VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Friends Of Old Time Music-The Folk Arrival 1961-1965'

VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Friends Of Old Time Music-The Folk Arrival 1961-1965'

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One of my most vivid and pleasant musical memories is having a front row seat for a December 1963 concert that featured both Dock Boggs and Mississippi John Hurt. The idea that one could see & hear both these legendary giants of rural American music in New York City—just a 5-minute walk from my apartment—is still mind-boggling. And, like the other musicians that the Friends of Old Time Music presented in the early 1960s, these artists were not on their last legs, but were still in full command of their skills and a joy to hear. The “Friends”—a non-profit organization started by John Cohen, Israel Young (of the Folklore Center) and the late Ralph Rinzler—put on 14 shows between 1961-1965 at various locations in downtown New York. The list of artists is truly impressive: Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Elizabeth Cotton, Roscoe Holcomb, The Stanley Brothers, Maybelle Carter, Clarence Ashley, Hobart Smith, Gus Cannon, Fred McDowell, Sam & Kirk McGee and Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith among others. As befits this 55-track collection, the presentation of this set is equally fine, mostly the work of Peter Siegel, who recorded most of the concerts and has now selected the tracks and written a fine set of notes for the 56-page booklet (with good side articles by John Cohen and Jody Stecher). Many excellent photos also grace the project, which comes in a nice 6” x 12” box. The short-lived organization introduced many young New Yorkers to authentic rural music—if you were there at that time, you will certainly want to have this set. Even if you were not there, there’s plenty of wonderful music here by great artists, well recorded and beautifully presented.

Artists:

  • DOC AND ARNOLD WATSON
  • DOCK BOGGS
  • FRED MCDOWELL
  • ROSCOE HOLCOMB
  • MAYBELLE CARTER
  • THE STANLEY BROTHERS
  • HOBART SMITH
  • MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT
  • BILL MONROE AND HIS BLUE GRASS BOYS
  • THE WATSON FAMILY
  • JESSE FULLER
  • GAITHER CARLTON AND DOC WATSON
  • SAM MCGEE
  • JOHN DAVIS AND THE GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SINGERS
  • ARTHUR SMITH
  • THE GREENBRIAR BOYS
  • THE NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS
  • JOSEPH SPENCE
  • STANLEY THOMPSON
  • MCKINLEY PEEBLES
  • BESSIE JONES AND THE GEORGIA SEA ISLAND SINGERS
  • THE CLARENCE ASHLEY GROUP
  • ED YOUNG AND EMMA RAMSAY
  • HORTON BARKER
  • ANNIE BIRD

Track Listing:

  • DISC ONE:
  • I'M TROUBLED
  • THE COUNTRY BLUES
  • GOING DOWN TO THE RIVER
  • EAST VIRGINIA BLUES
  • THE STORMS ARE ON THE OCEAN
  • THE DREAM OF THE MINER'S CHILD
  • SOLDIER'S JOY
  • COFFEE BLUES
  • LIVE AND LET LIVE
  • LONELY TOMBS
  • ROCKIN' BOOGIE
  • BROWN'S DREAM
  • DOWN SOUTH BLUES
  • KNOXVILLE BLUES
  • HAVE A FEAST HERE TONIGHT
  • RILEY
  • BUCK AND WING
  • DISC TWO:
  • HELL AMONG THE YEARLINGS
  • AMELIA EARHART'S LAST FLIGHT
  • THE BRAKEMAN'S BLUES
  • FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP
  • HICKS' FAREWELL
  • JORDAN IS A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL
  • WRITE ME A FEW OF YOUR LINES
  • BIMINI GAL
  • SHADY GROVE
  • GREY EAGLE
  • WALKIN' THE DOG
  • SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES
  • SHORT LIFE OF TROUBLE
  • JOHN HENRY
  • KNEELIN' DOWN INSIDE THE GATE
  • TELL ME WHY YOU LIKE ROOSEVELT
  • BURY ME UNDER THE WEEPING WILLOW
  • MANSIONS FOR ME
  • BEFORE THIS TIME ANOTHER YEAR
  • DISC THREE:
  • MY CREOLE BELLE
  • GUITAR LESSON
  • CINCINNATI BLUES
  • POOR BOY IN JAIL
  • HE'S SOLID GONE
  • MAGGIE WALKER BLUES
  • CHEVROLET
  • RISING SUN BLUES
  • LORD, BUILD ME A CABIN IN GLORY
  • FRANKIE AND ALBERT
  • HARD TIMES
  • THE MILLER'S WILL
  • THE COO COO BIRD
  • DOUBLE FILE
  • THE WANDERING BOY
  • STRANGER BLUES
  • I SAW THE LIGHT
  • SUGAR HILL
  • AMAZING GRACE