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by Chance McCoy and The Appalachian String Band

It's time to grab your jug and head for the hills. Power house fiddling, stark mournful ballads and harmonies. Featuring West Virginia state fiddle champ backed by an all star cast of string band virtuosos.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand
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2. Indian Ate a Woodchuck
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3. Gospel Plow
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4. Shelvin Rock
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5. Betty Baker
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6. Rocky Road to Dublin
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7. Little Birdie
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8. Yew Piney Mountain
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9. Lost Girl
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10. Lazy John
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11. Twin Sisters
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12. Greasy Coat
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13. Little Rose is Gone
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14. Cranberry Rock
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15. Little Pink
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16. Waynesboro
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17. Davy Come Back and Act Like You Ought To
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18. Jimmy Johnson
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19. Wednesday Night Waltz
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Album Notes
You are about to hear one of the best kept secrets in traditional American music. Rest assured this music was recorded in it\'s raw form, live, to capture the old-time sound as it should be, unpolished.

Chance McCoy is a master in the art of mountain fiddling. The roots of his music reach all the way back to ancient Scotland, Ireland and Africa, blended through the melting pot of early America and distilled in the mountains for centuries into a unique music still being passed from one generation to the next. Hailing from West Virginia, a state known for it\'s rich and long standing music tradition, Chance is widely known for his powerful fiddling which has earned many blue ribbons, including the West Virginia Championship.

On this debut cd McCoy conjures up images of his home with numerous fiddle tunes, rare ballads and solo instrumental pieces. They range from the opening cut \"Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand\" which creates the atmosphere of a rowdy late night frolic, to the haunting fiddle/banjo duet \"Little Rose is Gone,\" to groove tunes like \"Betty Baker.\" Featuring some beautiful mountain singing and harmony \"Birdie\" is a stark solo piece sung by Chance and played on a gut-string banjo, boiling underneath with the emotions of the human experience, the performance is quite simply, naked. Songs like \"Lazy John\" blend beautiful harmonies with an incredibly catchy chorus.

All nineteen tunes on this album were derived from traditional sources from West Virginia and Kentucky.

Chance McCoy is accompanied by The Appalachian String Band featuring:

Adam Hurt, Banjo: Deemed a \"banjo virtuoso\" by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt draws on diverse musical influences from the North Carolina piedmont, the mountains of central West Virginia, the Ohio River Valley, and beyond to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo playing. At age 24, Adam has already placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions including Clifftop, Mount Airy, and Galax, and won the state banjo championships of Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, as well as the state fiddle championships of Virginia and Maryland. A gifted and respected teacher, Adam has conducted banjo workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering, the Augusta Heritage Center, and Appalshop, among other venues around the country.

Danny Knicely, Guitar: Danny Knicely is a fourth generation Appalachian multi-instrumentalist from a Virginia family steeped in mountain music tradition. He has won many awards for both his mandolin and guitar expertise such as the first place in the mandolin contest of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He has years of experience as a professional musician performing in many bands of varying musical styles. He has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with many groups including the award winning Magraw Gap, David Via and Corn Tornado, James Leva and Purgatory Mountain, and is a musical director for the Mountain Music Project and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, featuring Mark Schatz and Eileen Carson.

Mark Hellenberg, Banjo Ukulele: Mark Hellenberg has been playing traditional music for over forty years, beginning as a drummer in his father\'s bagpipe band in the early sixties. Since then, Hellenberg has been featured as a percussionist on over a dozen recordings including two Green Linnet releases by the Celtic ensemble, The House Band. This past year, he appeared on NPR\'s All Things Considered with his band, The Sevens. He is currently also a member of the Ohio based Hotpoint String Band and works with other contra dance luminaries including the Reckless Ramblers and Wild Asparagus. When not playing music, Mark works as a producer and Classical music host at Ohio University Public Radio in Athens, Ohio.

Ralph Gordon, Bass: Ralph Gordon is one of the most in demand dance musicians active on the east coast, bringing more than 35 years of musical experience to the bass. Ralph, classically trained, studied music at West Virginia University and the Manhattan School of Music. He left Manhattan to perform with the New Jersey Symphony, then toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians. He eventually returned to West Virginia where he joined the ground breaking folk ensemble, Trapezoid. Nine years and four recordings later he left the group in 1986 to become a free lance musician. Since then he has performed with many individuals and groups in a multitude of musical styles and settings. He is a sought after freelance artist and session musician in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Ralph can be heard on more than 100 recordings and contributed to arranging and producing on many of these.

