Family Songs and Stories From the North Carolina Mountains

Family Songs and Stories From the North Carolina Mountains

by Doug Wallin
     
 

Doug Wallin and his brother Jack were born into North Carolina's Madison County, a region well-known for its long legacy of music-making; several of the brothers' older relatives had sung for British folklorist Cecil Sharp between 1910-1920, and other family members as well as neighbors have been recorded often since the 1960s. In Family Songs and Stories From theSee more details below

Overview

Doug Wallin and his brother Jack were born into North Carolina's Madison County, a region well-known for its long legacy of music-making; several of the brothers' older relatives had sung for British folklorist Cecil Sharp between 1910-1920, and other family members as well as neighbors have been recorded often since the 1960s. In Family Songs and Stories From the North Carolina Mountains, Doug takes center stage, relaying the local and family traditions of love ballads, hymns, and fiddle music; brother Jack appears on only three of the tracks, but offers strong performances on banjo, guitar, and vocals. While the idea of 14 a cappella ballads may seem much for most listeners, the performances are so nicely delivered that the disc could in fact stand to have a few more songs from either of the brothers. Doug's singing of ancient British and early American ballads is peerless in modern times, his singing remarkably even and elegant; Jack's instrumental talents are also fine, and his own lively songs provide a nice break from the ballad singing. Also breaking up any potential monotony are a small handful of short, entertaining stories from Doug, who seems as natural a storyteller as a singer. The 19 total tracks gathered here are culled from just over 60 field recordings made in 1992 and 1993; hopefully, more of those songs and stories will be available in the future. Meanwhile, this sampling of the Wallins' repertoires should be embraced by lovers of traditional music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074001325
catalogNumber:
40013
Rank:
334279

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Tracks

  1. Jackaro  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  2. The Golden Vanity  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  3. Story About William Riley Shelton  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  4. Omie Wise  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  5. Darling Cora  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  6. The Nightingale  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  7. Pretty Little Girl With The Blue Dress On  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  8. Young Emily  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  9. Pretty Polly  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  10. The Foggy Dew  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  11. Pretty Fair Miss In A Garden  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  12. Roving Gambler  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  13. Bold Lieutenant  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  14. My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  15. House Carpenter  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  16. Two Ghost Stories  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  17. Come Over Into Canaan's Land  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  18. Rolling With The Tides  -  Doug & Jack Wallin
  19. Pretty Saro  -  Doug & Jack Wallin

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doug Wallin   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals,Narrator
Jack Wallin   Banjo,Vocals
Jerry Adams   Banjo
Jack Walin   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Judy Collins   Composer
Mickey Hart   Composer
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Jerry Garcia   Composer
Bob Weir   Composer
Oscar Peterson   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Donna Jean Godchaux   Composer
Keith Godchaux   Composer
Bill Kreutzmann   Composer
Wes Lachot   Mastering
Phil Lesh   Composer
Wayne Martin   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Doug Wallin   Arranger,Adaptation
Anthony Seeger   Producer
George Holt   Engineer
Jerry Hubbard   Composer
Matt Walters   Producer

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