Around the World to Poor Valley

Around the World to Poor Valley

by Bill Clifton
     
 

As a wealthy northerner, Bill Clifton's career in bluegrass and old-timey music not only demonstrated the universal appeal of musical forms previously associated with the poor, rural South, but paved the way for the broad success of the bluegrass revival in the '60s and '70s among artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds. Ironically, Clifton adhered more… See more details below

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As a wealthy northerner, Bill Clifton's career in bluegrass and old-timey music not only demonstrated the universal appeal of musical forms previously associated with the poor, rural South, but paved the way for the broad success of the bluegrass revival in the '60s and '70s among artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds. Ironically, Clifton adhered more strictly to the traditions of old-timey and bluegrass music than many of the vaunted bluegrass artists with more "authentic" upbringings. Around the World to Poor Valley is an eight-disc box set that compiles most, but not all, of Clifton's commercial recordings, from his 1954 recordings for Blue Ridge Records to a song he recorded in 1995 for a compilation. In between are his complete Mercury and Starday recordings from the late '50s and '60s, including albums such as Carter Family Memorial Album, Soldier, Sing Me a Song, and Code of the Mountains. Clifton's sound gravitated away from bluegrass toward old-timey and folk music after he left Starday, so the later sides find him singing traditional tunes to the strum of an autoharp, playing folk and cowboy songs on an acoustic guitar, and even performing an entire album of autoharp instrumentals. These efforts have more in common with Canadian country than the music of the American South, and resemble the folksy styles of Stu Phillips and Ian Tyson. From the '70s onward, Clifton increasingly performed for audiences in Europe, where he recorded a number of studio sessions and live shows for release on various independent labels. Some of the box set's omissions include Clifton's noncommercial recordings from 1952 (available on the Bear Family LP A Bluegrass Session) and several of his live and studio albums recorded overseas in the '70s and '80s. A 100-page hardback book features a detailed biography and complete discography, plus a wealth of photographs and memorabilia spanning Clifton's entire career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2001
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127164254
catalogNumber:
16425
Rank:
184658

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Burglar Man
  2. Flower Blooming in the Wildwood
  3. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  4. Down Where the River Bends
  5. Wake Up Susan
  6. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  7. Railroading on the Great Divide
  8. Take Back the Heart
  9. Gathering Flowers from the Hillside
  10. All the Good Times Are Past and Gone
  11. Pal of Yesterday
  12. Little White Washed Chimney
  13. Lonely Heart Blues
  14. Take Back the Heart
  15. When You Kneel at Mother's Grave
  16. All the Good Times Are Past and Gone
  17. Gathering Flowers from the Hillside
  18. Little White Washed Chimney
  19. Railroading on the Great Divide
  20. Take Back the Heart
  21. Little White Washed Chimney
  22. Pal of Yesterday
  23. Lonely Heart Blues
  24. Mary Dear
  25. Dixie Ramble
  26. Livin' the Right Life
  27. Cedar Grove
  28. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

Disc 2

  1. You'll Go to Your Church
  2. Are You Alone
  3. Another Broken Heart
  4. When You Kneel at Mother's Grave
  5. Corey
  6. Dixie Mountain Express
  7. When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall
  8. Walking in My Sleep
  9. Dixie Darling
  10. Springhill Disaster
  11. The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee
  12. You Don't Think About Me When I'm Gone
  13. I'll Wander Back Someday
  14. You Don't Think About Me When I'm Gone
  15. Mail Carrier's Warning
  16. Little Darling Pal of Mine
  17. Railroading on the Great Divide
  18. Bed on the Floor
  19. Give Me Your Love and I'll Give You Mine
  20. Little Joe
  21. March Winds
  22. No Hiding Place Down Here
  23. Old Cottage Home
  24. Green Fields of Virginia
  25. Give Me the Roses
  26. In the Land Where We'll Never Grow Old
  27. Light in Your Soul
  28. Mother Will Be Waiting There
  29. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  30. Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy to Me

