Kentucky Mountain Music

Performers Various Artists

Yazoo | April 1, 2004 | Compact Disc

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Recorded in the 1920's and 1930's.
Recorded in the 1920's & 1930's.
Liner Note Author: Richard Nevins.
Released in February 2003, Kentucky Mountain Music is the type of box set that will have old-time music lovers drawing up their holiday wish-list early. A roots music novice will probably question the size and scope of the set: Why would one state, after all, need seven full discs to document its music? But devotees know that (a) Yazoo wouldn't put out anything but a quality product and (b) Kentucky holds more old-time musical riches than most states. As Richard Nevins notes, "no other state comes even close in both terms of fascinating diversity of styles and prodigious amounts of great performances." Each disc contains 22-25 performances including fiddle tunes, string band music, and vocals from the 1920s and 1930s. A number of well-respected names make multiple appearances including Burnett and Rutherford, Buell Kazee, and Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. There are a number of fine cuts from Jimmy Johnson String Band("Gate to Go Through" and "Drink More Cider"),and Taylor's Kentucky Boys ("The Dixie Cowboy" and "Forked Deer"). There's a fun, snappy version of "Hot Corn" by Martin and Roberts, and some nifty banjo work by Henry L. Bandy on "Five Up." There are also oddities like Bill Bundy's "Poison in a Glass of Wine," about a jealous boy who poisons both himself and his true love, and the whimsical instrumental by the Fiddlin' Doc Roberts trio called "Honeymoon Stomp." The overall sound quality is good, though, as the liner notes point out, old recordings offer their share of problems when it comes to fidelity. The field recordings in particular were poorly recorded, leaving less room for improvement. Many kinks, however, have been ironed out, and fans will be thankful to have these recordings. This massive set is supplemented by an attractive booklet featuring good photographs and solid liner notes by Nevins and Charles K. Wolfe. Kentucky Mountain Music is a lovingly completed box set that will prove the perfect present for old-time fanatics everywhere. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 1, 2004

