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Come to the Mountain: Old Time Music for Modern Times

  • 1. Come to the Mountain - Putnam County String Band
    2. Hop High My Lulu Gal - Dirk Powell
    3. Willow - Mac Benford & The Woodshed All-Stars/Marie Burns/Mac Benford/The Woodshed All-Stars
    4. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground - Corey Harris
    5. Winter - Tony Trischka/Northampton Harmony
    6. Sweet Goodbye, A - Jones & Leva
    7. Perilous Journey - Putnam County String Band
    8. Down at Mylow's House - Norman Blake
    9. Station Blues - Corey Harris
    10. Chicken in the Snowbank - James Bryan
    11. Black Jack Davey - Putnam County String Band
    12. Your Heart Has Found a Home - Alison Krauss/Ron Block
    13. River of Sorrow - Mac Benford & The Woodshed All-Stars/Marie Burns/Mac Benford/The Woodshed All-Stars
    14. Midnight on the Water - Jay Ungar
    15. Long Journey - Lee Berg/Rory Block/Lee Berg
    16. Walking Back to Richmond - Dry Branch Fire Squad
    17. Bane's Grave - Dirk Powell/Tony Furtado
    18. When Sorrows Encompass Me Round - Dirk Powell/Riley Baugus
    19. Askokan Farewell - Fiddle Fever
    20. Help Me Climb That Mountain - Lynn Morris
    21. Amazing Grace - John Sebastian/Paul Butterfield
    22. There Is a Reason - Alison Krauss/Union Station
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 610547

  • Credits
    ProducerKen Irwin (Compilation); Joel Stein (Compilation)

    Personnel: Ron Block (vocals, tenor, guitar); Ron Thomason (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Corey Harris, Lyn Hardy, Lynn Morris, Rory Block (vocals, guitar); Riley Baugus (vocals, banjo); Jay Ungar (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Marie Burns (vocals, mandolin); Abby Newton (vocals, cello); Shard Thomas (vocals, fife); Otha Andre Evans (vocals, bass drum); Jim Miller, Lee Berg, Tim Eriksen, Carol Elizabeth Jones (vocals); John Baker (tenor, guitar); Alison Krauss (tenor, fiddle, viola); Dan Tyminski (baritone, guitar); Jeff Colby (bass voice); Kelly House (treble); Dirk Powell (guitar, fiddle); John Rossbach, Norman Blake, Russ Barenberg (guitar); Tony Furtado (slide guitar); Jerry Douglas (lap steel guitar, dobro); John Cohen (banjo, fretless banjo); John Hisey, Mac Benford, Tom Jackson , Tony Trischka (banjo); Adam Steffey (mandolin); Evan Stover (fiddle, viola); John Kirk (fiddle, background vocals); Eddie Stubbs, James Bryan , Matt Glaser, Pete Sutherland, Ray Legere (fiddle); John Sebastian , Paul Butterfield (harmonica); Barry Bales (acoustic bass); Aubrey Turner (drums, bass drum); R.L. Boyce, Rodney Evans (snare drum).
    Liner Note Author: Scott Alarik.
    Arranger: Dirk Powell.
    This lovely sampler lifts tracks from various Rounder recordings to present an intriguing look at the contemporary old-time music scene, the end result of which is a soothing, graceful tour through a world that raises nostalgia to a living, breathing art. When the folk revival of the 1960s brought old-time Appalachian and Deep South traditions to the attention of young urban musicians, it essentially rescued those traditions for the future, and musicians playing this kind of thing since have tended to follow one of two arcs, either working to preserve the music (the New Lost City Ramblers would be a perfect example) or to reinvent it for the current age (as Tony Trischka has attempted to do with his various ensembles), or even, as groups like Dry Branch Fire Squad have done, fold it into the umbrella of bluegrass while still retaining the old-time sensibilities. What matters most, whatever path to the river is chosen, is that the music and its melodies have survived, and since the success of movies like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain, both of which featured old-time music soundtracks, they have even flourished and flirted with the pop charts. Come to the Mountain has a lovely, seamlessly unfolding sequence, highlighted by the gorgeous title tune, done by the Putnam String County Band (which can boast having both fiddler Jay Ungar and Ramblers founder John Cohen as members). Other standout tracks here include Dirk Powell and Jim Miller's sprightly and spare "Hop High My Lulu Gal," Corey Harris' "Station Blues" (a version of "Sitting On Top of the World" that features Shard Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band), and Dry Branch Fire Squad's signature bluegrass/string band hybrid sound on "Walking Back to Richmond." Far from feeling like a reenactment, the music on Come to the Mountain feels vital, fluid, and alive. ~ Steve Leggett

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