liner Notes: Art Weiss, Producer: Samuel Charters

October 29, 2015

Introducing the Beers Family

Columbia MS-6705

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 1965
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Molly Ban (1:30)
A2 Dumbarton's Drums (5:05)
A3 The Brave Volunteer (2:50)
A4 Dev'lish Mary (2:10)
A5 Lullaby to Martha (3:50)
A6 The Connaughtman's Rambles (1:45)
A7 The Water is Wide (2:45)
B1 A Starry Night to Ramble (2:00)
B2 The Old Woman Went to the Well (1:40)
B3 The Green Grass of Shiloh (2:10)
B4 The Lass from the Low Countree (2:50)
B5 Speed the Plow (2:10)
B6 The Palace Grand (3:20)
B7 Mattie Groves (9:10)
Bob Beers (fiddle/psaltery) Evelyne Beers (fiddle/limberjacks/vocals) Martha Beers (psaltery/guitar/vocals) Liner Notes: Robert Sherman

October 27, 2015

Bill Keith‎– Something Auld, Something Newgrass, Something Borrowed, Something Bluegrass

Rounder Records‎ RB-1

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1976
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 No Expectations
A2 Green Mountain Hop
A3 I'll Stay Around
A4 Crazy Creek
A5 Pain In My Heart
A6 Farewell Blues
B1 Caravan
B2 Detour
B3 Sugar Foot Rag
B4 Jordu
B5 Rickett's Hornpipe
B6 Auld Lang Syne
Bill Keith (banjo) Jim Rooney (guitar/vocals) Tony Rice (guitar) Vassar Clements (fiddle) Tom Gray (bass) Ken Kosek (banjo/piano) David Grisman (mandolin) Al Jones (vocals: A5)
Liner Notes: Tony Trischka

October 24, 2015

The Philadelphia Folk Festival 1977

Flying Fish FF-064

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Scots Piping: Bruce Martin (0:42)
A2 Did You Hear John Hurt?: Tom Paxton (3:34)
A3 Jerusalem Ridge: Norman Blake (2:37)
A4 Lady Isabel And The Elf King: Michael Cooney (4:51)
A5 Irish Dance Medley: The Boys Of Ballisodaire / The Longford Collector: De Danann (3:54)
A6 Then Came The Children: Kate Wolf (3:41)
A7 Step It Up And Go: John Jackson (2:36)
A8 I Gotta Be Me: Odetta (2:15)
B1 Green, Green Rocky Road: Dave Van Ronk (5:27)
B2 All For Me Grog: Lou Killen (3:08)
B3 Wild Goose Chase: Roger Sprung, Hal Wylie & The Progressive Bluegrassers (4:04)
B4 A Little Piece Of Wang: Debbie McClatchy (2:01)
B5 The Glory Of Love: Lew London Trio (4:15)
B6 Dance All Night: Highwood String Band & The Green Grass Cloggers (4:20)
Recorded at the Old Poole Farm, Upper Salford, Pa., August 16, 27, 28, 1977

October 19, 2015

A Collection of Mountain Songs 1927-1930

County Records COUNTY–504

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Sandy River Belle: Dad Blackard's Moonshiners
A2 Careless Love: Byrd Moore & His Hot Shots
A3 Groundhog: Jack Reedy & His Walker Mountain String Band
A4 I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows: Binkley Brothers' Dixie Clodhoppers
A5 All Night Long Blues: R.D. Burnett & Leonard Rutherford
A6 George Washingon: Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers
B1 Your Low Down Dirty Ways: Carolina Tar Heels
B2 Milwaukee Blues: North Carolina Ramblers
B3 Big Ball In Memphis: Georgia Yellow Hammers
B4 In The Shadow Of The Pine: Kelly Harrell, The Virginia String Band
B5 Wish I Had Stayed In The Wagon Yard: Lowe Stokes & His North Georgians
B6 The Preacher Got Drunk And Laid His Bible Down: Tennessee Ramblers
No release date on cover or label.

