Come to the Mountain: Old Time Music for Modern Times

Come to the Mountain: Old Time Music for Modern Times


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This lovely sampler lifts tracks from various Rounder recordings to present an intriguing look at the contemporary old-time music scene, the end result of which is a soothing, graceful tour through a world that raises nostalgia to a living, breathing art. When the folk revival of the 1960s brought old-time Appalachian and Deep South traditions to the attention of young urban musicians, it essentially rescued those traditions for the future, and musicians playing this kind of thing since have tended to follow one of two arcs, either working to preserve the music (the New Lost City Ramblers would be a perfect example) or to reinvent it for the current age (as Tony Trischka has attempted to do with his various ensembles), or even, as groups like Dry Branch Fire Squad have done, fold it into the umbrella of bluegrass while still retaining the old-time sensibilities. What matters most, whatever path to the river is chosen, is that the music and its melodies have survived, and since the success of movies like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain, both of which featured old-time music soundtracks, they have even flourished and flirted with the pop charts. Come to the Mountain has a lovely, seamlessly unfolding sequence, highlighted by the gorgeous title tune, done by the Putnam String County Band (which can boast having both fiddler Jay Ungar and Ramblers founder John Cohen as members). Other standout tracks here include Dirk Powell and Jim Miller's sprightly and spare "Hop High My Lulu Gal," Corey Harris' "Station Blues" (a version of "Sitting On Top of the World" that features Shardé Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band), and Dry Branch Fire Squad's signature bluegrass/string band hybrid sound on "Walking Back to Richmond." Far from feeling like a reenactment, the music on Come to the Mountain feels vital, fluid, and alive.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661054721
catalogNumber: 610547
Rank: 95290

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rory Block   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Butterfield   Harmonica
Russ Barenberg   Guitar
Norman Blake   Guitar
James Bryan   Fiddle
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Tony Furtado   Slide Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Viola,Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Trischka   Banjo
John Sebastian   Harmonica
Mac Benford   Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Matt Glaser   Fiddle
Pete Sutherland   Fiddle
Lynn Morris   Guitar,Vocals
John Baker   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Bales   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Lee Berg   Vocals
Ron Block   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Marie Burns   Mandolin,Vocals
John Cohen   Banjo,Fretless Banjo
Dick Erwin   Bass
Lyn Hardy   Guitar,Vocals
Doug Henrie   Bass
John Hisey   Banjo
Carol Elizabeth Jones   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
John Kirk   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Ray Legere   Fiddle
James Leva   Vocal Harmony,Finger Picking
Molly Mason   Bass
Abby Newton   Cello,Vocals
Dirk Powell   Fiddle,Guitar
John Rossbach   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Evan Stover   Fiddle,Viola
Eddie Stubbs   Fiddle
Ron Thomason   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jay Ungar   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Marshall Wilborn   Bass
Corey Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Eriksen   Vocals
Tom Jackson   Banjo
Cath Oss   Alto (Vocal)
Kelly House   Treble
Riley Baugus   Banjo,Vocals
Rodney Evans   Snare Drums
Shardé Thomas   Fife,Vocals
Otha Andre Evans   Bass Drums,Vocals
Aubrey Turner   Drums,Bass Drums
Jim Miller   Vocals
Jeff Colby   Bass (Vocal)
R.L. Boyce   Snare Drums
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Composer
James Bryan   Composer
Tony Furtado   Composer
David Bromberg   Composer
Mike Henderson   Composer
Martin Simpson   Composer
Lynn Morris   Composer
Ron Block   Composer
Marie Burns   Composer
Lyn Hardy   Composer
Carol Elizabeth Jones   Composer
Dirk Powell   Arranger
Jay Ungar   Composer
Rosa Lee Watson   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Scott Alarik   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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