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Bluegrass and Old Timey Music

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
One has the tendency to relate certain types of music to certain record labels. Prestige, for instance, is known for its jazz roster. It comes as a surprise, then, to the post-millennium listener when the label reissues roots music recorded during the 1960s. But it shouldn't. Once upon a time, Prestige worked side-by-side with Vanguard and Folkways to bring LP buyers the best in folk-based music. The Charles River Valley Boys were born in the green pastures of Yale and Harvard in 1959 and blossomed into a crack outfit of down-home pickers. Bluegrass and Old Timey Music originates from two albums recorded by the group in 1962 and 1964, the first known by the same ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
One has the tendency to relate certain types of music to certain record labels. Prestige, for instance, is known for its jazz roster. It comes as a surprise, then, to the post-millennium listener when the label reissues roots music recorded during the 1960s. But it shouldn't. Once upon a time, Prestige worked side-by-side with Vanguard and Folkways to bring LP buyers the best in folk-based music. The Charles River Valley Boys were born in the green pastures of Yale and Harvard in 1959 and blossomed into a crack outfit of down-home pickers. Bluegrass and Old Timey Music originates from two albums recorded by the group in 1962 and 1964, the first known by the same title, the second by The Charles River Valley Boys With Tex Logan. With traditional material, high-lonesome vocals, and fancy picking, a listener would never guess that Bob Siggins, John Cooke, Fritz Richmond, and Joe Val were anything but the real deal. The band's version of "White Dove" is every bit as raw as the Stanley Brothers' take, while "Uncle Pen" pays sincere respect to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. The amazing thing about these recordings is how authentic they sound. Many accused young musicians involved in the folk revival of mimicking the old styles but failing to grasp traditional music at a deeper level. Again and again, the Charles River Valley Boys offer felt versions of classic bluegrass repertoire "Angel Band," "Away Out on the Mountain". Bluegrass and Old Timey Music offers a great intro to the Charles River Boys and shows how good revival bluegrass could be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218528023
  • Catalog Number: 24280
  • Sales rank: 117,502

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Charles River Valley Boys Primary Artist
Joe Val Mandolin, Vocals, Group Member
Tex Logan Fiddle, Group Member
Fritz Richmond Vocals, Washtub Bass
Bob Siggins Banjo, Dobro, Vocals, Group Member
Ethan Singer Fiddle, Mandolin, Group Member
John Cooke Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Roy Acuff Arranger, Composer
Steve Goodman Composer
McGee Brothers Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith Composer
Cliff Carlisle Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Samuel Charters Producer
Ray Edenton Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Charles Randolph Grean Composer
Charlie Poole Composer
Paul Rothchild Producer
Chuck Seitz Composer
Bob Siggins Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Delbert Tailor Composer
The Charles River Valley Boys Arranger
John Duffey Composer
Stephen Fassett Engineer
T.J. Jackson Composer
Karl Davis Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
G.B. Grayson Composer
Kelly Harrell Composer
Pearl Jones Composer
Henry Whitter Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Buddy Black Composer
Cy Coben Composer
J. Lewis Composer
Frederick Lyman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Ethan Singer Liner Notes
Arthur Smith Composer
John Cooke Liner Notes
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