Greenback Dollar: 1929-1933

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Clarence Ashley became fairly well-known during the early '60s when his career was revitalized by the Folk Revival. But Ashley had an active career during the late '20s and early '30s, both as a solo performer and with a number of groups, including the Carolina Tar Heels. Now County has collected his important early work on Greenback Dollar. A spunky version of "Little Sadie" gets things started, a woeful tale of cold-blooded murder and swift justice. The steady rhythm of Ashley's banjo infuses the piece with an infectious energy. This is also true of the gambling classic "Coo Coo Bird" and the murder ballad "Naomi Wise." These pieces feature Ashley performing solo, his banjo perfectly underlining and highlighting his...
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Clarence Ashley became fairly well-known during the early '60s when his career was revitalized by the Folk Revival. But Ashley had an active career during the late '20s and early '30s, both as a solo performer and with a number of groups, including the Carolina Tar Heels. Now County has collected his important early work on Greenback Dollar. A spunky version of "Little Sadie" gets things started, a woeful tale of cold-blooded murder and swift justice. The steady rhythm of Ashley's banjo infuses the piece with an infectious energy. This is also true of the gambling classic "Coo Coo Bird" and the murder ballad "Naomi Wise." These pieces feature Ashley performing solo, his banjo perfectly underlining and highlighting his slightly nasal vocal. It is interesting to note that some of the lyrics of these ballads are starker than in contemporary versions. John Lewis kicks and chokes Naomi before he drowns her, and "Old John Hardy" wants to "shoot out another man's brains." There are several vivacious songs by the Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers, including "Baby All Night Long," "Short Life of Trouble," and "Corrina Corrina." String-band lovers will appreciate these songs. The Carolina Tar Heels prove equally entertaining with "Rude and Rambling Man" and "You Are a Little Too Small," and Ashley performs several pieces with harmonica player Gwen Foster who was also a member of the Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers. Foster's expressive harp playing on the title cut and "Drunk Man Blues" is a real treat. Greenback Dollar is a fine collection, representative of all facets of Ashley's early career. It will be warmly welcomed by fans of old-time music. ~ Ronnie Lankford, Jr.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2002
  • Label: County Records
  • UPC: 009001352026
  • Catalog Number: 3520

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Sadie (2:53)
  2. 2 Greenback Dollar (3:08)
  3. 3 Frankie Silvers - Byrd Moore & His Hot Shots (3:18)
  4. 4 Coo Coo Bird (2:58)
  5. 5 Rude and Rambling Man - The Carolina Tar Heels (3:20)
  6. 6 Baby All Night Long - Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers (2:48)
  7. 7 Drunk Man Blues (3:09)
  8. 8 House Carpenter (3:16)
  9. 9 My Sweet Farm Girl (3:04)
  10. 10 Short Life of Trouble - Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers (2:48)
  11. 11 You Are a Little Too Small - The Carolina Tar Heels (3:05)
  12. 12 Old John Hardy (3:27)
  13. 13 Corrina, Corrina - Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers (3:05)
  14. 14 Sadie Ray (3:13)
  15. 15 3 Men Went a Huntin' - Byrd Moore & His Hot Shots (2:40)
  16. 16 Naomi Wise (2:53)
  17. 17 Haunted Road Blues (3:12)
  18. 18 Train Done Left Me - The Carolina Tar Heels (3:11)
  19. 19 Dark Holler (2:58)
  20. 20 Times Ain't Like They Used to Be (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clarence Ashley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Gwen Foster Guitar, Harmonica
Garley Foster Guitar, Harmonica
Doc Walsh Banjo
Byrd Moore Guitar, Vocals
Ashley & Foster Track Performer
Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Joe "Flip" Wilson Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Christopher [1] C. King Remastering
T. C. Ashley Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To have and to appreciate!

    Clarence Ashley need's to be known. A very important man of the bluegrass songs and american traditionnal music!

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