Roots Music: An American Journey

Roots Music: An American Journey

     
 

No mere historical survey, Rounder's four-CD box offers a broad and insightful perspective on American roots music, showcasing traditional music styles and then watching them evolve toward the future. Interesting juxtapositions are everywhere, which is what you expect from America's premier folk label. Check out Tish Hinojosa's endearingSee more details below

Overview

No mere historical survey, Rounder's four-CD box offers a broad and insightful perspective on American roots music, showcasing traditional music styles and then watching them evolve toward the future. Interesting juxtapositions are everywhere, which is what you expect from America's premier folk label. Check out Tish Hinojosa's endearing fusion of Spanish and pop melodies on the beautiful "Hey Little Love," in contrast to the Blazers' harder-edged Tex-Mex approach on "El Año Viejo." Or Béla Fleck's scintillating virtuoso display of instrumental bluegrass, "Crossfire," in contrast to Alison Krauss & Union Station's pop-bluegrass fusion on the chilling ballad "Every Time You Say Goodbye" and J. D. Crowe & the New South's pioneering "newgrass" approach to "Long Journey Home." Cajun, folk, blues, hard country, and gospel are similarly plumbed for past-present-future connections by an all-star lineup of Rounder artists, including the Persuasions, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Hazel Dickens, Joe Ely, Boozoo Chavis, James Booker, Sleepy LaBeef, Rhonda Vincent, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Marcia Ball, Beausoleil, Johnny Adams, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Slaid Cleaves, IIIrd Tyme Out, and the Klezmer Conversatory Band, among many others. At journey's end, it all feels right. Good roots, after all, spread far and wide.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Over the course of their 30-year career, Boston's Rounder Records has amassed an amazing catalog of recordings drawing on just about every American musical tradition you can think of. Known primarily as a bluegrass and folk label, Rounder has also released (both under their own imprint and through subsidiary labels like Heartbeat, Bullseye Blues, and Philo) numerous albums by Cajun, old-time, reggae, contemporary folk, zydeco, and blues artists. Roots Music is culled from the catalog of the Rounder imprint itself, and its four discs veer wildly from the hardcore fiddle tunes of Norman Blake and the old-timey singing of Suzanne Thomas to the raucous Cajun two-steps of the Balfa Brothers and D.L. Menard, and from there to the elegant conjunto stylings of Los Pregoneros del Puerto and the Texas country-rock of Jimmie Dale Gilmore. It's a pretty unusual compilation that has the old-time string band the Freight Hoppers rubbing right up against legendary New Orleans pianist James Booker, but then, that's the kind of label Rounder has always been. Roots Music is a fitting and aptly titled tribute to this American treasure.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661050129
catalogNumber:
610501
Rank:
58238

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase  - Norman Blake
  2. Banjo Picking Girl  - Alice Gerrard
  3. Old Corn Liquor  - Joe Thompson
  4. Rain and Snow  - Suzanne Thomas
  5. The Orphan Child  - Jody Stetcher
  6. Working on a Building  -  Johnston Mountain Boys
  7. You Better Mind  - Bessie Jones
  8. Dry Bones  -  Persuasions
  9. Did You Hear John Hurt?  - Dave Van Ronk
  10. One-Dime Blues  - Etta Baker
  11. All the Way From East St. Louis  - Mississippi Fred McDowell
  12. Juke Medley  - Carey Bell
  13. Black's Ball  -  J.B. Hutto & The Hawks
  14. Just a Little While to Stay Here  -  Rebirth Brass Band
  15. Iko, Iko  - Theodore "Bo" Dollis
  16. Mai Kai No Kauai  -  Tau Moe Family
  17. Texas Cowboy  - Glen Ohrlin
  18. Streets of Laredo  - Brownie Ford

