In the Pines: Tar Heel Folks Songs & Fiddle Tunes 1926-1936

In the Pines: Tar Heel Folks Songs & Fiddle Tunes 1926-1936


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In the early days of the recording industry, North Carolina was a hotbed of string bands playing traditional Appalachian folk-rooted music. This compilation collects 24 such recordings from the era immediately preceding and following the onset of the Depression, many of them quite obscure. Listeners with a general knowledge and appreciation of early American folk recordings might have heard of the Dixon Brothers and Mainer's Mountaineers, but for the most part, these performers will probably be unfamiliar to everybody except scholars and aficionados in the field. While they might have originated in the same region, this music shares many of the characteristics of early American recordings of what was then marketed as hillbilly music: plaintive heartfelt singing (and sometimes harmonizing); lively ensemble playing by varying combinations of guitar, fiddle, and banjo; and a repertoire growing out of traditional folk songs, even if the songs were sometimes written by the musicians (such as the one penned by Cranford & Thompson in honor of outlaw Otto Wood). The most renowned of these specific tracks by far is the first recorded version of "Tom Dooley" (by Grayson & Whitter in 1929), about 30 years before the Kingston Trio took it to the top of the charts, though both the tune and arrangement are much different in this early guise. Some other songs continue to echo as standards in the American popular music consciousness, such as "That Lonesome Valley" (here done by Carolina Ramblers String Band), "In the Pines" (here performed by "Dock" Walsh), and a variation of "In the Pines," "The Longest Train" (here presented by Mainer's Mountaineers). The 24-page booklet is of exceptional quality, with historical liner notes that comment upon each track and even offer a history of outlaw Otto Wood, as well as superb vintage photos of North Carolina folk musicians.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2008
Label: Old Hat Ent.
UPC: 0670725100622
catalogNumber: 1006
Rank: 139551

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Cooper   Guitar
J.E. Mainer   Fiddle,Vocals
Wade Mainer   Banjo
Ernest V. Stoneman   Guitar
Tom Ashley   Guitar,Vocals
Dorsey M. Dixon   Guitar,Vocals
Roy Harvey   Guitar
Charlie Poole   Banjo
Gwen Foster   Guitar,Harmonica
Guy Brooks   Fiddle
Bob Cranford   Harmonica,Vocals
Howard Dixon   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Garley Foster   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Human Whistle
G.B. Grayson   Fiddle,Vocals
Steve Ledford   Fiddle,Vocals
Paul Miles   Banjo
Zeke Morris   Guitar,Vocals
A.P. Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Doc Walsh   Banjo,Vocals
Henry Whitter   Guitar,Spoken Word
Clarence "Bud" Dooley   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Norman Woodlieff   Guitar
Lonnie Austin   Fiddle
Wilmer Watts   Banjo
Mack Woolbright   Banjo,Vocals
Lake Howard   Guitar
Walter "Kid" Smith   Vocals
Benny Jarrell   Fiddle,Vocals
Daddy John Love   Guitar,Vocals
Odell Smith   Fiddle
Lucy Terry   Piano
Clay "Henry" Everhart   Banjo
Fisher Hendley   Banjo,Vocals,Spoken Word
Marshall Small   Banjo
George Ledford   Vocals
Taft Ledford   Guitar
Audie Rodgers   Guitar,Vocals
Oscar Jenkins   Banjo
Clarence Greene   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Parker   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Jenkins   Banjo,Fiddle
Mutt Evans   Guitar,Vocals
Daniel J. Nicholson   Banjo,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Carlin   Information
Wayne Martin   Liner Notes
Tony Russell   Information
Kip Lornell   Information
Marshall Wyatt   Producer,Audio Production,Information

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