Come to the Mountain: Old Time Music for Modern Times

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This lovely sampler lifts tracks from various Rounder recordings to present an intriguing look at the contemporary old-time music scene, the end result of which is a soothing, graceful tour through a world that raises nostalgia to a living, breathing art. When the folk revival of the 1960s brought old-time Appalachian and Deep South traditions to the attention of young urban musicians, it essentially rescued those traditions for the future, and musicians playing this kind of thing since have tended to follow one of two arcs, either working to preserve the music the New Lost City Ramblers would be a perfect example or to reinvent it for the current age as Tony Trischka has...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This lovely sampler lifts tracks from various Rounder recordings to present an intriguing look at the contemporary old-time music scene, the end result of which is a soothing, graceful tour through a world that raises nostalgia to a living, breathing art. When the folk revival of the 1960s brought old-time Appalachian and Deep South traditions to the attention of young urban musicians, it essentially rescued those traditions for the future, and musicians playing this kind of thing since have tended to follow one of two arcs, either working to preserve the music the New Lost City Ramblers would be a perfect example or to reinvent it for the current age as Tony Trischka has attempted to do with his various ensembles, or even, as groups like Dry Branch Fire Squad have done, fold it into the umbrella of bluegrass while still retaining the old-time sensibilities. What matters most, whatever path to the river is chosen, is that the music and its melodies have survived, and since the success of movies like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain, both of which featured old-time music soundtracks, they have even flourished and flirted with the pop charts. Come to the Mountain has a lovely, seamlessly unfolding sequence, highlighted by the gorgeous title tune, done by the Putnam String County Band which can boast having both fiddler Jay Ungar and Ramblers founder John Cohen as members. Other standout tracks here include Dirk Powell and Jim Miller's sprightly and spare "Hop High My Lulu Gal," Corey Harris' "Station Blues" a version of "Sitting On Top of the World" that features Shardé Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, and Dry Branch Fire Squad's signature bluegrass/string band hybrid sound on "Walking Back to Richmond." Far from feeling like a reenactment, the music on Come to the Mountain feels vital, fluid, and alive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661054721
  • Catalog Number: 610547
  • Sales rank: 76,696

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come to the Mountain - Putnam County String Band (2:57)
  2. 2 Hop High My Lulu Gal (3:41)
  3. 3 Willow - The Woodshed All-Stars (5:08)
  4. 4 Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (3:23)
  5. 5 Winter - Northampton Harmony (0:54)
  6. 6 A Sweet Goodbye - Jones & Leva (2:21)
  7. 7 Perilous Journey - Putnam County String Band (4:08)
  8. 8 Down at Mylow's House - Norman Blake (1:19)
  9. 9 Station Blues (3:24)
  10. 10 Chicken in the Snowbank - James Bryan (2:22)
  11. 11 Black Jack Davey - Putnam County String Band (4:02)
  12. 12 Your Heart Has Found a Home - Ron Block (3:31)
  13. 13 River of Sorrow - The Woodshed All-Stars (3:20)
  14. 14 Midnight on the Water - Jay Ungar (2:51)
  15. 15 Long Journey - Lee Berg (2:50)
  16. 16 Walking Back to Richmond (3:19)
  17. 17 Bane's Grave (2:59)
  18. 18 When Sorrows Encompass Me Round (4:30)
  19. 19 Askokan Farewell (4:07)
  20. 20 Help Me Climb That Mountain - Lynn Morris (3:03)
  21. 21 Amazing Grace (2:36)
  22. 22 There Is a Reason - Union Station (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rory Block Guitar, Vocals
Paul Butterfield Harmonica
Russ Barenberg Guitar
Norman Blake Guitar
James Bryan Fiddle
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Tony Furtado Slide Guitar
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Viola, Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Trischka Banjo
John Sebastian Harmonica
Mac Benford Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Matt Glaser Fiddle
Pete Sutherland Fiddle
Lynn Morris Guitar, Vocals
John Baker Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Bales Bass, Acoustic Bass
Lee Berg Vocals
Ron Block Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Marie Burns Mandolin, Vocals
John Cohen Banjo, Fretless Banjo
Dick Erwin Bass
Lyn Hardy Guitar, Vocals
Doug Henrie Bass
John Hisey Banjo
Carol Elizabeth Jones Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
John Kirk Fiddle, Background Vocals
Ray Legere Fiddle
James Leva Vocal Harmony, Finger Picking
Molly Mason Bass
Abby Newton Cello, Vocals
Dirk Powell Fiddle, Guitar
John Rossbach Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Evan Stover Fiddle, Viola
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle
Ron Thomason Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Dan Tyminski Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Jay Ungar Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Marshall Wilborn Bass
Corey Harris Guitar, Vocals
Tim Eriksen Vocals
Tom Jackson Banjo
Cath Oss Alto (Vocal)
Kelly House Treble
Riley Baugus Banjo, Vocals
Rodney Evans Snare Drums
Shardé Thomas Fife, Vocals
Otha Andre Evans Bass Drums, Vocals
Aubrey Turner Drums, Bass Drums
Jim Miller Vocals
Jeff Colby Bass (Vocal)
R.L. Boyce Snare Drums
Technical Credits
Norman Blake Composer
James Bryan Composer
Tony Furtado Composer
David Bromberg Composer
Mike Henderson Composer
Martin Simpson Composer
Lynn Morris Composer
Ron Block Composer
Marie Burns Composer
Lyn Hardy Composer
Carol Elizabeth Jones Composer
Dirk Powell Arranger
Jay Ungar Composer
Rosa Lee Watson Composer
Isaac Watts Composer
Scott Alarik Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
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