Roots Music: An American Journey

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661050129
  • Catalog Number: 610501
  • Sales rank: 58,056


Disc 1
  1. 1 Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase - Norman Blake (2:53)
  2. 2 Banjo Picking Girl - Alice Gerrard (3:06)
  3. 3 Old Corn Liquor - Joe Thompson (3:25)
  4. 4 Rain and Snow - Suzanne Thomas (2:15)
  5. 5 The Orphan Child - Jody Stetcher (4:04)
  6. 6 Working on a Building - The Johnston Mountain Boys (3:18)
  7. 7 You Better Mind - Bessie Jones (2:50)
  8. 8 Dry Bones - The Persuasions (2:17)
  9. 9 Did You Hear John Hurt? - Dave Van Ronk (3:15)
  10. 10 One-Dime Blues - Etta Baker (2:34)
  11. 11 All the Way From East St. Louis - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:08)
  12. 12 Juke Medley - Carey Bell (1:38)
  13. 13 Black's Ball - J.B. Hutto & The Hawks (2:57)
  14. 14 Just a Little While to Stay Here - Rebirth Brass Band (6:17)
  15. 15 Iko, Iko - Theodore "Bo" Dollis (3:42)
  16. 16 Mai Kai No Kauai - The Tau Moe Family (2:46)
  17. 17 Texas Cowboy - Glen Ohrlin (3:20)
  18. 18 Streets of Laredo - Brownie Ford (4:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lacassine Special - The Balfa Brothers (3:13)
  2. 2 Ti Galop pour Mamou - D.L. Menard (2:39)
  3. 3 Dimanche Apres-Midi - Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin' (3:23)
  4. 4 Père et Garçon Zydeco - John & Geno Delafose (4:58)
  5. 5 Oh Bye Mon Neg - Boozoo Chavis (3:44)
  6. 6 Zulema Waltz - Santiago Jimenez Jr. (2:21)
  7. 7 Ahualulco - Los Pregoneros del Puerto (3:54)
  8. 8 Ven (Come to Me) - Los Cachorros (2:59)
  9. 9 Reels: Catherine McEvoy's/Arkle Mountain - James Keane Jr. (2:24)
  10. 10 Silver Star Hornpipe/Karen's Reel/Temperance Reel - Joe Warren Cormier (3:30)
  11. 11 Long Journey Home - J.D. Crowe & the New South (3:04)
  12. 12 Leavin' - James King (3:01)
  13. 13 Old Folks at Home - Vern Williams (4:11)
  14. 14 Nobody's Business - The Freight Hoppers (3:36)
  15. 15 All Around the World - James Booker (3:27)
  16. 16 Frankie and Johnny - Tuts Washington (2:21)
  17. 17 Yancey's Bugle Call - Preacher Jack (3:05)
  18. 18 Bottle Up and Go - Sleepy LaBeef (2:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Friend of the Devil - Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pederson (3:16)
  2. 2 Every Time You Say Goodbye - Union Station (3:17)
  3. 3 Man of Constant Sorrow - Tim O'Brien (4:11)
  4. 4 Crossfire - Béla Fleck (3:26)
  5. 5 You're in My Heart - Rhonda Vincent (2:24)
  6. 6 Second Wind - Claire Lynch (3:05)
  7. 7 Black Dog - Ray Wylie Hubbard (3:15)
  8. 8 Don't Kneel at My Graveside - Stevens Sisters (3:37)
  9. 9 Oh Death - Tarbox Ramblers (3:23)
  10. 10 You Can't Hold on to a Love That's Gone - The Holmes Brothers (3:47)
  11. 11 This Time I'm Gone for Good - Johnny Adams (4:37)
  12. 12 Down the Road - Marcia Ball (3:59)
  13. 13 Think It Over One More Time - Buckwheat Zydeco (3:33)
  14. 14 Just One Kiss - Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers (4:39)
  15. 15 Danse de Mardi Gras - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (3:54)
  16. 16 Chez Seychelles - Beausoleil (3:19)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Frosty - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (3:48)
  2. 2 Funkyard - Walter "Wolfman" Washington (5:01)
  3. 3 Doyne/Freylekhs - Klezmer Conservatory Band (4:34)
  4. 4 Somos Boricuas (We Are Puerto Rican) - Los Pleneros de La 21 (3:33)
  5. 5 Hey Little Love - Tish Hinojosa (2:54)
  6. 6 Año Viejo - The Blazers (4:25)
  7. 7 All Just to Get You - Joe Ely (4:13)
  8. 8 One Endless Night - Jimmie Dale Gilmore (3:48)
  9. 9 Nebraska - The Cash Brothers (3:47)
  10. 10 Uniform Grey - Sarah Harmer (3:44)
  11. 11 Broke Down - Slaid Cleaves (3:12)
  12. 12 Birches - Bill Morrissey (3:23)
  13. 13 More Than a Paycheck - Sweet Honey in the Rock (3:55)
  14. 14 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - IIIrd Tyme Out (3:17)
  15. 15 Flamenco Fling - Natalie MacMaster (3:46)
  16. 16 Ashokan Farewell - Fiddle Fever (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta Baker Guitar
Marcia Ball Piano, Vocals
The 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
The 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 Jr. 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
The 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
Los 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Los 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 Jr. Guitar
Greg Piccolo Tenor Saxophone
John Pierce Bass
Leroy Pina Drums
George Porter Jr. 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
The Freight Hoppers Track Performer
Los 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
The Cash Brothers Track Performer
Cary Fridley Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Reed Jr. 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
The Johnson Mountain Boys Producer
Alison Krauss Producer
Rhonda Vincent Producer
John Delafose Arranger
Michael Doucet Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Producer
Merle Haggard Composer
Tish Hinojosa Producer
Santiago Jimenez Jr. Producer
George Jones Composer
Joan Baez Composer
Hazel Dickens Producer
Joe Ely Composer
Titus Turner 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
The 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
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
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
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
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
M. Christian Composer
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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