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Traveling Home

by Dan Levenson

Appalachian old time fiddle and clawhammer banjo duos and solos. 2 songs, 16 instrumentals
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red Haired Boy
2:10 $0.99
2. Leaving Home
3:18 $0.99
3. John Brown's Dream
2:03 $0.99
4. Dry and Dusty
2:36 $0.99
5. Camp Chase / Jenny Git Around
3:40 $0.99
6. Texas Gals
2:27 $0.99
7. John Lover's Gone
1:56 $0.99
8. Texas
1:50 $0.99
9. Milwaukee Blues
3:09 $0.99
10. Kentucky John Henry
2:20 $0.99
11. Lost Indian
3:11 $0.99
12. Boatman
2:16 $0.99
13. Durang's Hornpipe
2:08 $0.99
14. Monkey On a Dogcart
2:07 $0.99
15. Whistling Rufus
1:45 $0.99
16. Sandy Boys
2:23 $0.99
17. Arkansas Traveler / Mississippi Sawyer / Rock the Cradle Joe
3:04 $0.99
18. Banjo Tramp
3:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
My latest album to date. Traveling Home has Banjo, fiddle, guitar solos and duos with Dan, The Lovely Miss Jennifer and Rick Barron. Mostly instrumental with 2 songs.

Tunes: Red Haired Boy; Leaving Home; John Brown’s Dream; Dry & Dusty; Camp Chase/Jenny Git Around; Texas Gals; John Lover’s Gone; Texas; Milwaukee Blues; Kentucky John Henry; Lost Indian; Boatman; Durang’s Hornpipe; Monkey on a Dogcart; Whistling Rufus; Sandy Boys; Arkansas Traveler/Mississippi Sawyer/Rock the Cradle Joe; Banjo Tramp.

Liner notes:
I chose Traveling Home as the title for this album because it has come to represent life on the road these last 10 years. I always seem to be traveling home from somewhere, but at the same time always in a traveling home (currently a 29’, 1991 Airstream trailer) so I am always home when traveling as in traveling, home. I have even had the benefit over the last 5 years, of having my wife, The Lovely Miss Jennifer, traveling and playing music with me making it all the more home on the road.

As I approach age 50, it seems like time to record a new album to represent this point in my journey. The tunes come from many different sources and by now have taken on my own interpretation of how they are played. For that reason I have not referenced a specific version or source for each of these tunes.

Music has become my entire life – something I could not have foreseen when I started playing as a child. Some may say I have become a keeper of the music, but it is actually you, the listeners and members of the music community that are the true keepers of the music. I only hope you enjoy this collection of tunes and continue to help spread them wherever you go. It is the music that makes a community and the community that makes it music.

Special thanks goes to Bob Carlin, my producer and an early influence on my playing. This project would not be what it is without his help. And to my wife, Jennifer, I surely could not have done this project without your encouragement and support.

Recorded, engineered and mastered at Airshow Mastering – Boulder, Colorado
February 8-15, 2005
Produced by Bob Carlin
Recording Engineer – James Tuttle
Mastering engineer – David Glasser

Graphic design and … - Tom Daly, Crooked Cove productions, Kittery, Maine
Cover photo – Airstream in Petrified Forrest National Park/Painted Desert, AZ by Dan Levenson

Fiddles, banjos and vocals - Dan Levenson
Banjo on 5 & 12, second banjo on 17 – Jennifer Levenson
Guitar – Rik Barron

Dan Levenson endorses and plays banjos by Chuck Lee, Vega, OME and Cedar Mountain and uses Elixir Strings. Dan’s fiddles are built by Clifford Hardesty, Coshocton, OH and Elon Howell, Newago, MI

About Dan:

Dan Levenson is a modern day troubadour in the truest sense of the word. He is a Southern Appalachian native who has grown up with the music of the region. Today he is considered to be a master of both the old time fiddle and clawhammer banjo styles. He is known worldwide as the fiddler for The Hippie-billies, the owner and banjo player of The Boiled Buzzards Old Time Stringband AND as a wonderful singer and solo performer. He is also considered one of the finest teachers today of the Clawhammer banjo and Appalachian fiddle style.

Dan has won many awards on both instruments including 3 first place wins at the 2006 Worthen old time fiddle contest (Adult, Trick/fancy and Husband/wife), the 2000 Coshocton, OH Old Time Fiddle Contest and the 2005 Ohio Clawhammer Banjo Championship. He recorded over 10 top selling old time music albums both in band and solo configurations.

Dan teaches regularly and has taught at many of the traditional music schools and camps around the country including the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, Mars Hill, The Maryland Banjo Academy, the St. Louis Folk School, The Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp and Banjo Camp North.

Dan is the Mel Bay author of Clawhammer Banjo From Scratch, Buzzard Banjo Clawhammer Style and Old Time Festival Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo. He is a writer for The Old Time Herald and writes and edits for Banjo Newsletter and their quarterly insert, The Old Time Way.

Dan has been touring full time since 1995. In that time he has become an artist of the Appalachian style fiddle and old time clawhammer banjo. Today he is a well known sought after Appalachian style performer, teacher and workshop leader.



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Merit Cooper

Refreshing Banjo
Dan Levenson's playing style seems effortless. It is clear picking and never muddled. He has a distinct sound that you can recognize. You can hear that he doesn't play much over the head which produces a nice quality sound. I am addicted to this cd. Favorites are: Milwaukee Blues and John Brown's dream. Old Time at its best.