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Anthology [2 CD]

Anthology [2 CD] Lowest new price: $7.37
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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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Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics

Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics Lowest new price: $5.88
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Brand: APPALACHIAN STOMP-BLUEGRASS
Model: 2020246

Never before have so many of bluegrass' original, greatest hits appeared in one place! Includes Uncle Pen Bill Monroe; Foggy Mountain Breakdown Flatt & Scruggs; Rocky Top Osborne Bros.; Are You Missing Me? Jim & Jesse; Orange Blossom Special Stanley Bros.; Dueling Banjos Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell; You Don't Know My Mind Jimmy Martin; Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms Del McCoury; Dooley Dillards, and more, 18 high, lonesome cuts on the CD, 12 on the cassette!

Appalachian Stomp is an ideal starter disc for those just beginning to explore bluegrass. Mostly this is because its 18 selections are so immediately accessible. The "classics" here, in other words, are usually those infrequent bluegrass cuts to have gained radio recognition beyond a core bluegrass audience. That explains why along with timeless standards such as Flatt & Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and the Osborne Brothers' "Rocky Top" we also get "Dueling Banjos" from the film Deliverance, a cut that is to classic bluegrass what Walter Murphy is to Beethoven. There are less immediately obvious choices too, though. If your previous exposure to bluegrass doesn't go beyond the Holy Trinity of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers--for example, if you've never heard J.D. Crowe & the New South's stellar example of progressive bluegrass, "Old Home Place," or experienced Jimmy Martin lay down the law on his rousing "You Don't Know My Mind"--then you're in for a high-lonesome surprise. --David Cantwell

Features:

  • audio CD
  • produced in 1995
  • bluegrass music

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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: $61.76
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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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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: $10.65
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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.

Features:

  • 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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The Carter Family: 1927-1934

The Carter Family: 1927-1934 Lowest new price: $23.26
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Model: 2166259

A foundation stone of the popular music of the twentieth century. Moving, fascinating and enjoyable!

It's not too much to say that in the late '20s the trio of A.P. Delaney Carter, his wife Sara, and his sister-in-law Maybelle changed the course of country - and popular - music. They did it with haunting harmonies, fine guitar playing and a vast repertoire of murder ballads, gospel tunes, love songs, and Appalachian folk melodies which would be covered by musicians for decades. And this wasn't just the often derided ''hillbilly'' music; this was something timeless, that defies definition and which still resonates. Our five-CD collection is the most complete collection of their early output - from the initial 1927 Bristol ''Big Bang'' sessions to their depression-era recordings. Even today, Sara Carter's voice sounds aching, yet empowered. Whether they're yodeling through The Foggy Mountain Top, singing a feminist anthem like Single Girl, Married Girl, or harmonizing with Maybelle on Worried Man Blues, you can hear the Carters' huge influence on country music. A must-have.

Their setup was primitive enough--guitar, Autoharp, and vocals--but in the late '20s the trio of A.P. Delaney Carter, his wife Sara, and his sister-in-law Maybelle would change (chart?) the course of country music forever. They did it with haunting harmonies, incredible guitar playing (thanks to Maybelle's driving strums on her Gibson L-5 guitar), and a vast repertoire that included murder ballads, gospel tunes, love songs, and Appalachian folk tunes--many of which would be covered by musicians for decades to come. Unlike their musical peers in the late '20s and early '30s, the Carters weren't just playing "hillbilly" music; this was, quite simply, country music, and their timeless output still resonates with listeners today. JSP's bargain-priced, five-CD collection is easily the most complete, essential collection of their music available, capturing and remastering their RCA Victor recordings (their later, less-seminal sessions for Decca and the American Record Company are not included). Hearing five CDs' worth of music from the Carter Family is almost sensory overload--from the initial 1927 Bristol sessions, which Johnny Cash hailed as "the single most important event in the history of country music," to their depression-era recordings. Even today, Sara Carter's voice sounds aching, yet empowered. Whether they're yodeling through "The Foggy Mountain Top," singing a feminist anthem like "Single Girl, Married Girl," or harmonizing with Maybelle on "Worried Man Blues," you can hear the Carters' profound influence on country music. A must-have. --Jason Verlinde

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The Great Dobro Sessions

The Great Dobro Sessions Lowest new price: $8.44
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Brand: CD

21 track comp w/ Stacy Phillips, Jerry Douglas & more

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Classic Railroad Songs From Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Railroad Songs From Smithsonian Folkways Lowest new price: $7.95
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Brand: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Model: SFW40192

Who could chronicle the history of this great American art form-the train song-better than Smithsonian Folkways? A 36-page booklet rides along with Jay Gould's Daughter Pete Seeger; Wabash Cannonball Doc Watson; Midnight Special Leadbelly; Freight Train Blues Brownie McGhee; John Henry Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston; Kassie Jones Furry Lewis, and 23 more!

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The Three Pickers

The Three Pickers Lowest new price: $11.82
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Brand: SCRUGGS/WATSON/SKAGG
Model: 1973640

2003 album featuring a trio of Bluegrass legends: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs.

It took a North Carolina concert for PBS's Great Performances series to get bluegrass legends Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and Ricky Skaggs together for the first time. It was a celebratory occasion, and this live session, supersaturated with hot licks and down-home warmth, successfully captures the excitement of the unprecedented event. For all the assembled instrumental expertise, it is the traditional vocals--with Skaggs leading the way--that makes the music work. The trio opens with the lively "Feast Here Tonight," featuring scintillating sounds from Skaggs's mandolin, Scruggs's banjo, and Watson's guitar, before taking on the high, lonesome gospel of "What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul." Each member of the trio gets feature spots for his individual band, in addition to the dozen or so songs where the three combine forces. Watson is joined by grandson Richard for a couple of country blues tunes before Scruggs, reinforced by his Family and Friends, takes over for two songs, showcasing his seminal banjo technique on "Earl's Breakdown." Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder also take center stage for two songs, and, as if the litany of legends wasn't enough, fiddler Alison Krauss even joins the trio of principals for three songs. --Michael Point

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Songs Of The Civil War

Songs Of The Civil War Lowest new price: $6.21
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Brand: SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Model: 2302127

Inspired by the successful Civil War documentary from Ken Burns, this powerful soundtrack tackles many diverse musical styles from traditional folk and bluegrass to black gospel and outlaw country.

Prompted by the success Ken Burns's popular Civil War documentary (which spawned its own soundtrack), Songs of the Civil War presents an eclectic assortment of contemporary performers tackling period pieces that date back to the War Between the States. Here's Sweet Honey in the Rock tackling the slave lament "No More Auction Block for Me," Judy Collins singing "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and Kate and Anna McGarrigle essaying the lovely (and very suitable) "Hard Times Come Again No More." Between performances by name artists (Kathy Mattea, Waylon Jennings, and Richie Havens among them), instrumentals performed by the U.S. Military Academy Band provide a sense of time and place. --Steven Stolder

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Greatest Hits 1927-1934

Greatest Hits 1927-1934 Lowest new price: $2.51
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18 classics of early Country music from the genre's pre-eminent originators. The Carter's unprecedented repertoire of Anglo-Saxon folk songs helped them secure a unique position in American musical history by helping establish the Country and Hillbilly genres in the immediate pre war years. These recordings made between 1927 and 1934 are the true roots of Country music. Tracks include ""Wildwood Flower"", ""My Clinch Mountain Home"", ""The Foggy Mountain Top"", ""Keep On The Sunnyside"" and ""I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes"".

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