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Folk Scene, U.S.A.

Folk Scene, U.S.A.

by Cumberland Three
     
 
The debut album by the Cumberland Three was also an attempt by Morris Levy's Roulette Records to get in on a piece of the folk-music action spurred by the success of the Kingston Trio. The album compares very favorably with the work of the Kingston Trio -- no less a

Overview

The debut album by the Cumberland Three was also an attempt by Morris Levy's Roulette Records to get in on a piece of the folk-music action spurred by the success of the Kingston Trio. The album compares very favorably with the work of the Kingston Trio -- no less a figure than the latter group's co-founder, Dave Guard (who was to be succeeded by Cumberland Trio co-founder John Stewart), endorses the Cumberland Three on the original jacket -- and may even be preferable to some listeners, because the Cumberland Three don't let overt humor and comic relief play too large a role in their recordings. Not that they don't have fun, but they concentrate on the music, which ranges from traditional folk to faux Civil War songs and calypso-influenced numbers. The vocals are impeccable, and even more alluring as they aren't too perfect -- John Stewart's singing on "New Land" is rough-hewn and affecting in a very serious way, and the rousing follow-up, "Nine Hundred Miles," makes them a perfect match-up on the original album. The 1999 Collectors' Choice reissue has been extended with three bonus tracks, a surprisingly soulful version of Leadbelly's "Cotton Fields," a lyrical and touching "You Can Tell the World," and a slow but not too mournful "Old Dog Blue," all familiar songs from other venues that come to life anew here.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Collector's Choice
UPC:
0617742008623
catalogNumber:
86

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cumberland Three   Primary Artist
John Stewart   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal),5-string Banjo
Gil Robbins   Bass,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
John Montgomery   Guitar,Conga,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Jim Jackson   Composer
Carl Sandburg   Composer
John Stewart   Arranger
Dave Guard   Liner Notes
Lee Hays   Composer
Pete Kameron   Producer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Bud Katzel   Liner Notes
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer

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