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Close To Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967

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Close To Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967 album cover
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In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Artist: Elizabeth Cotten (NO)
1:24
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Tie Your Dog, Sally Gal
Artist: Will Adam
2:41
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Banjo Instrumental
Artist: J.C. "Cleve" Sutphin
2:01
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Lost Train Blues
Artist: V.L. Sutphin
1:16
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Shortening Bread
Artist: V.L. Sutphin, Cleve Sutphin
1:45
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The Train That Carried My Girl from Town
Artist: V.L. Sutphin, Cleve Sutphin
1:30
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Old Gambling Man
Artist: J.J. Neece
3:24
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John Henry
Artist: J.J. Neece
2:16
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Shout Little Lulu
Artist: Louise Foreacre
0:51
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He Will Set Your Fields on Fire
Artist: Kilby Snow
2:19
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Gather in the Golden Grain
Artist: Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, Hattie Frost Stoneman
0:53
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Going to Lay Down My Burdens
Artist: Elizabeth White, Gideon Craig
1:42
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John Henry
Artist: Lesley Riddle
2:26
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Pretty Fair Damsel
Artist: Clarence "Tom" Ashley
2:29
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It's These Hard Times
Artist: Pearly "Grandma" Davis
1:23
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Old Time Reel
Artist: Pearly "Grandma" Davis, Oliver Davis
2:13
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Jackson Schottische
Artist: A.L. Hall
2:12
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Lone Prairie
Artist: Wade Ward
1:36
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Molly Put the Kettle On
Artist: Wade Ward
1:23
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Last Gold Dollar
Artist: Edsel Martin, Bill McElreath
1:43
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John Henry
Artist: Bill and Jean Davis
1:11
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Three Nights Drunk (Our Goodman)
Artist: Blue Ridge Buddies, The, E.C. and Orna Ball
2:36
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Jimmie Sutton
Artist: Blue Ridge Buddies, The, E.C. and Orna Ball
1:44
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Going to Lay Down My Old Guitar
Artist: Dewitt "Snuffy" Jenkins, Ira Dimmery
0:59
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Black Mountain Rag
Artist: Arthur Smith, Sam and Kirk McGee
2:21
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Talk on the World, A
Artist: Clyde Lewis
4:52
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Red Wing
Artist: Lost John Ray, Walt Koken
0:53
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Leather Britches
Artist: Alexander "Eck" Robertson
3:02
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Blackberry Blossom
Artist: Sherman Lawson
2:01
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Alabama Gals
Artist: Emmett Cole
0:59
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Old Joe Clark
Artist: George Landers
0:50
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Sugar Baby
Artist: Dock Boggs
2:41
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Queen Sally
Artist: Archie Sturgill
1:47
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Poor Orphan
Artist: Kate Peters Sturgill
3:09
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My Virginia Home
Artist: Scott Boatright
2:19
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I'm Leaving You
Artist: Sara and Maybelle Carter, Sara Carter Bayes
2:38
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He Said If You Love Me, Feed My Sheep
Artist: Stancer Quartet, The
2:56
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I Would Not Live Always
Artist: Clarence Ferrill
1:32
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Total Tracks: 38   Total Length: 75:57

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They Say All Music Guide

Collected by Mike Seeger from 1952 to 1967 as he roamed around the Appalachian Mountains, Close to Home is one of the better detailed sets of authentic old-time Southern American music to be found. Though mostly recorded at the musician’s home on a single, hand-held microphone, the warmth and charm of the performances captured make up for any supposed lack of recording quality, as Seeger no doubt took great pains to document these archaic stylings before they died with their performers. Of the 38 tracks featured, some legends like Sara and Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family fame, Elizabeth Cotten, and fiddler Eck Robertson appear, though the majority are simply local legends or unknowns. As such, it might come as some surprise to hear the level of accomplishment reached by these common folks, as a few were even said to have been badly out of practice when recorded. A majority of the tracks are lively fiddle or banjo instrumentals, though a few harmonica workouts, gorgeous autoharp and dulcimer tunes, and a cappella tracks appear, as well. This is very honest music, without a hint of pretension, and one can only wonder how many similar talents lived and died without ever having shared their talents outside of their local community. Excellent liner notes composed by Seeger himself give a wonderfully detailed commentary on how he came about to record the featured artists, and also place the performers within their historical context. There might be more complete collections on the market, but for the single-disc price and the amount of quality music here, Close to Home is highly recommended. – Matt Fink

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