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Rose Grew Round the Briar, Vol. 2
1. Old Time Rider - Clifford Gibson
2. Handsome Molly - Grayson & Whitter
3. Last Gold Dollar - Ephraim Woodie
4. Built Right on the Ground - Blind Teddy Darby
5. George Collins - Roy Harvey
6. It's Hard to Leave You Sweet Love - Walter Smith/Lewis McDaniel/Walter Smith
7. Cheatin' Women - Will Batts
8. Little Sweetheart Pal of Mine - Red Fox Chasers
9. Grave in the Pines - Clayton McMichen
10. Tired of You Driving Me - Memphis Jug Band
11. Little Bunch of Roses - Murphy Brothers Harp Band
12. You'll Miss Me - Alfred & Orville Reed
13. Experience Blues - Ruth Day
14. Once I Loved a Railroad Flagman - Frank Jenkins & His Pilot Mountaineers
15. I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers - Blue Ridge Mountain Singers
16. Saro - Warren Capplinger's Cumberlanad Mountain Entertainers
17. Teasin' Brown Blues - Louie Lasky
18. Lost Love Blues - Dock Boggs
19. Look on and Cry - Wade Mainer
20. My Man Left Me - Ruddy Thomas
21. Tombigbee River Farewell - Karl & Harty
22. Baby Will You Please Come Home - Lonnie Johnson
23. You Are My Sunshine - Wilf Carter
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2031
Audio Remasterer: Richard Nevins.
Liner Note Author: Don Kent.
Photographer: Joan Pelosi.
The folks at Yazoo have outdone themselves in two genres with this collection of love songs. This is a mixed blues and country release, except that it goes back to a point in the 1920s and 1930s when blues and country weren't always easy to distinguish from each other, so they fit together just fine. Solo bluesmen and white banjo pickers and fiddlers alternate -- St. Louis-based bluesman Clifford Gibson deftly picks "Old Time Rider," followed by a rollicking duet of white Virginia fiddler B.F. Grayson and guitarist Henry Whitter whooping it up on "Handsome Molly," and a journey with a westward tilt, for Ephraim Woody and the Henpecked Husbands doing "Last Gold Dollar," and then a coarser, rougher solo blues lament ("Built Right on the Ground") from Teddy Darby. Among the major luminaries featured are Canadian cowboy singer Wilf Carter (aka Montana Slim) doing "You Are My Sunshine" and Lonnie Johnson, who turns up twice, playing piano (while his Jelly Roll Anderson plays slide) behind Katherine Baker, the only woman privileged to appear here, whose mournful "My Man Left Me" leaves one asking for more, and then back on guitar with his brother James for the brooding, lusty "Baby Won't You Please Come Home." For guitar enthusiasts, the revelation of this album may be the work of Louis Lasky, an almost primordial Chicago bluesman, whose percussive guitar style and topical references make him unique for his era. The sound, except for Dock Boggs' "Lost Love," is generally very good, and the notes are nicely detailed. ~ Bruce Eder
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