Newport Folk Festival: Best of Bluegrass 1959-1966

Newport Folk Festival: Best of Bluegrass 1959-1966


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These three discs present 51 tracks recorded at the Newport Folk Festivals between 1959 and 1966, including some giants of the genre: Flatt & Scruggs, Jim & Jesse, Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers. There's a generous portion of material by most of the acts featured, including seven 1965 songs by Monroe, ten (from 1960 and 1966) by Flatt & Scruggs, and 13 (from 1963 and 1966) by Jim & Jesse. The Newport Folk Festivals were important events for the popularization of all facets of folk or folk-based music, and this set effectively encapsulates their contributions to bringing bluegrass to a wider (and often white and Northern) audience. No less than 16 of the cuts were previously unreleased, although with the exception of a couple 1963 Jim & Jesse performances, these are by the least well-known acts on the set: Hylo Brown and the Timberliners (with Earl Scruggs), Don Stover, and the Lilly Brothers (with Don Stover and Tex Logan). As for the most recognizable "hit" of the package, Flatt & Scruggs do a version of their famous Beverly Hillbillies theme, "The Ballad of Jed Clampett"; and Jim & Jesse do an unexpected cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee." Most interesting are the three tunes by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. These have a sense of reaching for something and hunger that is not always heard in the always-accomplished, but flashily polished, performances on much of the rest of the package.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2001
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707018722
catalogNumber: 187/89
Rank: 116312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flatt & Scruggs   Track Performer
Lilly Brothers   Track Performer
Earl Scruggs   Track Performer
Stanley Brothers   Track Performer
Hazel Dickens   Track Performer
Don Stover   Track Performer
Foggy Mountain Boys   Track Performer
Alice Gerrard   Track Performer
Tex Logan   Track Performer
Clinch Mountain Boys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Peter Rowan   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Wiley Morris   Composer
Zeke Morris   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Director
Bolivar Lee Shook   Composer
James Wills   Composer
J. Lewis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Paul Henning   Composer
Charles L. Seitz   Composer
Elmar Rader   Composer

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