Bluegrass Beginnings

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Any album that includes bluegrass luminaries such as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs looks promising. Add a few lesser-known performers like the the Lilly Brothers and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and the listener has Bluegrass Beginnings. Bluegrass has become more popular in recent years thanks to Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, but to hardcore fans the first ten years -- the mid '40s to the mid '50s -- remain the golden era. Bluegrass Beginnings offers a blast from the mountain past for old-timers, a sixty-minute program packed with classics. To the recent convert, the album offers a chance to look at the roots of this overcharged folk music....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Any album that includes bluegrass luminaries such as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs looks promising. Add a few lesser-known performers like the the Lilly Brothers and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and the listener has Bluegrass Beginnings. Bluegrass has become more popular in recent years thanks to Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, but to hardcore fans the first ten years -- the mid '40s to the mid '50s -- remain the golden era. Bluegrass Beginnings offers a blast from the mountain past for old-timers, a sixty-minute program packed with classics. To the recent convert, the album offers a chance to look at the roots of this overcharged folk music. There are several lovely tracks by the Stanley Brothers including "The White Dove" and "I Love No One But You," and good selections, "Down the Road" and "My Cabin in Caroline," by Flatt and Scruggs. Phebel Wright offers up a rousing instrumental, "Lint Head Stomp" "lint head" was used as a derisive name for cotton mill workers, while the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers deliver the lively "Lonesome Sad and Blue." It would have been helpful to have the origin of each track on the liner notes so that a listener could search out similar material. However, the quality music should offer the proper inspiration to seek out other recordings by these artists. Bluegrass Beginnings succeeds by offering a pure and pleasing dose of the real thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2001
  • Label: Catfish Uk
  • UPC: 643247119526
  • Catalog Number: 195

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bluegrass Breakdown - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:40)
  2. 2 Kentucky Is Only a Dream - Red Belcher (2:45)
  3. 3 The White Dove (3:17)
  4. 4 Down the Road (2:41)
  5. 5 Lint Head Stomp - Phebel Wright (2:37)
  6. 6 Lonesome, Sad and Blue (2:56)
  7. 7 Heavy Traffic Ahead - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:49)
  8. 8 I Love No One But You (2:39)
  9. 9 They Sleep Together Now at Rest (3:11)
  10. 10 My Cabin in Caroline (2:38)
  11. 11 Shine Hallelujah, Shine - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:33)
  12. 12 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:03)
  13. 13 Rattlesnake Daddy (2:04)
  14. 14 Why Don't You Tell Me So (2:41)
  15. 15 Sparkling Brown Eyes (2:35)
  16. 16 It's Mighty Dark to Travel - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:52)
  17. 17 The Fields Have All Turned Brown (2:35)
  18. 18 What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? (2:34)
  19. 19 Don't Forget Me (2:22)
  20. 20 Baby Blue Eyes (2:59)
  21. 21 Hey! Hey! Hey! (2:44)
  22. 22 Orange Blossom Special (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Lilly Brothers Track Performer
The Stanley Brothers Track Performer
The Bailey Brothers Track Performer
Lonesome Pine Fiddlers Track Performer
Phebel Wright Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Ralph Stanley Composer
Jim Eanes Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Carter Stanley Composer
Keith Briggs Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
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