CD The Music of Kentucky: Early American Rural Classics 1927-1937, Vol. 1-2 (CD 170395),
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The Music of Kentucky: Early American Rural Classics 1927-1937, Vol. 1-2

  • 1. Called to the Foreign Field - Alfred G. Karnes
    2. Pretty Polly - B.F. Shelton
    3. Ways of the World, The - W.H. Stepp
    4. Unfortunate Brakeman, The - Kentucky Ramblers
    5. I Want to Go Where Jesus Is - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    6. L and N Rag
    7. I Am Bound for the Promised Land - Alfred G. Karnes
    8. Bonaparte's Retreat - W.H. Stepp
    9. With My Mother Dead and Gone - Kentucky Ramblers
    10. Little Talk with Jesus, A - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers
    11. Ned Went A' Fishin - Walker's Corbin Ramblers
    12. Darling Cora - B.F. Shelton
    13. Callahan
    14. Ginseng Blues - Kentucky Ramblers
    15. If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Singers
    16. We Shall All Be Reunited - Alfred G. Karnes
    17. Old Hen She Cackled, The
    18. Do Not Wait 'Till I'm Laid Beneath the Clay - Kentucky Ramblers
    19. Oh Molly Dear - B.F. Shelton
    20. Don't Grieve After Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet
    21. Mud Fence - Walter Williams
    22. Where We'll Never Grow Old - Alfred G. Karnes
    23. Ruffles and Bustles - Walker's Corbin Ramblers
    24. Shine on Me - Ernest Phipps
    25. Silver Strand
    26. Glory to the Lamb - Kentucky Ramblers
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2013

  • Credits
    ProducerRichard Nevins

    Recorded between 1927 and 1937.
    Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
    Many rural fiddlers, guitarists, and banjo players from the state of Kentucky were taped while the recording industry was in its infancy. This interesting and valuable two-volume set, numbering 53 songs in all, presents a wide-ranging set of old-timey folk styles by artists who are known only to scholars in the field. Much of the material is taken from the famed Bristol sessions of the late '20s, and the late-'30s field recordings by renowned folklorist Alan Lomax. The roots of much modern country, folk, and even blues can be heard in these heartfelt, occasionally stirring performances of great conviction, religious or otherwise. Music of Kentucky: Early American Rural Classics 1927-1937, Vol. 1-2 is not just a history lesson, and it's a lot more accessible to modern-day listeners than many would assume. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (4-5/96, p.87) - "...a treasure trove incorporating many of the southern roots of old time, bluegrass, and American folk music..."
    Musician (3/96, p.98) - "...beautiful, archaic music....70-year-old recordings of this isolated region's string bands, sacred singers and balladeers..."
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