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Play It for a Long Time
     

Play It for a Long Time

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by New Roanoke Jug Band
 
As Kinney Rorrer writes in Play It for a Long Time's liner notes, "The realism of the sound produced in an un-sanitized and un-pasteurized fashion stands in stark contrast to the 'gizmos' of the modern world." And while it may seem odd to fans of rock & roll and rap, old-time jug band music, the most backwoods genre one could imagine, remains extremely popular

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As Kinney Rorrer writes in Play It for a Long Time's liner notes, "The realism of the sound produced in an un-sanitized and un-pasteurized fashion stands in stark contrast to the 'gizmos' of the modern world." And while it may seem odd to fans of rock & roll and rap, old-time jug band music, the most backwoods genre one could imagine, remains extremely popular among a hardcore group of supporters. The attraction, it seems, is that an old-time band like the New Roanoke Jug Band requires no more than three or four good players and their instruments to make an honest and easily accessible product. Guitarist/banjoist Scott Baldwin, fiddler/washboard player Jay Griffin, and bassist Andrew Thomas are joined by several friends for 20 tracks that hark back to the 1920s and 1930s, the time period when the first Roanoke Jug Band was active. There's a good version of "Been on the Job Too Long" and a nice take on "The Highwayman." Of particularly interest is "When Those Two Towers Fell," a rewrite of Hobart Smith's "Titanic." While it might be unusual for an old-time band to change a song's lyrics, writing about current events does fit within the jug band tradition. The last four tracks feature the original Roanoke Jug Band, offering a nice juxtaposition between old and new. At 78 minutes, Play It for a Long Time offers an old-timey bargain for the contemporary listener.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2003
Label:
Copper Creek
UPC:
0722321200326
catalogNumber:
2003
Rank:
268202

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Roanoke Jug Band   Primary Artist
Kirk Sutphin   Banjo
Andrew Thomas   Background Vocals,Double Bass,Group Member
Billy Altizer   Fiddle
Rick Mitchell   Mandolin
Ross Harbaugh   Vocals
Kinney Rorrer   Banjo
Scott Baldwin   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Jug,Slide Guitar,Lead,Group Member
Ray Barger   Guitar
Walter Keith   Banjo
Mac Traynham   Banjo,Guitar

Technical Credits

Kirk Sutphin   Arranger
Andrew Thomas   Arranger
Gary Reid   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
New Roanoke Jug Band   Composer
Kinney Rorrer   Liner Notes
Scott Baldwin   Arranger,Producer
Mac Traynham   Arranger
Wayne Weikel   Producer,Engineer
Phil Norman   Graphic Design

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Play It for a Long Time 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Total Playing Time - 78:33 For some raw, unadulterated old-time music, the New Roanoke Jug Band's "Play It For A Long Time" is the album for you. Inspired by the Roanoke Jug Band's music of the late-1920s, native Virginians Jay Griffin (fiddle, washboard), Scott Baldwin (guitar, banjo, jug, slide guitar), and Andrew Thomas (bass) offer a number of blues, rags, and songs that evoke nostalgic images from the front porches of rural America. With over 78 minutes of music (24 tracks), this album is jam-packed with uncluttered, energetic picking and singing. Besides tunes from their namesake, the band draws material from such sources as the Carolina Tar Heels, Andrew and Jim Baxter, Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, Hobart Smith, Jimmie Strothers, Frank Stokes, and Clarence Ashley. This album also contains four bonus tracks, recorded by the original Roanoke Jug Band in 1929. For a hot time in the old town tonight, this album will get you singing, toe-tapping, hooting and hollering right along. On "Play It For A Long Time," Baldwin, Griffin and Thomas are ably assisted by six friends (Jim Barnhill, Russ Harbaugh, Kinney Rorrer, Kirk and Lisa Sutphin, and Mac Traynham) on some of the CD's tracks. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)