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Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics / Various

Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics / Various Lowest new price: $7.89
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Brand: APPALACHIAN STOMP-BLUEGRASS
Model: 2020246

From Bill Monroe to Alison Krauss, this is a classic introduction to bluegrass music, with such standards as "Orange Blossom Special," "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."
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Artist: APPALACHIAN STOMP-BLUEGRASS
Title: APPALACHIAN STOMP-BLUEGRASS CL
Street Release Date: 02/28/1995
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Genre: BLUEGRASS COLLECTIONS

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Anthology [2 CD]

Anthology [2 CD] Lowest new price: $7.22
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Model: 1972607

The 1994 box The Music of Bill Monroe earned heaps of praise, and so will this 2-CD set-it contains remastered highlights from the box plus 25 key tracks not in the box: the original Kentucky Waltz ; the Decca Blue Moon of Kentucky ; Bill's last significant hit, Gotta Travel On ; rarely anthologized cuts like the instrumental Panhandle Country and his version of Columbus Stockade Blues , and more. 50 tracks!

Distilling the four-disc Music of Bill Monroe down to 50 songs, this double-disc Anthology is a fine survey of the bluegrass pioneer's career. Picking up in 1950 after Monroe's breakthrough Columbia tenure, this set documents his 30-year Decca period and its song list reads like a Bluegrass 101 songbook, offering classic after classic. Like the greatest of jazz bandleaders, Monroe's Blue Grass Boys band was a proving ground for aspiring bluegrass musicians and a springboard for their future solo success, with each incarnation of the group displaying its own distinct character. Vocal powerhouse Jimmy Martin helped propel Monroe's stellar early-'50s band while other contributors include singers Del McCoury and Peter Rowan and elite pickers such as banjoists Bill Keith and Don Stover and fiddlers Richard Greene, Kenny Baker, Bobby Hicks, and Vassar Clements. Of course, Big Mon's fiery high tenor vocals and feverish mandolin are the common threads. --Marc Greilsamer

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Tennessee Pusher

Tennessee Pusher Lowest new price: $8.45
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Brand: Nettwerk
Model: 5240414

Old Crow Medicine Show release in 2008 their third Nettwerk album called Tennessee Pusher. Produced by the legendary Don Was (Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, the Rolling Stones), the album features the first single "Caroline" along with 11 other Old Crow originals and an American standard called "Lift Him Up" by Blind Alfred Reed. Having sold over 290K albums, OCMS can attribute much of their success to their relentless touring schedule. Between headlining shows and countless festivals (Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, etc), the band lives on the road - they thrive on the communal experience of the live shows. OCMS have made a name for themselves as energetic performers with an unbridled spirit."as musicians, songwriters and singers, they are the smartest and finest purveyors of American music to come down the pike in decades." - Don Was

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The Three Pickers

The Three Pickers Lowest new price: $10.62
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Brand: SCRUGGS/WATSON/SKAGG
Model: 1973640

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Genre: Bluegrass
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 15-JUL-2003

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Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith)

Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith) Lowest new price: $60.45
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Over 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release, this is still the best American roots music collection around! Musicologist Harry Smith assembled the anthology from 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. This 6-CD reissue was painstakingly researched, annotated and packaged to perfection. With 84 rare tracks, this one is a library all by itself! Includes Drunkard's Special Coley Jones; Peg and Awl Carolina Tar Heels; Frankie Mississippi John Hurt; Engine 143 Carter Family; Indian War Whoop Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers; Newport Blues Cincinnati Jug Band; John the Revelator Blind Willie Johnson; Fifty Miles of Elbow Room Rev. F.W. McGee; Sugar Baby Dock Boggs; See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Blind Lemon Jefferson; The Lone Star Trail Ken Maynard, and many more!

This impressive--and frankly, fun--musical document is still sending out shock waves almost 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release. The Smithsonian's six-CD reissue is painstakingly researched, annotated, and packaged (even boasting an enhanced disc for the techno-capable). Unlike field recorders, eccentric filmmaker/collector/musicologist Harry Smith assembled the Anthology from commercially released (though obscure) 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. Its broad scope--from country blues to Cajun social music to Appalachian murder ballads--was monumentally influential, setting musicians like Bob Dylan down the path to folk fandom. The White House started its own national music library with the Anthology; anyone with more than a passing interest in American roots music should do the same. --Michael Ruby

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Classic Blues From Smithsonian Folkways

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DVD-Folk Rhythms-Learn To Play Spoons,Bones,Washboard,Hambone and the Paper Bag

DVD-Folk Rhythms-Learn To Play Spoons,Bones,Washboard,Hambone and the Paper Bag Lowest new price: $10.87
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Brand: Homespun
Model: 641714

This unique and highly entertaining lesson will teach you to make complex rhythms using the simplest of materials, some right out of your kitchen drawer. It's fun, and anyone can do it -- no music lessons, note-reading or expensive instruments are needed to join in with the band!

David Holt1s infectious enthusiasm and clear instructions will have you playing fascinating rhythms in no time. You'll develop coordination and physical dexterity, while attaining a deeper understanding of traditional American music.

Learning the proper way to play rolls, accents, fills, and a variety of sounds on these easy instruments will teach you the basics of percussion so you can contribute to jam sessions and other musical events.

You don1t even need an instrument! In addition to learning to play metal and wooden spoons, bones, washboard and even the paper bag, David passes on the traditional art of hambone, using nothing but his own body to create fabulous sounds and rhythms. Mastering the series of moves that have been handed down for generations will enable you to create your own show-stopping routines, and entertain family and friends.

