Clinch Mountain Echo

Various Artists - Friends Of Old Time Music:

The Folk Arrival, 1961-1963

(Smithsonian Folkways SFW-CD-40160) 2006


Friends Of Old Time Music
Rear Cover Stanley Brothers - Photo by John Cowen Gig Poster for the Stanley's first FOTM concert

This 3xCD set contains recordings from the 'Friends Of Old Time Music' concerts that were held in New York in the early '60s, but only duplicates three tracks from the original 1964 Friends Of Old Time Music LP.

The Stanley Brothers are featured on four cuts from their second 'FOTM' appearance in New York on 30th Nov 1962. The Dream Of The Miner's Child is notable as it features Ralph singing tenor on the chorus, whereas the other versions by the Brothers were performed as a solo vocal piece by Carter; Bill Monroe's Mansions For Me is also, I think, the only version to have resurfaced by the Stanley's; and the other two numbers are versions of the Monroe Brothers Feast Here Tonight (aka Rabbit In A Log) and Ralph's banjo instrumental Hard Times.

The set also includes seven cuts by Bill Monroe from 8 Feb 1963, with a line-up that included Jack Cooke on guitar, Del McCoury on banjo, Kenny Baker - fiddle and Bessie Lee Mauldin on bass. Jack is featured singing lead on Walkin' The Dog, which he would eventually record on his sole solo CD Sittin' On Top Of The World. Incidentally, Jack Cooke is also said to have been a cousin of Dock Boggs.[1]

Other artists featured include, Doc Watson, Maybelle Carter, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Bogs, Jesse Fuller, Mississippi John Hurt and Clarence Ashley - making the compilation a great introduction to the blues, folk and early country music.

The set comes in a 'long-box' with the CDs packaged in cardboard sleeves (the ones that seem purposely designed to scratch discs). As with other Folkways Smithsonian releases, there also is a booklet with copious liner notes, and photographs. This can be found as a free pdf on their website, as well as options to preview/download MP3/FLAC files.

Now that we're in the age of digital downloads, I wonder if they will ever make the full 'Freinds Of Old Time Music' concerts available? Overhead would be minimal, and it would be very nice to hear the sets in full, rather than all jumbled up.

 

For a detailed breakdown and background to the featured Stanley's recordings, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 135-136 and 164.

Track:
Title:
CD One:
(52:23)
1
I'm Troubled
- Doc & Arnold Watson

P.D. arr Doc Watson
2
The Country Blues
- Dock Boggs

P.D. arr Dock Boggs
3
Going Down To The River
- Fred McDowell

Fred McDowell
4
East Virginia Blues
- Roscoe Holcomb

A.P. Carter
5
The Storms Are On The Ocean
- Maybelle Carter

A.P. Carter
6
The Dream Of The Miner's Child
- Stanley Brothers

Robert Donnelly / Will Geddes
7
Soldier's Joy
- Hobart Smith

P.D.
8
Coffee Blues
- Mississippi John Hurt

John Hurt
9
Live And Let Live
- Bill Monroe

Wiley Walker / Gene Sullivan
10
Lonely Tombs
- Watson Family

P.D. arr Doc Watson
11
Rockin' Boogie
- Jesse Fuller

Jesse Fuller
12
Brown's Dream
- Gaither Carlton & Doc Watson

P.D. arr Gaither Carlton / Doc Watson
13
Down South Blues
- Dock Boggs

P.D.
14
Knoxville Blues
- Sam McGee

Sam McGee
15
Have A Feast Here Tonight
- Stanley Brothers

Pete Kirby
16
Riley
- John Davis & The Georgia Sea Island Singers

P.D. arr John Davis
17
Buck And Wing
- Jesse Fuller

Jesse Fuller
CD Two:
(56:11)
1
Hell Among The Yearlings
- Arthur Smith

P.D.
2
Amelia Earhart's Last Flight
- Greenbriar Boys

David D. McEnery
3
The Brakeman's Blues
- Bill Monroe

Jimmie Rodgers
4
Foggy Mountain Top
- Maybelle Carter

A.P. Carter
5
Hicks' Farewell
- Doc Watson

P.D. arr Doc Watson
6
Jordan Is A Hard Road To Travel
- New Lost City Ramblers

Daniel Emmett
7
Write Me A Few Of Your Lines
- Fred McDowell

Fred McDowell
8
Bimini Gal
- Joseph Spence

P.D.
9
Shady Grove
- Bill Monroe

P.D.
10
Grey Eagle
- Bill Monroe

P.D.
11
Walkin' The Dog
- Bill Monroe

Tex Grimsley / Cliff Grimsley
12
San Francisco Bay Blues
- Jesse Fuller

Jesse Fuller
13
Short Life Of Trouble
- Doc & Arnold Watson

G.B. Grayson
14
John Henry
- Roscoe Holcomb

P.D.
15
Kneelin' Down Inside The Gate
- Stanley Thompson

P.D.
16
Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt
- McKinley Peebles

Otis Jackson
17
Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow
- Maybelle Carter

P.D. arr Maybelle Carter
18
Mansions For Me
- Stanley Brothers

Bill Monroe
19
Before This Time Another Year
- Bessie Jones & The Georgis Sea Island Singers

P.D.
CD Three:
(55:15)
1
My Creole Belle
- Mississippi John Hurt

P.D. arr John Hurt
2
Guitar Lesson
- Jesse Fuller

??
3
Cincinnati Blues
- Jesse Fuller

Jesse Fuller
4
Poor Boy In Jail
- Dock Boggs

P.D. arr Dock Boggs
5
He's Solid Gone
- Maybelle Carter

A.P. Carter
6
Maggie Walker Blues
- The Clarence Ashley Group

P.D.
7
Chevrolet
- Ed Young & Emma Ramsay

P.D. arr Ed Young / Lonnie Young
8
Rising Sun Blues
- Roscoe Holcomb

P.D.
9
Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory
- Bill Monroe

P.D.
10
Frankie And Albert
- Mississippi John Hurt

P.D. arr John Hurt
11
Hard Times
- Stanley Brothers

R. Stanley
12
The Miller's Will
- Horton Barker

P.D.
13
The Coo Coo Bird
- Clarence Ashley

P.D.
14
Double File
- Gaither Carlton & Doc Watson

P.D.
15
The Wandering Boy
- Annie Bird

R.S. Hanna
16
Stranger Blues
- Jesse Fuller

P.D.
17
I Saw The Light
- Bill Monroe

Hank Williams
18
Sugar Hill
- Maybelle Carter

P.D.
19
Amazing Grace
- The Clarence Ashley Group

John Newton

Go To Top Of Page [1] Neil Rosenberg and Charles Wolfe's book 'The Music Of Bill Monroe' (p.120)