Disc 2

  1. Lacassine Special  -  Balfa Brothers
  2. Ti Galop pour Mamou  - D.L. Menard
  3. Dimanche Apres-Midi  -  Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin'
  4. Père et Garçon Zydeco  -  John & Geno Delafose
  5. Oh Bye Mon Neg  - Boozoo Chavis
  6. Zulema Waltz  - Santiago Jimenez
  7. Ahualulco  -  Pregoneros del Puerto
  8. Ven (Come to Me)  -  Cachorros
  9. Reels: Catherine McEvoy's/Arkle Mountain  - James Keane
  10. Silver Star Hornpipe/Karen's Reel/Temperance Reel  - Joe Warren Cormier
  11. Long Journey Home  -  J.D. Crowe & the New South
  12. Leavin'  - James King
  13. Old Folks at Home  - Vern Williams
  14. Nobody's Business  -  Freight Hoppers
  15. All Around the World  - James Booker
  16. Frankie and Johnny  - Tuts Washington
  17. Yancey's Bugle Call  -  Preacher Jack
  18. Bottle Up and Go  - Sleepy LaBeef

Disc 3

  1. Friend of the Devil  -  Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pederson
  2. Every Time You Say Goodbye  -  Union Station
  3. Man of Constant Sorrow  - Tim O'Brien
  4. Crossfire  - Béla Fleck
  5. You're in My Heart  - Rhonda Vincent
  6. Second Wind  - Claire Lynch
  7. Black Dog  - Ray Wylie Hubbard
  8. Don't Kneel at My Graveside  -  Stevens Sisters
  9. Oh Death  -  Tarbox Ramblers
  10. You Can't Hold on to a Love That's Gone  -  Holmes Brothers
  11. This Time I'm Gone for Good  - Johnny Adams
  12. Down the Road  - Marcia Ball
  13. Think It Over One More Time  - Buckwheat Zydeco
  14. Just One Kiss  -  Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers
  15. Danse de Mardi Gras  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  16. Chez Seychelles  -  Beausoleil

Disc 4

  1. Frosty  - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
  2. Funkyard  - Walter "Wolfman" Washington
  3. Doyne/Freylekhs  -  Klezmer Conservatory Band
  4. Somos Boricuas (We Are Puerto Rican)  -  Pleneros de La 21
  5. Hey Little Love  - Tish Hinojosa
  6. Año Viejo  -  Blazers
  7. All Just to Get You  - Joe Ely
  8. One Endless Night  - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  9. Nebraska  -  Cash Brothers
  10. Uniform Grey  - Sarah Harmer
  11. Broke Down  - Slaid Cleaves
  12. Birches  - Bill Morrissey
  13. More Than a Paycheck  -  Sweet Honey in the Rock
  14. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot  -  IIIrd Tyme Out
  15. Flamenco Fling  - Natalie MacMaster
  16. Ashokan Farewell  -  Fiddle Fever

