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VARIOUS 'Back Roads To Cold Mountain' SFW-40149-CD

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John Cohen --one of the founding members of the New Lost city Ramblers and an early pioneer in rural field recordings --has compiled this rich and fascinating collection of raw Appalachian sounds from field hollers to Bill Monroe. There are good notes and photos in a 32-page booklet as well as some great music, however for all but the most hard-core fans and scholars this CD will be more of a reference item than one for listening: personally, to draw listeners (especially new converts) to explore old-time music you don't start an album with a field holler and a Dillard Chandler unaccompanied vocal, no matter how authentic these may be. But to point out some of the most memorable of the 27 tracks here we cite cuts by Texas Gladden, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs, Tommy Jarrell, DaCosta Waltz Orchestra (a re-issue from 1927), Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton, E.C. and Orna Ball, French Carpenter and the Stanley Brothers (RANK STRANGER). There are a few instrumental tunes, a few religious pieces and ballads --lots of ballads.


1 –T.J. Chesser Field Holler 1:06
2 –Dillard Chandler I Wish My Baby Was Born 1:02
3 –Bill Cornett Look Down That Lonesome Road 2:22
4 –Sacred Harp Singer, Stewart's Chapel, Houston, MS Morning Sun 1:56
5 –French Carpenter Camp Chase 2:53
6 –Dacosta Woltz's Southern Broadcasters* John Brown's Dream 2:38
7 –Dock Boggs Bright Sunny South 3:37
8 –Oscar Parks* The Battle Of Stone River 4:06
9 –Old Regular Baptists, Defeated Creek Church, Linefork, KY* Sweet Glories Rush Upon My Sight 4:36
10 –Dink Roberts Roustabout 1:22
11 –Joe Patterson (4) Fox Race 1:18
12 –Ed*, Lonnie* , And G.D. Young Jim And John 2:06
13 –Dorothy Melton The Day Is Past And Gone 1:54
14 –Roscoe Holcomb Omie Wise 4:32
15 –Dellie Norton The Silk Merchant's Daughter 1:56
16 –Dillard Chandler Hicks Farewell 3:49
17 –Texas Gladden Three Little Babes 2:15
18 –Bill Monroe Wayfaring Stranger 4:29
19 –The Stanley Brothers Rank Stranger 3:08
20 –Fiddlin' John Carson Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over 2:50
21 –Doc Watson And Gaither Carlton And I Am Born To Die 3:35
22 –Ora Dell Graham Pullin' The Skiff 1:06
23 –Joe And Odell Thompson* Pumpkin Pie 2:50
24 –James Crase Give The Fiddler A Dram 2:11
25 –E.C.* And Orna Ball Angel Band 3:28
26 –Gaither Carlton The Old Man Below 1:32
27 –Tommy Jarrell And Fred Cockerham When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round 4:11