Clinch Mountain Echo

V/A - Mountain Music Bluegrass Style

(Folkways FA-2318) 1959


Mountain Music Bluegrass Style
CD Cover CD Tray

This seminal album is often credited with introducing bluegrass to the folk-revivalists of the 1960s, and with identifying the link between bluegrass and Appalachian music and culture. David Grisman, for example recalled "(It) was the first bluegrass I ever heard. It had extensive liner notes, a booklet with pictures, and the whole story of bluegrass at the time. I used to read those notes over and over."[1] ... and talking about Earl Taylor's version of White House Blues:- "I was just floored... It was the fastest thing I'd ever heard".[2]

The album, which was very much the brainchild of Mike Seeger, features intimate recordings of Chubby Anthony on several cuts. On Katy Cline, Bile 'em Cabbage Down and There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone, Anthony accompanies Don Stover and Bea Lilly from The Lilly Brothers (his brother Everett was with Flatt & Scruggs at the time); On Cricket On The Hearth Anthony plays some exquisite fiddle accompanied by Don Stover on banjo; and on New River Train Anthony sings lead and plays 5-string guitar alongside Mike Seeger and Bob Yellin. Mike: "On 'New River Train' he modified a full size gibson guitar by putting a set of banjo strings on it, tuning it approximately F#DGBD and playing it three finger banjo picking style. I believe it's capoed up one or two frets."[3]

Also featured on the album are Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys, Tex Logan, Bob Baker and The Pike County Boys.

The album was reissued on CD (Smithsonian Folkways CD SF 40038) 1991, remastered and with four previously unreleased tracks. Most of the original liner notes are also included on an insert. You can also hear previews of the tracks, and download a pdf of the artwork from Smithsonian Folkways website.

Track:
Title:
CD:
(56:32)
1
Katy Hill
- Tex Logan

P.D.
2
Katy Cline
- Stover, Lilly & Anthony

P.D.
3
Short Life Of Trouble
- Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys

G.B. Grayson
4
The Philadelphia Lawyer
- Bob Baker and The Pike County Boys

Woody Guthrie
5
Little Willie
- Bob Baker and The Pike County Boys

P.D.
6
Leather Britches
- Smiley Hobbs

P.D.
7
Natchez Under The Hill
- Tex Logan

P.D.
8
Old Joe Clark
- Yellin, Seeger & Weissberg

P.D.
9
There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
- Stover, Lilly & Anthony

Harry C. McAuliffe
10
White House Blues
- Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys

Wilbur Jones
11
They're At Rest Together
- Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys (*)

Walter Callahan
12
Foggy Mountain Top
- Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys (*)

A.P. Carter
13
Nine Pound Hammer
- Smiley Hobbs

P.D.
14
Cricket On The Hearth
- Anthony and Stover

P.D.
15
New River Train
- Anthony, Seeger & Yellin

P.D.
16
Fox Chase
- Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys

P.D.
17
Feast Here Tonight
- Bob Baker and The Pike County Boys

Charlie Monroe
18
Snow Dove
- Bob Baker and The Pike County Boys

P.D.
19
Drifting Too Far From The Shore
- Bob Baker and The Pike County Boys (*)

P.D.
20
Rocky Run
- Stuart, Kuykendall, Hobbs & Gray

Jerry Stuart
21
Bile 'em Cabbagae Down
- Stover, Lilly & Anthony

P.D.
22
All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
- Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys

P.D.
23
Sally Ann
- Earl Taylor and The Stoney Mountain Boys (*)

P.D.

(*) Previously unreleased.


Go To Top Of Page [1] Bill C. Malone's biography of Mike Seeger 'Music From The True Vine' (p.72)
[2] Tim Newby's 'Bluegrass In Baltimore' (p.55)
[3] 'Mountain Music Bluegrass Style' liner notes.