Walks the Strings and Even Sings

Walks the Strings and Even Sings

by Eddie PenningtonEddie Pennington


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Kentucky's Eddie Pennington has been rightly recognized as a national treasure on the guitar. His thumb-picking style, which he developed in the native region of his home state, is purely American, and perhaps best exemplified by the late, great Merle Travis. But Pennington himself is very much in the same class, a fluid, inventive player who can pick with the very best of them. Just how well he shows on the thrilling opener, "Walking the Strings," where he makes the impossible seem perfectly natural. Whether on blues ("Mose's Blues") or country (the influence on fully half the tracks here) or jazz ("Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Over the Rainbow"), he's completely at home, letting his fingers do the talking. He's no great shakes as a singer, but there's a self-deprecating pleasantness to his voice that's somehow charming. What keeps you listening, however, is the playing, which is equally powerful with both hands; any guitarist listening to "Stealing Time" will be hard pressed to even begin to replicate it -- the man is simply that good. These performances, recorded more than a decade ago, are simply stunning.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074014622
catalogNumber: 40146

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Pennington   Primary Artist,Guitar

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Arranger,Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
David Bennett   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Geoff Clarkson   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Nick Spitzer   Cover Photo
Joe Wilson   Audio Production
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Harold Hensley   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Red Murrell   Composer
Pete Reiniger   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Harry Clarkson   Composer
Joe "Flip" Wilson   Producer,Liner Notes,Tray Photo
Frederick Hamm   Composer
Theodore Morse   Composer
Mose Rager   Composer
Hezekiah Jenkins   Composer

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