Art Of Old-Time Mountain Music

Art Of Old-Time Mountain Music

     
 

Although the performances on The Art of Old Time Mountain Music are of fairly recent vintage -- most of the 28 tracks were recorded in the '70s -- many of the songs come from the basement of time and are performed by artists deeply informed by ancient traditions. The disc features few artists known to the casual listener, but the lack of household names hasSee more details below

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Although the performances on The Art of Old Time Mountain Music are of fairly recent vintage -- most of the 28 tracks were recorded in the '70s -- many of the songs come from the basement of time and are performed by artists deeply informed by ancient traditions. The disc features few artists known to the casual listener, but the lack of household names has never seemed more inconsequential, given the performers' emotional involvement with their material and instrumental and vocal virtuosity. Of the few marquee names here, Doc Watson makes a memorable appearance, circa 1964, in a sprightly fiddle-guitar rendering of "Tucker's Barn" with one of his musical mentors, fiddler Gaither Carlton, who was also his father-in-law. Early country music giants Uncle Dave Macon (banjo) and Sam McGee (banjo, guitar) team up on a rollicking, banjo-flailing treatment of the minstrelsy-inspired and previously unissued 1930 recording of "Go On, Nora Lee." Country fans ought to get a kick out of Ola Belle Read's mournful, mid-tempo bluegrass band version of her original tale of loss and longing, "High on a Mountain," retooled by Marty Stuart in 1992 as a blast of red-hot country-rock. Proving the power of the unadorned human voice to stir the soul at the deepest level, Almeda Riddle and Lloyd Chandler turn in haunting, a cappella versions of the hymn "I'm a Long Time Travelling Here Below" and "A Conversation with Death" (popularized by Ralph Stanley as "O Death" on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack), respectively. Stirring the soul, though, is what all these artists do exceedingly well on this big-time anthology.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Northwestern fiddler Kerry Blech selected this 28-track compilation from the Rounder label's voluminous catalog of studio and field recordings of old-time music. The term "old-time" usually denotes a style of country music that is non-commercial and which predates bluegrass. The fiddle is often prominent, and while the five-string banjo is often involved, it is usually played in the older "clawhammer" style rather than the more ornate three-finger bluegrass or Scruggs style. But this album takes the listener far beyond the standard fiddle-guitar-and-banjo instrumentation, and even beyond the Appalachian region, to include unaccompanied singing (Almeda Riddle's "I'm a Long Time Traveling Here Below" is a gorgeous example), cowboy song (Glenn Ohrlin's hilarious "High Toned Dance"), and even one piano solo (Haywood Blevins' arrangement of the old-time standard "Old Molly Hare" that opens the program). There are also a couple of fine examples of the African-American banjo and fiddle traditions from Joe & Odell Thompson and Dink Roberts and, of course, plenty of the kind of old-time fiddling that most listeners will recognize as typical of the genre. Blech's annotations are extensive and insightful. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661159921
catalogNumber:
611599
Rank:
86330

Tracks

  1. Old Molly Hare  -  Haywood Blevins
  2. Old Blind Sow, She Stole the Middlins  -  John W. Summers
  3. The High Toned Dance  - Glenn Ohrlin
  4. Po' Black Sheep  -  Frazier & Patterson
  5. High on a Mountain
  6. McMinnville's Breakdown  - Owen Chapman
  7. One More River to Cross
  8. Rocky Mountain  -  Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown
  9. Protecting the Innocent  - Oscar Wright
  10. Death of J.B. Marcum
  11. Benton's Dream  -  Smokey Val Boys
  12. The House Carpenter  -  Dorothy Rorick
  13. Rabbit, Where's Your Mammy?  - Jim Herd
  14. Black Eyed Daisy  - Odell Thompson
  15. The Boatman Song
  16. Kicked Up a Devil of a Row  -  Charlie Kinney
  17. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie  - Fields Ward
  18. Red Bird
  19. Farewell Trion  - Bob Carlin
  20. Lost Indian  -  Mose Coffman
  21. Old Time Fire on the Mountain  -  Dent Wimmer
  22. Fox Chase
  23. Tucker's Barn  - Gaither Carlton
  24. Feed My Horse on Corn and Hay
  25. I'm a Long Time Travelling Here Below
  26. Blackberry Blossom  -  Ralph Blizard & The New Southern Ramblers
  27. Go on, Nora Lee  - Sam McGee
  28. A Conversation With Death

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Blake   Guitar
James Bryan   Fiddle
Uncle Dave Macon   Banjo,Vocals
Clark Kessinger   Fiddle
Doc Watson   Guitar
John Miller   Fiddle
Art Galbraith   Fiddle
Ralph Blizard   Fiddle
Bob Carlin   Banjo
Wilson Douglas   Fiddle
Fields Ward   Vocals
Asa Martin   Guitar,Vocals
Glen Ohrlin   Guitar,Vocals
Ola Belle Reed   Banjo,Vocals
Almeda Riddle   Vocals
Buddy Thomas   Guitar
Sam McGee   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Eugene Wright   Guitar
Gaither Carlton   Fiddle
Benton Flippen   Fiddle
Larry Flippen   Guitar
Nathan Frazier   Banjo,Vocals
Gordy Hinners   Banjo
Stan Jackson   Guitar
Phil Jamison   Guitar
Hoyle Jones   Mandolin
Alan Reed   Guitar
Beverly Smith   Guitar,Vocals
John Summers   Fiddle
Paul Sutphin   Guitar
Odell Thompson   Fiddle,Vocals
Gilmer Woodruff   Banjo
Bud Reed   Guitar
David Reed   Guitar
Marvin Gaster   Banjo
Art Rosenbaum   Banjo
Dink Roberts   Banjo,Vocals
Oscar Wright   Banjo
Owen Chapman   Fiddle
Gordon McCann   Guitar
Jim Gaskin   Fiddle
Annadeene Fraley   Guitar
Rafe Stefanini   Banjo
Paul Smith   Banjo
Joe & Odell Thompson   Fiddle,Vocals
John Lilly   Bass
Pat Dunford   Guitar
Perry Riley   Fiddle
Lloyd Chandler   Vocals
Earl Barnes   Banjo
Charlie Kinney   Fiddle
Beth Hartness   Guitar
Haywood Blevins   Piano,Spoken Word
Dorothy Rorick   Banjo,Vocals
Mose Coffman   Fiddle
Sam Connor   Fiddle
Dent Wimmer   Banjo
Gene Meade   Guitar
Speedy Tolliver   Banjo
Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown   Fiddle,Vocals

Technical Credits

Doc Watson   Composer,Introduction
Roscoe Holcomb   Composer
Bob Carlin   Producer,Engineer
Jabbour   Engineer
Ola Belle Reed   Composer
Glenn Barratt   Engineer
Scott Billington   Art Direction
Gaither Carlton   Contributor
John Cohen   Producer,Engineer
Benton Flippen   Composer
Ronnie Freeland   Engineer
Gordy Hinners   Producer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Phil Jamison   Producer
Wayne Martin   Producer,Engineer
Bill Nowlin   Producer,Engineer
Ralph Rinzler   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Whitehead   Mastering
Charles K. Wolfe   Producer
Art Rosenbaum   Engineer
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Tom Carter   Producer,Engineer
Kip Lornell   Engineer
Blanton Owen   Producer,Engineer
Adam Greenberg   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Christian Clayton   Cover Illustration
Lloyd Chandler   Composer
Kerry Blech   Engineer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Lou Curtiss   Producer,Engineer
Marian Leighton   Producer
John Work   Engineer
Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown   Producer

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