Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia features 32 tracks of African-American banjo players from North Carolina and Virginia playing in the old-time folk style, recorded between 1974 and 1997. This is one of numerous releases illustrating that the roots of American music have more of a commonality than is often supposed. Many of the standards covered by the musicians on this record were (and are) in the repertoire of white folk artists, and it seems almost arbitrary to try to determine whether this is more of a country or a blues collection. Several of the players use odd tunings, and their instrumental skills outshine the vocals, which often sound like...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia features 32 tracks of African-American banjo players from North Carolina and Virginia playing in the old-time folk style, recorded between 1974 and 1997. This is one of numerous releases illustrating that the roots of American music have more of a commonality than is often supposed. Many of the standards covered by the musicians on this record were (and are) in the repertoire of white folk artists, and it seems almost arbitrary to try to determine whether this is more of a country or a blues collection. Several of the players use odd tunings, and their instrumental skills outshine the vocals, which often sound like off-the-cuff afterthoughts. This is very well produced (with a booklet giving background on black banjo playing and the history behind the songs), and it's really more of academic interest than something to play for entertainment, historical importance aside.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/1998
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074007921
  • Catalog Number: 40079
  • Sales rank: 308,597

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coo Coo (1:13)
  2. 2 Coo Coo (2:09)
  3. 3 Old Rattler (Fox Chase) (2:44)
  4. 4 Georgie Buck (1:00)
  5. 5 Georgia Buck - Odell Thompson (1:34)
  6. 6 John Henry - James Roberts (0:47)
  7. 7 High Sheriff (0:37)
  8. 8 John Hardy (1:03)
  9. 9 Garfield (1:19)
  10. 10 Old Corn Liquor (1:19)
  11. 11 Old Corn Liquor - Odell Thompson (1:07)
  12. 12 John Henry - Odell Thompson (2:17)
  13. 13 Love Somebody - Tommy Thompson (2:11)
  14. 14 Long Tail Blue (1:19)
  15. 15 Ain't Gonna Rain No More (1:13)
  16. 16 Going Where I've Never Been Before (3:46)
  17. 17 Black Annie (2:15)
  18. 18 Old Blue (2:03)
  19. 19 Going Away from Home (3:52)
  20. 20 You Don't Know My Darling (1:16)
  21. 21 Jaybird March (1:48)
  22. 22 Going up North (1:47)
  23. 23 Sugar Hill (2:24)
  24. 24 Mama Don't Allow (1:58)
  25. 25 Shortnin' Bread (1:45)
  26. 26 Shortnin' Bread (1:55)
  27. 27 Fox Chase (1:09)
  28. 28 Roustabout (1:21)
  29. 29 Cookin' in the Kitchen (1:49)
  30. 30 Coo Coo Bird - Rufus Kasey (4:41)
  31. 31 Fox Chase (4:18)
  32. 32 Little Brown Jug - Tommy Thompson (1:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta Baker Banjo, Track Performer
John Jackson Track Performer
John Snipes Vocals, Track Performer, Claw Hammer Banjo
Cora Phillips Guitar, Track Performer
Joe Thompson Fiddle, Track Performer
Odell Thompson Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer, Claw Hammer Banjo
Tommy Thompson Guitar, Track Performer, Claw Hammer Banjo
Dink Roberts Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer, Claw Hammer Banjo
John Tyree Bass, Track Performer
Uncle Homer Walker Vocals, Track Performer, Claw Hammer Banjo
Leonard Bowles Fiddle, Claw Hammer Banjo
Irvin Cook Banjo, Vocals
Lewis "Big Sweet" Hairston Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Rufus Kasey Vocals, Claw Hammer Banjo
James Roberts Banjo, Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Jackson Contributor
Rick Springfield Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Charly Weber Engineer
Anthony Seeger Contributor
Jim Clark Composer
Traditional Composer
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