Mama's Hand

Mama's Hand


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Mama's Hand

Mother songs have been a staple of country music since the 1920s, and the bluegrass collection Mama's Hand illustrates how the depth of feeling for the family matriarch bridges generations and remains a source of inspiration -- Rhonda Vincent says as much in the plaintive, album-opening "Medals for Mother." With Dan Tyminski on lead vocal, Alison Krauss & Union Station's forceful reading of "Momma Cried," Bob Lucas's contemporary tale of a mother's grief over a lost child, is as gripping as the Blue Sky Boys' rendition of the1922 lament "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again." The stature of the songwriters here only elevates the results: Gospel titan Thomas A. Dorsey's "Shake My Mother's Hand for Me" gets a stark, acoustic treatment by the wonderful Whitstein Brothers; Jimmie Rodgers's "Mother, the Queen of My Heart" is rendered in an austere trio setting by Bashful Brother Oswald and Charlie Collins; and Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard offer an evocative, beautifully harmonized rendition of J. B. Coates's "The Sweetest Gift, a Mother's Smile." The album also features one of the first recordings made by Doc Watson and his wife Rose Lee, "I Heard My Mother Weeping," written by Hank Williams's wife Audrey. These texts, classic and contemporary, explore everlasting familial bonds with warmth and artistry.

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Release Date: 04/30/2002
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661050723
catalogNumber: 610507
Rank: 98471


  1. Medals for Mothers @@Rhonda Vincent
  2. Mama's Flowers @@Rambler's Choice
  3. Mama's Gonna Stay @@Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
  4. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again @@The Blue Sky Boys
  5. Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair @@Joe Val
  6. Mama's Hand @@Hazel Dickens
  7. Shake My Mother's Hand for Me @@The Whitstein Brothers
  8. Sweeter than the Flowers @@James King
  9. Dear Old Mother @@Jim & Jesse
  10. The Sweetest Gift, a Mother's Smile @@Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
  11. I Heard My Mother Weeping @@Doc & Rosa Lee Watson
  12. Dreaming of a Little Cabin @@Connie & Babe and the Backwoods Boys
  13. Mother, the Queen of My Heart @@Bashful Brother Oswald & Charlie Collins
  14. I Have No Mother Now @@Suzanne (Edmundson) Thomas & Carol Elizabeth Jones
  15. Mother's Voice is in the Wind @@The Johnson Mountain Boys
  16. Dream of a Miner's Child @@Phyllis Boyens
  17. Picture on the Wall @@The Warrior River Boys
  18. Momma Cried @@Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Dan Tyminski
  19. A Mother's Last Words to Her Daughter @@Dry Branch Fire Squad

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