Classic Old-Time Music

Classic Old-Time Music


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The songs featured on Smithsonian/Folkways' Classic Old-Time Music were mostly recorded in the late '50s and early '60s (with a few scattered throughout the '70s) and celebrate many of the performers who not only toured the festival circuits at that time, but many who sowed the seeds of the entire folk revival. Old-timey legends like Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, Doc Watson, Wade Ward, and a segment of the Carter Family all make prominent appearances, but the real uncut gems come from lesser-known folkies like the Iron Mountain String Band, J.E. Mainer's Moutaineers, Sam & Kirk McGee, and Lee Sexton, whose version of "Pretty Polly" may be among the most spine-tingling on record. The later recordings by the New Lost City Ramblers, the Spare Change Boys, and a trio of college students performing "Ship in the Clouds" unfortunately feel a little too studied and reserved, and certainly not as natural as the performers who lived and breathed the music as a part of their daily lives, but their inclusion proves that the music is still alive today. Excellent liner notes are a hallmark of Smithsonian/Folkways recordings, and Classic Old-Time Music continues that tradition, providing a fascinating history behind each song and performer, ensuring hours of listening and re-listening pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074009321
catalogNumber: 40093
Rank: 19915

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta Baker   Banjo
Clark Kessinger   Fiddle
Doc Watson   Guitar
Mike Seeger   Fiddle,Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals,Appalachian Dulcimer
Tom Paley   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dock Boggs   Banjo,Vocals
Roscoe Holcomb   Banjo,Vocals
J.E. Mainer   Fiddle
George Pegram   Banjo,Vocals
Wade Ward   Banjo
Sam McGee   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Thompson   Guitar
Hank Bradley   Fiddle,Vocals
Frank Bode   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Cahan   Banjo
Gaither Carlton   Fiddle,Vocals
Sara Carter   Guitar,Vocals
John Cohen   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Walt Koken   Banjo
McCanless   Fiddle
Kirk McGee   Banjo
Lisa Ornstein   Fiddle
Cora Phillips   Guitar
Tracy Schwarz   Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Jody Stecher   Fiddle
John Summers   Fiddle
Jim Watson   Guitar,Vocals
David Johnson   Fiddle,Vocals
Artie Rose   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Davidson   Banjo,Vocals
Tommy Jarrell   Fiddle
Fred Price   Fiddle
Cousin Emmy   Banjo,Vocals
Gordon Tanner   Fiddle
Lee Sexton   Banjo,Vocals
Clarence Ashley   Banjo,Vocals
Joe & Odell Thompson   Fiddle
Caleb Finch   Fiddle
Gene Meade   Guitar

Technical Credits

Doc Watson   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Dock Boggs   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
J.E. Mainer   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Jeff Place   Annotation
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers   Contributor
M. Christian   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Louise Certain   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
W. Walker   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer

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