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VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Rural Parlor Guitar' CO-2744-CD

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This super collection of guitar tunes by 4 fine rural musicians should have come out in the early 1970s but for some master tapes getting misplaced. These recordings were made between 1967 and 1971 by Charlie Faurot, who is also responsible for preserving some of the best work of the great Texas fiddlers like Benny Thomasson, Major Franklin and the Solomon family. Fact is, Lewis Thomasson -- Benny's brother -- is one of the pickers on this 21 tune collection, along with Earl Blair (from Arkansas), E.C. Ball (from Virginia) and Lena Hughes, a wonderful musical from Missouri. Parlor guitar developed in the 19th century for "genteel" musicians (including mostly young ladies). Fact is, it presented many fascinating and lovely tunes like the classics SPANISH FANDANGO, SEBASTOPOL, DEWDROP, CANNON BALL BLUES and THE OLD SPINNING WHEEL, among others that have survived over the years. E.C. Ball will be known to most old-time fans; the others probably not, but here's a chance to be introduced to them and to hear some lovely "picking". WILD ROSE MEDLEY, ARLINGTON, HOME SWEET HOME WALTZ, ECHOES, VIRGINIA RAG, SAN SABA, etc