National Geographic: Destination Appalachia

National Geographic: Destination Appalachia

     
 

Another in National Geographic's far-reaching Destination series, Destination Appalachia seems a lot closer than some of their exotic destinations, but the region is no less exotic and culturally enriching than their journeys to Spain and Africa. The CD comes complete with intriguing cultural facts and maps of each region included in the enclosed foldout. TheSee more details below

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Another in National Geographic's far-reaching Destination series, Destination Appalachia seems a lot closer than some of their exotic destinations, but the region is no less exotic and culturally enriching than their journeys to Spain and Africa. The CD comes complete with intriguing cultural facts and maps of each region included in the enclosed foldout. The album's subtitle, Bluegrass, Banjos & Smoky Mountain Tales, gives little insight as to what is contained within -- mostly contemporary bluegrass artists like Ricky Scaggs and Tony Rice with a handful of classic bluegrass artists like the Osborne Brothers and the Bluegrass Cardinals. While this is a fine (even excellent) collection of newer bluegrass music, the assumption from the title and the cover photo is that it will be chock-full of old-time gritty field recordings from the likes of Roscoe Holcomb and Buell Kazee. The album on the whole is a cleanly recorded, well-planned, studio-produced collection of traditional folk songs, but part of what makes true traditional Appalachian folk so electrifying is the way it creaks and groans through the bones and souls of the players, as is demonstrated almost exclusively on the CD by rough fiddler Art Stamper's "Brushy Fork of John's Creek." Although performers like progressive bluegrass artist and Harvard graduate Alison Brown don't necessarily embody the age-old old-timey feel, the music she interprets is undoubtedly rooted in the mountains.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Compendia
UPC:
0013178010221
catalogNumber:
102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta Baker   Track Performer
Eddie Adcock   Track Performer
Bluegrass Cardinals   Track Performer
Osborne Brothers   Track Performer
Tony Rice   Track Performer
Ricky Skaggs   Track Performer
Reel World String Band   Track Performer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Track Performer
Heartbeats Rhythm Quartet   Track Performer
Art Stamper   Track Performer
Jeff Whittington   Track Performer
Allison Brown   Track Performer
Wynn Osborne   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Earl Scruggs   Composer
Mike Seeger   Cover Photo
Stevan Pasero   Executive Producer
Raymond Gehman   Montage
Gloria Ma   Art Direction

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