JOHN HARTFORD 'Steamboat Whistle Blues - Live In Bremen 1977' MIG-02412-CD

JOHN HARTFORD 'Steamboat Whistle Blues - Live In Bremen 1977' MIG-02412-CD

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In 1967 The Byrds rented a studio in Nashville and hired local musicians, including John Hartford and Clarence White, to record an album about American musical history, based on hillbilly, country and bluegrass. Directed by producer Pete Asher, the Byrds recorded the album "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo". John Hartford's influence as guitarist and banjo player on this production has been considered enormous. The album is seen as a milestone in rock history, it was the birth of the new genre country rock, nowadays also called Americana.But there was no room in John Hartford's life to submit himself artistically to a band structure. He preferred to record solo albums and toured with them worldwide. In the same year that saw the release of "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo", the American country star Glen Campbell covered the John Hartford composition "Gentle On My Mind". The song conquered the world in the Campbell version and earned Hartford two Grammys in that same year. John Hartford once said: "The success with "Gentle On My Mind" brought me my freedom".Which allowed him to fulfill a dream, working several years as helmsman on a paddle steamer on his beloved Mississippi.In February 1977, during one of his rare tours of Europe, John Hartford also had a gig in Bremen, which was recorded by Radio Bremen. A great recording, entertaining, exciting, multifarious.Many years later, in 2000, shortly before his death, John Hartford topped his extraordinary life's work once again with contributions to the soundtrack of the Mississippi odyssey "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" by the Coen Brothers, starring George Clooney. In 2001 he received another Grammy for this work. This is a further recognition of John's life's work, the preservation of traditional American music to ensure it does not disappear in the short-lived mainstream, losing it's significance. On June 4, 2001 John Hartford lost his fight against cancer in Nashville, Tennessee.

Track Listing:
1 Buffalo gals
2 Skippin' in the Mississippi dew
3 Don't leave your records in the sun
4 Gentle on my mind
5 I would not be here
6 Waugh Paugh
7 Nobody eats the Linebaugh's anymore
8 Salty dog blues
9 Turn your radio on
10 Orange blossom special
11 Granny wontcha smoke some marihuana
12 A simple thing as love
13 Tryin' to do something to get your attention
14 You know, you know
15 Steamboat whistle blues
16 My rag
17 Austin minor sympathy
18 Let him go on, mama
19 Up on the hill where they do the boogie
20 (Good old electric) washing machine