I have spent the past two days listening to this CD virtually non-stop. I have the cassettes which are damn near worn out but play OK in the van. The CD is a treat because the remastering (many thanks to Robin there Sandy) is superb. It's almost like a first time experience! I can only echo what has been said regarding this CD, but I would mention a couple of things that I just have to say.
First, I never know what to say or how to tell other people about Frank Proffitt. When I said back up the thread there that Frank was the "real thing"......well, that's about the best I can do. If you're a polished singer/picker and haven't listened to the music of the Southern Mountains or have been listening to the more commercial "folk" stuff, then I know that Frank will sound kinda' funny to you. He's listenable for sure as Sandy said, but it's a different sound entirely. Missed beats, missed notes, thrown in words.....not what you generally associate with greatness perhaps? You should.....Because Frank Proffitt is truly great and he is the "real thing."
There is no "one sound" that you can say represents all of the Southern Mountain region, but his is definitely one of them. When I first ventured out after "commercial" folk exposure 30 years ago, I heard lots of great folks playing "up holler" and the voice of Frank Proffitt brings back those times. His playing on fretless and his voice ring through with an authenticity that is only there if you're born and bred. Wish I could do it, but I can't. What I can do is apply the same "spirit" to a song that he did and hope I do justice to it, no matter what the song.
As mentioned previously, Sandy's liner notes are superb. Once again, as I've said before, from Folk-Legacy you get a recording, but moreover, you get an education. One thing not stated is that Sandy dedicated this new CD release to his friend and partner of many years, Lee Haggerty who passed away last March........and who also loved Frank Proffitt. It's a touching dedication and shows once again what a class act Sandy Paton is.
Sandy.......Many thanks for the CD and many more thanks for all you have done for the music....and for me. I'll see you in October.