Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains

Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains

by The Country Gentlemen
     
 
Originally released on Folkways in 1973, Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains captures 16 songs performed live by the "classic" Country Gentlemen. The circumstances surrounding this recording are shady; the location is unknown, and the date is speculated to be somewhere in the mid-'60s. Whenever and wherever this disc was made, the sound quality is sharp and

Overview

Originally released on Folkways in 1973, Going Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains captures 16 songs performed live by the "classic" Country Gentlemen. The circumstances surrounding this recording are shady; the location is unknown, and the date is speculated to be somewhere in the mid-'60s. Whenever and wherever this disc was made, the sound quality is sharp and the folks in the crowd, whoever they are, sound like they're having a good time. The songs themselves are somewhat tame compared to the progressive bluegrass this group is generally known for; signature tunes such as "Two Little Boys" are missing and a host of bluegrass standards like "Tom Dooley," "Cripple Creek," and "Mary Dear" make up the bulk of the recording. But if the track listing is nothing to write home about, the Country Gentlemen certainly do these songs justice. John Duffey is in top form here, cracking jokes ("For those folks who've just arrived, we're the Country Gentlemen -- better known as the Beatles of the Stone Age") and plucking up a storm on his mandolin. Seeing how the group's signature work isn't represented here, Going Back probably isn't the best entry point for newcomers to the Country Gentlemen's catalog. But tracks like "Dark as a Dungeon," "Electricity," and "I Saw the Light" all offer excellent reasons for fans to mosey through this reissue, if only because the Country Gentlemen sound like they're having such a great time.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074017524
catalogNumber:
40175
Rank:
99936

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Country Gentlemen   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Eddie Adcock   Arranger
Merle Travis   Composer
Jimmy Murphy   Composer
Pete Kuykendall   Arranger
Bill Napier   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
John Duffey   Arranger
Jon Hartley Fox   Liner Notes,Annotation
Alton Delmore   Composer
Charles Tompkins   Tray Photo
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
George Vaughn   Composer
D.A. Sonneborn   Audio Production
Ann Milovsoroff   Cover Photo
Daniel Sheeby   Audio Production

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