Clinch Mountain Echo

Mike Seeger - Third Annual Farewell Reunion

(Rounder CD-0313) 1994


Third Annual Farewell Reunion
Rear Cover CD Tray

This album contains a stellar cast of musicians, performing relatively informally with Mike Seeger at various studios/settings between 1980-1994.

East Virginia Blues with Ralph and Jack Cooke was recorded & mixed on 28th December 1993 at Maggard Sound studios in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Mike Seeger:- "Ralph has kept his music true to his southwest Virginia roots; there is no one on the bluegrass and oldtime country music scene who has greater depth, connection to oldtime music and ability to present it than Ralph Stanley... Back around 1960, I heard an informal recording of this song by Carter and Ralph, the Stanley brothers, that had been made by Chicago lawyer Larry Ehrlich about 1957. On it, Ralph played a cross-tuned mandolin in this same banjo-like style. We've tried to get fairly close to that sound here."[1]

Ralph's finger picking of the mandolin, was a novelty piece that dated back to the Stanley Brothers' 'Farm and Fun Time' days.[2] He also cut the track in 1968 on Old Time Music.

Maria Muldaur later appeared on Ralph's 2001 Clinch Mountain Sweethearts, with another version of The Memory Of Your Smile. The version here from 1993, is much more soulful, stripped down version with a bluesy feel. David Grisman is featured on guitar, and Mike Seeger is on mandolin and backing vocals... Great stuff!

Personnel on East Virginia Blues is:-

Track:
Title:
CD:
(71:41)
1
Shaking Off The Acorns
- L-7s and Dave Grant

P.D. ?
2
Leaving Tennessee
- Tim O'Brien

Don Kelley
3
The Memory Of Your Smile
- Maria Muldaur and David Grisman

Ruby Rakes
4
Only Remembered
- Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin & Larry Hanks

H. Bonar / John Sweeney
5
The Mayor Is A Good Old Boy
- Hank Bradley & Sue Thompson

Hank Bradley
6
Boat's Up The River
- Olabelle & David Reed

P.D. ?
7
East Virginia Blues
- Ralph Stanley & Jack Cooke

P.D.
8
They're At Rest Together
- Hazel Dickens & Tom Gray

Walter Callahan
9
The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
- Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
10
Oh, My Little Dutch Girl
- Jimmie Driftwood

P.D. ?
11
Deep Shady Grove
- Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie
12
Cripple Creek
- Etta Baker

P.D.
13
Oldtime Sally Ann
- Tommy Jarrell & Paul Brown

P.D.
14
Rose In The Mountain
- James Leva, Carol Elizabeth Jones & David Winston

P.D. ?
15
Little Cabin Home On The Hill
- Carol Elizabeth Jones

Lester Flatt / Bill Monroe
16
Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender
- Pete Seeger

P.D. ?
17
900 Miles
- Pete Seeger

P.D. ?
18
Savoy Family Waltz
- Michael Doucet & Marc Savoy

Marc Savoy
19
I'm Going To The West
- Penny and Peggy Seeger

P.D.
20
Bound Steel Blues
- New Lost City Ramblers

Bill Shepherd ?
21
Brown's Ferry Blues
- John Jackson

Alton Delmore / Rabon Delmore
22
You've Been A Friend To Me
- Joe & Jannette Carter and Carl B. Poff

A.P. Carter
23
Frog Heaven
-Vivian & Phil Williams and Sandy Bradley

Vivian Williams

Go To Top Of Page [1] Extract from the liner notes to the 'Third Annual Farewell Reunion'.
[2] John Wright's "Travelling The High Way Home" book (p164/252).