VARIOUS 'Traditional Music from Grayson and Carroll Counties, Virginia: Songs, Tunes with Fiddle, Banjo and Band' FS-3811-CD

VARIOUS 'Traditional Music from Grayson and Carroll Counties, Virginia: Songs, Tunes with Fiddle, Banjo and Band' FS-3811-CD

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Bordering each other in southwestern Virginia, Grayson and Carroll counties have a distinctive musical heritage. An important banjo technique, variously called “clawhammer,” “flailing the banjo,” or “thumbnoting,” captured the interest of collectors Eric Davidson and Paul Newman, who set out to record examples of this indigenous style.

Recorded between 1958 and 1961, the songs and tunes are believed to be representative of the traditional musical heritage of the area. How do we know? According to elderly locals, the style of the music on this album is similar to what they remember as far back as their grandparents’ day.

Liner notes include a social and musical history of Grayson and Carroll counties, song notes and lyrics, and performer biographies.

Track Listing

1. Cluck Old Hen - Vester Jones 
2. Soldier's Joy - Glen Smith 
3. Polly Put the Kettle On - Glen Smith 
4. Ida Red - Wade Ward
5. Devilish Mary - Glen Neaves, Roscoe Russell, and Ivor Melton 
6. Old Jimmy Sutton - Vester Jones 
7. Fire in the Mountain - Glen and Frank Smith
8. Old Ruby (Old Reuben) - Vester Jones 
9. Little Love - Glen Smith 
10. Sourwood Mountain - Wade Ward 
11. Poor Ellen Smith - Vester Jones
12. Mississippi Sawyer - Glen and Frank Smith 
13. Pretty Polly - Ed Spencer 
14. Katy Cline - Vester Jones 
15. Cindy - Glen Smith 
16. Ground Hog - Vester Jones 
17. Hell Among the Yearlings (Hell Amongst the Yearlings) - Glen Smith 
18. Sugar Hill - Ed Spencer 
19. Old Joe Clark - Vester Jones 
20. Johnson Boys - Glen Smith 
21. Cripple Creek - Wade Ward 
22. Tom Dooley - Glen Neaves, Roscoe Russell, and Ivor Melton 
23. Fortune - Glen Smith
24. Pretty Little Willow / Sugarfoot Rag (medley) - Glen Smith 
25. Sally Goodin' - Vester Jones
26. Old Jimmy Sutton - Glen Smith 
27. Handsome Molly -  Glen Neaves and Roscoe Russell