The Haint of the Budded Rose

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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
If you like your roots music performed among friends, on the back porch or in the kitchen, you are in for quite a treat. This two-CD set 97 minutes in total duration chronicles Martin Stephenson's musical journey through North Carolina in July 2000. Invited by Dolph Ramseur, a fan, Stephenson crossed the Atlantic to meet sung and unsung heroes of American roots music. The journey revolves around the figure of Charlie Poole. Stephenson meets fiddlers, banjo players, and singers in their homes, trading tunes and stories with them while Ramseur keeps a mini-disc recorder close by, capturing the warmth of each exchange. The album itself is a collection of traditional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
If you like your roots music performed among friends, on the back porch or in the kitchen, you are in for quite a treat. This two-CD set 97 minutes in total duration chronicles Martin Stephenson's musical journey through North Carolina in July 2000. Invited by Dolph Ramseur, a fan, Stephenson crossed the Atlantic to meet sung and unsung heroes of American roots music. The journey revolves around the figure of Charlie Poole. Stephenson meets fiddlers, banjo players, and singers in their homes, trading tunes and stories with them while Ramseur keeps a mini-disc recorder close by, capturing the warmth of each exchange. The album itself is a collection of traditional bluegrass and Piedmont blues tunes, stories about Charlie Poole, and snippets of conversation. Among the featured musicians are Ned Mullins, slide guitarist Etta Baker, Sammy Walker, David Childers, and Kinney Rorrer nephew of Poole's violinist, Posey Rorrer, and North Carolina Ramblers revivalist. The recordings are ambient and spontaneous; it means that trucks pass by, children play, and mistakes happen. But if such elements sound like flaws on paper, they actually add to the listening experience, giving the whole project authenticity and credibility. There is a lot of musical friendship running through these 46 tracks, and a lot of moving music. Highlights include a beautiful "Weary Blues," Etta Baker's rendition of "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad," and Sammy Walker's rendition of "Green, Green, Grass of Home." Very different from Stephenson's regular output, this album is both tribute and travel literature.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: United States Dist
  • UPC: 825947120426
  • Catalog Number: 234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Oral Tradition (2:58)
  2. 2 Living in the Country (2:59)
  3. 3 Ragtime Annie - David Holt (1:15)
  4. 4 The Old Man Died (1:49)
  5. 5 Charlie Poole and the Police (3:16)
  6. 6 Weary Blues (1:39)
  7. 7 Black Mountain Rag (1:46)
  8. 8 Write a Letter to My Mother - Kirk Suthpin (3:19)
  9. 9 Slide Guitar (1:58)
  10. 10 You're a Beautiful Lady Etta - Dolph Ramseur (0:36)
  11. 11 Forks of Sandy - Kirk Suthpin (1:14)
  12. 12 Wild Horse - Toby Weaver (1:50)
  13. 13 November Fields - Ian McBeth (2:03)
  14. 14 At Charlie Poole & Posey Rorrer's (1:16)
  15. 15 Collie Malone - Fiddlin' Howard Cunningham (3:20)
  16. 16 Green, Green, Grass of Home (3:41)
  17. 17 Chestnut Waltz - Fiddlin' Howard Cunningham (1:36)
  18. 18 Goodbye Liza Jane - Rob Tiger (3:19)
  19. 19 That Lonesome Sounding Fiddle (1:11)
  20. 20 The Day Posey Rorer Sold His Fiddle (2:53)
  21. 21 The Good Doctor - Tom Burrell (1:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Sweet Sunny South (1:18)
  2. 2 Intro - David Childers (0:37)
  3. 3 Old Time Radio Man - David Childers (3:23)
  4. 4 Chit Akins Make Me a Star - Ken Linker (2:18)
  5. 5 Step Up and Go - Ned Mullis (1:04)
  6. 6 A Dear Old Grey Haired Mother - Ned Mullis (2:31)
  7. 7 Charlie Chased by Haints (1:24)
  8. 8 Mt. Airy (Standing at the Crossroads) - Hank Smith (4:09)
  9. 9 How Great Thou Art - David George (3:31)
  10. 10 Jessup's Reel - David George (1:39)
  11. 11 Wildwood Flower - David Cook (1:20)
  12. 12 Posey Gave Up on the Music (3:06)
  13. 13 Foggy Mountain Top - Jim Brown (0:56)
  14. 14 Intro - Dolph Ramseur (0:51)
  15. 15 The Rounds - Jim Brown (0:39)
  16. 16 Intro (0:31)
  17. 17 Some Day I'm Gonna Rock & Roll (2:44)
  18. 18 Police Dog Blues (1:14)
  19. 19 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad (1:25)
  20. 20 Lynchburg Town (3:14)
  21. 21 Toodle Oodle Ooh - Karen Birrell (3:23)
  22. 22 November Fields - Rob Tiger (2:12)
  23. 23 A Corn Licker Still in Georgia - Rob Tiger (1:42)
  24. 24 Charlie Poole's Funeral (2:05)
  25. 25 New Five Cent Piece (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Stephenson Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Spoken Word
Etta Baker Guitar, Slide Guitar, Spoken Word
Sammy Walker Guitar, Vocals
David Cook Guitar
David Austin Cook Guitar
Dave George Guitar (Resonator)
Kirk Sutphin Fiddle
Donal Fox Guitar, Vocals
Jeremy Stephens Guitar
David Childers Guitar, Vocals
Michael Reno Harrell Track Performer
Hank Smith Banjo
Doug Rorrer Guitar, Vocals
Kinney Rorrer Banjo, Vocals, Spoken Word
Taylor Rorrer Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown Guitar
Karen Birrell Vocals, Track Performer
David Brose Banjo, Track Performer
Jim Brown Track Performer
Ross Brown Fiddle, Track Performer
Tom Burrell Track Performer, Spoken Word
David Cook Track Performer
Fiddlin' Howard Cunningham Fiddle, Track Performer
David George Guitar, Track Performer
David Holt Track Performer
Ken Linker Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ian McBeth Fiddle, Track Performer
Ned Mullis Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Dolph Ramseur Track Performer, Spoken Word
Kirk Suthpin Fiddle, Track Performer
Rob Tiger Guitar, Track Performer
Toby Weaver Fiddle, Track Performer
Don Fox Guitar, Vocals
Jim Brown Guitar
Taylor Rorrer Guitar
Karen Birrell Vocals
Technical Credits
Etta Baker Composer
Sammy Walker Composer
Martin Stephenson Composer
Robert Hurst Producer
Curly Putman Composer
Don Bowman Composer
Michael Reno Harrell Composer
Traditional Composer
Hank Smith Composer
Ross Brown Composer
Tom Burrell Composer
David George Composer
Ned Mullis Composer
Dolph Ramseur Composer, Liner Notes
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