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The Art Of Old-Time Mountain Music

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661159921
  • Catalog Number: 611599
  • Sales rank: 145,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Molly Hare - Haywood Blevins (2:04)
  2. 2 Old Blind Sow, She Stole the Middlins - John W. Summers (1:38)
  3. 3 The High Toned Dance - Glenn Ohrlin (3:35)
  4. 4 Po' Black Sheep - Frazier & Patterson (3:13)
  5. 5 High on a Mountain (2:36)
  6. 6 McMinnville's Breakdown - Owen Chapman (1:44)
  7. 7 One More River to Cross (1:54)
  8. 8 Rocky Mountain - Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown (3:29)
  9. 9 Protecting the Innocent - Oscar Wright (2:38)
  10. 10 Death of J.B. Marcum (2:23)
  11. 11 Benton's Dream - Smokey Val Boys (3:00)
  12. 12 The House Carpenter - Dorothy Rorick (3:04)
  13. 13 Rabbit, Where's Your Mammy? - Jim Herd (1:23)
  14. 14 Black Eyed Daisy - Odell Thompson (3:28)
  15. 15 The Boatman Song (1:50)
  16. 16 Kicked Up a Devil of a Row - Charlie Kinney (1:11)
  17. 17 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie - Fields Ward (3:51)
  18. 18 Red Bird (2:32)
  19. 19 Farewell Trion - Bob Carlin (2:41)
  20. 20 Lost Indian - Mose Coffman (1:45)
  21. 21 Old Time Fire on the Mountain - Dent Wimmer (2:16)
  22. 22 Fox Chase (2:22)
  23. 23 Tucker's Barn - Gaither Carlton (3:03)
  24. 24 Feed My Horse on Corn and Hay (1:33)
  25. 25 I'm a Long Time Travelling Here Below (3:55)
  26. 26 Blackberry Blossom - Ralph Blizard & The New Southern Ramblers (2:57)
  27. 27 Go on, Nora Lee - Sam McGee (3:09)
  28. 28 A Conversation With Death (4:09)
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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
Al 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 III Engineer
Bruce Molsky & Big Hoedown Producer
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