November 12, 2015

Roscoe Holcomb / the High Lonesome Sound

Smithsonian Folkways FW-2368

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1965
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Swanno Mountain (3:20)
A2 Combs Hotel Burned Down (2:32)
A3 Wandering Boy (4:36)
A4 Hook And Line (1:54)
A5 Barbara Allen Blues (1:31)
A6 Married Life Blues (1:51)
A7 Fair Miss In The Garden (3:37)
A8 Omie Wise (4:36)
A9 Willow Tree (3:02)
B1 Boat's Up The River (3:50)
B2 In The Pines (2:27)
B3 Fox Chase (1:24)
B4 Coney Isle (1:52)
B5 Charles Guitau (1:21)
B6 Free Little Bird (1:59)
B7 Baby Let Your Hair Roll Down (2:33)
B8 Little Bessie (10:14)
Roscoe Holcomb (banjo/guitar/harmonica/vocals)
Produced and edited by John Cohen, Recorded by Peter Bartok on April, 1964
Roscoe Holcomb is a big favorite among musicians and folklorists -- Bob Dylan, for one, is a big fan -- yet it must be said that this is probably too authentic for most listeners to play for pleasure. It's straight from the bone, with high, at times harsh vocals that make no concession to popular clichés to make things easier on the ear. That's one thing which makes the parallel to Dylan easy to see. The banjo playing is impressive, and the anthology is embellished by lengthy liner notes and recollections by John Cohen.

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