Early Southern Guitar Sounds

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Folklorist/singer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger may not bear the cultural weight of his better-known cousin Pete, but between the two a veritable encyclopedia set of sepia-tone Americana resides. Seeger's follow-up to his excellent 2003 Smithsonian Folkways release True Vine is as much a historical artifact as it is the perfect front porch/parlor room soundtrack for a hot summer's day. Early Southern Guitar Sounds is just that, a 28-track musical lecture on the styles, body shapes, and songs that mythically described the guitar from around 1850 to 1930. Seeger takes the listener through ragtime, blues, Celtic-infused old-timey ballads and straight up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Folklorist/singer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger may not bear the cultural weight of his better-known cousin Pete, but between the two a veritable encyclopedia set of sepia-tone Americana resides. Seeger's follow-up to his excellent 2003 Smithsonian Folkways release True Vine is as much a historical artifact as it is the perfect front porch/parlor room soundtrack for a hot summer's day. Early Southern Guitar Sounds is just that, a 28-track musical lecture on the styles, body shapes, and songs that mythically described the guitar from around 1850 to 1930. Seeger takes the listener through ragtime, blues, Celtic-infused old-timey ballads and straight up traditional folk and country on a multitude of different instruments, from pre-World War I arch tops to a turn of the century banjo, lending his voice to a few and his formidable instrumental skills to the majority. This isn't flashy or progressive noodling, rather it's the musical equivalent of the slow food movement, offering up samples of cuisine that haven't seen a dinner table since the first World War, let alone been injected with any commercial additives. As with all Smithsonian Folkways releases, Early Southern Guitar Sounds features exhaustive liner notes that include dissertation-worthy descriptions of playing styles, detailed photos of period instruments, and song-by-song histories that make you want convert your listening room into an old oak library or pine box saloon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074015728
  • Catalog Number: 40157
  • Sales rank: 285,586

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Seeger Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Sylvester Weaver Composer
Mike Seeger Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Annotation
Sam McGee Composer
Jack Bryant Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Leonard Copeland Composer
Roy Harvey Composer
Frank Hutchison Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Andrew Jenkins Composer
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Elisha A. Hoffman Composer
William T. Narmour Composer
Theopolis Lacey Phillips Composer
Jack Bryant Composer
Anthony Showalters Composer
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