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The Appalachians

  • 1. East River of Shannon - Instrumental (Excerpt)
    2. Boozefighters - Gandydancer
    3. Road to Kaintuck, The - Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash
    4. I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home - Mac Wiseman
    5. Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
    6. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times - Blind Alfred Reed
    7. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family
    8. We're Stole and Sold From Africa - Addie Graham
    9. Northfield - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (Alabama Sacred Heart Singing Convention)
    10. Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family
    11. Down on the Banks of the Ohio - The Blue Sky Boys
    12. Electricity - Paul Burch
    13. East River of Shannon - Instrumental
    14. Dark as a Dungeon - Jeff Black
    15. West Virginia Mine Disaster - Jean Ritchie
    16. When This World Comes to an End - Maggie Hammons
    17. Amazing Grace - Rose Bell
    18. Hillbilly Fever - Osborne Brothers
    19. Old Camp Meeting Time - Grandpa Jones
    20. Soldier of the Cross - Ricky Skaggs
    21. Price of Progress - Jason Ringenberg
    22. Wildwood Flower - David Grisman/Tony Rice (Instrumental)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1201

  • Credits
    ProducerMary Ann Evans (Compilation); Paul Kingsbury (Compilation); Phylis Geller (Compilation)
    EngineerGeorge Edward "Leo" Jackson; Alan Lomax

    Personnel: Paul Bell, Charlie Barnett (guitar); Robert Spates (mandolin, violin).
    Liner Note Author: Robert Santelli.
    Arranger: Rose Bell.
    This soundtrack to the three-hour Public Television documentary of the same name chronicles the region's rich musical heritage from the Carter Family through Ricky Skaggs. It's a harrowing assignment, and while one could argue for days over which Jimmie Rodgers song to use -- the producers chose "Waiting for a Train" -- they've done a nice job balancing the old and the new, resulting in a listening experience that's infinitely more esoteric than collections' past. Highlights include Kentucky native Jean Ritchie's heartbreaking "West Virginia Mine Disaster," the Alabama Sacred Harp Singers' reverent and spooky "Northfield" and Paul Burch's contemporary sepia-toned painting "Electricity." Fans of the genre, especially those that like their old timey music peppered with equal parts field recording and modern stereo-goodness, will find much to love here. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]t captures the raw strangeness inherent in old-time bluegrass, gospel, country and parlour songs."
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