CD Close to Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection (1952-1967) (CD 599528),
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Close to Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection (1952-1967)

  • 1. In the Sweet By and By - Elizabeth Cotten
    2. Tie Your Dog Sally Gal - Will Adam
    3. Banjo Instrumental - J.C. "Cleve" Sutphin
    4. Lost Train Blues - Vernon L. Sutphin
    5. Shortening Bread - J.C. "Cleve" Sutphin/Vernon L. Sutphin/Vernon & Cleve Sutphin
    6. Train That Carried My Girl from Town, The - J.C. "Cleve" Sutphin/Vernon L. Sutphin/Vernon & Cleve Sutphin
    7. Old Gambling Man - J.J. Neece
    8. John Henry - J.J. Neece
    9. Shout Little Lulu - Louise Foreacre
    10. He Will Set Your Fields on Fire - Kilby Snow
    11. Gather in the Golden Grain - Hattie Stoneman
    12. Going to Lay Down My Burdens - Elizabeth White
    13. John Henry - Lesley Riddle
    14. Pretty Fair Damsel - Clarence Ashley
    15. It's These Hard Times - Pearly "Grandma" Davis
    16. Old-Time Reel - Pearly "Grandma" Davis
    17. Jackson Schottische - A.L. Hall
    18. Lone Prairie - Wade Ward
    19. Molly Put the Kettle On - Wade Ward
    20. Last Gold Dollar - Bill McElreath
    21. John Henry - Jean Davis/Bill Davis/Bill & Jean Davis
    22. Three Nights Drunk - Blue Ridge Buddies
    23. Jimmie Sutton - Blue Ridge Buddies
    24. Going to Lay Down My Old Guitar - Ira Dimmery/Snuffy Jenkins/Ira Dimmery
    25. Black Mountain Rag - Kirk McGee/Sam McGee/Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith/Arthur Smith
    26. Talk on the World, A - Clyde Lewis
    27. Red Wing - Ray "Lost John" Koken/Walt Koken/"Lost John" Ray
    28. Leather Breeches - Eck Robertson/The New Lost City Ramblers
    29. Blackberry Blossom - Sherman Lawson
    30. Alabama Gals - Emmett Cole
    31. Old Joe Clark - George Landers
    32. Sugar Baby - Dock Boggs
    33. Queen Sally - Archie Sturgill
    34. Poor Orphan Child - Kate Peters Sturgill
    35. My Virginia Rose Is Blooming - Scott Boatright
    36. I'm Leaving You - Mother Maybelle Carter/Sara Carter
    37. He Said, If You Love Me, Feed My Sheep - The Stancer Quartet
    38. I Would Not Live Always - Clarence Ferrill
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40097

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Seeger; Mike Seeger (Compilation)

    Liner Note Author: Mike Seeger.
    Collected by Mike Seeger from 1952 to 1967 as he roamed around the Appalachian Mountains, Close to Home is one of the better detailed sets of authentic old-time Southern American music to be found. Though mostly recorded at the musician's home on a single, hand-held microphone, the warmth and charm of the performances captured make up for any supposed lack of recording quality, as Seeger no doubt took great pains to document these archaic stylings before they died with their performers. Of the 38 tracks featured, some legends like Sara and Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family fame, Elizabeth Cotten, and fiddler Eck Robertson appear, though the majority are simply local legends or unknowns. As such, it might come as some surprise to hear the level of accomplishment reached by these common folks, as a few were even said to have been badly out of practice when recorded. A majority of the tracks are lively fiddle or banjo instrumentals, though a few harmonica workouts, gorgeous autoharp and dulcimer tunes, and a cappella tracks appear, as well. This is very honest music, without a hint of pretension, and one can only wonder how many similar talents lived and died without ever having shared their talents outside of their local community. Excellent liner notes composed by Seeger himself give a wonderfully detailed commentary on how he came about to record the featured artists, and also place the performers within their historical context. There might be more complete collections on the market, but for the single-disc price and the amount of quality music here, Close to Home is highly recommended. ~ Matt Fink

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