Mountain Journey: Stars of Old Time Music

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The traditional music of the Appalachians was nearly killed off in the 20th century by the rise of radio, television, and the phonograph, which all but replaced the social function of homemade music in the Southern mountains, while hot new musical forms like bluegrass and rock & roll drew young players away from the music of their parents and grandparents, breaking the chain that saw the old songs and melodies get passed down hand to hand through the oral folk process. Powerful as these modern forces were, however, they were also the same forces that helped preserve the Appalachian tradition in amber, as young musicians, many of them from the big cities, bought ...
See more details below
CD
$15.64
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$17.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (2) from $13.94   
  • New (2) from $13.94   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The traditional music of the Appalachians was nearly killed off in the 20th century by the rise of radio, television, and the phonograph, which all but replaced the social function of homemade music in the Southern mountains, while hot new musical forms like bluegrass and rock & roll drew young players away from the music of their parents and grandparents, breaking the chain that saw the old songs and melodies get passed down hand to hand through the oral folk process. Powerful as these modern forces were, however, they were also the same forces that helped preserve the Appalachian tradition in amber, as young musicians, many of them from the big cities, bought old-time records and took them to heart during the folk revival of the 1960s, learning to play and replicate the music itself. No longer learned so much at the feet of elders, but learned instead from Surround Sound speakers, the old-time music of the Southern mountains is arguably more accessible now than at any other time in the past 60 years, thanks in part to the old-time soundtracks of two hugely popular movies, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain. One of the record labels at the center of all this is Rounder Records, which, starting with its first release by banjo picker George Pegram in the early '70s, has been steadfast in supporting the music through numerous album releases. Mountain Journey is a well-sequenced sampler disc of several of these releases, concentrating on the last purveyors of the original folk process. Among the many highlights are Ola Belle Reed's stirring and intelligent "My Epitaph," sung in stark fashion with just acoustic guitar accompaniment. Also worth noting are Pegram's propulsive banjo on the old dance tune "Cindy" and two pieces by Etta Baker, one that finds her playing gorgeous modal five-string banjo runs on "Cripple Creek" with Mike Seeger on fiddle and another that features Baker's virtuoso guitar playing on what has become her signature tune, "Bully of the Town." Another gem is Dry Branch Fire Squad leader Ron Thomason's solo banjo reading of a G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter classic, "He's Coming to Us Dead," which reminds listeners that the price of war is perhaps most costly for the poor. That the old-time music of the mountains has survived so well into the 21st century is somewhat of a miracle, and that it occasionally even flirts with the pop charts thanks to certain successful soundtracks is even more of a miracle, but then, perhaps not, because these sturdy, ancient songs deal with joy, innocence, anguish, anger, seduction, lust, heartbreak, hope, despair, death, and love with an uncommon directness that defies both time and place even as they help form its definition.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661054622
  • Catalog Number: 610546
  • Sales rank: 405,310

