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Holly Ding

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The Cuckoo
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Poor Ellen Smith
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Alone And Forsaken
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Backstep Cindy
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Cause I Don’t Mean To Cry When You're Gone
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Love Was The Price
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Sail Away Ladies
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Doney
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Mama's Gone
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The Christian's Good Night
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Lonesome Hill
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Little Old Log Cabin Of My Dreams
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Lone Prairie
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Catlettsburg
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Alabama Waltz
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Moses And The Israelites
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Little Margaret
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The Red Hot Breakdown
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Dear Friends, Farewell
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 63:20

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Holly Ding, a wonderful collection of old-time songs and instrumentals, is Tom, Brad, & Alice’s second release on the Copper Creek label. Multiple-instrumentalist Tom Sauber, singer Alice Gerrard, and fiddle/banjo player Brad Leftwich have been brought together by their love of old-time, string band music. Most of these songs hark back to an earlier time, as with the lovely “The Christian’s ‘Good-Night’” and an energetic version of “The Cuckoo.” It’s especially fascinating to hear these songs if one is only familiar with a later version. Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken” receives a wonderful revamping, complete with stark instrumental accompaniment, perhaps rendering this dark tune even darker. Gerrard performs the self-penned “Love Was the Price,” a depressing ballad filled with gloomy imagery, a cappella. This is followed by a lively version of “Sail Away Ladies,” driven forward by Leftwich’s energetic fiddle and held on course by the steady rhythm of Sauber’s banjo. Other standouts include “Little Margaret,” a song that includes a ghostly apparition, temptation, and death. The liner notes document the source of each song, reinforcing the fact that the song — not the performer — is the heart of authentic old-time music. Still, one cannot deny that certain performers, as with Tom, Brad, & Alice, place these songs in an exceptional light. Holly Ding is a fine release and will be warmly welcomed by fans of old-time music. – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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