October 18, 2015

The Earls of Leicester

Rounder UPC-888072361416

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2014
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Big Black Train (2:49)
A2 Don't let your deal go down (2:12)
A3 I'll Go Stepping Too (2:59)
A4 Shuckin' the Corn (2:07)
A5 'Til the End of the World Rolls 'Round (2:36)
A6 Dig a Hole In the Meadow (2:21)
A7 Some Old Day (3:43)
B1 I Won't Be Hanging Around (2:11)
B2 I Don't Care Anymore (2:37)
B3 On My Mind (2:46)1.29
B4 You're Not a Drop in the Bucket (2:27)
B5 Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (3:14)
B6 The Wandering Boy (2:40)
B7 Who Will Sing For Me (2:32)
Jerry Douglas (dobro) Shawn Camp (guitar/vocals) Johnny Warren (fiddle/vocals) Charlie Cushman (banjo/guitar) Barry Bales (bass/vocals) Tim O'Brien (mandolin/vocals)
The Earls of Leicester is a bluegrass group assembled by Jerry Douglas to present the music of Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and their band the Foggy Mountain Boys to a contemporary audience. This self-titled debut album earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2015.

October 17, 2015

The Fiddler 1975 : An East Texas Fiddle Maker and his Wife

Directed by Marshall Riggins, this short non-fiction film from 1975 captures an elderly East Texas fiddle maker and his wife. The gentleman discusses the craft of fiddle making and how he met his wife. After completing his hand-crafted instrument, he plays several songs. Riggins produced this film for a religious organization. The film became lost after the organization allegedly decided the content was crude rather than sacred, and destroyed all remaining prints.

Movie Film  The Fiddler 1975 McMlxxv Counterpoint Films: Texas Archive of the Moving Image

October 16, 2015

Milk 'em in the Evening Blues: The McGee Brothers and Arthur Smith

Folkways Records FTS-1007

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Single-Footing Horse (1:30)
A2 Widow Haley (1:53)
A3 Charming Bill (2:06)
A4 Milk Cow Blues (2:32)
A5 Memphis Blues (1:02)
A6 Boogie (1:02)
A7 Amos Johnson Rag (1:40)
A8 Redwing (1:59)
A9 Under The Double Eagle (1:27)
A10 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (2:53)
A11 Evening Shade (2:02)
A12 Pig At Home In The Pen (2:08)
A13 Peacock Rag (1:53)
B1 Milk 'em In The Evening Blues (2:39)
B2 Late Last Night (2:17)
B3 Keep A Light In Your Window Tonight (1:54)
B4 Uncle Buddy (1:22)
B5 Lafayette (1:28)
B6 Drummer Boy (2:15)
B7 Easy Rider (2:30)
B8 Chinese Breakdown (2:20)
B9 Dance All Night With A Bottle In Your Hand (2:25)
B10 Whistling Rufus (1:26)
B11 Sally Johnson (2:10)
B12 I've Had A Big Time Tonight (1:39)
Sam McGee (banjo-guitar/guitar/vocals) Kirk McGee (banjo/vocals) Arthur Smith (fiddle/banjo/vocals)
Design: Craig Mierop, Liner Notes: Jon Pankake, Recorded and Edited: Mike Seeger

October 11, 2015

Clyde’s Music Barn Short Documentary by David Puckett

00:00 Slow Motion : Ben Dransfield
01:00 Shuckin' the Corn : Josh Graves, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs
03:09 Clyde's Place : Ben Flow
04:14 Foggy Mountain Breakdown : Earl Scruggs
04:35 I Saw the Light : Hank Williams
09:12 Won't You Kiss Me One More Time : Don Reno, Red Smiley
10:46 John Henry : Anonymous
11:25 1952 Vincent Black Lightning : Richard Thompson
13:10 Slow Motion : Ben Dransfield
15:35 Columbus Stockade Blues : Anonymous

Every Tuesday people travel many miles to enjoy southern cooking, live music, and good company at the Maness Pottery & Music Barn. Clyde Maness, the barn’s founder and operator, has been opening the doors to his barn since 1974 and has many stories to tell. David Puckett is a filmmaker and photographer living in Durham. He earned a degree in journalism and media production at East Carolina University. He is currently the photographer and videographer for the Duke University Talent Identification Program and a CDS certificate candidate.

