Southern Journey, Vol. 2: Ballads and Breakdown

Southern Journey, Vol. 2: Ballads and Breakdown


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Southern Journey, Vol. 2: Ballads and Breakdown

Lomax's first stop for his Southern Journey series was the Blue Ridge Mountains of southeastern Virginia, where he recorded the 26 tracks (six previously unreleased) that comprise this collection. The music of this region relied heavily upon guitars, fiddles, and banjos, with a repertoire influenced by the British, Irish, and Scottish ancestry of the Americans who settled the region. Understandably, to contemporary listeners it sounds like the roots of bluegrass; several of the artists (Texas Gladden, Wade Ward, and Hobart Smith) had already made recordings for Lomax in the 1930s and '40s. This may have somewhat less appeal than other volumes of the set, simply because of its specialized focus -- if you don't have a taste for bluegrass-like sounds, you may find the sharp fiddles and occasionally shrill vocals to be too unhoned. If you do like bluegrass or old-time folk, it upholds the consistently fine standards of the Southern Journey series, combining education and entertaining, with diverse approaches (as in Gladden's a cappella songs) within the traditional framework.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/1997
Label: Rounder Select
UPC: 0011661170223
catalogNumber: 1702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wade Ward   Banjo,Narrator,Track Performer
Bob Carpenter   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
James Cahoon Lindsay   Guitar
Dave Poe   Guitar
Spencer Moore   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Estil C. Ball   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Hobart Smith   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Rufus Quesinbery   Banjo
Ruby Vass   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
George Stoneman   Banjo
Charlie Higgins   Fiddle
Norman Edmonds   Fiddle
Texas Gladden   Vocals,Track Performer
Everett Blevins   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Alan Lomax   Producer,Engineer
Lynn Davis   Composer
Steve Rosenthal   Mastering Producer
Andrew L. Kaye   Liner Notes
M. Christian   Composer
Marion Jacobson   Producer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Molly Davis   Composer

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