Disc 3

  1. Stern Old Bachelor
  2. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  3. My Clinch Mountain Home
  4. Cannonball Blues
  5. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  6. My Clinch Mountain Home
  7. March Winds
  8. Bring Back My Blue Eyed Boy to Me
  9. I'm Rolling On
  10. No Hiding Place Down Here
  11. There's a Star Spangled Banner
  12. A White Cross Marks the Grave
  13. Spanish Flandang
  14. Jimmy Will Be Slain
  15. Drink Your Glasses Dry
  16. The Battle of Quebec
  17. This Old Cold War
  18. The Sinking of the Maine
  19. I Want to Go Home
  20. The Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea
  21. Faded Coat of Blue
  22. Uniforms of Grey
  23. Tim
  24. San Juan Hill
  25. The Marine's Hymn
  26. Uniforms of Grey
  27. Volunteer's March
  28. Standing Outside
  29. Columbus Stockade Blues

Disc 4

  1. Going Back to Dixie
  2. Mother Still Prays for You
  3. Moonshiner
  4. Just a Smile
  5. Lonely Little Cabin
  6. Dream of the Miner's Child
  7. Groundhog Hunt
  8. Engine 23
  9. Jim Hatfield's Son
  10. Saturday Night
  11. Lonesome for You
  12. Lazy Courtship
  13. Across the Shining River
  14. Roll the Cotton Down
  15. Take Me Back
  16. Lonesome Field
  17. Little Green Valley
  18. When I Lay My Burdens Down
  19. At My Window
  20. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar
  21. Where the Willow Gently Sways
  22. When I'm With You
  23. My Nights Are Lonely
  24. Lamp in the Window
  25. Louis Collins
  26. I'll Be Satisfied
  27. Old Ruben
  28. My Cindy Girl
  29. Dixie Ramble (Bluegrass Ramble)

Disc 5

  1. Bringing Mary Home
  2. Big Bill
  3. Beatle Crazy
  4. Little Gril Dressed in Blue
  5. Jug of Punch
  6. Keep That Wheel A-Turning
  7. Baby Lie Easy
  8. Green to Gray
  9. Mother Where Is Your Daughter Tonight
  10. Prisoner's Dream
  11. Sweet Fern
  12. Forsaken Love
  13. Sales Tax on the Women
  14. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia
  15. Hobo Bill's Last Ride
  16. Intoxicated Rat
  17. Methodist Pie
  18. When They Baptized Sister Lucy Lee
  19. When the Work's All Done This Fall
  20. Mark's Tune
  21. Happy Days
  22. Two Sweethearts
  23. The Storms Are on the Ocean
  24. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  25. Dust on the Bible
  26. Ranger's Command
  27. Charles Guiteau
  28. Chilly Scenes of Winter
  29. Gathering Up the Shells from the Sea-Shore

Disc 6

  1. Blue Eyed Elaine
  2. Come by the Hills
  3. Fast Express
  4. Going Down the Valley
  5. Going to Scotland
  6. Honey I'm Rambling Away
  7. I Love You Best
  8. I've Got My One Way Ticket
  9. Little Poplar Log House on the Hill
  10. Mark's Tune
  11. There's a Little Pine Log Cabin
  12. This World Can't Stand Long
  13. Pretty Flowers
  14. Happy Days
  15. I'll Be True While You're Gone
  16. I Wonder If You Feel the Way I Do
  17. Love and Wealth
  18. Plant Some Flowers by My Graveside
  19. Remember Me
  20. Shame on You
  21. Silence or Tears
  22. We Parted by the Riverside
  23. When the Springtime Comes Again
  24. Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown
  25. Won't It Be Wonderful There
  26. Walking in My Sleep
  27. Sunny Side of Life
  28. Lonely Heart Blues
  29. I Saw the Light

