Bluegrass and Old Timey Music

Bluegrass and Old Timey Music

by The Charles River Valley Boys


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Bluegrass and Old Timey Music

One has the tendency to relate certain types of music to certain record labels. Prestige, for instance, is known for its jazz roster. It comes as a surprise, then, to the post-millennium listener when the label reissues roots music recorded during the 1960s. But it shouldn't. Once upon a time, Prestige worked side-by-side with Vanguard and Folkways to bring LP buyers the best in folk-based music. The Charles River Valley Boys were born in the green pastures of Yale and Harvard in 1959 and blossomed into a crack outfit of down-home pickers. Bluegrass and Old Timey Music originates from two albums recorded by the group in 1962 and 1964, the first known by the same title, the second by The Charles River Valley Boys With Tex Logan. With traditional material, high-lonesome vocals, and fancy picking, a listener would never guess that Bob Siggins, John Cooke, Fritz Richmond, and Joe Val were anything but the real deal. The band's version of "White Dove" is every bit as raw as the Stanley Brothers' take, while "Uncle Pen" pays sincere respect to the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. The amazing thing about these recordings is how authentic they sound. Many accused young musicians involved in the folk revival of mimicking the old styles but failing to grasp traditional music at a deeper level. Again and again, the Charles River Valley Boys offer felt versions of classic bluegrass repertoire ("Angel Band," "Away Out on the Mountain"). Bluegrass and Old Timey Music offers a great intro to the Charles River Boys and shows how good revival bluegrass could be.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Prestige
UPC: 0025218528023
catalogNumber: 24280
Rank: 261946

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles River Valley Boys   Primary Artist
Joe Val   Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Tex Logan   Fiddle,Group Member
Fritz Richmond   Vocals,Washtub Bass
Bob Siggins   Banjo,Dobro,Vocals,Group Member
Ethan Singer   Fiddle,Mandolin,Group Member
John Cooke   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Roy Acuff   Arranger,Composer
Steve Goodman   Composer
McGee Brothers   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Cliff Carlisle   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Samuel Charters   Producer
Ray Edenton   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Composer
Charlie Poole   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Bob Siggins   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Delbert Tailor   Composer
Charles River Valley Boys   Arranger
John Duffey   Composer
Stephen Fassett   Engineer
T.J. Jackson   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
G.B. Grayson   Composer
Kelly Harrell   Composer
Pearl Jones   Composer
Henry Whitter   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Buddy Black   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
J. Lewis   Composer
Frederick Lyman   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Ethan Singer   Liner Notes
Charles L. Seitz   Composer
John Cooke   Liner Notes
Karl Davis   Composer

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