VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music' GSM-2501

VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music' GSM-2501

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ÊItÕs always good to learn of some historic old recordings that have just come to light, and this new package is an impressive addition to the library of rural field recordings from the Southern mountains. There are 34 songs & tunes here, all of them recorded in 1939 by one Joseph S. Hall, and commissioned by the National Park Service to document the cultures of mountain people who were being forced to move out in the name of ÒprogressÓ. Most of the musicians recorded here were from 4 or 5 counties in North Carolina (Madison & Haywood) and Tennessee (Sevier, Cooke). Unlike some Folklorists who sought out primarily ancient Child Ballads, Mr Hall recorded a broader spectrum that included quite a few contemporary country songs like CURLY HEADED BABY, MULE SKINNER BLUES, CRYING HOLY TO THE LORD and DONÕT FORGET ME LITTLE DARLING. There are plenty of even older songs too, (BOSTON GIRL, KITTY WELLS, PAPER OF PINS, etc., and some dealing with local events like THE BIG BEND KILLING, and UP ON BIG PIGEON. The quality of the music varies, but basically it is all interestingÑperhaps the most impressive being 5 songs by Myrtle Conner of Gatlinburg Tenn., who has fine performances of LITTLE ROSEWOOD CASKET, PRETTY LITTLE MISS and COME ALL YOU YOUNG LADIES. There is a pretty thick booklet with words to all the songs, notes, and some neat old photos. This is a nice and welcome piece. $ 13.99

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  • MY HOME IS IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS
  • DOWN IN THE WILLOW GARDEN
  • BONAPARTE'S RETREAT
  • COME ALL YOU YOUNG LADIES
  • I STARTED OUT A-COURTING
  • SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN
  • THE RAMSHACKLE SHACK
  • GOING DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD
  • KITTY WELLS
  • CRYING HOLY UNTO THE LORD
  • UNIDENTIFIED GUITAR PLAYING
  • MY CURLY-HEADED BABY
  • THE GIRL I LOVE DON'T PAY ME NO MIND
  • JOHN HENRY
  • CACKLING HEN
  • THAT'S HOW I GOT MY START
  • DON'T FORGET ME LITTLE DARLING
  • PRETTY LITTLE MISS
  • CHINESE BREAKDOWNS
  • MULE SKINNER BLUES
  • TICKLISH RUBIN
  • THE BIG BEND KILLING
  • POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON
  • CONVERSATION WITH DEATH
  • PAPER OF PINS
  • BOSTON GIRL
  • THE DYING COWBOY
  • CRIPPLE CREEK
  • GROUND HOG
  • UP ON BIG PIGEON
  • JOHN HENRY
  • DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY
  • LITTLE ROSEWOOD CASKET
  • ON TOP OF OLD SMOKY