Disc 7

  1. Are You from Dixie
  2. Ashdown Waltz
  3. Dixie Cannonball
  4. Down in My Old Cabin Home
  5. Fourteen Days in Georgia
  6. It Takes a Long Tall Brown Skin Gal to Make a Preacher Lay His ...
  7. Keep That Wheel A-Turning
  8. On the Sea of Galilee
  9. She Has Forgotten
  10. Sugartree Stomp
  11. Tall Pines
  12. The Old Man's Story
  13. There's No Other Love for Me
  14. The Spirit of Love Watches Me
  15. Valley of Peace
  16. You're My Best Friend
  17. Blue Dreams
  18. Country Is a Feeling in Your Soul
  19. From Jerusalem to Jericho
  20. I Need the Prayers of Those I Love
  21. Let Me Make You Smile Again
  22. Maybe You Will Miss Me When I'm Gone
  23. Night in June
  24. Over the Hill
  25. Rainin' on the Mountain
  26. Six Bells
  27. When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall
  28. Will the Angels Have a Sweetheart
  29. Jumpin' Old Rattler

Disc 8

  1. Silver Bell
  2. Darling Nellie Gray
  3. Plumtree Cakewalk
  4. Gray Dawn
  5. Liberty
  6. This Land Is Your Land
  7. Under the Double Eagle
  8. Mist Over Poor Valley
  9. Celebration
  10. Tea at Half-Five
  11. Wildwood Flower
  12. Gathering Up the Shells from the Sea-Shore
  13. Barefoot Days
  14. Beautiful
  15. Where the Rainbow Finds Its End
  16. Mississippi Sawyer
  17. Somebody's Waiting for You
  18. First Ole Restless Wind
  19. Kitty and I
  20. My Blue Ridge Mountain Home
  21. Be on Time
  22. Come Be My Rainbow
  23. Sunshine and Rain
  24. Winkin' at Me
  25. Southern Moon
  26. Silver Dew on the Bluegrass Tonight
  27. Waltzing With Bears

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Clifton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals
Alexis Korner   Vocals
Mike Auldridge   Dobro,Guitar
Ralph Stanley   Banjo
Bill Keith   Banjo
Benny Martin   Fiddle
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Paul Clayton   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Seeger   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals
Jim Brock   Fiddle
Gordon Terry   Fiddle
Curtis Lee   Fiddle
Jack Cassidy   Bass
Paul Craft   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Zeke Dawson   Fiddle
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin,Vocals
Buck Graves   Dobro
Tom Gray   Bass
Smiley Hobbs   Banjo,Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Carl Nelson   Fiddle
Cal Newman   Fiddle
Roy Self   Bass
George Shuffler   Bass
Robin Smith   Bass
Art Stamper   Fiddle,Vocals
Charlie Waller   Guitar,Vocals
Hedy West   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Tony Williamson   Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
John Duffey   Dobro,Mandolin,Vocals
Henry Newton "Tommy" Vaden   Fiddle
John Palmer   Bass
Buzz Busby   Mandolin,Vocals
Paul Justice   Fiddle
Red Rector   Mandolin,Vocals
Charlie Collins   Guitar
Thomas Lee Jackson   Fiddle,Vocals
Johnny Lee Johnson   Guitar
John "Sonny Boy" Clark   Banjo,Vocals
Tater Tate   Fiddle
Pete Roberts   Guitar,Vocals
Carl Boehm   Bass
Dave Sadler   Banjo

Technical Credits

Eddie Adcock   Liner Notes
Bill Clifton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Illustrations
Mike Seeger   Liner Notes
Mother Maybelle Carter   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Sara Carter   Composer
Pete Kuykendall   Liner Notes
Richard K. Spottswood   Interviewer
John Strother   Remixing
Hank Williams   Composer
Red Rector   Arranger
Martha Adcock   Interviewer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Jurgen Crasser   Mastering
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Buddy Dee   Arranger
Wolfgang Taubenauer   Artwork
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Rienk Janssen   Liner Notes,Interviewer,Biographical Information

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