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wayfaring Pilgrim (4:31)
  2. 2 Free a Little Bird (2:43)
  3. 3 Cripple Creek - Mike Seeger (1:55)
  4. 4 Cindy - Red Parham (1:56)
  5. 5 And Am I Born to Die - Gaither Carlton (3:32)
  6. 6 Poor Soldier - Ginny Hawkier (2:46)
  7. 7 Wild Rose of the Mountain (2:13)
  8. 8 Times Are Not What They Used to Be - Ginny Hawker (4:16)
  9. 9 Sweet Sunny South (2:03)
  10. 10 The Traveller - Sacred Harp Singers of Georgia & Alabama (1:20)
  11. 11 Pretty Bird - Hazel Dickens (4:23)
  12. 12 Cruel Willie (3:16)
  13. 13 He's Coming to Us Dead (3:21)
  14. 14 Bully of the Town (2:56)
  15. 15 Two Soldiers - Alice Gerrard (2:57)
  16. 16 Bonaparte's Retreat (2:50)
  17. 17 Not a Word of That Be Said - Ginny Hawker (4:10)
  18. 18 If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again (3:23)
  19. 19 Midnight on the Water - Ralph Blizard & The New Southern Ramblers (3:34)
  20. 20 My Love Lies in the Ground - Dirk Powell (3:16)
  21. 21 My Epitaph (3:07)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta Baker Vocals, 5-string Banjo
Doc Watson Vocals
Hazel Dickens Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Seeger Fiddle
Hugh McGraw Leader
Ralph Blizard Fiddle
J.P. Fraley Fiddle
George Pegram Banjo, Vocals
Ola Belle Reed Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Thomas Fiddle
Gaither Carlton Fiddle
Alice Gerrard Autoharp, Vocals
Ginny Hawker Vocals
Phil Jamison Guitar
Carol Elizabeth Jones Baritone (Vocal)
Pete Kennedy Guitar
Bruce Moisky Guitar
Tim O'Brien Guitar, Vocals
Malcolm Owen Fiddle
Dirk Powell Banjo, Fiddle
Ron Thomason Banjo, Vocals
Marshall Wilborn Bass
David Reed Guitar
Bill Bolick Mandolin, Vocals
Earl Bolick Guitar, Vocals
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Banjo, Vocals
Connie Gately Guitar
Fred Gately Bass
Vickie Owen Dulcimer
Annadeene Fraley Guitar
Ron Stewart Fiddle
John Lilly Bass
Red Parham Harmonica
Red Roberts Fiddle
Technical Credits
Hazel Dickens Arranger, Composer
J.P. Fraley Arranger
Ola Belle Reed Composer
Wade Mainer Composer
Alice Gerrard Arranger
Ginny Hawker Arranger
Toby Mountain Mastering
Dirk Powell Composer
Benny Thomasson Composer
Scott Alarik Liner Notes
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 14, 2012

    Songs resonating with authenticity of our deepest musical traditions

    At first glance, one has to chuckle at the subtitle of this album, "Stars of Old Time Music." Perhaps with a few more "O, Brother Where Art Thou" and "Cold Mountain" movies, old-time music will have its stars, but I think that's still a long ways off. Twenty-one cuts pulled from Rounder Record releases spanning from 1972-2005 comprise this sampler. The "stars" featured are among the best purveyors of this genre of music - Ola Belle Reed, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Mike Seeger, Doc Watson, Hazel Dickens, Etta Baker, Ginny Hawker, Blue Sky Boys, and others. Similar to another Rounder old-time music sampler "Come to the Mountain: Old-Time Music for Modern Times," this album provides thoughtful liner notes (by Scott Alarik), artist descriptions, and credits for each song.

    This old-time mountain music is performed by ordinary folk, with plenty of emotional electricity and without any grandstanding. The vocals particularly impart an intensity that is emotionally-charged. Most tracks feature solo vocals, although it's nice to hear a few cuts with harmonies, such as "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" (Blue Sky Boys) and "Time Are Not What They Used to Be"( Ginny Hawker and Hazel Dickens). There is even a one-minute song, "The Traveller" featuring sacred harp singers of Georgia and Alabama.

    "Cripple Creek" (Mike Seeger & Etta Baker), "Sweet Sunny South" (fiddled by Buddy Thomas), "Midnight on the Water" (Ralph Blizzard and the New Southern Ramblers), "Cruel Willie" (Connie & Babe and the Backwoods Boys) and "Bully of the Town" (guitar by Etta Baker) are the instrumentals among the cuts. Major record label samplers like this one are welcome entries in their catalog of offerings. The multitude of songs resonates with authenticity of our deepest musical traditions.

    As producer Ken Irwin once said, "In thinking about how to sell the music, I came up with the idea of ‘Stars of Old Time Music,' and we all liked it. For those who don't know the old-time music scene, they might actually buy it thinking it was what it sounded like and for those who knew the scene, they'd see it as being tongue in cheek….When I was growing up, we used to collect trading cards, and the matched sets were highly valued. You tried to collect all of those with the same frame or the same look or whatever. With some of the reissues, we have been successful reaching some of the newer fans to the music by putting together compilations of quality music with a similar look to them hoping that people who had enjoyed the earlier ones would take a chance on the newer ones."

    The compilations from this record label are a great way to showcase many singularly impressive talents. Find your favorites among the sampled artists, and then buy their complete albums to explore them further. (Joe Ross)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews