Chris Vallillo | Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

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Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

by Chris Vallillo

American Roots Music with the rich acoustic textures of bottleneck slide, finger style and flatpicked guitars that echo the influences of Mississippi John Hurt, Norman Blake, Doc Watson and John Fahey.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Follow the Drinking Gourd
4:12 $0.99
2. Hallelujah I’m a Travelin’
3:21 $0.99
3. We Shall Not Be Moved
3:39 $0.99
4. Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody (Turn Me Around)
2:23 $0.99
5. If You Miss Me At the Back of the Bus
2:39 $0.99
6. Oh Freedom!
5:06 $0.99
7. Birmingham Sunday
4:21 $0.99
8. Keep Your Eyes On the Prize
3:43 $0.99
9. Wade in the Water
3:56 $0.99
10. This Little Light of Mine
2:56 $0.99
11. We Shall Overcome
3:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Chris Vallillo is a singer/songwriter and folk musician who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song. Having spent the last 30 years in the rural Midwest, he has a natural affinity for American roots music. Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Vallillo weaves original, contemporary, and traditional songs and narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest. Dirty Linen magazine described the music as, “vivid, original story songs” delivered with an “eye for detail and a sense of history” while Folk Wax Magazine Editor, Arthur Wood said “Vallillo’s guitar playing flows like warm honey and is a true aural delight.”

His music has a timeless quality about it, with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. Perhaps the archaeology degree Vallillo earned at Beloit College (BA Anthropology, 1976) helped him see the important little details of life which imbue his songs with a sense of history. His prairie poet style has been compared to Edgar Lee Masters and Vachel Lindsay and you can hear the strains of the Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers reflected in his writing.

"The sound is both rich and pristine; top-notch all the way."
-- Blair Jackson, Mix Magazine

"Vallillo is an exceptional guitarist on six string, flat or fingerpicked and bottleneck slide and has a rich deep voice"
- Dana Garcia, Canadian River Music, Amarillo, Texas

“a name to remember."
     - John OReagan, Limerick, Ireland

"Edgar Lee Masters would be proud."
     - River To River

"Vallillo's music is infectious. His tunes and melodies are haunting and restrained, uncluttered by studio gimmickry, subtle without a pretense to cleverness."
     - Illinois Times

“Our generations Vachal Lindsay”
Vernon Burton, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois



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