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Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961 - 1965

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Disc 1 of 3
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I'm Troubled
Artist: Doc and Arnold Watson
3:10
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The Country Blues
Artist: Dock Boggs
4:24
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Going Down to the River
Artist: Fred McDowell
3:09
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East Virginia Blues
Artist: Roscoe Holcomb
4:50
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The Storms Are on the Ocean
Artist: Maybelle Carter
3:03
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The Dream of the Miner's Child
Artist: The Stanley Brothers
4:02
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Soldier's Joy
Artist: Hobart Smith
1:45
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Coffee Blues
Artist: Mississippi John Hurt
4:47
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Live and Let Live
Artist: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
2:45
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Lonely Tombs
Artist: The Watson Family
2:25
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Rockin' Boogie
Artist: Jesse Fuller
3:45
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Brown's Dream
Artist: Gaither Carlton and Doc Watson
1:43
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Down South Blues
Artist: Dock Boggs
3:16
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Knoxville Blues
Artist: Sam McGee
2:30
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Have a Feast Here Tonight
Artist: The Stanley Brothers
3:11
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Riley
Artist: John Davis and the Georgia Sea Island Singers
2:08
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Buck and Wing
Artist: Jesse Fuller
1:21
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Disc 2 of 3
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Hell Among the Yearlings
Artist: Arthur Smith
1:46
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Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
Artist: The Greenbriar Boys
3:46
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The Brakeman's Blues
Artist: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
2:32
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Foggy Mountain Top
Artist: Maybelle Carter
2:06
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Hicks' Farewell
Artist: Doc Watson
5:00
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Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel
Artist: The New Lost City Ramblers
2:42
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Write Me a Few of Your Lines
Artist: Fred McDowell
2:53
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Bimini Gal
Artist: Joseph Spence
2:44
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Shady Grove
Artist: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
1:37
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Grey Eagle
Artist: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
1:35
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Walkin' the Dog
Artist: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
2:03
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San Francisco Bay Blues
Artist: Jesse Fuller
3:24
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Short Life of Trouble
Artist: Doc and Arnold Watson
3:40
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John Henry
Artist: Roscoe Holcomb
1:58
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Kneelin' Down Inside the Gate
Artist: Stanley Thompson
3:45
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Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt
Artist: McKinley Peebles
4:29
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Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow
Artist: Maybelle Carter
2:33
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Mansions for Me
Artist: The Stanley Brothers
2:27
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Before This Time Another Year
Artist: Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers
5:01
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Disc 3 of 3
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My Creole Belle
Artist: Mississippi John Hurt
2:53
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Guitar Lesson
Artist: Jesse Fuller
1:26
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Cincinnati Blues
Artist: Jesse Fuller
2:27
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Poor Boy in Jail
Artist: Dock Boggs
2:41
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He's Solid Gone
Artist: Maybelle Carter
2:43
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Maggie Walker Blues
Artist: The Clarence Ashley Group
3:42
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Chevrolet
Artist: Ed Young and Emma Ramsay
3:14
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Rising Sun Blues
Artist: Roscoe Holcomb
3:03
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Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory
Artist: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
1:37
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Frankie and Albert
Artist: Mississippi John Hurt
5:19
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Hard Times
Artist: The Stanley Brothers
2:23
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The Miller's Will
Artist: Horton Barker
3:17
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The Coo Coo Bird
Artist: Clarence Ashley
4:03
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Double File
Artist: Gaither Carlton and Doc Watson
1:29
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The Wandering Boy
Artist: Annie Bird
3:22
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Stranger Blues
Artist: Jesse Fuller
3:29
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I Saw the Light
Artist: Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
2:23
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Sugar Hill
Artist: Maybelle Carter
1:05
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Amazing Grace
Artist: The Clarence Ashley Group
4:28
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a wonderful snapshot of Greenwich Village

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I remember Izzy Young and his Folklore Center in Greenwich Village. He ran regular folk concerts, published a folk music magazine, and promoted everyone he met who had talent. When he moved to Sweden we all mourned the passing of a second home for us all. As I recall, he fell in love with two Swedish fiddlers and went to Sweden and was treated with respect and appreciation there. This collection is a real mix of what we called folk music then, ignorant as we were of world music.

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They Say All Music Guide

At the height of the folk revival in the early ’60s, three movers and shakers — Ralph Rinzler (a member of the Greenbriar Boys folk group), John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers) and Israel “Izzy” Young (owner of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village) — presented a number of traditional folk concerts in New York City under the umbrella of the Friends of Old Time Music. Among the now-legendary artists they brought to the city, some for the first time, others for the first time in decades, were Doc Watson, Maybelle Carter, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs and Mississippi John Hurt, whose song “Coffee Blues,” including the phrase “lovin’ spoonful” and performed here, provided a future New York rock band with their name. The 14 concerts in the series, which took place between 1961 and 1965, were recorded by Peter K. Siegel, who produced and annotated this three-CD boxed distillation of highlights from the events. For fans of the kind of pure, unadulterated folk music that flourished on campuses and at folk festivals during those years before Bob Dylan discovered electricity, the set is a rejoice-worthy find. Folk music at that time encompassed not just the stereotypical guitar-strumming troubadour carrying a message, but also raw blues, Appalachian ballads, kickin’ bluegrass, gospel and other strains of roots Americana, and the performances heard by the fortunate big city audiences were honest, moving and, most importantly, devoid of outside intervention or corrupting influence — most of these artists were shell-shocked to be playing to appreciative audiences in a place like New York City after decades of toiling for the locals down south. The songs proffered by these musicians, of poverty and jail time, hard drinking and mining disasters, were not contrived but, true to the folk process, familiar tales handed down via the oral tradition, or written anew to add to it — many, like Jesse Fuller’s “San Francisco Bay Blues,” Maybelle Carter’s “Foggy Mountain Top,” Monroe’s “Shady Grove” and Roscoe Holcomb’s “Rising Sun Blues” (aka “House of the Rising Sun”), have long been accepted as staples of the American folk repertoire, but were relatively new to mainstream audiences at the time, regardless of their vintage and their familiarity in the rural regions that birthed these performers. Friends of Old Time Music is, of course, a valuable historical document but, better than that, it’s a rewarding listening experience. This is the real item, the sound — in excellent fidelity, incidentally — of America’s treasured heritage peeking out from its longtime hiding places — 53 of the 55 recordings have never before been released — and fanning out across the land and into the permanent cultural fabric. – Jeff Tamarkin

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