Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History


Rural Roots of Bluegrass is a songbook and history book that takes a deep at the roots of bluegrass music: ballads and fiddle tunes of Scots-Irish pioneers, black spirituals, plantation melodies, blues, murder ballads, sentimental parlor songs from Tin Pan Alley, North Carolina banjo styles and gospel songs. This book is richly illustrated with 107 vintage photos and includes history, lyrics to 94 songs, musical notation, chords, playing tips, and historical sources for each song. Includes profiles on the Bill ...

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Rural Roots of Bluegrass is a songbook and history book that takes a deep at the roots of bluegrass music: ballads and fiddle tunes of Scots-Irish pioneers, black spirituals, plantation melodies, blues, murder ballads, sentimental parlor songs from Tin Pan Alley, North Carolina banjo styles and gospel songs. This book is richly illustrated with 107 vintage photos and includes history, lyrics to 94 songs, musical notation, chords, playing tips, and historical sources for each song. Includes profiles on the Bill Clifton, Bill Monroe, the Blue Sky Boys, Bradley Kincaid, the Callahan Brothers, Carolina Tar Heels, the Carter Family, Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, the Coon Creek Girls, Earl Scruggs, Eck Robertson, Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, Fiddlin' John Carson, G. B. Grayson & Henry Whitter, Jimmie Rodgers, Karl and Harty, the Lilly Brothers, Monroe Brothers, the Morris Brothers, Riley Puckett, Samantha Bumgarner, Vernon Dalhart, Snuffy Jenkins and Wade & J. E. Mainer. 6" x 9", 180 pages. The perfect companion to the CD "Rural Roots of Bluegrass."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883206406
  • Publisher: Native Ground Music
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 7
Romancing the Rural Homestead 9
The Roots of Bluegrass Music 12
Tin Pan Alley 19
The Roots of Gospel Music 20
The Monroe Brothers 24
The National Barn Dance 26
Those Magic Crystals 27
Charlie & Bill in the "Studio" 28
Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys 29
Bill Monroe on the Opry 33
2 Cents Worth of Music Theory 34
Transposing 35
Using a Capo to Transpose 36
The Wheel of Transposition 37
Singing with the Guitar 38
Singing with the Mandolin 39
Singing with the Banjo 40
Backing up Songs with the Fiddle 41
Singing Harmony 42
Before You Start Singing 43
A Beautiful Life 44
All the Good Times Are Past and Gone 45
Amazing Grace 46
Angel Band 47
Are You Tired of Me, Darling? 48
The Lilly Brothers 49
Banjo Pickin' Girl 50
Banks of the Ohio 51
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues 52
Riley Puckett 53
Bury Me Beneath the Willow 54
Carter Family 55
Careless Love 57
Bradley Kincaid 58
Columbus Stockade Blues 60
Cotton-Eyed Joe 61
Cripple Creek 62
Cumberland Gap 63
Darling Cory 64
Dig a Hole in the Meadow 65
Don't Go Out Tonight, My Darling 66
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 67
Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers 68
Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky 70
Down in the Willow Garden 71
Wade & J.E. Mainer 72
Wade Mainer and the Morris Brothers 74
Dream of the Miner's Child 76
Vernon Dalhart 77
Drifting Too Far From the Shore 78
East Virginia 79
Footmarks in the Snow 80
Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee, The 82
Give Me the Roses Now 83
Carolina Tar Heels 84
Going to Georgia 85
Handsome Molly 86
G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter 87
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire 88
I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home 89
I'll Be All Smiles Tonight 90
I'll Remember You in My Prayers 91
In the Pines 92
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith 93
Jealous Lover 95
Jesse James 96
Jimmie Brown the Paper Boy 97
John Hardy 98
Johnson Boys 99
Just Over in the Gloryland 100
Karl & Harty 101
Katie Cline 102
Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman 103
Katie Dear 104
Knoxville Girl 105
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms 106
Leather Britches 107
Life's Railway to Heaven 108
Blue Sky Boys 109
Little Bessie 111
Fiddlin' John Carson 112
Little Log Cabin in the Lane 113
Little Maggie 114
Little Rosewood Casket 115
Little Whitewashed Chimney 116
Bill Clifton 117
Lonesome Road Blues 118
Snuffy Jenkins 119
Long Journey Home 121
Lord, I'm Coming Home 122
Man of Constant Sorrow 123
Maple on the Hill 124
Mary of the Wild Moor 125
Midnight on the Stormy Deep 126
My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains 127
My Old Cottage Home 128
New River Train 129
Nine Pound Hammer 130
Oh Those Tombs 132
Old Joe Clark 133
Poor Ellen Smith 134
Precious Memories 135
Coon Creek Girls 136
Pretty Polly 137
Put My Little Shoes Away 138
Rabbit in the Log 139
Red Rocking Chair 140
Red Wing 141
Reuben's Train 142
Earl Scruggs 143
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms 145
Roll on Buddy 146
Roving Gambler 148
Eck Robertson 149
Sally Goodin 150
Seeing Nelly Home 151
Shady Grove 152
Shake Hands with Mother Again 153
Short Life of Trouble 154
Sweet Sunny South 155
The Callahan Brothers 156
They're at Rest Together 158
Turkey in the Straw 159
Unclouded Day, The 160
Wabash Cannonball 161
Wait Till the Clouds Roll By 162
Walk in Jerusalem Just like John 163
What Would You Give in Exchange? 164
When the Bees Are in the Hive 165
When You and I Were Young, Maggie 166
Where the Soul of Man Never Dies 167
White House Blues 168
Whoa Mule 170
Samantha Bumgarner & Eva Davis 171
Wild Bill Jones 172
Wildwood Flower 174
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Quality, well-researched, authentic educational package

