Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961-1965

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
At the height of the folk revival in the early '60s, three movers and shakers -- Ralph Rinzler a member of the Greenbriar Boys folk group, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers and Israel "Izzy" Young owner of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village -- presented a number of traditional folk concerts in New York City under the umbrella of the Friends of Old Time Music. Among the now-legendary artists they brought to the city, some for the first time, others for the first time in decades, were Doc Watson, Maybelle Carter, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs and Mississippi John Hurt, whose song "Coffee Blues," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
At the height of the folk revival in the early '60s, three movers and shakers -- Ralph Rinzler a member of the Greenbriar Boys folk group, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers and Israel "Izzy" Young owner of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village -- presented a number of traditional folk concerts in New York City under the umbrella of the Friends of Old Time Music. Among the now-legendary artists they brought to the city, some for the first time, others for the first time in decades, were Doc Watson, Maybelle Carter, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs and Mississippi John Hurt, whose song "Coffee Blues," including the phrase "lovin' spoonful" and performed here, provided a future New York rock band with their name. The 14 concerts in the series, which took place between 1961 and 1965, were recorded by Peter K. Siegel, who produced and annotated this three-CD boxed distillation of highlights from the events. For fans of the kind of pure, unadulterated folk music that flourished on campuses and at folk festivals during those years before Bob Dylan discovered electricity, the set is a rejoice-worthy find. Folk music at that time encompassed not just the stereotypical guitar-strumming troubadour carrying a message, but also raw blues, Appalachian ballads, kickin' bluegrass, gospel and other strains of roots Americana, and the performances heard by the fortunate big city audiences were honest, moving and, most importantly, devoid of outside intervention or corrupting influence -- most of these artists were shell-shocked to be playing to appreciative audiences in a place like New York City after decades of toiling for the locals down south. The songs proffered by these musicians, of poverty and jail time, hard drinking and mining disasters, were not contrived but, true to the folk process, familiar tales handed down via the oral tradition, or written anew to add to it -- many, like Jesse Fuller's "San Francisco Bay Blues," Maybelle Carter's "Foggy Mountain Top," Monroe's "Shady Grove" and Roscoe Holcomb's "Rising Sun Blues" aka "House of the Rising Sun", have long been accepted as staples of the American folk repertoire, but were relatively new to mainstream audiences at the time, regardless of their vintage and their familiarity in the rural regions that birthed these performers. Friends of Old Time Music is, of course, a valuable historical document but, better than that, it's a rewarding listening experience. This is the real item, the sound -- in excellent fidelity, incidentally -- of America's treasured heritage peeking out from its longtime hiding places -- 53 of the 55 recordings have never before been released -- and fanning out across the land and into the permanent cultural fabric.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074016022
  • Catalog Number: 40160
  • Sales rank: 148,403

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Troubled - Doc Watson & Family (3:10)
  2. 2 The Country Blues - Dock Boggs (4:24)
  3. 3 Going Down to the River - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:09)
  4. 4 East Virginia Blues - Roscoe Holcomb (4:50)
  5. 5 The Storms Are on the Ocean - Mother Maybelle Carter (3:03)
  6. 6 The Dream of the Miner's Child - The Stanley Brothers (4:02)
  7. 7 Soldier's Joy - Hobart Smith (1:45)
  8. 8 Coffee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt (4:47)
  9. 9 Live and Let Live - Bill Monroe (2:45)
  10. 10 Lonely Tombs - The Watson Family (2:25)
  11. 11 Rockin' Boogie - Jesse Fuller (3:45)
  12. 12 Brown's Dream - Gaither Carlton (1:43)
  13. 13 Down South Blues - Dock Boggs (3:16)
  14. 14 Knoxville Blues - Sam McGee (2:30)
  15. 15 Have a Feast Here Tonight - The Stanley Brothers (3:11)