Genre: Appalachian

Style: Folk

Number of Discs: 7

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Yazoo

UPC: 016351220028

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Kentucky Mountain Music

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 1, 2004

Genre: Appalachian

Style: Folk

Number of Discs: 7

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Yazoo

UPC: 016351220028


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Ladies on the Steamboat - Burnett & Rutherford --
2.Dying Soldier, The - Buell Kazee --
3.Medley - Crockett Family --
4.I Truly Understand You Love Another Man - Shortbuckle Roark & Family --
5.Eight of January - Ted Gossett's Band --
6.All Night Long Blues - Burnett & Rutherford --
7.Shipping Port - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
8.Rowan County Crew, The - Robert L. Day --
9.Deer Walk - Doc Roberts --
10.Let Her Go, I'll Meet Her - Rutherford/Foster --
11.That's My Rabbit, My Dog Caught It - Walter Family --
12.Lillie Dale - Martin & Roberts --
13.Cumberland Gap - Rutherford/Moore --
14.Old Fish Song, The - James Howard --
15.Red Hill Special, The - Fort Thomas Group --
16.If I Die a Railroad Man - Green Bailey --
17.Grand Hornpipe - J.W. Day --
18.East Virginia - Walter Williams --
19.Forked Deer - Taylor's Kentucky Boys --
20.Pretty Polly - Pete Steele --
21.Run Banjo - Various Artists --
22.We'll Understand It Better Bye and Bye - Kentucky Mountain Chorusters --
0.DISC 2: --
1.Curley Headed Woman - Burnett & Rutherford --
2.Gate to Go Through - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
3.Hot Corn - Martin/Roberts --
4.Grandam's Rag - Taylor/Moore --
5.I'm as Free Little Birdie as Can Be - Rutherford/Foster --
6.Rocky Mountain Goat - Ted Gossett's Band --
7.Shut up in Coal Creek Mine - Green Bailey --
8.Sugar in My Coffee (Medley) - Crockett Family --
9.Butcher's Boy, The (The Railroad Boy) - Buell Kazee --
10.New Money - Doc Roberts --
11.Pearl Bryan - Burnett & Rutherford --
12.Crooked John - Kentucky String Ticklers --
13.Moonshiner, The - Daw Henson --
14.Forked Deer - J.W. Day --
15.Dixie Cowboy, The - Taylor's Kentucky Boys --
16.Mississippi Sawyer - Walter Williams --
17.Six Months Ain't Long - Rutherford/Foster --
18.Blackberry Blossom - Eddie Morrison --
19.Ellen Smith - Theophilus Hoskins --
20.Five Up - Henry Bandy --
21.Payday at Coal Creek - Pete Steele --
22.Golden Willow Tree - Justis Begley --
23.Last Appeal, The - Alice & Martha Williams/Elizabeth Flatt --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Way up on Clinch Mountain - J.W. Day --
2.Going to Jail - Ted Gossett's Band --
3.Richmond Blues - Rutherford & Foster --
4.Soap in the Washpan - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
5.Ain't Going to Lay My Armor Down - McVay & Johnson --
6.Old Voile - Blue Ridge Mountaineers --
7.Gentle Annie - Asa Martin --
8.Billy in the Low Ground - Burnett & Rutherford --
9.Lady Margaret and Sweet William - Daw Henson --
10.And the Cat Came Back - Doc Roberts --
11.Pass Around the Bottle - Walter Williams --
12.Coal Creek March - Marion Underwood --
13.Johnny O Johnny - Pete Steele --
14.Taylor's Qickstep (Monroe County Quickstep) - Rutherford & Foster --
15.I've Been All Around This World - Justis Begley --
16.Jenny Baker - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
17.Come All You Roving Cowboys - Clay Walters --
18.Soldier's Joy - Taylor's Kentucky Boys --
19.I Came to This Country - Maynard Britton --
20.Medley of Old Time Dance Tunes Part 1: Husking Bee / Old Molly Hare / Wild Horse / Soldier's Joy / A --
21.Rambling Reckless Hobo - Burnett & Rutherford --
22.Wild Horse - Walter Williams --
23.Old Christmas - Boyd Asher --
24.Rowan County Feud, The - Ted Chesnut --
25.Wish I Had My Time Again - Hatton Brothers --
0.DISC 4: --
1.Old Flannigan - Blue Ridge Mountaineers --
2.Willie Moore - Burnett & Rutherford --
3.Wild Wagoner, The - J.W. Day --
4.My Cabin Home Among the Hills - Asa Martin --
5.Bow Legged Irishman - Ted Gossett's Band --
6.There's No One Like the Old Folks - Rutherford & Foster --
7.Old Blind Dog - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
8.Sporting Bachelors, The - Buell Kazee --
9.Sourwood Mountain - Taylor's Kentucky Boys --
10.Roving Boy, The - Justis Begley --
11.Medley of Old Time Dance Tunes Part 2: Sourwood Mountain / Sally In The Garden / Sally Goodin - Croc --
12.Lack Fol Diddle I Day - Pete Steele --
13.Lost John - Burnett & Rutherford --
14.There's More Pretty Girls Than One - Rutherford & Foster --
15.Shaker Ben - Walter Family --
16.Jesus Walking Through the Land - Reverand Sherwin Sizemore & Church Of The Ten Elders --
17.Pickaway - Green's String Band --
18.Wallins Creek Girls - Daw Henson --
19.We'll All Go to Heaven When the Devil Goes Blind - Eddie Morrison --
20.John Hardy - Walter Williams --
21.Wink the Other Eye - Hack String Band --
22.Hickory Jack - Boyd Asher --
23.Working's Too Hard - Boyd Asher --
24.Sail Away Ladies - Henry Bandy --
25.Great Reaping Day, The - Kentucky Mountain Chorusters --
0.DISC 5: --
1.Bullalo Gals (Medley) - Crockett Family Mountaineers --
2.Three Black Sheep - Howard & Peak --
3.Run Them Coons in the Ground - Clifford Gross --
4.I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground - Green Bailey --
5.Fire on the Mountain - Ted Gossett's Band --
6.Wake up You Drowsy Sleepers - Oaks Family --
7.Cuttin at the Point - Charlie Wilson & His Hillbillies --
8.Cowboy Trail, The - Buell Kazee --
9.Drink More Cider - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
10.Two Faithful Lovers - Rutherford & Foster --
11.Maxwell Girl - Taylor's Kentucky Boys --
12.Swafford Branch Stills - Daw Henson --
13.Wild Hog in the Woods - Lonesome Luke & His Farm Boys --
14.Soldier and the Lady, The - Marvin Thornton & Fort Thomas Group/Fort Thomas Group --
15.Pine Tree - Kentucky Woodchoppers --
16.Lord Daniel - Green Maggard --
17.Leaving Here Blues - Kentucky String Ticklers --
18.Peddler and His Wife, The - James Howard --
19.Waynesburgh - Doc Roberts --
20.Little Stream of Whiskey - Burnett & Rutherford --
21.Next to Your Mother, Who Do You Love - Madisonville String Band --
22.Little Birdie - Pete Steele --
23.Hog Eyed Man - Theophilus Hoskins --
24.(Fragment) - Walter Williams --
25.I'll Be Ready When the Bridegroom Comes - McVay & Johnson --
0.DISC 6: --
1.Bill Cheatam - Mangrum & Shriver --
2.Short Life of Trouble - Buell Kazee --
3.B Flat Rag - Madisonville String Band --
4.Fate of Ellen Smith, The - Green Bailey --
5.Washington Quadrille - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
6.Storms May Rule the Ocean - Rutherford & Foster --
7.Gray Eagle - Taylor's Kentucky Boys --
8.Bile Dem Cabbage Down - Crockett Family Mountaineers --
9.Martha Campbell - Doc Roberts --
10.I'll Be With You When the Roses Bloom Again - Burnett & Rutherford --
11.Shelvin Rock - Charlie Wilson & His Hillbillies --
12.Roving Cowboy, The - Buell Kazee --
13.Fox Chase - Ted Gossett's Band --
14.Dogs in the Ashcan - Lonesome Luke & His Farm Boys --
15.Come All Ye Fair and Handsome Girls - Green Maggard --
16.Rambling Hobo - Pete Steele --
17.Leather Breeches - Clifford Gross --
18.Poison in a Glass of Wine - Bill Bundy --
19.Valentine, The - Tom West --
20.Flying Cloud Waltz - Walter Family --
21.Western Union Telegram, A - Eddie Morrison --
22.My Little Carpenter - James Howard --
23.Hook and Line - Hatton Brothers --
24.Will It Pay - Oaks Family --
0.DISC 7: --
1.Rocky Mountain Goat - Clifford Gross --
2.Orphan Girl, The - Buell Kazee --
3.Honeymoon Stomp - Doc Roberts Trio --
4.I Ain't a Bit Drunk - George Short Buckle Roark --
5.Bacon and Cabbage - Mangrum & Shriver --
6.I Cannot Be Your Sweetheart - Howard & Peak --
7.Little Boy Working on the Road - J.W. Day --
8.I Must See My Mothers - Martin & Hobbs --
9.New Harmony Waltz - Kentucky Woodchoppers --
10.Sugar Hill - Crockett Family Mountaineers --
11.Kentucky Plowboy's March - Hack String Band --
12.You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone - Oaks Family --
13.Tipple Blues - Kentucky String Ticklers --
14.He's Only a Miner Killed in the Ground - Ted Chesnut --
15.Rye Straw - Doc Roberts --
16.She's Flower From the Fields of Alabama - Rutherford/Moore/Dick Burnett --
17.Ching Chow - Jimmy Johnson String Band --
18.My Mother's Hands - Shortbuckle Roark & Family --
19.My Pretty Snow Deer - Madisonville String Band --
20.Walter Family Waltz - Walter Family --
21.Going Across the Sea - Henry Bandy --
22.Knoxville Rag - Taylor/Moore/Dick Burnett --
23.I'm Rolling Along - Buell Kazee --