    While it¿s admittedly difficult to capture the heart and soul of bluegrass music in a book and/or one-hour musical program, tapping the very core of the traditional repertoire allows one to present a large variety of material and explain the genre¿s development and influences. Wayne Erbsen¿s ¿Rural Roots of Bluegrass¿ includes songs from English balladry, turn-of-the century parlors, Tin Pan Alley, Scots-Irish fiddle tradition, minstrelsy, African-American tradition, early bluegrass pioneer recordings, and gospel. It¿s certainly a formidable task and a lot of ground to cover, and Erbsen rises to the challenge. The 180-page book includes 94 songs and some basic history about the music and its early purveyors. The information is ideal for presentation at school assemblies, and I wish that something akin to lesson plans or behavioral objectives would¿ve been somehow incorporated for direct application by educators around the country. Wayne Erbsen started his Native Ground Music in 1973 to teach and preserve Southern Appalachian music. He¿s dug into the roots of the music by learning first hand from masters like Homer Callahan, Wade Mainer, Zeke and Wiley Morris, Jim Shumate, Bobby Hicks, Bill Bolick and Walter Davis. Determined to ensure that this music was preserved and passed on to future generations, he began presenting traditional music programs and teaching banjo. His first book, ¿A Manual on How to Play the 5-String Banjo for the Compete Ignoramus!¿ sold well, and many other books and recordings from Native Ground Music have since followed that cover an even broader range of American folklore from cowboys to log cabin cooking, outlaws to railroads. A multi-instrumentalist, Erbsen¿s instruction books for banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and dulcimer have also been well received. With its 16 songs, the accompanying 54-minute CD gives us a good, compact and condensed introduction to the rural roots of bluegrass. While some contemporary albums knock you right upside the head with their musical impact, others like ¿Rural Roots of Bluegrass¿ are simply vivid, genuine portrayals of solidly-founded traditional American music. Wayne Erbsen and his accompanists clearly love the simplicity of mountain music. Don¿t look for a lot of glossy licks on this project, but enjoy the raw-boned essence of pure music as the musicians sing and play their ballads, songs and instrumentals. Embrace the rustic feeling of a more rural and bucolic day. Preserve a rich musical tradition that¿s been inspired by the number of families that play music and have for generations, especially from the Asheville, N.C. area where the talented musicologist resides. Songs like Katie Dear, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Dig a Hole in the Meadow, Dream of a Miner's Child, Rabbit in the Log, Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky, Handsome Molly, Old Mother Flanagan, and Bury Me Beneath the Willow are at the very core and spirit of bluegrass. Vocalist Laura Boosinger receives equal acknowledgment as collaborator on the recording. While Erbsen and Boosinger don¿t actually perform together, the friends have worked together on a number of previous recordings. Laura Boosinger has entertained and taught at concerts, workshops and schools for the past twenty years. She¿s played with local fiddlers in string bands and square dance groups. As an indication of her avid interest and devotion to traditional music, Laura earned a degree in traditional music and old-time banjo from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C. For thirteen years, Laura performed a brand of ¿mountain swing¿ with the Luke Smathers String Band. She also currently plays occasionally with David Holt and the Lightning Bolts. Her solo album entitled ¿Down the Road¿ (LL-1001) is distributed by Copper Creek Records, and she also recently put out ¿Mountain Treasures¿ (Copper Creek CD-0217) with legendary guitarist/singer George Shuffler. Wayne Erbsen's ¿Rural Roots of Bluegrass¿ digs a hole deep in t

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