Aimee Curl, Harmony Vocals: Aimee Curl, of Loudon County Virginia, her unmistakable breathy sound and sultry style combine in a musician with incredible depth. Original member of the Musemeant, she has toured with bands like Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, and Blues Traveler on the Horde tour, as well as being part of the Appalachian folk-group Furnace Mountain. Her dynamic performances and mysterious persona have earned her a cult-like status in the indie scene.

Matthew Olwell, Flatfooting: Has been dancing and playing music for nearly 20 years. He has studied with some of the finest teachers in traditional dance, including Donny Golden, Eileen Carson, Benoit Bourque, The Fiddle Puppets Dancers, and Liam Harney. He danced for nine years with the Maryland-based Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, with whom he taught and performed nationally and internationally. (Matthew met Eileen Carson and other Members of Footworks, then The Fiddle Puppet Dancers, at Augusta Dance Week as a youth.) Matthew now lives in Virginia, and is continuing life as a freelance dancer and percussionist. He performs with James Leva, John Skelton, Danny Knicely and many others. In 2006 Matthew and partner Emily Oleson founded Smiling Mountain Dance Intensive, a youth summer program near Charlottesville Virginia.



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Tara Ward

damn fine oldtime
I came home from two weeks in the mountains with a stack of about 20 CDs, mostly old-time, and this is the one I can't stop listening to. The sound and the energy are absolutely terrific. This all-star cast of artists truly lives up to their promise, but the star of the show is definitely Chance's fiddle playing and singing. He also plays banjo on a few solo tunes, including my favorite, the haunting and mournful Little Pink. If you only pick up one oldtime album, this should be the one.

Billy Cornette

Chance McCoy
Just what I expected from Chance, Adam, Danny & Co.
Great tunes played by great musicians!

henry johnson

I swanny!
That's some mighty fine pickin' and singin' on that there cd record album!

My fiddle teacher gave this album and I am 'wearing out the grooves' on this one.

Great music, Chance and the ASB! Thanks.

Trent Shepherd

GREAT playing & recording
Chance is top notch, and I love his tune selection. The female harmony vocals really add to the mix and sound great. All the players on this album are solid players. Highly recommend this album!


Chance McCoy and appalachian string band
Fantastic sounds. Can\'t stop listening to this music, which comes from the roots of this country\'s people (and those from Ireland to some extent). Many hits on this CD - not just a one-hit wonder. The tunes just keep on in my head hours after playing the CD; in a good way!

paul crowther

I had been watching "Dance all night" on you-tube regularly and had it been linked to this album I would have bought it a long time before. I play with people in Helsby, England who will just love this album as I do. Particularly good are the variety of moods and the blend of instruments and voices, traditionally based, but freshly served! I hope the band gets to tour in this country.

Joseph "joebass" Dejarnette

Fantastic Record
I recently had the great pleasure of teaching with Chance at the Augusta Heritage Center Old Time Week in West Virginia and he gave me a copy of this CD. I am often disappointed with stringband recordings even by players whom I greatly admire, but this disc is the exception. Chance has assemble a great line-up of players both young and seasoned for this project that play together beautifully. This record is a perfect blend of fiddle tunes and tastefully arranged songs, many from the west virginia repertoire. The band recorded live and the sound of the record is clear and full with-out nashville over-polish, or post-modern trickery. You can hear every instrument and voice clearly, there is a natural sense of space and balance, and the musician's interplay is exciting and innovative while remaining within the tradition. The vocals are heartfelt without being over-emotional or affected. What more can I say??? BUY THIS RECORD!!!! You won't be dissapointed!!!!

Bob Anderson (RM Anderson Banjos)

Chance McCoy
A very fine album. It's been in my car player for a month. I've sent some to friends in Japan. I hope that opens a new market for you.

Banjo Buddy

One of my Favorite Albums
This is the one I come back to, especially when I am spinning. I get pumped up on the fast ones and slow down on some of the others. The perfect work out to keep me spinning!

Kate Conn

Love It!!!!
This is a great CD and I can\'t stop listening to it! One tune after the other is just great. I\'m so glad I bought it! If you like old time music, this is the CD for you!
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