Traditional Bluegrass CD (2004)

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Label Koch Entertainment
SKU 61011264
UPC 096297051429
UPC 14 00096297051429
Format CD
Release Date 8/10/2004
Author The Vern Williams Ba
Technical Info
Producer Tom Diamant
CatalogID ARHCD 514
Lable Name Arhoolie
Released 07/27/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 48s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00096297051429
Album Notes and Credits
Vern Williams: Vern Williams; Del WIlliams (vocals, guitar); Keith Little (vocals, banjo); Kevin Thompson (bass guitar); Ed Neff.
Personnel: Vern Williams (vocals, mandolin); Delbert Williams (vocals, guitar); Mike Eisler, Ed Neff (fiddle).
Recording information: California Bluegrass Association's Father's Day Bluegra (04/04/1982-06/??/1988); KPFA-FM Studios, Berkeley, CA (04/04/1982-06/??/1988); Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (04/04/1982-06/??/1988).
Editor: Tom Diamant.
Photographer: Judy Personius.
Although one can usually take a title like "Traditional Bluegrass" with a grain of salt, Vern Williams means what he says. Amazingly, most of the tracks included on Traditional Bluegrass were recorded live at bluegrass festivals and live on the radio in 1982 and 1984. Amazing, because tracks like "Bald Knob, Arkansas" and "I'm On My Way Back to the Old Home" sound like they could've been recorded in 1952 and 1954. Williams and his cohorts -- guitarist Del Williams, banjoist Keith Little, fiddler Ed Neff, and bassist Kevin Thompson -- tackle several Bill Monroe songs and another by Ralph Stanley, showing where the origins of their music lie. While calling a piece like "When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall" rough around the edges may sound like an insult, it's a compliment. This band isn't interested in ironing all of the mountain soul out of the music. Instead, their versions of "Can't You Hear Me Calling" and "Traveling the Highway Home" are filled with raw energy and emotion and hit the listener right in the gut. Few of these songs even make it to the three-minute mark, meaning the band is more interested in delivering the song than in showing off its instrumental dexterity. For anyone who appreciates undiluted mountain music, Vern Williams' Traditional Bluegrass will more than satisfy. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
Disc 1
1 Roll On Buddy
2 Close By
3 Montana Cowboy
4 I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home
5 Happy I'll Be
6 Live And Let Live
7 Bald Knob, Arkansas
8 When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall
9 I Hear A Choo Choo Coming
10 Can't You Hear Me Callin'
11 Traveling The Highway Home
12 Love Me Darling Just Tonight
13 In Despair
14 I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky
15 Darling Nellie Across The Sea
16 Pig In A Pen
Product Attributes
Artist The Vern Williams Ba
Label Arhoolie Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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