Dark as a Dungeon: Songs of the Mines

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
What makes this sampler of various Rebel Records artists work is its theme, as bluegrass performers the Seldom Scene, Blue Highway, the Country Gentlemen, and others present a set of Southern mining songs from Rebel's huge back catalog. Certainly one of the most dangerous and emotionally harrowing jobs ever imagined, mining makes sheer life and death a daily issue, and a body of songs that is part folk, part blues, part country, part spiritual, and part political has formed around it. Call it American realism with a social agenda. Mining songs, like train songs, remind us that life is a daily and perilous journey, and that between here and there anything at all can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
What makes this sampler of various Rebel Records artists work is its theme, as bluegrass performers the Seldom Scene, Blue Highway, the Country Gentlemen, and others present a set of Southern mining songs from Rebel's huge back catalog. Certainly one of the most dangerous and emotionally harrowing jobs ever imagined, mining makes sheer life and death a daily issue, and a body of songs that is part folk, part blues, part country, part spiritual, and part political has formed around it. Call it American realism with a social agenda. Mining songs, like train songs, remind us that life is a daily and perilous journey, and that between here and there anything at all can happen. They remind us that life is dearly lived.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511751027
  • Catalog Number: 7510
  • Sales rank: 333,774

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Rolling Hills - Bill Harrell & The Virginians (3:00)
  2. 2 A Miner’s Life - The Country Gentlemen (2:54)
  3. 3 Paradise - The Seldom Scene (2:21)
  4. 4 Call the Captain - Steep Canyon Rangers (4:12)
  5. 5 Dream of a Miner's Child - Keith Whitley (2:24)
  6. 6 Black Dust Fever - Wildwood Valley Boys (2:32)
  7. 7 In Those Mines - Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike (3:42)
  8. 8 Daddy's Dinner Bucket - Ralph Stanley II (3:29)
  9. 9 Digging In the Ground - Larry Sparks (2:47)
  10. 10 Coal Town Saturday Night - Randall Hylton (3:04)
  11. 11 The River Ran Black - David Davis & The Warrior River Boys (4:38)
  12. 12 West Virginia's Last Hand Loader - Blue Highway (4:31)
  13. 13 The Hermit Miner - Perfect Strangers (3:57)
  14. 14 Dark As a Dungeon - James Alan Shelton (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Auldridge Dobro, Baritone (Vocal)
Ricky Skaggs Mandolin
Larry Sparks Guitar, Vocals
John Starling Guitar, Vocals
David Davis Mandolin, Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Keith Whitley Guitar, Vocals
Bill Harrell Guitar, Vocals
Larry Stephenson Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Bales Bass
Jack Cooke Bass
Ben Eldridge Banjo
Ed Ferris Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Tom Gray Bass
Randall Hylton Guitar, Vocals
Rob Ickes Dobro
Keith Little Banjo
Peter McLaughlin Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Carl Nelson Fiddle, Baritone (Vocal)
Valerie Smith Vocals
Tim Stafford Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Jody Stecher Mandolin
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Wayne Taylor Bass
Charlie Waller Guitar, Vocals
John Duffey Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Jim Britton Banjo
Forrest Rose Bass
Graham Sharp Banjo
Roy Lee Centers Banjo
Darrell Sanders Banjo
Steve Sparkman Banjo
James Alan Shelton Guitar
Mark Fain Bass
James Price Fiddle
John Rigsby Mandolin
Ralph Stanley II Guitar, Vocals
Tim Caudill Bass
Bob Black Banjo
Steve Wilson Dobro
Jason Burleson Banjo
Chris Brashear Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Russell Moore Tenor (Vocal)
Scott Napier Mandolin
Tony Holt Guitar, Vocals
Wes Vanderpool Banjo
Hunter Berry Fiddle
Kevin Kehrberg Bass
Mike Guggino Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Becky Buller Viola, Claw Hammer Banjo
Bill Yates Bass, Baritone (Vocal)
Andy Hall Dobro
Chris Eldridge Guitar
Charles Humphrey III Bass
Daniel Grindstaff Banjo
Woody Platt Guitar, Vocals
Nicky Sanders Fiddle
Jessica Lee Bass
Owen Saunders Fiddle
Marty Hays Bass, Baritone (Vocal)
Adam Duke Guitar
Norman Wright Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Curly Ray Cline Fiddle
Shawn Lane Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
John Wesley Lee Mandolin
Greg Moore Fiddle
Dan Moneyhum Vocals
Technical Credits
Merle Travis Composer
Utah Phillips Composer
John Prine Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Randall Hylton Composer
Keith Little Composer
Peter McLaughlin Composer
Graham Sharp Composer
Frank Godbey Liner Notes
Marvin Davis Composer
Public Domain Composer
Becky Buller Composer
Carl Rutherford Composer
Roy Dockery Composer
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