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Family Songs and Stories From the North Carolina Mountains
2. Golden Vanity, The
3. Story About William Riley Shelton
4. Omie Wise
5. Darling Cora
6. Nightingale, The
7. Pretty Little Girl With the Blue Dress On
8. Young Emily
9. Pretty Polly
10. Foggy Dew, The
11. Pretty Fair Miss in a Garden
12. Roving Gambler
13. Bold Lieutenant
14. My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
15. House Carpenter
16. Two Ghost Stories
17. Come over into Canaan's Land
18. Rolling With the Tides
19. Pretty Saro
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40013
Anthony Seeger; Matt Walters; Wayne Martin
Personnel: Doug Wallin (vocals, fiddle); Jack Wallin (vocals, guitar, banjo); Jerry Adams (banjo).
Engineers: Wayne Martin, George Holt, Stefan Keydal, Beverly Patterson.
Recorded in Madison County, North Carolina in 1992 and 1993. Includes liner notes and track-by-track annotations by Beverly Patterson and Daniel Patterson.
All songs traditional except "Story About William Riley Shelton" (Doug Wallin), "My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains" (A.P. Carter/T. Ashley) and "Rocking With The Tide" (A.B. Sebren).
Adapter: Doug Wallin.
Personnel: Doug Wallin (vocals, fiddle); Jack Wallin (vocals, banjo); Jerry Adams (banjo).
Recording information: Madison County, NC (1992-1993).
Arranger: Doug Wallin.
Doug Wallin and his brother Jack were born into North Carolina's Madison County, a region well-known for its long legacy of music-making; several of the brothers' older relatives had sung for British folklorist Cecil Sharp between 1910-1920, and other family members as well as neighbors have been recorded often since the 1960s. In Family Songs and Stories From the North Carolina Mountains, Doug takes center stage, relaying the local and family traditions of love ballads, hymns, and fiddle music; brother Jack appears on only three of the tracks, but offers strong performances on banjo, guitar, and vocals. While the idea of 14 a cappella ballads may seem much for most listeners, the performances are so nicely delivered that the disc could in fact stand to have a few more songs from either of the brothers. Doug's singing of ancient British and early American ballads is peerless in modern times, his singing remarkably even and elegant; Jack's instrumental talents are also fine, and his own lively songs provide a nice break from the ballad singing. Also breaking up any potential monotony are a small handful of short, entertaining stories from Doug, who seems as natural a storyteller as a singer. The 19 total tracks gathered here are culled from just over 60 field recordings made in 1992 and 1993; hopefully, more of those songs and stories will be available in the future. Meanwhile, this sampling of the Wallins' repertoires should be embraced by lovers of traditional music. ~ Burgin Mathews
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