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta Baker   Guitar
Marcia Ball   Piano,Vocals
Holmes Brothers   Track Performer
Robert Nighthawk   Guitar
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   Track Performer
Russ Barenberg   Guitar
Nancy Blake   Fiddle
Norman Blake   Track Performer
Alison Brown   Banjo
James Bryan   Fiddle
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Dry Branch Fire Squad   Track Performer
Tony Furtado   Banjo
David Grier   Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals
Tony Rice   Guitar
Rhonda Vincent   Mandolin,Vocals
Balfa Brothers   Track Performer
Dewey Balfa   Fiddle
Beausoleil   Track Performer
Buckwheat Zydeco   Track Performer,Piano,Accordion,Vocals
John Delafose   Vocals,Frottoir
Michael Doucet   Fiddle
Eddie LeJeune   Accordion
Liz Carroll   Fiddle
Brownie Ford   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Tish Hinojosa   Guitar,Vocals
Santiago Jimenez   Accordion
Hazel Dickens   Vocals
Bill Morrissey   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Seeger   Banjo
Darol Anger   Fiddle
Sweet Honey in the Rock   Track Performer
Joe Ely   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Sleepy LaBeef   Guitar,Vocals
Persuasions   Track Performer
Bob Brozman   Guitar
David Torkanowsky   Keyboards
Tuts Washington   Piano,Vocals
April Stevens   Background Vocals
James Booker   Piano,Vocals
Andrew Cash   Guitar,Vocals
James King   Vocals
Ian McLagan   Hammond Organ
Preacher Jack   Piano
Rebirth Brass Band   Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Track Performer
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Vocals
Bob Carlin   Banjo
J.P. Fraley   Fiddle
Glen Ohrlin   Guitar,Vocals
Matt Glaser   Fiddle
Tom Adams   Banjo
Larry Rice   Mandolin,Vocals
Joe Warren Cormier   Fiddle
Vern Williams   Mandolin,Vocals
Bessie Jones   Vocals
Dave Van Ronk   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Dobro
Tau Moe   Guitar,Vocals
Pleneros de La 21   Track Performer
Fred Travers   Dobro
Ray Wylie Hubbard   Guitar,Vocals
James Keane   Piano,Accordion
Kermit Ruffins   Trumpet
Yasmeen   Vocals
Slaid Cleaves   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Beau Jocque   Accordion,Vocals
Claire Lynch   Vocals
Johnny Adams   Vocals
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold   Percussion,Drums
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Art Avalos   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Barry Bales   Acoustic Bass
Nelda Balfa   Triangle
Rodney Balfa   Fiddle
Will Balfa   Fiddle
Earl Poole Ball   Piano
Classie Ballou   Bass
Carey Bell   Harmonica
Richard Bennett   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Bisesi   Guitar
Ron Block   Banjo,Vocals
Gary Bohan   Cornet
Boozoo Chavis   Accordion,Vocals
Edmond Boudreau   Bass
Kate Brislin   Banjo,Vocals
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Browne   Upright Bass
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Chuck Bush   Bass
Tyrus Chapman   Trombone
Steve "Skeeta" Charlot   Drums,Vocals
Charles Chavis   Rubboard
Rellis Chavis   Drums
Jon Cleary   Piano
Tommy Comeaux   Guitar,Mandolin
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Cooley   Drums,Hand Clapping
Rodney Craig   Drums
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Vocals
Jack Cruz   Bass
Elijah Cudges   Rubboard
Stanton Davis   Trumpet
Geno Delafose   Accordion
David Doucet   Guitar
Pamela Davis   Bass
Steve Dilling   Vocals
Bruce Dixon   Bass
Popsy Dixon   Drums,Vocals
Theodore "Bo" Dollis   Tambourine,Vocals
Myron Dove   Bass
Kevin Dugas   Drums
Marvin Denton Dykhuis   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
David Fender   Guitar,Hammond Organ
Béla Fleck   Banjo
D.J. Fontana   Drums
Hadley Fontenot   Accordion
Nathaniel Fontenot   Guitar
Blackie Forestier   Accordion,Vocals
Nick Forster   Guitar
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier   Cymbals,Bass Drums
Philip Frazier   Tuba,Leader
Josh Freese   Drums
Richard Gates   Bass
Geechee   Bass Drums,Background Vocals
Geenie   Conga,Background Vocals
Alice Gerrard   Banjo,Vocals
Manuel Gonzales   Electric Guitar,Vocals
David Greely   Fiddle,Vocals
Lamar Grier   Banjo
David Grisman   Mandolin
Ruben Guaderamma   Electric Guitar,Vocals
James Guttmann   Bass
Mark Hamilton   Trombone
Larry Hanks   Vocals
Evelyn Harris   Vocals
Mike Hartgrove   Vocals
Jimmy Hayes   Vocals
Don Heffington   Drums
Lloyd Herrman   Drums
Steve Hindalong   Percussion
Sherman Holmes   Bass,Vocals
Wendell Holmes   Guitar,Vocals
Byron House   Bass
