Traditional Banjo Music of the Ozarks [Legacy]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The material gathered here has been on the market in various configurations for years under several different titles, including Traditional Banjo Music of the Ozarks releases from both Collectables and Legacy, Banjo Jamboree, and Feuding Banjos. This is hardly traditional music from the Ozarks, though, as the presence of titles like Roger McGuinn's "Banjo Cantata" and Art Podell's "Hindu Stomp" makes clear. What it is instead is a set of recordings made in the early '60s by young urban folk revivalists using traditional Southern mountain material as a jumping-off point, which means that the tracks collected here aren't old-timey banjo music exactly, but more like an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The material gathered here has been on the market in various configurations for years under several different titles, including Traditional Banjo Music of the Ozarks releases from both Collectables and Legacy, Banjo Jamboree, and Feuding Banjos. This is hardly traditional music from the Ozarks, though, as the presence of titles like Roger McGuinn's "Banjo Cantata" and Art Podell's "Hindu Stomp" makes clear. What it is instead is a set of recordings made in the early '60s by young urban folk revivalists using traditional Southern mountain material as a jumping-off point, which means that the tracks collected here aren't old-timey banjo music exactly, but more like an approximation of it, with a much greater emphasis placed on speed no doubt due to the heavy influence of bluegrass and individuality than one generally sees in the older rural players, who had little use for innovation for innovation's sake. So, it isn't old-timey, but it is certainly informed by it, and pieces here by Dick Weissman his fast, bright-as-a-diamond version of the fiddle tune "Old Joe Clark" is astounding, Mason Williams yes, the "Classical Gas" guy, whose "Whistle While You Work" here is a similar pastiche in miniature, and Eric Weissberg his version of Arthur Smith and Don Reno's "Feuding Banjos" became the template for "Dueling Banjos," the theme song for the 1972 movie Deliverance have a light, airy charm that echoes the past even as it prefigures the "jazz grass" movement that would emerge with later players like Béla Fleck, Tony Trischka, and Tony Furtado. The end result is a charming, low-key but fast-paced banjo album that will delight any open-minded fans of the instrument, piss off the purists, and leave most listeners wondering why no one here plays "Orange Blossom Special."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1999
  • Label: Legacy
  • UPC: 076637047329
  • Catalog Number: 473

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Holston Valley Breakdown (2:06)
  2. 2 There's A Meeting Here Tonight (1:10)
  3. 3 Cripple Creek (2:30)
  4. 4 Miller's Cave (1:33)
  5. 5 Hindu Stomp (1:05)
  6. 6 Goodman Coonhound - Billy Faer (1:22)
  7. 7 Banjo Workout (1:21)
  8. 8 Red Apple Juice (1:39)
  9. 9 Hooka Tooka (1:27)
  10. 10 Old Joe Clark (1:30)
  11. 11 Movin' Down The Line (1:33)
  12. 12 The Johnson Boys (3:06)
  13. 13 Whistle While You Work (2:01)
  14. 14 Banjo Cantata (1:03)
  15. 15 Clinch Mountain Backstep (1:31)
  16. 16 Rumblin' On (2:24)
  17. 17 Feuding Banjos - Marshall Brickman (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Maphis Track Performer
Mason Williams Track Performer
Mike Seeger Track Performer
David Lindley Track Performer
Eric Weissberg Track Performer
Dick Weissman Track Performer
Roger McGuinn Track Performer
Dick Rosmini Track Performer
Art Podell Track Performer
Billy Cheatwood Track Performer
Jim Helms Track Performer
Marshall Brickman Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rod McKuen Composer
Traditional Composer
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