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Joe Offer Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer (1936-1992) (5) RE: Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer 04 Aug 21

There's a YouTube channel for Jim Ringer:

Jim Ringer had a Folk-Legacy album, Waitin' For the Hard Times to Go Folk-legacy FSI-47. It is now available from Smithsonian Folkways

Notes: This is the first recording of folk singer Jim Ringer, joined by accomplished singer-songwriter and frequent collaborator Mary McCaslin, Jay Ungar, Jon Wilcox, and folk-legend Utah Philips. On Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go, Ringer plays guitar and sings a calm baritone, accompanied with vocal harmonies and fiddle. At the time of this album's recording in 1972, Ringer did not posses a steady address and had spent much of his life as a traveling laborer, working various construction jobs as he drifted through the West. As such, Ringer's gentle delivery possesses a subtle intensity and authenticity that speaks to the years of nomadism and uncertainty that preceded his time as a professional musician; as Folk-Legacy founder Sandy Paton put it, "when you’ve seen those hard times, first-hand, you just naturally learn how to sing about them".

Track Listing:
  1. Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go
  2. Paradise
  3. Every Bush and Tree
  4. Towser Jenkins
  5. I Gotta Get Drunk
  6. Granny's Song
  7. California Joe
  8. Dreary Black Hills
  9. Ground so Poor That Grass Won't Grow
  10. Old Bill Pickett
  11. Going Away
  12. The Girl I Left Behind
  13. Black Waters
  14. I Believe If I Lived My Life Again (Hymn Song)

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