Kentucky Mountain Music

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Released in February 2003, Kentucky Mountain Music is the type of box set that will have old-time music lovers drawing up their holiday wish-list early. A roots music novice will probably question the size and scope of the set: Why would one state, after all, need seven full discs to document its music? But devotees know that a Yazoo wouldn't put out anything but a quality product and b Kentucky holds more old-time musical riches than most states. As Richard Nevins notes, "no other state comes even close in both terms of fascinating diversity of styles and prodigious amounts of great performances." Each disc contains 22-25 performances including fiddle tunes, string ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Released in February 2003, Kentucky Mountain Music is the type of box set that will have old-time music lovers drawing up their holiday wish-list early. A roots music novice will probably question the size and scope of the set: Why would one state, after all, need seven full discs to document its music? But devotees know that a Yazoo wouldn't put out anything but a quality product and b Kentucky holds more old-time musical riches than most states. As Richard Nevins notes, "no other state comes even close in both terms of fascinating diversity of styles and prodigious amounts of great performances." Each disc contains 22-25 performances including fiddle tunes, string band music, and vocals from the 1920s and 1930s. A number of well-respected names make multiple appearances including Burnett and Rutherford, Buell Kazee, and Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. There are a number of fine cuts from Jimmy Johnson String Band"Gate to Go Through" and "Drink More Cider",and Taylor's Kentucky Boys "The Dixie Cowboy" and "Forked Deer". There's a fun, snappy version of "Hot Corn" by Martin and Roberts, and some nifty banjo work by Henry L. Bandy on "Five Up." There are also oddities like Bill Bundy's "Poison in a Glass of Wine," about a jealous boy who poisons both himself and his true love, and the whimsical instrumental by the Fiddlin' Doc Roberts trio called "Honeymoon Stomp." The overall sound quality is good, though, as the liner notes point out, old recordings offer their share of problems when it comes to fidelity. The field recordings in particular were poorly recorded, leaving less room for improvement. Many kinks, however, have been ironed out, and fans will be thankful to have these recordings. This massive set is supplemented by an attractive booklet featuring good photographs and solid liner notes by Nevins and Charles K. Wolfe. Kentucky Mountain Music is a lovingly completed box set that will prove the perfect present for old-time fanatics everywhere.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Remarkable sonic reclamation has been done to digitize this music, which faces down hard work and sad times -- from heartbreak to mining disasters -- with stoic voices and flying fingers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Yazoo
  • UPC: 016351220028
  • Catalog Number: 2200
  • Sales rank: 127,555

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ladies on the Steamboat (3:15)
  2. 2 The Dying Soldier (3:07)
  3. 3 Little Rabbit/Rabbit Where's Your Mammy - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers (3:02)
  4. 4 I Truly Understand You Love Another Man - Shortbuckle & Family Roark (2:37)
  5. 5 Eighth of January - Tod Gossett (2:44)
  6. 6 All Night Long Blues (3:16)
  7. 7 Shipping Port - Jimmy Johnson String Band (2:47)
  8. 8 The Rowan County Crew - Robert L. Day (5:32)
  9. 9 Deer Walk - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (3:06)
  10. 10 Let Her Go, I'll Meet Her - Rutherford & Foster (2:52)