October 10, 2015

The Great Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949)

Harmony HL-7290, Columbia HL-7290

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1961
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Rocky Road Blues
A2 Kentucky Waltz
A3 Footprints In The Snow
A4 Blue Moon Of Kentucky
A5 Mother's Only Sleeping
B1 Blue Grass Stomp
B2 My Rose Of Old Kentucky
B3 Blue Grass Breakdown
B4 Can't You Hear Me Callin'
B5 The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band
Photography: Arlene Ragsdale

October 9, 2015

Listen to Our Story: Alan Lomax, Folk Producer/Folk Promoter

Alan Lomax in 1982
Nathan Salsburg of the Association for Cultural Equity explores two key undertakings from this aspect of Lomax's career, his 1959 "Southern Journey" field-recording trip and its later ancillary, the American Patchwork video recording project (1978-1985). He argues that Lomax's technological, curatorial and promotional savvy were fundamental to the success of his mission. He also discusses the outlets that ACE has pursued, since Lomax's retirement in 1998, to further publish and promote his work and that mission, from CDs to LPs to YouTube to site-specific repatriation initiatives. Alan Lomax is known primarily as a folklorist and a documentarian, terms that suggest that his work was largely in service of the archival preservation of traditional and vernacular culture. But Lomax, from the tender age of 17, saw a more activist mission for himself: giving a "voice to the voiceless" by laboring to carve out space in the communication system for "all the submerged cultures" and their specific expressive traditions. Speaker Biography: Nathan Salsburg is curator of the Alan Lomax Archive at the Association for Cultural Equity.

October 6, 2015

Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys 16 All-Time Greatest Hits

Columbia CS-1065

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1970
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Molly And Tenbrooks (2:44)
A2 Blue Moon Of Kentucky (3:03)
A3 Travellin' This Lonesome Road (3:25)
A4 Blue Grass Stomp (3:00)
A5 It's Mighty Dark To Travel (2:52)
A6 My Rose Of Old Kentucky (2:57)
A7 Wicked Path Of Sin (2:39)
A8 Rocky Road Blues (2:36)
B1 Blue Grass Breakdown (2:40)
B2 When You Are Lonely (2:43)
B3 The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band (3:12)
B4 Little Cabin Home On The Hill (2:59)
B5 Footprints In The Snow (2:39)
B6 Will You Be Loving Another Man (2:53)
B7 Can't You Hear Me Callin' (3:48)
B8 I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling (2:58)
Cover Artwork: Margaret Coro, Liner Notes: James Goodfriend

October 5, 2015

The Quebe Sisters Band: Texas Fiddle & Swing

The Quebe Sisters Band: Sophia, Grace & Hulda
Concert by the Quebe Sisters Band, composed of Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe, who all sing and play the fiddle, and the Clark twins, Penny Lea (guitar and mandolin) and Katy Lou (banjo, piano and accordion). They perform a refreshing blend of Texas-style fiddling, vintage country, bluegrass and jazz and swing standards.

Speaker Biography: The Quebe Sisters Band has been awarded the Crescendo Award by the Western Music Association and the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. They have appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, NYC's Lincoln Center, the Ryman Auditorium, the Marty Stuart Show, the Eddie Stubbs Show on WSM, the Birchmere, the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree (as host band), the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, multiple European tours and the National Folk Festival. They have appeared in concert with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Merle Haggard, Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, and Marty Stuart.

October 3, 2015

Country Music Fields and Wade Ward - Recorded in Galax Virginia

Biograph Records RC-6002

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Riley And Spencer (3:18)
A2 Winkin' Eye (2:03)
A3 Little Birdie (2:15)
A4 One Eyed Sam (2:17)
A5 Sweet William (4:07)
A6 Hobo John (2:50)
B1 The Allen Clan (4:14)
B2 Cold Icy Floor 2:32
B3 Cruel Slavery Days (2:26)
B4 Round Town Girls (1:50)
B5 John Hardy (1:17)
B6 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down (2:50)
B7 Wade's Fox Chase (2:00)
Fields Ward (guitar/vocals) Wade Ward (banjo/talking) Jimmy Edmonds & John Rector (fiddles)
Liner Notes and Photography:Richard Nevins, Producer: Arnold S. Caplin

October 2, 2015

Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant

Reprise Records RS-6267

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1967
Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk
Style: Folk Rock
A1 Alice's Restaurant Massacree (18:20)
B1 Chilling Of The Evening (3:01)
B2 Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag (2:10)
B3 Now And Then (2:15)
B4 I'm Going Home (3:12)
B5 The Motorcycle Song (2:58)
B6 Highway In The Wind (2:40)
Producer: Fred Hellerman, Art Direction: Ed Thrasher, Artwork: Richard Chalfin, Liner Notes: Harold Leventhal
Alice's Restaurant is the debut album by Arlo Guthrie released in September 1967 by Reprise Records. It features one of his most famous songs, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree". A steady seller, the album peaked at #63 on the Billboard 200 album chart two years later on the week of December 27, 1969.