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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The songs featured on Smithsonian/Folkways' Classic Old-Time Music were mostly recorded in the late '50s and early '60s with a few scattered throughout the '70s and celebrate many of the performers who not only toured the festival circuits at that time, but many who sowed the seeds of the entire folk revival. Old-timey legends like Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, Doc Watson, Wade Ward, and a segment of the Carter Family all make prominent appearances, but the real uncut gems come from lesser-known folkies like the Iron Mountain String Band, J.E. Mainer's Moutaineers, Sam & Kirk McGee, and Lee Sexton, whose version of "Pretty Polly" may be among the most spine-tingling on ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The songs featured on Smithsonian/Folkways' Classic Old-Time Music were mostly recorded in the late '50s and early '60s with a few scattered throughout the '70s and celebrate many of the performers who not only toured the festival circuits at that time, but many who sowed the seeds of the entire folk revival. Old-timey legends like Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, Doc Watson, Wade Ward, and a segment of the Carter Family all make prominent appearances, but the real uncut gems come from lesser-known folkies like the Iron Mountain String Band, J.E. Mainer's Moutaineers, Sam & Kirk McGee, and Lee Sexton, whose version of "Pretty Polly" may be among the most spine-tingling on record. The later recordings by the New Lost City Ramblers, the Spare Change Boys, and a trio of college students performing "Ship in the Clouds" unfortunately feel a little too studied and reserved, and certainly not as natural as the performers who lived and breathed the music as a part of their daily lives, but their inclusion proves that the music is still alive today. Excellent liner notes are a hallmark of Smithsonian/Folkways recordings, and Classic Old-Time Music continues that tradition, providing a fascinating history behind each song and performer, ensuring hours of listening and re-listening pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074009321
  • Catalog Number: 40093
  • Sales rank: 51,564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sugar Hill - Iron Mountain String Band (1:42)
  2. 2 Bill Morgan and His Gal - The New Lost City Ramblers (2:57)
  3. 3 Country Blues - Dock Boggs (3:52)
  4. 4 Little Sadie - Clarence Ashley (2:20)
  5. 5 Susannah Gal - Frank Bode & Tommy Jarrell (2:59)
  6. 6 Wednesday Night Waltz - Clark Kessinger (3:07)
  7. 7 Cyclone of Rye Cove - The New Lost City Ramblers (3:05)
  8. 8 I'm Leaving You This Lonesome Song - Al Carters (2:37)
  9. 9 Carroll County Blues - Doc Watson (3:35)
  10. 10 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - Arthur Smith (3:03)
  11. 11 Trouble in Mind - Roscoe Holcomb (2:18)
  12. 12 Chilly Winds - Wade Ward (1:08)
  13. 13 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad - Bill (2:25)
  14. 14 Pretty Polly - Lee Sexton (2:13)
  15. 15 Bonaparte's Retreat - Mike Seeger (1:29)
  16. 16 Concord Rag - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:15)
  17. 17 John Henry - George Pegram (2:18)
  18. 18 Bowling Green - Cousin Emmy (1:49)
  19. 19 Fine Times at Our House - John W. Summers (3:12)
  20. 20 Streets of Glory - Old Reliable String Band (2:10)
  21. 21 Policeman - Spare Change Boys (2:53)
  22. 22 Love Somebody (Soldier's Joy) - Joe & Tommy Thompson (2:15)
  23. 23 House of David Blues - Red Clay Rlambers (1:27)
  24. 24 Ship in the Clouds - Andy Cahan (1:46)
  25. 25 Late Last Night - Kirk McGee (2:26)
  26. 26 Look Down That Lonesome Road - Gaither Carlton (2:07)
  27. 27 Down Yonder - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (2:38)
  28. 28 Jaybird March - Etta Baker & Cora Baker (1:51)
  29. 29 John Brown's Dream - The New Lost City Ramblers (1:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta Baker Banjo
Clark Kessinger Fiddle
Doc Watson Guitar
Mike Seeger Fiddle, Mandolin, Autoharp, Vocals, Appalachian Dulcimer
Tom Paley Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dock Boggs Banjo, Vocals
Roscoe Holcomb Banjo, Vocals
J.E. Mainer Fiddle
George Pegram Banjo, Vocals
Wade Ward Banjo
Sam McGee Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Vocals
Eric Thompson Guitar
Hank Bradley Fiddle, Vocals
Frank Bode Guitar, Vocals
Andy Cahan Banjo
Gaither Carlton Fiddle, Vocals
Sara Carter Guitar, Vocals
John Cohen Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Walt Koken Banjo
Al McCanless Fiddle
Kirk McGee Banjo
Lisa Ornstein Fiddle
Cora Phillips Guitar
Tracy Schwarz Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Jody Stecher Fiddle
John Summers Fiddle
Jim Watson Guitar, Vocals
David Johnson Fiddle, Vocals
Artie Rose Guitar, Vocals
Eric Davidson Banjo, Vocals
Tommy Jarrell Fiddle
Fred Price Fiddle
Cousin Emmy Banjo, Vocals
Gordon Tanner Fiddle
Lee Sexton Banjo, Vocals
Clarence Ashley Banjo, Vocals
Joe & Odell Thompson Fiddle
Caleb Finch Fiddle
Gene Meade Guitar
Technical Credits
Doc Watson Arranger
James Moore Composer
Jeff Place Annotation
Jerry West Composer
Pete Reiniger Mastering
J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers Contributor
M. Christian Composer
Gladys Stacey Composer
Louise Certain Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
W. Walker Composer
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