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best old time string band recordings

blue sky boy 26 Jun 14 - 09:56 AM
Thomas Stern 26 Jun 14 - 10:39 AM
GUEST,gillymor 26 Jun 14 - 11:12 AM
PHJim 26 Jun 14 - 11:25 AM
greg stephens 26 Jun 14 - 04:16 PM
GUEST,BanjoRay 27 Jun 14 - 04:38 AM
GUEST 27 Jun 14 - 09:26 AM
GUEST,Mike Yates 27 Jun 14 - 04:05 PM
Mark Ross 27 Jun 14 - 05:33 PM
Janie 27 Jun 14 - 05:50 PM
Joe Offer 27 Jun 14 - 06:15 PM
Janie 28 Jun 14 - 01:19 AM
GUEST,Mike Yates 28 Jun 14 - 04:34 AM
blue sky boy 01 Jul 14 - 03:57 PM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 01 Jul 14 - 04:05 PM
Sean Belt 02 Jul 14 - 10:32 AM
Stewie 02 Jul 14 - 09:03 PM
Stewie 02 Jul 14 - 09:12 PM
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Subject: Folklore: best old time string band recordings
From: blue sky boy
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 09:56 AM

Hi All,

I'm brand new to Mudcat Cafe.

Just wondering if anyone had a lead on how to listen to some first rate old-time string band recordings. When it comes to this music it seems anonymity and being a vessel for the tradition is the point. How should I search and where should I look?

Thanks!

Joseph Bolick, Blue Sky Boy


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 10:39 AM

hello Joseph,
Are you related to Bill & Earl ???

There are inexpensive box set compilations issued by JSP, such as
MOUNTAIN BLUES, WORRIED BLUES;
take a look at COUNTY RECORDS (COUNTYSALES.COM online store and label);
a releases by OLD HAT:
Music From The Lost Provinces: Old-Time Stringbands From Ashe County, North Carolina & Vicinity 1927-1931 by Frank Blevins, G.B. Grayson, Henry Whitter, North Carolina Ridge Runners and Woodie Brothers (1999)

and lots more.....
Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 11:12 AM

I use Spotify which has a large amount of OT music (as well as most other genres). It's free, you just have to put up with some brief commercials ocassionally (unless you sign up for a paid subscription). Plenty of Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Poole etc. and lots of contemporary OT bands like The Renegades, The Wayfarers, New Lost City Ramblers etc.


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: PHJim
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 11:25 AM

There is a Charlie Poole boxed set in a faux cigar box with an R. Crumb drawing on the front. It's called You Ain't Talkin' To Me and contains 3 CDs with many tunes by The North Carolina Ramblers plus cuts from their sources; groups lke the Floyd County Ramblers, Dock Walsh, Arthur Collins, Frank Jenkins, Uncle Dave Macon, Fred Van Eps, Gid Tanner, Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band...
It comes with a 35 page booklet filled with lots of information and photos.


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: greg stephens
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 04:16 PM

Well here is my favourite string band record of all: Dallas Rag by the Dallas String Band


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: GUEST,BanjoRay
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 04:38 AM

As well as the classic old recordings from the twenties and thirties there are a lot of great new recordings by current (young to old) players that really do justice do the fine old tunes.

Look out for great bands like Tom, Brad and Alice, The Bucking Mules, The Humdingers, Big Foot, Red Mountain White Trash, The Highwoods String Band, The Orpheus Supertones, The Hoover Uprights

Look out for great fiddlers like Brad Leftwich, Kirk Sutphin, Tom Sauber, Rafe Stefanini, Joseph DiCosimo, Beverly Smith, Rhys Jones, Dave Bing, Bruce Molsky, Trevor Stewart, Gary Harrison, Howard Rains,
Dirk Powell, Erynn Marshall, Rayna Gellert, the late John Hartford

Great banjo players: Riley Baugus, Tom Sauber, Luke Richardson, Adam Hurt,John Herrmann, Arnie Naiman, Chris Coole, Walt Koken, Mac Benford, Steve Arkin, Dan Gellert

This list is far from complete, but these names will lead you to many others.
So many tunes, so little time (sigh)