  11. 11 That's My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It (3:38)
  12. 12 Lillie Dale - Martin & Roberts (3:01)
  13. 13 Cumberland Gap - Moore & Burnett Rutherford (2:55)
  14. 14 The Old Fish Song - James Howard (4:17)
  15. 15 The Red Hill Special - Fort Thomas Group (1:55)
  16. 16 If I Die a Railroad Man (2:45)
  17. 17 Grand Hornpipe - J.W. Day (3:17)
  18. 18 East Virginia - Walter Williams (3:14)
  19. 19 Forked Deer (2:47)
  20. 20 Pretty Polly - Pete Steele (3:44)
  21. 21 Run Banjo - Justus Begley (1:33)
  22. 22 We'll Understand It Better Bye and Bye - Kentucky Mountain Chorusters (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Curley Headed Woman (3:09)
  2. 2 Gate to Go Through - Jimmy Johnson String Band (2:55)
  3. 3 Hot Corn - Martin & Roberts (2:44)
  4. 4 Grandma's Rag - Taylor Moore & Burnett (3:11)
  5. 5 I'm as Free Little Birdie as Can Be - Rutherford & Foster (3:10)
  6. 6 Rocky Mountain Goat - Tod Gossett (2:58)
  7. 7 Shut Up in Coal Creek Mine (2:53)
  8. 8 Sugar in My Coffee [Medley] - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers (3:15)
  9. 9 The Butcher's Boy (The Railroad Boy) (3:04)
  10. 10 New Money - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (3:09)
  11. 11 Pearl Bryan (3:06)
  12. 12 Crooked John - Kentucky String Ticklers (3:29)
  13. 13 The Moonshiner - Daw Henson (2:52)
  14. 14 Forked Deer - J.W. Day (3:21)
  15. 15 The Dixie Cowboy (2:52)
  16. 16 Mississippi Sawyer - Walter Williams (1:26)
  17. 17 Six Months Ain't Long - Rutherford & Foster (3:03)
  18. 18 Blackberry Blossom - Ed Morrison (3:46)
  19. 19 Ellen Smith - Theophilus Hoskins (2:42)
  20. 20 Five Up - Henry Bandy (2:54)
  21. 21 Payday at Coal Creek - Pete Steele (3:12)
  22. 22 Golden Willow Tree - Justus Begley (4:12)
  23. 23 The Last Appeal - Elizabeth Flatt (3:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Way Up on Clinch Mountain - J.W. Day (3:14)
  2. 2 Going to Jail - Tod Gossett (2:53)
  3. 3 Richmond Blues - Rutherford & Foster (3:02)
  4. 4 Soap in the Washpan - Jimmy Johnson String Band (2:49)
  5. 5 Ain't Going to Lay My Armor Down - McVay & Johnson (3:10)
  6. 6 Old Voile - Blue Ridge Mountaineers (3:02)
  7. 7 Gentle Annie (2:41)
  8. 8 Billy in the Low Ground (3:14)
  9. 9 Lady Margaret and Sweet William - Daw Henson (3:28)
  10. 10 And the Cat Came Back - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (2:41)
  11. 11 Pass Around the Bottle - Walter Williams (1:31)
  12. 12 Coal Creek March - Marion Underwood (2:49)
  13. 13 Johnny O Johnny - Pete Steele (2:51)
  14. 14 Taylor's Quickstep (Monroe County Quickstep) - Rutherford & Foster (3:01)
  15. 15 I've Been All Around This World - Justus Begley (3:57)
  16. 16 Jenny Baker - Jimmy Johnson String Band (2:59)
  17. 17 Come All You Roving Cowboys - Clay Walters (3:09)
  18. 18 Soldier's Joy (2:56)
  19. 19 I Came to This Country - Maynard Britton (1:30)
  20. 20 Medley of Old Time Dance Tunes, Pt. 1: Husking Bee/Old Molly Hare/Wild - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers (3:12)
  21. 21 Rambling Reckless Hobo (3:35)
  22. 22 Wild Horse - Bill Stepp (1:21)
  23. 23 Old Christmas - Boyd Asher (1:05)
  24. 24 The Rowan County Feud - Ted Chesnut (3:13)
  25. 25 Wish I Had My Time Again - Hatton Brothers (3:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Old Flannigan - Blue Ridge Mountaineers (3:02)
  2. 2 Willie Moore (3:15)
  3. 3 The Wild Wagoner - J.W. Day (3:14)
  4. 4 My Cabin Home Among the Hills (2:43)
  5. 5 Bow Legged Irishman - Tod Gossett (2:51)
  6. 6 There's No One Like the Old Folks - Rutherford & Foster (2:43)
  7. 7 Old Blind Dog - Jimmy Johnson String Band (2:53)
  8. 8 The Sporting Bachelors (2:44)
  9. 9 Sourwood Mountain (2:35)
  10. 10 The Roving Boy - Justus Begley (2:15)
