May 20, 2016

Mountain Music Of Kentucky: Collected by John Cohen

Folkways Records FA-2317

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1960
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Folk, Old Time
[Tracklist]
A01 Amazing Grace: Various
A02 Foreign Lander: Martha Hall
A03 Charlie's Neat: Granville Bowlen
A04 Little Birdie: Willie Chapman
A05 Fox Chase: Lee Sexton
A06 East Virginia Blues: Roscoe Holcomb
A07 Spring Of '65: James B. Cornett
A08 Death Of The Blue Eagle: George Davis
A09 Old Age Pension Blues: "Banjo" Bill Cornett
A10 Lost Indian: Marion Summner
A11 Cotten Eyed Joe, Little Sunshine: Granville Bowlen
A12 John Henry: Martin Young / Corbett Grigsby
A13 Jaw Bone: Willie Chapman
A14 St. Louis Blues: Lee Sexton
A15 Wayfaring Stranger: Roscoe Holcomb
B01 Across The Rocky Mountain: Roscoe Holcomb
B02 Stingy Woman Blues: Roscoe Holcomb
B03 Black-Eyed Susie: Roscoe Holcomb
B04 I Wish I Were A Single Girl Again: Roscoe Holcomb
B05 Young & Tender Ladies: Martha Hall
B06 Kitty Alone: Martha Hall
B07 Barbara Allen: James B. Cornett
B08 Sweet Willie: "Banjo" Bill Cornett
B09 Buck Creek Girls: Bill Cornett
B10 Cluck Old Hen: Bill Cornett
B11 Rocky Island: Corbett Grigsby & Martin Young
B12 No Letter In The Mail: Corbett Grigsby & Martin Young
B13 Give The Fiddler A Dram: James Crase
B14 Old Joe Clark: James Crase
[Credits]
Recorder, Field Worker, Producer, Photographer, Designer & Liner Notes: John Cohen
[Notes]
In 1959, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers made field recordings in the mountains of Kentucky of Appalachian folk performers who were virtually unknown to the record-buying public. This is no-nonsense, sometimes raw stuff, with fiddlers, banjos, a cappella singers, and Baptist church choirs presenting folk standards, blues-influenced numbers, stomping bluegrass, even the odd country song. It's got as much of the unadulterated American white folk feel as the older recordings on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music box (to use a celebrated example), though the material here is of better fidelity. Although some of these artists would make other recordings, only Roscoe Holcomb -- the most passionate and arresting of them -- would gain anything like substantial recognition. This is too basic and unschooled, not to mention too long, to hold the attention of the average folk or bluegrass fan, but scholars and roots aficionados will value its no-frills authenticity.

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