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 09:26 AM

Mike Seeger recordings


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 04:05 PM

My favourite Old-Timey tracks? Any of the songs/tunes recorded by Uncle Dave Macon and His Fruit Jar Drinkers (especially tracks such as, 'Rock About My Sara Jane', 'Carve that Possum', 'Sail Away Ladies' & 'Tom and Jerry'. Anything by the Carter Brothers & Son, who were from Mississippi. Followed closely by the Crockett (Family) Mountaineers' 'Little Rabbit and Rabbit Where's Yout Mammy?', Ed Haley's 'Indian Ate the Woodchuck' and the Carolina Buddies''Otto Wood the Bandit'. But, really, that's just for starters!


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Mark Ross
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 05:33 PM

Check out the Harry Smith's Anthology;

Anthology of American Folk Music




Anthology of American Folk Music


Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Janie
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 05:50 PM

Probably asking "best" is not the best question to ask. Here is a good on-line resource for digital recordings across generations of Appalachian Stringband musicians.

Digital Library of Appalachia music section


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 06:15 PM

If you go to Smithsonian Folkways and search for string band, you'll find some wonderful music. Most of the Folkways recordings are available on Spotify.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Janie
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 01:19 AM

Lots of youtube links to Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers.


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: GUEST,Mike Yates
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 04:34 AM

Having mentioned Ed Haley's "Indian Ate the Woodchuck" I started listening to some of his other recordings. They are wonderful. He really was a superb fiddle-player!


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: blue sky boy
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 03:57 PM

Thanks to everyone for sharing your wisdom. I knew of Gid Tanner, John Hartford, New Lost City Ramblers, and Charlie Poole but everything else is new to my ears and I'm so looking forward to checking it out!

I have a great box set called "Goodbye, Babylon" which has lots of old wonderful recordings and some Smithsonian Records recordings of older stuff but am so glad to get names of groups of musicians still making this kind of music today.

Thomas, I'm not sure how closely related to Bill and Earl I am. They're from Hickory, NC as I understand it and my family is from just up the mountain, near Blowing Rock, NC. I sure do love all those close-harmony groups. When my sister and I sing together there is a particularly beautiful quality to the tone.


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 01 Jul 14 - 04:05 PM

It's a bit too late at night to discourse on my entire list of old timey favourite recordings. However, here's a double CD which I first discovered on a pair of vinyl LPs in 1970, as Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's. After all these years, it still knocks me sideways. Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley; 1960 through 1962. Smithsonian Folkways. CDSF 40029/30


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Sean Belt
Date: 02 Jul 14 - 10:32 AM

First, (and completely off-topic) let me say that it's a pleasure to get back to the Mudcat after an absence of a few years.

If I could only have one old-time music CD, I'd choose any of the great County recordings of Tommy Jarrell. You just can't go wrong with 'Swami Tommy'.

For a more mid-western type of old-time music, check out anything by The Ill-Mo Boys or Pete McMahan's '50 Old-Time Fiddle Gems' (Voyager VOY-366-CD)

Lastly, I'll put in a plug for my band. Is it the 'Best' old-time recording? Probably not. But it is full to the brim with old-timey goodness. The Mound City Slickers' "Made Good For You" available through our website at www.themoundcityslickers.com


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Jul 14 - 09:03 PM

Collections on County, Old Hat, Smithsonian have been mentioned, but also check out Yazoo, Document, Arhoolie and Old Homestead. The French label, Fremeaux et Associes, and the German Trikont label also had some interesting compilations. The major labels briefly released some fine albums such as Columbia's 'White Country Blues: A Whiter Shade of Blue' and RCA's Heritage Series, particularly 'Ragged But Right: Great Country Bands of the 1930s'. A great box set on Columbia that, like the Yazoo issues, interleaves recordings from black and white traditions is worth seeking out - it is available second-hand from Amazon at reasonable prices: Roots & Blues.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: best old time string band recordings
From: Stewie
Date: 02 Jul 14 - 09:12 PM

A complete track listing of the Columbia box set may be had here: Tracks.

--Stewie.


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