Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 4

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 4, is the final chapter in a series of recordings commemorating the 50th anniversary of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, following a first volume released in 2006 and a double-CD set comprising the second and third volumes released earlier in 2007. As was true of the previous discs, this one is filled with traditional folk songs and some venerable originals written by folk-based singer/songwriters dating back to Woody Guthrie, and annotator Paul Tyler fills the CD booklet with notes about the songs' origins while saying little about the actual recordings. On previous volumes, that could make for quite a dichotomy, as...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 4, is the final chapter in a series of recordings commemorating the 50th anniversary of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, following a first volume released in 2006 and a double-CD set comprising the second and third volumes released earlier in 2007. As was true of the previous discs, this one is filled with traditional folk songs and some venerable originals written by folk-based singer/songwriters dating back to Woody Guthrie, and annotator Paul Tyler fills the CD booklet with notes about the songs' origins while saying little about the actual recordings. On previous volumes, that could make for quite a dichotomy, as contemporary singers and musicians sometimes took great liberties with the folk classics. That is less true on the fourth volume, which might be called the most "Chicago-like" of the collections in the sense that many of the contributors are artists originally from or long based in and around Chicago, such as Tom Paxton who sings Guthrie's "So Long It's Been Good to Know You" with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Frank Hamilton one of the first teachers at the school, Michael Smith, Steve Goodman, and John Prine. If there is any dominant voice on a nearly 80-minute disc with a different performer on each of the 20 tracks, it may be Goodman, more than 20 years dead, who is heard playing his signature song "City of New Orleans" in a live recording from the '70s that originally appeared on the album Live at the Earl of Old Town and who also chimes in on the final track, Sons of the Never Wrong's rendition of the hymn "I'll Fly Away." Other singers often seem influenced by his reedy voice and plain-spoken delivery in presenting these well-known songs, and they are the better for that. The songbook albums are never too stuffy, despite the scholarly approach because the performers are so enthusiastic about the material, even when they are re-creating the sounds of earlier artists, such as Devil in a Woodpile, which evokes the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in a lively reading of Gus Cannon's "Stealin'." The fourth volume is anything but the leftovers of the series; on the contrary, some of the best has been saved for last.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Old Town School
  • UPC: 744302050324
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El-A-Noy (2:13)
  2. 2 Scarborough Fair - Mike Austin Band (3:41)
  3. 3 So Long, It's Been Good to Know You - Tom Paxton (5:20)
  4. 4 Colorado Trail (4:00)
  5. 5 Stealin' (3:42)
  6. 6 Angel Band (3:29)
  7. 7 I Shall Not Be Moved - Andrew Bird (3:51)
  8. 8 Lay Me Down a Pallet (4:40)
  9. 9 This Train - Steve Dawson (3:11)
  10. 10 Welcome Table - Joel Styzens (4:38)
  11. 11 Simple Gifts - Frank Hamilton (3:53)
  12. 12 Pay Me My Money Down - Freeze Dried (3:26)
  13. 13 The Dutchman - Mixmaster Michael Smith (4:50)
  14. 14 City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman (4:19)
  15. 15 Done Laid Around (3:57)
  16. 16 Rivers of Babylon (4:16)
  17. 17 My Home's Across the Smokey Mountains (4:10)
  18. 18 Paradise (3:29)
  19. 19 Twelve Gates to the City (2:09)
  20. 20 I'll Fly Away (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Stuart Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin, Vocals
Cathy Fink Banjo, Vocals
Tom Paxton Guitar, Vocals
John Prine Guitar, Vocals
Keith Sykes Vocals
Frank Hamilton Guitar, Vocals
Win Stracke Guitar, Vocals
Marcy Marxer Mandolin, Vocals
Jim Rooney Guitar, Vocals
John E. Abbey Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Guitarron
Barbara Barrow Guitar, Vocals
Philip Donnelly Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Vocals
Alan Ehrich Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Colby Maddox Mandolin, Vocals
Alan O'Bryant Vocals
Rachel Prine Vocals
Steve Rosen Guitar
Ed Holstein Guitar, Vocals
Howie Kantoff Drums
Mary Hamilton Autoharp
Sue Demel Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Bird Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Bruce Roper Guitar, Vocals
Simon Sweet Organ, Vocals
Chris Walz Banjo, Piano, Vocals
Joel Patterson Guitar, Kazoo, Vocals
Rob Cruz Accordion
Jimmy Conway Human Whistle
Deborah Lader Mandolin, Vocals
Neal Alger Guitar
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry Harmonica, Vocals, Jug
Casey Driessen Fiddle, Vocals
Rita Ruby Vocals
Typhanie Monique Vocals
Jason Toth Drums
Mark Dvorak Guitar, Vocals
Elaine Moore Vocals
Steve Dawson Guitar, Vocals
Jack Callahan Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Freling Guitar
Mixmaster Michael Smith Guitar, Vocals
Bill Brickey Vocals
Jacob Sweet Guitar, Vocals
Tom Giampietro Drums
Technical Credits
Paul Clayton Composer
Cathy Fink Engineer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Michael Peter Smith Composer
John Prine Composer
Gus Cannon Composer
Marcy Marxer Engineer
John E. Abbey Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Dan Stout Mastering
Traditional Composer
John Anderson Engineer
Richard Allen Rankin Engineer
Bob Medich Executive Producer
Mixmaster Michael Smith Composer
Krista Ortgiesen Notes Editing
Paul Tyler Liner Notes
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