  11. 11 Medley of Old Time Dance Tunes, Pt. 2: Sourwood Mountain/Sally in ... - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers (3:06)
  12. 12 Lack Fol Diddle I Day - Pete Steele (1:22)
  13. 13 Lost John (3:06)
  14. 14 There's More Pretty Girls Than One - Rutherford & Foster (2:41)
  15. 15 Shaker Ben (3:25)
  16. 16 Jesus Walking Through the Land - Reverand Sherwin Sizemore & Church Of The Ten Elde (1:58)
  17. 17 Pick Away - Green's String Band (2:26)
  18. 18 Wallins Creek Girls - Daw Henson (1:27)
  19. 19 We'll All Go to Heaven When the Devil Goes Blind - Ed Morrison (4:33)
  20. 20 John Hardy - Walter Williams (2:55)
  21. 21 Wink the Other Eye - Hack's String Band (2:54)
  22. 22 Hickory Jack - Boyd Asher (1:16)
  23. 23 Working Too Hard - J.M. Mullins (2:11)
  24. 24 Sail Away Ladies - Henry Bandy (2:59)
  25. 25 The Great Reaping Day - Kentucky Mountain Chorusters (3:06)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Buffalo Gals [Medley] - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers (3:06)
  2. 2 Three Black Sheep - Howard & Peak (3:28)
  3. 3 Run Them Coons in the Ground (2:19)
  4. 4 I Wish I Was Mole in the Ground (2:37)
  5. 5 Fire on the Mountain - Tod Gossett (2:51)
  6. 6 Wake Up You Drowsy Sleepers (2:58)
  7. 7 Cuttin at the Point - Charlie Wilson (3:41)
  8. 8 The Cowboy Trail (2:38)
  9. 9 Drink More Cider - Jimmy Johnson String Band (2:49)
  10. 10 Two Faithful Lovers - Rutherford & Foster (2:52)
  11. 11 Maxwell Girl (2:46)
  12. 12 Swafford Branch Stills - Daw Henson (1:45)
  13. 13 Wild Hog in the Woods - Lonesome Luke & His Farm Boys (2:57)
  14. 14 The Soldier and the Lady - Marvin Thornton (2:24)
  15. 15 Pine Tree - Kentucky Woodchoppers (2:57)
  16. 16 Lord Daniel - Green Maggard (3:29)
  17. 17 Leaving Here Blues - Kentucky String Ticklers (3:35)
  18. 18 The Peddler and His Wife - James Howard (3:41)
  19. 19 Waynesburgh - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (2:41)
  20. 20 Little Stream of Whiskey (3:02)
  21. 21 Next to Your Mother, Who Do You Love? - Madisonville String Band (3:16)
  22. 22 Little Birdie - Pete Steele (1:55)
  23. 23 Hog Eyed Man - Theophilus Hoskins (1:16)
  24. 24 (Fragment) - Walter Williams (0:47)
  25. 25 I'll Be Ready When the Bridegroom Comes - McVay & Johnson (3:01)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Bill Cheatam - Mangrum & Shriver (2:52)
  2. 2 Short Life of Trouble (2:52)
  3. 3 B Flat Rag - Madisonville String Band (3:14)
  4. 4 The Fate of Ellen Smith (2:40)
  5. 5 Washington Quadrille - Jimmy Johnson String Band (3:04)
  6. 6 Storms May Rule the Ocean - Rutherford & Foster (2:28)
  7. 7 Gray Eagle (2:42)
  8. 8 Bile Dem Cabbage Down - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers (2:53)
  9. 9 Martha Campbell - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (3:07)
  10. 10 I'll Be With You When the Roses Bloom Again (3:07)
  11. 11 Shelvin Rock - Charlie Wilson (3:12)
  12. 12 The Roving Cowboy (3:16)
  13. 13 Fox Chase - Tod Gossett (2:58)
  14. 14 Dogs in the Ashcan - Lonesome Luke & His Farm Boys (2:52)
  15. 15 Come All Ye Fair and Handsome Girls - Green Maggard (2:14)
  16. 16 Rambling Hobo - Pete Steele (2:26)
  17. 17 Leather Breeches (2:30)
  18. 18 Poison in a Glass of Wine (4:28)
  19. 19 The Valentine - Tom West (2:56)
  20. 20 Flying Cloud Waltz (3:22)
  21. 21 A Western Union Telegram - Ed Morrison (3:59)
  22. 22 My Little Carpenter - James Howard (2:12)
  23. 23 Hook and Line - Hatton Brothers (3:23)
  24. 24 Will It Pay (3:06)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Rocky Mountain Goat (2:29)
  2. 2 The Orphan Girl (3:02)
  3. 3 Honeymood Stomp - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (2:57)
  4. 4 I Ain't a Bit Drunk - George Short Buckle Roark (2:56)
