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Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition

by Various Artists

Ballad traditions of Appalachia from a new generation of singers, most of whom learned their songs directly from an oral tradition, either from older singers, or from recordings.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Barbry Allen
Carol Elizabeth Jones
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2. Thomas the Rhymer
Archie Fisher
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3. Tam Lin
Archie Fisher
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4. Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
Sheila Kay Adams
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5. Mathy Groves
Donna Ray Norton
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6. Eggs and Marrowbone (feat. Kate Brislin)
Jody Stecher
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7. The Sheffield Apprentice (feat. Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr)
Martin Simpson
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8. Willie Taylor (feat. Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr)
Martin Simpson
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9. The Bold Lieutenant
Alice Gerrard
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10. Lord Bateman
Carol Elizabeth Jones
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11. The Farmer’s Curst Wife
Donna Ray Norton
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12. Mr. Frog Went a-Courtin’ (Live)
Bill and the Belles
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13. Barbara Allen (Live)
Rosanne Cash
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14. Wild Hog in the Woods
Alice Gerrard
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15. The Battle Song of the Great Kanawha
Trevor McKenzie
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16. Doleful Warning (feat. Loy McWhirter)
Bruce Greene
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17. Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle)
Hasee Ciaccio
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18. Banks of the Ohio
Doyle Lawson
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19. Knoxville Girl (feat. Corbin Hayslett)
Kristi Hedtke
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20. Pretty Polly (feat. Roy Andrade)
Amythyst Kiah
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21. Tom Dula (feat. The Kruger Brothers)
Laura Boosinger
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22. Hiram Hubbard
Corbin Hayslett
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23. Big Bend Killing
Alice Gerrard
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24. Old Joe Dawson
Bobby McMillon
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25. Otto Wood the Bandit
David Holt
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26. John Henry (feat. Roy Andrade)
Amythyst Kiah
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27. Wreck of the Old 97
Corbin Hayslett
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28. Explosion in the Fairmount Mines
John Lilly
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29. West Virginia Mine Disaster
Elizabeth Laprelle
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30. The Cyclone of Rye Cove
Dale Jett and Hello Stranger
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31. I've Always Been a Rambler
John Lilly
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32. The Parting Glass
Rosanne Cash
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Overall this is an exemplary album. It’s good to hear that the ballad tradition of Appalachia is alive among a new generation of singers, most of whom learned their songs directly from an oral tradition, either from older singers, or from recordings, or both. This album should bring these powerful songs to people who might never have bought a recording or gone to a festival or concert to hear these musicians. They will be delighted with the variety of music here, from the Old World as well as the New. The singing ranges from the deliberately straightforward of the Appalachian singers to the artful singing of Scotland’s Archie Fisher. The accompaniment, also, ranges from the deliberately plain guitar and sometimes splendidly archaic fiddle performances, through well-established old-time and bluegrass singing and accompaniment, to the studied, chamber music sound of the Kruger Brothers. All of the performances are well recorded and professionally accomplished. Especially memorable (to this listener) were the performances by Trevor McKenzie, by Bruce Greene and Loy McWhirter, and the two songs by Amythyst Kiah, the latter showing that the mountain settlers were more diverse than the Appalachian myth makes them out to be. I know some of the musicians on this album—Roy Andrade and Corbin Hayslett are both outstanding multi-instrumentalists, with a deep commitment to the music of the region. When one realizes that Corbin was only 21 years old when he made these recordings—that duet on Knoxville Girl is one of the finest renditions of this oft-recorded song I’ve heard—his accomplishments are all the more impressive. A few production decisions were bold, but I thought most of them worked well. Having British singers on an album of Appalachian ballads seems odd at first, and yet on reflection it makes perfect sense to show something of the history of this music, and how it is still being sung in the British Isles’ folk music revival. Another bold stroke was putting Roseanne Cash on the album, but again this makes perfect sense because she is descended from the Carter Family whose bona fides as Appalachian musicians are in good order. Concluding the album with Cash performing an Irish song that has gained traction in the folk music revival on several continents was another bold move, but again it shows the way that contemporary folk music has become global, again going against the grain of the Appalachian myth, this time as a land that remains geographically, historically, and culturally isolated. The notes are intelligently conceived, and knowledgeably and thoroughly written, and they offer the buyer of this album much, much more in the way of historical and musical context than one expects. The CDs, also, do not stint on the music—there is a great deal of wonderful music here. Altogether, I think this is a splendid compilation, thoroughly annotated, and very well performed, showing how historical ballads thrive among the current generations of folksong performers.

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