Harry Smith Connection

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As part of the excitement surrounding the re-release of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music box set in 1997, two concerts were staged at the Barns of Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. This 19-song, hour-long CD was taken from those shows, and features contemporary performances of songs on the anthology, garnished by one song about Harry Smith Peter Stampfel's "His Tapes Roll On" and the Fugs "Nothing" which was originally recorded, and produced by, Smith in the mid-'60s. Roger McGuinn, Jeff Tweedy, Toshi Reagon, Lonnie Pitchford, the New Lost City Ramblers, Dave Van Ronk, and John Sebastian are among the better-known names, although the Greg Hooven String Band, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As part of the excitement surrounding the re-release of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music box set in 1997, two concerts were staged at the Barns of Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. This 19-song, hour-long CD was taken from those shows, and features contemporary performances of songs on the anthology, garnished by one song about Harry Smith Peter Stampfel's "His Tapes Roll On" and the Fugs "Nothing" which was originally recorded, and produced by, Smith in the mid-'60s. Roger McGuinn, Jeff Tweedy, Toshi Reagon, Lonnie Pitchford, the New Lost City Ramblers, Dave Van Ronk, and John Sebastian are among the better-known names, although the Greg Hooven String Band, John Jackson, and Ethel Caffie Austin won't be familiar even to many roots enthusiasts. It's good-natured, well-played material encompassing, like the original box set, all styles of folk: Appalachian including yet two more versions of the overdone "The Coo Coo Bird," blues, Cajun. These cuts are not highlights of the artists' careers, nor do they particularly expand upon the originals, although of course these performances have much better fidelity than you'll find on the old 78s. It's just an illustration of how these American forms live on in the present, there for those who want it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074008522
  • Catalog Number: 40085
  • Sales rank: 294,630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 East Virginia Blues (2:45)
  2. 2 I'm on the Battlefield for My Lord - Ethel Caffie Austin (2:35)
  3. 3 John Henry (3:21)
  4. 4 A Lazy Farmer Boy - Greg Hooven String Band (3:17)
  5. 5 Old Dog Blue (3:03)
  6. 6 Home Sweet Home (3:13)
  7. 7 The Butcher Boy (4:12)
  8. 8 John the Revelator - Ethel Caffie Austin (2:35)
  9. 9 His Tapes Roll On (4:43)
  10. 10 Minglewood Blues - John Sebastian & the J-Band (3:42)
  11. 11 The Coo Coo Bird (2:48)
  12. 12 Frankie and Johnny (2:51)
  13. 13 Sugar Baby (2:59)
  14. 14 Le Vieux Soulard et Sa Femme (2:37)
  15. 15 Spike Driver Blues (4:25)
  16. 16 Darling Corey - Greg Hooven String Band (2:31)
  17. 17 The Coo Coo Bird (3:29)
  18. 18 James Alley Blues (3:23)
  19. 19 Nothing - The Fugs (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Jackson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Geoff Muldaur Mandolin, Vocals, Track Performer
The New Lost City Ramblers Track Performer
Mike Seeger Fiddle
Peter Stampfel Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
John Sebastian Banjo
Ed Sanders Vocals
Ella Jenkins Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Rishell Guitar
Dave Van Ronk Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Christine Balfa Guitar, Vocals
Nelda Balfa Triangle
Coby Batty Drums, Vocals
Jay Bennett Banjo, Piano, Track Performer
John Cohen Guitar
Ginny Hawker Vocals, Track Performer
Tuli Kupferberg Vocals
Roger McGuinn Bass, Guitar, Track Performer
Scott Petito Bass
Dirk Powell Accordion, Vocals
Toshi Reagon Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Fritz Richmond Jug
Tracy Schwarz Guitar, Accordion, Vocals
Jeff Tweedy Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Kevin Wimmer Fiddle
Balfa Toujours Track Performer
Annie Raines Harmonica
Lonnie Pitchford Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
James Wormworth Percussion
Bill Giltinan Guitar
Steven Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Ethel Caffie Austin Piano, Vocals
Judy Chaudet Banjo
Greg Hooven Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mississippi John Hurt Composer
Jim Jackson Composer
Guthrie Thomas Producer
Ella Jenkins Arranger
Richard Brown Composer
Henry Rowley Bishop Composer
Thea Austin Producer
Ronnie Freeland Engineer
David Glasser Mastering
Jeff Place Producer, Song Annotations
Toshi Reagon Arranger
Howard Bass Producer
Anthony Seeger Liner Notes
Pete Reiniger Producer, Engineer
Kevin Wait Engineer
Amy Horowitz Liner Notes
Scott Stowell Art Direction
Stephanie Smith Producer
Harry Smith Contributor
Traditional Composer
Robert Santelli Producer, Liner Notes
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