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Frank Hamilton on Folkways

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Subject: FRANK HAMILTON ON FOLKWAYS
From: olddude
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 12:16 AM

WONDERFUL!!!!
folkways


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Folkways
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 04:55 PM

recorded in 1962, interesting, thanks


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Folkways
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 07:30 PM

thanks Dan...


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Folkways
From: EBarnacle
Date: 14 Sep 10 - 07:49 PM

Mazel tov, Frank.


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Folkways
From: Stringsinger
Date: 15 Sep 10 - 11:26 AM

Dan, thank you so much. You and I are on the same page. I really like to hear simple,
unadorned and overproduced folk music that reflects simple and direct values. Woody
and Pete paved the way for this national kind of understanding of folk music. Also, Burl Ives in his earlier recordings with just his voice and guitar. The interplay between voice and guitar is part of the satisfying experience of the early country music of the 20's, the blues and the lack of artifice of the early recordings for example, Ralph Peer (who didn't care for what he recorded but) gave us Jimmy Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman and the man who popularized the "blue yodels" as well as the Carter Family and others in Bristol Tenn. and Atlanta GA.

I have a problem with listening to much of the "modern" interpretations of folk music. They seem overstuffed with extraneous instruments and convoluted lyrics. Josh White
and Richard Dyer-Bennet were "by themselves" and gave us a personality to their interpretations of folk music. They also mastered appealing singing techniques.

I think that folk music boils and distills the music down to the essentials and doesn't try to hide it in the mix. The lyric content reflects basic values of working-class people.
It's not that I don't like some of say Paul Simon or early Joni Mitchell. As singer-songwriters they offer a good deal of sophistication to pop music.

At the same time, I don't set myself up as example of the best of folk music. I see flaws in my performances on recording but my goal was to try to distill what I loved about
folk music which was simplicity, directness, and a reflection of the cultural value of the music from the people that originally sang it.

I like the track that you are on, Dan. Tell the story, simply, unadorned without "production tricks" and "cute lyrics". A nice natural balance between voice and instrument is welcome also.

Years ago, when the Calypso Craze hit the pop field, Hugo and Luigi, two arrangers for Roulette Records claimed that the kids didn't want to hear this "simple" music and that if they put that out, they would go broke. Right after that, Belafonte recorded some very
unadorned music with just acoustic guitar and minimum of extraneous "sax solos" and "back beats". I think Millard Thomas did some of the tasteful guitar work.

So, I believe the folk presentation has gotten too busy with pop sensibilities. One of my favorite folk recordings of an interpreter is Pete Seeger's ten inch LP of "Darling Corey"
with some brilliant banjo accompaniments behind some choice folk songs.

So, if my rant is too long, I apologize. I like what you are doing, Dan.

Frank


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Subject: Frank Hamilton on Amazon
From: olddude
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 10:05 AM

Very cool, Oh yea ..
Amazon


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Amazon
From: olddude
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 10:09 AM

Sun's gonna shine... wooooo great work on the harp ... wow


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Amazon
From: Stringsinger
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 10:35 AM

Thank you so much Dan. I am grateful.

Gonna' try to update on recording soon. Not happy with my recent output.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Amazon
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 11:45 AM

Thanks, Dan! Great stuff!

Frank, please keep us posted on your new recordings, too. You sound great!


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Amazon
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 01:03 PM

Frank, was that a single track on Sun's Gonna Shine? Cause if you were singing AND blowing harp, that's some pretty good breath control.


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Amazon
From: olddude
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 01:12 PM

Frank is amazing, he can sing and play harp at the same time LOL
a man of many talents ... that is why he is a music hero to me for sure

(wish I could be as unhappy as anything I have ever heard from you my friend, LOL you can't make a bad recording .. it isn't possible)


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Folkways
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 01:49 PM

I combined the Folkways and Amazon threads. The 1962 album, Frank Hamilton Sings Folk Songs, is a good one, recorded in 1962 on the Folkways label. In 1959, Frank and Pete Seeger recorded a Folkways album titled Nonesuch and other Folk Tunes which is now available on CD. Frank also appears on two cuts on the 1961 Folkways album, Folk Music of the Newport Folk Festival, Vol. 1.

And, of course, Frank can be found on a number of Weavers albums.

These albums are available at Amazon and other online outlets; and also through the usual MP3 outlets and online services like Spotify. You probably won't find Frank at KMart.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Frank Hamilton on Folkways
From: olddude
Date: 24 Sep 10 - 01:50 PM

Yea I forgot I did a thread on this ... I just had a birthday Joe I am older and forget stuff geeze ... LOL ... sorry


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