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Sku: 60542589
UPC: 093074009222
UPC 14: 00093074009222
Release Date: 4/23/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. White House Blues - Earl Taylor/The Stoney Mountain Boys ~ Various Artists
2. Our Last Goodbye - The Johnson Mountain Boys ~ Various Artists
3. When He Reached Down His Hand For Me - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys ~ Various Artists
4. Tiny Broken Heart, A - Hazel Dickens/Alice Gerrard ~ Various Artists
5. New Camptown Races - Red Allen/Frank Wakefield/The Kentuckians ~ Various Artists
6. Suzanne - Harley Allen Jr./Mike Lilly ~ Various Artists
7. I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer - The Nashville Grass ~ Various Artists
8. Teardrops In My Eyes - The Friendly City Playboys ~ Various Artists
9. Cumberland Gap - Snuffy Jenkins ~ Various Artists
10. Live And Let Live - Red Allen/The Kentuckians ~ Various Artists
11. World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, The - Roger Sprung/Doc Watson ~ Various Artists
12. Hello City Limits - Hugh Moore ~ Various Artists
13. Brown Mountain Light, (Legend Of The) - The Country Gentlemen ~ Various Artists
14. Lonesome Road Blues - Roni Stoneman ~ Various Artists
15. Train That Carried My Girl From Town, The - Doc Watson ~ Various Artists
16. Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake - New Lost City Ramblers ~ Various Artists
17. Little Birdie - The Stanley Brothers ~ Various Artists
18. Rabbit In A Log - The Stanley Brothers ~ Various Artists
19. Grey Eagle - David & Billie Ray Johnson ~ Various Artists
20. Wayfaring Stranger - Cullen Gaylean/The Virginia Mountain Boys ~ Various Artists
21. Billy In The Lowground - The Lonesome Strangers ~ Various Artists
22. Rebel Girl, The - Hazel Dickens ~ Various Artists
23. Train 45 - Smiley Hobbs ~ Various Artists
24. Neath That Cold Grey Tomb Of Stone - The Lilly Brothers/Don Stover ~ Various Artists
25. Get Up John - Bill Monroe/His Bluegrass Boys ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Lee Michael Demsey, Jeff Place.
Muze PNote Recorded between 156 & 1993. Includes liner notes by Lee Michael Demsey and Jeff Place.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote Personnel: Harley Allen (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Curly Seckler, Doc Watson, Dudley Connell, Willis Spears, Sam Porky Hutchins, Hazel Dickens, Mac Wiseman, Red Allen, Bobby Harrison, Carter Stanley, Charlie Waller (vocals, guitar); Don Reno, Greg Allen, Mike Lilly, Hugh Moore, Walter Hensley, Kenny Ingram, Ralph Stanley, Tom Adams (vocals, banjo); David McLaughlin (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Scott Adams, Everett Lilly, John Duffey, Mike Seeger (vocals, mandolin); Eddie Stubbs, John Warren, Tracy Schwarz, Benny Martin (vocals, fiddle); Warren Pinnix (vocals); Billie Ray Johnson, Eugene Cox, Bea Lilly, Ira Dimmery, John Cohen, John Herald, Peter Rowan, Tom Morgan (guitar); David Johnson (steel guitar, fiddle); Gene Wooten, Ron Mesing (dobro); Don Stover, Eddie Adcock, Lamar Grier, Billy Edwards, Roger Sprung, Smiley Hobbs, Snuffy Jenkins, Bill Keith, Bob Yellin (banjo); Dane Bowers (mandolin, fiddle); David Grisman, Frank Wakefield, Pete Kuykendall, Curley Lambert (mandolin); Buddy Pendleton, Herb Hooven, Billy Baker, Vernon Derrick (fiddle); Bob Thomas (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: Lee Michael Demsey; Jeff Place.
Muze PNote Recording information: University Of Chicago (02/05/1961-??/??/1992); Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, VA (02/05/1961-??/??/1992); Woodlawn, VA (02/05/1961-??/??/1992).
Muze PNote Editor: Carla Borden.
Muze PNote Photographer: John Cohen.
Muze PNote While bluegrass samplers are by no means rare, it's unusual to encounter one as well thought-out as this generous (and mid-priced) package from Smithsonian Folkways, the folk label known more for its ethnomusicological field recordings than its bluegrass albums. Cynics will point out that this collection comes hot on the heels of the success of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its soundtrack, but they miss the point: if bluegrass becomes trendy for a while and the result is fine albums like this one that wouldn't otherwise have an audience, then everyone benefits. The artists on Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways range from the obvious (Bill Monroe, the Country Gentlemen, Doc Watson, the Stanley Brothers) through the influential but obscure (Red Allen, the Lilly Brothers) to the just plain obscure (Smiley Hobbs, Hugh Moore, banjo innovator Roger Sprung), and the result is a thorough overview that offers as much musical satisfaction as scholarly edification. Many of the songs selected were recorded live, and those are among the best performances: the Johnson Mountain Boys deliver a bit of pitch-perfect high-lonesome heartbreak on "Our Last Goodbye," while the Friendly City Playboys kick things into high gear with the hard-edged "Teardrops in My Eyes." Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard illustrate an important thematic stream in bluegrass songwriting with their rendition of the horrifying "Tiny Broken Heart," and the Stanley Brothers reveal some of the roots of bluegrass with their performance of "Little Birdie" (on which Ralph Stanley plays banjo in the older "clawhammer" style). Highly recommended, especially to anyone looking for an introduction to the genre. ~ Rick Anderson

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/04/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 40092
Music Label Name Label : Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093074009222

Professional Reviews

NAPRA Review (09-10/02, p.74)
- "...Characteristic vocal harmonies, intricate string embellishments, and steady, cyclical arrangements. All tracks offer timeless examples of how song documents culture..."

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