Mountain Journey: Stars of Old Time Music

Mountain Journey: Stars of Old Time Music


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Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661054622
catalogNumber: 610546
Rank: 269230

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta Baker   Vocals,5-string Banjo
Doc Watson   Vocals
Hazel Dickens   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Seeger   Fiddle
Hugh McGraw   Leader
Ralph Blizard   Fiddle
J.P. Fraley   Fiddle
George Pegram   Banjo,Vocals
Ola Belle Reed   Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Thomas   Fiddle
Gaither Carlton   Fiddle
Alice Gerrard   Autoharp,Vocals
Ginny Hawker   Vocals
Phil Jamison   Guitar
Carol Elizabeth Jones   Baritone (Vocal)
Pete Kennedy   Guitar
Bruce Moisky   Guitar
Tim O'Brien   Guitar,Vocals
Malcolm Owen   Fiddle
Dirk Powell   Banjo,Fiddle
Ron Thomason   Banjo,Vocals
Marshall Wilborn   Bass
David Reed   Guitar
Bill Bolick   Mandolin,Vocals
Earl Bolick   Guitar,Vocals
Bascom Lamar Lunsford   Banjo,Vocals
Connie Gately   Guitar
Fred Gately   Bass
Vickie Owen   Dulcimer
Annadeene Fraley   Guitar
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
John Lilly   Bass
Red Parham   Harmonica
Red Roberts   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Hazel Dickens   Arranger,Composer
J.P. Fraley   Arranger
Ola Belle Reed   Composer
Wade Mainer   Composer
Alice Gerrard   Arranger
Ginny Hawker   Arranger
Dirk Powell   Composer
Benny Thomasson   Composer
Scott Alarik   Liner Notes
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Mountain Journey: Stars of Old Time Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joe_Ross More than 1 year ago
At first glance, one has to chuckle at the subtitle of this album, "Stars of Old Time Music." Perhaps with a few more "O, Brother Where Art Thou" and "Cold Mountain" movies, old-time music will have its stars, but I think that's still a long ways off. Twenty-one cuts pulled from Rounder Record releases spanning from 1972-2005 comprise this sampler. The "stars" featured are among the best purveyors of this genre of music - Ola Belle Reed, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Mike Seeger, Doc Watson, Hazel Dickens, Etta Baker, Ginny Hawker, Blue Sky Boys, and others. Similar to another Rounder old-time music sampler "Come to the Mountain: Old-Time Music for Modern Times," this album provides thoughtful liner notes (by Scott Alarik), artist descriptions, and credits for each song. This old-time mountain music is performed by ordinary folk, with plenty of emotional electricity and without any grandstanding. The vocals particularly impart an intensity that is emotionally-charged. Most tracks feature solo vocals, although it's nice to hear a few cuts with harmonies, such as "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again" (Blue Sky Boys) and "Time Are Not What They Used to Be"( Ginny Hawker and Hazel Dickens). There is even a one-minute song, "The Traveller" featuring sacred harp singers of Georgia and Alabama. "Cripple Creek" (Mike Seeger & Etta Baker), "Sweet Sunny South" (fiddled by Buddy Thomas), "Midnight on the Water" (Ralph Blizzard and the New Southern Ramblers), "Cruel Willie" (Connie & Babe and the Backwoods Boys) and "Bully of the Town" (guitar by Etta Baker) are the instrumentals among the cuts. Major record label samplers like this one are welcome entries in their catalog of offerings. The multitude of songs resonates with authenticity of our deepest musical traditions. As producer Ken Irwin once said, "In thinking about how to sell the music, I came up with the idea of ‘Stars of Old Time Music,' and we all liked it. For those who don't know the old-time music scene, they might actually buy it thinking it was what it sounded like and for those who knew the scene, they'd see it as being tongue in cheek….When I was growing up, we used to collect trading cards, and the matched sets were highly valued. You tried to collect all of those with the same frame or the same look or whatever. With some of the reissues, we have been successful reaching some of the newer fans to the music by putting together compilations of quality music with a similar look to them hoping that people who had enjoyed the earlier ones would take a chance on the newer ones." The compilations from this record label are a great way to showcase many singularly impressive talents. Find your favorites among the sampled artists, and then buy their complete albums to explore them further. (Joe Ross)