  16. 16 Riley - The Georgia Sea Island Singers (2:08)
  17. 17 Buck and Wing - Jesse Fuller (1:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hell Among the Yearlings - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith (1:46)
  2. 2 Amelia Earhart's Last Flight - The Greenbriar Boys (3:46)
  3. 3 The Brakeman's Blues - Bill Monroe (2:32)
  4. 4 Foggy Mountain Top @@Maybelle Carter (2:06)
  5. 5 Hick's Farewell - Doc Watson (5:00)
  6. 6 Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel - The New Lost City Ramblers (2:42)
  7. 7 Write Me a Few of Your Lines - Mississippi Fred McDowell (2:53)
  8. 8 Bimini Gal - Joseph Spence (2:44)
  9. 9 Shady Grove - Bill Monroe (1:37)
  10. 10 Grey Eagle - Bill Monroe (1:35)
  11. 11 Walkin' the Dog @@Bill And His Blue Grass Boys Monroe (2:03)
  12. 12 San Francisco Bay Blues - Jesse Fuller (3:24)
  13. 13 Short Life of Trouble - Doc Watson (3:40)
  14. 14 John Henry - Roscoe Holcomb (1:58)
  15. 15 Kneelin' Down Inside the Gate - Stanley Thompson (3:45)
  16. 16 Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt - McKinley Peebles (4:29)
  17. 17 Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - Mother Maybelle Carter (2:33)
  18. 18 Mansions for Me - The Stanley Brothers (2:27)
  19. 19 Before This Time Another Year - Bessie Jones (5:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 My Creole Belle - Mississippi John Hurt (2:53)
  2. 2 Guitar Lesson - Jesse Fuller (1:26)
  3. 3 Cincinnati Blues - Jesse Fuller (2:27)
  4. 4 Poor Boy in Jail - Dock Boggs (2:41)
  5. 5 He's Solid Gone - Mother Maybelle Carter (2:43)
  6. 6 Maggie Walker Blues - Clarence Ashley (3:42)
  7. 7 Chevrolet - Emma Ramsay (3:14)
  8. 8 Rising Sun Blues - Roscoe Holcomb (3:03)
  9. 9 Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory - Bill Monroe (1:37)
  10. 10 Frankie and Albert - Mississippi John Hurt (5:19)
  11. 11 Hard Times @@Stanley Brothers (2:23)
  12. 12 The Miller's Will - Horton Barker (3:17)
  13. 13 The Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley (4:03)
  14. 14 Double File - Gaither Carlton (1:29)
  15. 15 The Wandering Boy - Annie Bird (3:22)
  16. 16 Stranger Blues - Jesse Fuller (3:29)
  17. 17 I Saw the Light - Bill Monroe (2:23)
  18. 18 Sugar Hill - Mother Maybelle Carter (1:05)
  19. 19 Amazing Grace - Clarence Ashley (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Fuller Bass, Harmonica, Cymbals, Kazoo, Vocals, Fotdella, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mississippi John Hurt Guitar, Vocals
Del McCoury Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Doc Watson Guitar, Vocals, Accompaniment
Mike Seeger Fiddle, Guitar, Accompaniment
Joseph Spence Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Baker Fiddle
Tom Paley Banjo, Vocals
Dock Boggs Banjo, Vocals
Roscoe Holcomb Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals
Clint Howard Guitar, Vocals
Sam McGee Guitar, Accompaniment
Mother Maybelle Carter Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Jones Vocals
Annie Bird Vocals
Gaither Carlton Fiddle
John Cohen Guitar
Jack Cooke Guitar, Vocals
Vernon Derrick Fiddle
John Herald Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Lee Mauldin Bass
Kirk McGee Banjo
Ralph Rinzler Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Arnold Watson Banjo, Harmonica, Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Bob Yellin Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Fred Price Fiddle, Vocals
Hobart Smith Banjo
Ed Young Fife, Vocals
Clarence Ashley Banjo, Vocals
John Hurt Guitar, Vocals
Horton Baker Vocals
John Davis & the Georgia Sea Island Singers Vocals
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners Fiddle
Emma Ramsay Vocals
Edith Pinder Vocals
Stanley Thompson Vocals
Clifford Ellis Bass (Vocal)
Ethel McPhee Vocals
McKinley Peebles Guitar, Vocals
Curley Lambert Mandolin
John Cooke Guitar
Technical Credits
Jesse Fuller Composer
Ralph Stanley Composer
Doc Watson Arranger
Dock Boggs Arranger
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
Sam McGee Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Arranger
Daniel Decatur Emmett Composer
Gaither Carlton Arranger
A.P. Carter Composer
John Cohen Liner Notes, Introduction, Essay, Poster Design
Peter K. Siegel Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Mastering, Track Notes
Jody Stecher Liner Notes, Essay
Gene Sullivan Composer
Pete Reiniger Producer
Wiley Walker Composer
Tex Grimsley Composer
Ed Young Arranger
Peter Bartok Engineer
John Hurt Arranger
John Davis & the Georgia Sea Island Singers Arranger
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