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Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia

  • 1. Coo Coo - John Snipes
    2. Coo Coo - Dink Roberts
    3. Old Rattler (Fox Chase) - John Snipes
    4. Georgie Buck - Dink Roberts
    5. Georgia Buck - Joe Thompson/Odell Thompson
    6. John Henry - James Roberts
    7. High Sheriff - Dink Roberts
    8. John Hardy - Dink Roberts
    9. Garfield - Dink Roberts
    10. Old Corn Liquor - Dink Roberts
    11. Old Corn Liquor - Joe Thompson/Odell Thompson
    12. John Henry - Joe Thompson/Odell Thompson
    13. Love Somebody - Joe Thompson/Tommy Thompson
    14. Long Tail Blue - John Snipes
    15. Ain't Gonna Rain No More - John Snipes/Tommy Thompson/Johnny Snipes
    16. Going Where I've Never Been Before - John Snipes
    17. Black Annie - Dink Roberts
    18. Old Blue - Dink Roberts
    19. Going Away from Home - John Snipes
    20. You Don't Know My Darling - John Snipes
    21. Jaybird March - Cora Phillips/Etta Baker
    22. Going Up North - John Jackson
    23. Sugar Hill - Uncle Homer Walker
    24. Mama Don't Allow - Irvin Cook/Leonard Bowles
    25. Shortnin' Bread - Leonard Bowles
    26. Shortnin' Bread - Lewis "Big Sweet" Hairston
    27. Fox Chase - John Tyree
    28. Roustabout - Dink Roberts
    29. Cookin' in the Kitchen - John Snipes
    30. Coo Coo Bird - Rufus Kasey
    31. Fox Chase - Dink Roberts
    32. Little Brown Jug - Joe Thompson/Odell Thompson/Tommy Thompson
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40079

  • Credits
    EngineerCharly Weber

    Personnel: Dink Roberts, Odell Thompson (vocals, banjo, claw hammer banjo); Lewis "Big Sweet" Hairston, Irvin Cook (vocals, banjo); Uncle Homer Walker, John Snipes, Rufus Kasey (vocals, claw hammer banjo); Tommy Thompson (guitar, claw hammer banjo); Cora Phillips (guitar); James Roberts , Etta Baker (banjo); Leonard Bowles (claw hammer banjo, fiddle); Joe Thompson (fiddle).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: John Jackson; Anthony Seeger.
    Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia features 32 tracks of African-American banjo players from North Carolina and Virginia playing in the old-time folk style, recorded between 1974 and 1997. This is one of numerous releases illustrating that the roots of American music have more of a commonality than is often supposed. Many of the standards covered by the musicians on this record were (and are) in the repertoire of white folk artists, and it seems almost arbitrary to try to determine whether this is more of a country or a blues collection. Several of the players use odd tunings, and their instrumental skills outshine the vocals, which often sound like off-the-cuff afterthoughts. This is very well produced (with a booklet giving background on black banjo playing and the history behind the songs), and it's really more of academic interest than something to play for entertainment, historical importance aside. ~ Richie Unterberger

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