Editorial Notes

Recorded in the 1920's and 1930's.
Recorded in the 1920's & 1930's.
Liner Note Author: Richard Nevins.
Released in February 2003, Kentucky Mountain Music is the type of box set that will have old-time music lovers drawing up their holiday wish-list early. A roots music novice will probably question the size and scope of the set: Why would one state, after all, need seven full discs to document its music? But devotees know that (a) Yazoo wouldn't put out anything but a quality product and (b) Kentucky holds more old-time musical riches than most states. As Richard Nevins notes, "no other state comes even close in both terms of fascinating diversity of styles and prodigious amounts of great performances." Each disc contains 22-25 performances including fiddle tunes, string band music, and vocals from the 1920s and 1930s. A number of well-respected names make multiple appearances including Burnett and Rutherford, Buell Kazee, and Fiddlin' Doc Roberts. There are a number of fine cuts from Jimmy Johnson String Band("Gate to Go Through" and "Drink More Cider"),and Taylor's Kentucky Boys ("The Dixie Cowboy" and "Forked Deer"). There's a fun, snappy version of "Hot Corn" by Martin and Roberts, and some nifty banjo work by Henry L. Bandy on "Five Up." There are also oddities like Bill Bundy's "Poison in a Glass of Wine," about a jealous boy who poisons both himself and his true love, and the whimsical instrumental by the Fiddlin' Doc Roberts trio called "Honeymoon Stomp." The overall sound quality is good, though, as the liner notes point out, old recordings offer their share of problems when it comes to fidelity. The field recordings in particular were poorly recorded, leaving less room for improvement. Many kinks, however, have been ironed out, and fans will be thankful to have these recordings. This massive set is supplemented by an attractive booklet featuring good photographs and solid liner notes by Nevins and Charles K. Wolfe. Kentucky Mountain Music is a lovingly completed box set that will prove the perfect present for old-time fanatics everywhere. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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