Clinch Mountain Echo

Various Artists - Virginia Traditions:

Native Virginia Ballads and Songs

(Blue Ridge Institute BRI-004) 1981


Virginia Traditions: Native Virginia Ballads and Songs
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This compilation includes a live version of The Flood (listed as The Story Of The Flood) by the Stanley Brothers from Silver Creek Ranch near Manassas, Va. 1957. Recorded by Mike Seeger, this is the only song from the show so far to have resurfaced, and is unique to this release.

From the liner notes: "The flood which inspired Carter Stanley's song swept through the southern Appalachians in February, 1957, killing 12 people and leaving thousands homeless. President Eisenhower designated 28 counties in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia as disaster areas. Eight counties in southwest Virginia, including the Stanley's own Dickenson County, were among the hardest hit. Governor Stabley reported 2,000 people left homeless and over a million dollars in road damage alone. The National Guard had to be mobilized to assist in the clean up. This live performance of 'The Flood' was recorded only a few months later."

In the liner notes to the album, the date is given as 8th August 1957, which may be incorrect as the 8th was a Thursday... and I thought these park show dates were usually held at weekends?

The LP and individual songs are available as an MP3/FLAC download from Smithsonian Folkways where you can also download (free) a pdf copy of the artwork and extensive liner notes booklet.

Track:
Title:
Side One:
(25:57)
1
Claude Allen
- Hobart Smith

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2
Sidney Allen
- Spence Moore

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3
Poor Goins
- James Taylor Adams & Finley Adams

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4
The Vance Song
- Branch W. Higgins

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5
The Fate Of Dewey Lee
- Spence Moore

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6
The Fate Of Talmadge Osborne
- Ernest V. Stoneman

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7
The Wreck Of The 1256
- Vernon Dalhart

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8
The Wreck Of The Old 97
- Kelly Harrell & Henry Whitter

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Side Two:
(27:57)
1
The Life And Death Of Charlie Poole
- Ted Prillaman

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2
The Story Of Freda Bolt
- Floyd County Ramblers

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3
The Ballad Of Caty Sage
- J.C. Pierce

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4
The Cyclone Of Rye Cove
- The Carter Family

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5
The Story Of The Flood
- The Stanley Brothers

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6
The Pinnacle Mountain Silver Mine
- Helen Cockram

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7
New River Song
- Jim & Artie Marshall

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8
Highway 52
- Litle "Doc" Raymond & The Coleman Pardners

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9
The Ballad Of Fancy Gap
- Jim & Artie Marshall

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