Be Ready Boys: Appalachia to Abilene

Performers Norman Blake & Rich O'Brien

Shanachie Records | October 18, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Norman Blake (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, violin, viola); Rich O'Brien (vocals, acoustic guitar, gut-string guitar); Don Edwards (acoustic guitar).
Bringing together the musical traditions of the Appalachian Mountains and Texas, Norman Blake and Rich O'Brien convened in Denver, CO, in July of 1998 to collaborate on a beautiful recreation of traditional instrumentals and early country forms. A very loose and impromptu feel pervades the 16 tracks, as Blake provides guitar, six-string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and viola, with O'Brien adding guitar on both combining for classic country harmonies on tracks like "When It's Lamplighting Time in the Valley," A.P. Carter's "Homestead on the Farm," and the spiritual "Heavenly Sunlight." As is to be expected, the instrumentals are outstanding, incorporating rags, waltzes, and even Spanish elements. O'Brien's own "Grandpa's Barn" is guaranteed to be a tearjerker for anyone with rural roots. ~ Matt Fink

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 18, 2010

Genre: Bluegrass

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Shanachie Records

UPC: 803020118225

Found in: Bluegrass

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Be Ready Boys: Appalachia to Abilene

Be Ready Boys: Appalachia to Abilene

Performers Norman Blake & Rich O'Brien

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 18, 2010

Genre: Bluegrass

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Shanachie Records

UPC: 803020118225


Title Track Time
1.Tennessee Wagoner --
2.Old Pal of Yesterday --
3.Texola Waltz --
4.When It's Lamplighting Time in the Valley --
5.Bowling Green Rag --
6.Homestead on the Farm --
7.Mexico --
8.Going Home --
9.Kentucky's Your Home --
10.Under the Double Eagle --
11.Grandpa's Barn --
12.Seamus O'Brien --
13.Flop-Eared Mule --
14.Maiden's Prayer, A --
15.Callahan --
16.Heavenly Sunlight --

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Personnel: Norman Blake (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, violin, viola); Rich O'Brien (vocals, acoustic guitar, gut-string guitar); Don Edwards (acoustic guitar).
Bringing together the musical traditions of the Appalachian Mountains and Texas, Norman Blake and Rich O'Brien convened in Denver, CO, in July of 1998 to collaborate on a beautiful recreation of traditional instrumentals and early country forms. A very loose and impromptu feel pervades the 16 tracks, as Blake provides guitar, six-string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and viola, with O'Brien adding guitar on both combining for classic country harmonies on tracks like "When It's Lamplighting Time in the Valley," A.P. Carter's "Homestead on the Farm," and the spiritual "Heavenly Sunlight." As is to be expected, the instrumentals are outstanding, incorporating rags, waltzes, and even Spanish elements. O'Brien's own "Grandpa's Barn" is guaranteed to be a tearjerker for anyone with rural roots. ~ Matt Fink
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