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  • Beginner level Artist: David Holt Series: Homespun Tapes Publisher: Homespun Medium: DVD 47 minutes 5" W x 8" L
  • No music lessons, note reading, or expensive instruments are necessary! With the Folk Rhythms for Any Instrument DVD, anyone can learn to play spoons, bones, washboard, hambone, or even the paper bag
  • No music lessons, note reading, or expensive musical instruments are necessary! With the Folk Rhythms for Any Instrument DVD, anyone can learn to play spoons, bones, washboard, hambone, or even the paper bag
  • No music lessons, note reading, or expensive musical instruments are necessary!

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Trilogy

Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Trilogy Lowest new price: $28.49
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2002 brought the final release of the Dirt Band's incredible Will the Circle Be Unbroken trilogy and also brought together the band and a bevy of country stars to celebrate these historic collaborations. That PBS event is here on DVD (with Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs and more) plus 6 CDs comprising all three Unbroken volumes. Scores of amazing performances, one amazing set.

The original Will the Circle Be Unbroken is undoubtedly a landmark country-music recording. A peace offering between rock-reared longhairs and rock-ribbed Nashville patriarchs (and one matriarch, Mother Maybelle Carter), it exposed generations of upstart pickers and singers to old-time country music and its impact is felt to this day. The organizers of the 1971 sessions that led to the initial three-LP set, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, have produced two sequels, the first in 1989 and the most recent in 2002. This six-disc collection (including an all-star concert DVD) pulls together all three Circle sessions and, naturally, captures dozens of essential performances, plus a fair number of inessentials. Anyone with an interest in country music will want the original. Its mission is clear, the performances are inspired, and its significance is undeniable. The second Circle strays far afield from the original concept, bringing in the rather lightweight likes of John Denver and Michael Martin Murphy to mix with volume one holdovers Jimmy Martin and Earl Scruggs. The final volume is also more diffuse than one would like, though eminent guest stars such as Del McCoury, June Carter Cash, and Johnny Cash help it capture the spirit of the original more frequently than does its immediate predecessor. Completists will relish having all three collections in one box, while those who think three times around the circle is two too many are advised to stick with the 30th anniversary reissue of the initial album. --Steven Stolder

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Come To The Mountain: Old Time Music For Modern Times

Come To The Mountain: Old Time Music For Modern Times Lowest new price: $9.49
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Violin, Sing The Blues For Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949

Violin, Sing The Blues For Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949 Lowest new price: $12.22
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Brand: Old Hat Ent.

The guitar gets the ink, but the violin was hugely important in the development of early blues, its crying vibratos and sliding notes creating a dramatic and soulful sound. Here are 24 examples of blues violin at its best, all documented with a 32-page booklet; includes Stealin' Blues Cow Cow Davenport; Baby Please Don't Go Joe Williams' Washboard Blues Singers; Violin Blues Johnson Boys; Right Now Blues Frank Stokes; Ted's Stomp Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan; The Moore Girl Andrew & Jim Baxter; Salty Dog Booker Orchestra, and more.

Nearly essential for anyone interested in old-time music, Violin, Sing the Blues for Me may be quite simply the best single-disc anthology of the early 20th century black string-band movement available today. The emphasis here is on the bluesy fiddle playing heard between 1926 and 1949, but the music boasts reams of diverse styles and playing that is simply impossible to pigeonhole. Andrew Baxter milks his fiddle for all its plaintive worth against brother Jim's guitar on "K.C. Railroad Blues," the Mississippi Mud Steppers' "Alma Waltz" is as sublime as they come (perhaps the greatest side ever recorded to feature a banjo-mandolin), and there are plenty of other tracks featuring the now-forgotten wail of the blues violin. But the lively tunes steal the show here: the Mobile Strugglers's previously unissued "Memphis Blues" from 1949 is a classic breakdown; the Tennessee Chocolate Drops's "Vine Street Drag" (featuring the fast fiddling of Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong) showcases some true violin virtuosity; and the Memphis Jug Band's "Memphis Shakedown" is a tour de force of energy and great playing. Truth is, there's not a weak track here, and the copious liner notes will keep you busy long after the CD has played out. If you want to hear the roots of the blues, don't pass this disc up. --Jason Verlinde

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The Best Of Doc Watson 1964-1968

The Best Of Doc Watson 1964-1968 Lowest new price: $8.51
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Model: 1978647

DOC WATSON - BEST OF: 1964-1968 (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS) - CD

Few musicians are as adept as Doc Watson is at making the remarkable seem routine. Song after song on this 23-track label retrospective demonstrates effortless flat-picking virtuosity. Listen to the fleet, precise picking on "Beaumont Rag," and you'll immediately recognize why the North Carolinian's skills are the envy of just about anyone who's ever tried to master folk guitar. Yet his plainspoken baritone vocals on "Tennessee Stud," "Shady Grove," "Little Sadie," and others speak of his devotion to his songs. Watson in his prime could play rings around just about any picker alive, but he's never gone in for hollow showboating. Culled from six of the nine albums Watson recorded for Vanguard between 1964 and 1971 (though the most recent inclusions here are from 1968), this album is a condensed alternative to the four-disc Vanguard Years box set. Four previously unreleased tunes add to the value of this worthy intro to an American master. --Steven Stolder

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