  5. 5 Bacon and Cabbage - Mangrum & Shriver (2:51)
  6. 6 I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart - Howard & Peak (2:47)
  7. 7 Little Boy Working on the Road - J.W. Day (3:10)
  8. 8 I Must See My Mother - Hobbs (2:58)
  9. 9 New Harmony Waltz - Kentucky Woodchoppers (2:41)
  10. 10 Sugar Hill - Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers (3:00)
  11. 11 Kentucky Plowboy's March - Hack's String Band (3:04)
  12. 12 You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone (2:55)
  13. 13 Tipple Blues - Kentucky String Ticklers (3:28)
  14. 14 He's Only a Miner Killed in the Ground - Ted Chesnut (2:33)
  15. 15 Rye Straw - Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (2:50)
  16. 16 She's a Flower from the Fields of Alabama - Moore & Burnett Rutherford (2:53)
  17. 17 Ching Chow - Jimmy Johnson String Band (2:58)
  18. 18 My Mother's Hands - Shortbuckle & Family Roark (3:12)
  19. 19 My Pretty Snow Deer - Madisonville String Band (3:24)
  20. 20 Walter Family Waltz (3:39)
  21. 21 Going Across the Sea - Henry Bandy (2:59)
  22. 22 Knoxville Rag - Taylor Moore & Burnett (3:11)
  23. 23 I'm Rolling Along (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Agee Banjo
Buell Kazee Banjo, Vocals
Carson Robison Guitar
Asa Martin Guitar, Vocals, Talking
Jim Taylor Fiddle
Charles Underwood Guitar
Peter Woods Banjo
Willie Young Guitar
Allan Crockett Trombone, Jew's Harp
Roland Johnson Fiddle, Vocals
Al Walker Guitar
Mary Walter Piano
Johnny Booker Guitar
Fiddlin' Doc Roberts Fiddle, Mandolin
Leonard Rutherford Fiddle, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ed Lewis Autoharp
Green Bailey Guitar, Vocals
Byrd Moore Guitar
Aulton Ray Vocals
Richard Burnett Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Jim Booker Fiddle
Herman Green Fiddle
Blind Joe Mangrum Fiddle
Frank Miller Fiddle
Ila Bassett Guitar
Melvin Bethel Mandolin
Bill Brown Guitar
James Brown Fiddle
Wilburn Burdett Washboard
Charlie Burdette Jug
Oddis Burgher Banjo
Homer Castleman Banjo
Ted Chesnut Guitar, Vocals
Walter Cobb Banjo
Albert Crockett Guitar (Tenor)
Clarence Crockett Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
George Crockett Fiddle, Vocals
John Crockett Sr. Banjo, Fiddle
Johnny Crockett Banjo, Guitar
J.W. Day Fiddle
Lee Day Guitar
Ira Decker Banjo
Luke Decker Fiddle
Charlie Estes Guitar
John Foster Guitar, Vocals
Bene Garrett Bass
Virgil Garrett Fiddle
Enos Gossett Guitar
Tod Gossett Fiddle
A. Judson Green Fiddle
Preston Green Bass
Jess Hatton Banjo
Vertner Hatton Fiddle
Roy Hobbs Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Bunk Lane Piano
Basil Martin Guitar
Alice McCormick Piano
Clarence McCormick Harmonica
Ancil McVay Guitar, Vocals
Bill Mulligan Banjo
Earl Nossinger Guitar
Andy Palmer Fiddle
Charles Peak Guitar, Vocals
Aubrey Prow Guitar, Vocals
Silas Rogers Fiddle
Fred Shriver Accordion
Jake Shucks Banjo
Les Smitha Fiddle
Houston Tucker Mandolin
Noah Tucker Bass
Marion Underwood Banjo
Draper Walter Fiddle
Tommy Whitmer Fiddle
Charlie Wilson Fiddle
James Roberts Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
James Howard Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
Asa Martin Dance Director
Bradley Kincaid Contributor
A.P. Carter Composer
Richard Nevins Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Charles K. Wolfe Contributor
Walter Williams Contributor
Green Bailey Liner Notes
J. Karen Thomas Contributor
Amos Green Jr. Contributor
Traditional Composer
Henry Bandy Contributor
Justus Begley Contributor
Lee Day Dance Director
Jimmie Johnson Dance Director
Ed Morrison Contributor
Dick Parman Contributor
Leslie Powell Contributor
George Short Buckle Roark Contributor
Bill Stepp Contributor
Leslie VanWinkle Contributor
Nelson VanWinkle Contributor
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