J.B. Hutto   Guitar,Vocals
Germaine Jack   Drums
Nathaniel Jolivette   Drums
B.J. Jones   Vocals
Aisha Kahlil   Vocals
Craig Klein   Trombone
Kenny Krumbholz   Bass
Calvin Landry   Trumpet
Red Lane   Bass
Oliverio Lara   Vocals,Jarana,Requinto
Jerry Lawson   Vocals
Gene Libbea   Bass
Keith Little   Banjo,Vocals
Pregoneros del Puerto   Track Performer
Lloyd Maines   Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Gurf Morlix   Guitar,Vocals
Aris Martinez   Vocals
Molly Mason   Bass
Gonzalo Mata   Harp,Vocals
David McLaughlin   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jim McMillen   Trombone
D.L. Menard   Guitar,Vocals
Doran Moe   Guitar,Vocals
Lani Moe   Ukulele,Vocals
Rose Moe   Vocals
Hankus Netsky   Alto Saxophone
Ed Neff   Fiddle
Bill Nowlin   Vocals
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Mandolin
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle,Guitar
Cliff Parker   Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Banjo
Penney   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Javier Perez-Saco   Piano
Gabriel Pandy Perrodin   Guitar
Greg Piccolo   Tenor Saxophone
John Pierce   Bass
Leroy Pina   Drums
George Porter   Bass
Pretty Queen   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Marc Pruett   Banjo
Valente Reyes   Guitar,Vocals
Rick Richards   Percussion,Drums
Joe Russell   Vocals
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chase Sanborn   Trumpet
Mark Schatz   Bass
Tracy Schwarz   Fiddle
Peter Schwarz   Bass,Vocals
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar
Lawrence Sieberth   Piano
Rickie Simpkins   Fiddle
Ronnie Simpkins   Bass
Grant Smith   Percussion,Drums
Tim Smith   Fiddle
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Donnell Spencer   Drums
Tim Stafford   Guitar
Ilene Stahl   Clarinet
Jody Stecher   Guitar,Vocals
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Evan Stover   Fiddle,Viola
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Lee Stuart   Electric Bass,Vocals
Eddie Stubbs   Fiddle,Vocals
Joe Sunseri   Baritone Saxophone
Rick Tait   Trumpet
Jesse Taylor   Electric Guitar
Guitar Thomas   Guitar
Suzanne Thomas   Vocals,Claw Hammer Banjo
Joe Thompson   Fiddle,Vocals
Kevin Thompson   Acoustic Bass
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
Michael Toles   Guitar
Toby Torres   Bajo Sexto
Sally Truitt   Bass
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Tenor Saxophone
Jay Ungar   Fiddle
Errol Verret   Accordion
Juan Viesca   Toloche
Jayotis Washington   Vocals
Gib Wharton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Whitehead   Drums
Marshall Wilborn   Bass,Vocals
Delbert Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Natalie MacMaster   Fiddle
Kelli Roberts   Triangle
Glen Andrews   Trumpet
Wayne Benson   Vocals
Monk Boudreaux   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Larry Carter   Trumpet
Sam Chammas   Vocals
Curt Chapman   Bass
Ray Deaton   Vocals
Chuck Holcomb   Background Vocals
Glenn Kawamoto   Bass
Phil Leadbetter   Dobro
Roderick Paulin   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Promane   Trumpet
Don Rigsby   Mandolin,Vocals
Kennety Terry   Trumpet
Darrin Vincent   Bass,Vocals
Jesse Cook   Guitar,Hand Clapping
Chip Dolan   Hammond Organ
Gary Herman   Bass,Background Vocals
Chris Ardoin   Button Accordion
Sean Ardoin   Drums,Vocals
Harry Balfa   Triangle
Peter Cash   Guitar,Vocals
Gary D. Davis   Guitar
Beth Stevens   Vocals
Alison Krauss & Union Station   Track Performer
Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers   Track Performer
Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin'   Track Performer
J.B. Hutto & The Hawks   Track Performer
J.D. Crowe & the New South   Track Performer
Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin   Track Performer
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys   Track Performer
Freight Hoppers   Track Performer
Cachorros   Track Performer
Johnny Kenton   Vocals
Darcie Deaville   Background Vocals
Michael Lockett   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Joel Jose Guzman   Accordion
Paul Brewster   Vocals
Juan Jose Gutierrez-Rodriguez   Percussion,Leader,Vocals,Bombo,Pandereta,Musical Direction
Pete Prilesnik   Dobro
Jose Rivera   Percussion,Vocals,Bombo,Pandereta
Miguel "Menique" Barcasnegras   Vocals
Alberto "Tito" Cepeda   Bombo,Guiro,Pandereta
Luca Fredericksen   Organ
Rob Gjersoe   Electric Guitar
Derek Greenwood   Bass
Jose Lantigua   Piano,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Tammy Ledet   Vocals,Rubboard
