CD Essential Original Masters: The Best of Hylo Brown [Remaster] * (CD 996138),
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Essential Original Masters: The Best of Hylo Brown [Remaster] *

  • 1. Lonesome Road Blues
    2. Walking Cane
    3. Wild Bill Jones
    4. Froggie Went a Courtin'
    5. All the Good Times Are Past and Gone
    6. Chain Gang Blues
    7. Prisoner Song, The
    8. Jacob's Ladder
    9. Little John Henry
    10. Lost to a Stranger
    11. Handsome Molly
    12. Preacher & the Bear
    13. Picture on the Wall, The
    14. Sunny Tennessee
    15. Foolish Pride
    16. Lonely Tombs
    17. Ground Hog
    18. Girl in the Blue Velvet Band
    19. Weeping Willow
    20. Are You Tired of Me My Darling
    21. Sitting on Top of the World
    22. Intoxicated Rat
    23. Mole in the Ground
    24. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
    25. I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 313

  • Credits
    ProducerSam Passamano, Jr.

    Personnel: Hylo Brown (vocals, guitar); Danny Milhon, Sid Campbell (guitar, dobro); Jim Lewis, Jack Casey (guitar); Gerald Evans Jr., Tater Tate (fiddle).
    Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
    Hylo Brown's rather laid-back approach to bluegrass, which featured country-styled vocals and a pace and feel that were really only a half step removed from his Appalachian string band roots, will no doubt sound dated and quaint to those only familiar with the supercharged sounds of contemporary bluegrass. Brown (his real name was Frank Brown -- he was called "Hylo" because he was able to comfortably sing melody lines both in the high and low end of his vocal register) was a featured singer for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Boys in the late '50s, and for a time headed up a splinter group, the Timberliners, always sticking fairly close to the string band repertoire of his Kentucky roots. In the mid- to late '60s he recorded seven albums for the Rural Rhythm label, and this collection is drawn from those LP releases. A smooth and unhurried singer, Brown delivers straight-ahead no-frills versions of such mountain traditional pieces as "Wild Bill Jones," "Handsome Molly," "Ground Hog," and "Mole in the Ground" here, all essentially unchanged (accept for a bluegrass approach) from how such songs were sung early in the century. One clear highlight is Brown's laconic rendition of the shaggy dog (or shaggy rat, as the case is here) story "Intoxicated Rat," which is every bit as implausible as it is fun. Again, this isn't the combustible, shiny, and propulsive music that makes up most contemporary bluegrass, but more of a bridge between modern bluegrass and the old-time string bands. ~ Steve Leggett

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