Ajay Mallory   Cymbals,Snare Drums
Gordie Sampson   Hand Clapping
Johnny Sciascia   Vocals,Bass Fiddle
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Nellie Tanco   Vocals
Sarah Harmer   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Jackson   Banjo
Hector "Tito" Matos   Maracas,Vocals,Guiro,Pandereta
Gordon McCann   Guitar
Ruben C. Gonzalez   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard   Track Performer
Reg Stewart   Trombone
Teye   Background Vocals,Flamenco Guitar
Frank Lee   Banjo,Vocals
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
Russell Moore   Vocals
Cash Brothers   Track Performer
Cary Fridley   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Reed   Guitar
Jeff Plankenhorn   Dobro
Steve Williams   Guitar
Traditional   Track Performer
Eddie Irwin   Piano
Maury LaFoy   Upright Bass
Kenny Smith   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen   Track Performer
Stevens Sisters   Track Performer
Don Bennett   Bass
Jose Gutierrez   Vocals,Jarana,Requinto
Larry Lynch   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Marcia Ball   Producer
Jimmy Yancey   Composer
Tony Furtado   Producer
Johnson Mountain Boys   Producer
Alison Krauss   Producer
Rhonda Vincent   Producer
John Delafose   Arranger
Michael Doucet   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Producer
Tish Hinojosa   Producer
Santiago Jimenez   Producer
George Jones   Composer
Hazel Dickens   Producer
Joe Ely   Composer
Bob Brozman   Arranger,Producer
Tuts Washington   Arranger
Klezmer Conservatory Band   Arranger
Dave Matthew   Engineer
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Producer
Bob Carlin   Producer
Frank Ferrel   Producer
Tau Moe Family   Arranger
Joe Warren Cormier   Arranger
Pete Carlson   Engineer
Fiddle Fever   Producer
IIIrd Tyme Out   Arranger,Producer
Sonny Landreth   Producer
Mamou Playboys   Arranger
Ysaye Barnwell   Composer
Terry Adams   Producer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Jim Bateman   Producer
Carey Bell   Composer
Glenn Berger   Producer,Engineer
John Berthelot   Producer
Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction,Essay,Song Notes
Andy Breslau   Producer
Kate Brislin   Arranger
Kevin Clock   Engineer
Michael Cogan   Engineer
Steve Conn   Producer
J.D. Crowe   Producer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
David Doucet   Arranger
Norman Dayron   Producer,Engineer
Theodore "Bo" Dollis   Arranger
Marvin Denton Dykhuis   Producer
David Farrell   Engineer
Carl Finch   Producer
Béla Fleck   Producer
Jay Gallagher   Engineer
Alice Gerrard   Producer
Greg Goldman   Engineer
Mitch Greenhill   Producer
Jeff Hannusch   Producer
Rex Hebert   Engineer
Jesse Henderson   Engineer
Chris Hertzler   Engineer
George B. Hicks   Producer,Engineer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Bruce Kaplan   Engineer
Ellen Karas   Producer
Keith Keller   Producer,Engineer
Wes Lachot   Engineer
Jerry Lawson   Producer
Ron Levy   Producer
Ronnie Light   Producer,Engineer
Gregg Lunsford   Engineer
Tom Mark   Engineer
Gurf Morlix   Producer,Engineer
Wayne Martin   Producer
D.L. Menard   Producer
Hankus Netsky   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
John Nagy   Engineer
Bruce Nemerov   Engineer
John Parsons   Producer
Charles Ray   Engineer
Julian Raymond   Producer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Ralph Rinzler   Producer
Cesar Rosas   Producer,Engineer
Peter Schwarz   Contributor
Dan Sheehy   Producer
Jerry Shook   Engineer
Bob Shumaker   Engineer
Peter K. Siegel   Producer
Richard K. Spottswood   Engineer
Jody Stecher   Arranger,Producer
Joe Thompson   Arranger
Jay Ungar   Composer
Bil VornDick   Producer,Engineer
Mark Wessel   Engineer
Miles Wilkinson   Producer,Engineer
Lesley Williams   Producer
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Chris Rival   Producer,Engineer
Chris Ardoin   Arranger
Sean Ardoin   Arranger
Will Sexton   Composer
Pete Reiniger   Engineer
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Terry Kitchen   Tape Research,Manuscript Coordinator
Louisa Hufstader   Producer,Song Notes
Steve Chandler   Engineer
David Lescoe   Engineer
Andy Hollinger   Engineer
Pete Prilesnik   Producer,Engineer
Gordie Sampson   Producer
Sarah Harmer   Composer,Producer
Richie Owens   Producer
Union Station   Producer
Joe "Flip" Wilson   Producer
Tarbox Ramblers   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Wilson Chavis   Composer
M. Doucet   Composer

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