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by Hog-Eyed Man

Jason Cade (fiddle) & Rob McMaken (lap dulcimer; mandolin) unearth powerful Appalachian tunes on this critically-acclaimed album of oldtime music from the mountains of KY, NC, & VA. Recorded the old-time way in Athens, GA, in 2014.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Apple Blossom
3:22 $0.99
2. Bill Cheatum
2:17 $0.99
3. Highlander's Farewell / Flanders' Dream
4:05 $0.99
4. Far in the Mountain
2:50 $0.99
5. Betty Baker
2:05 $0.99
6. Pretty Betty Martin
3:20 $0.99
7. Johnny Court the Widow
2:28 $0.99
8. Last of Sizemore
1:37 $0.99
9. Boatsman
4:46 $0.99
10. Railroad Through the Rocky Mountains
3:34 $0.99
11. Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night / Slow Buck
2:45 $0.99
12. Flight of the Wild Geese
2:01 $0.99
13. Jeff Sturgeon
2:36 $0.99
14. Winder Slide
2:59 $0.99
15. Hog-Eyed Man
3:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hog-eyed Man is “blasting apart the staid world of old-time fiddling and looking for something new in the roots of the music” (Devon Leger, The Bluegrass Situation). The Athens, GA duo explores a treasure-trove of lost music and expressive sensibility from the pre-radio era, when ghosts of Scots-Irish tunes co-mingled with distinctly American sounds. As a youngster, fiddler Jason Cade began learning rare tunes and an older style of playing from master fiddler and tune-catcher Bruce Greene, his neighbor growing up in Celo, NC. In 2016, Jason won first place in the fiddle contest at Clifftop, WV. Georgia-native Rob McMaken has developed a tasteful and exciting accompaniment style on both lap dulcimer and cross-tuned mandolin, effortlessly shifting between note-for-note melody, harmonic counterpoint, and rhythmic drones harkening back to the Old World.

"It’s simply wonderful. The droning rhythmic backup by McMaken combines with Cade’s powerful fiddling to make an almost mesmerizing sound. It would be difficult to pick out one or two tunes to highlight because they all sound powerful and compelling to my ear. Anyone who loves old-time American fiddling will enjoy listening to this CD."
-- Bluegrass Unlimited (April 2015)

"It's quite remarkable, the depth and fullness of sound the two of them achieve. The duet seemingly expands to a trio or even a quartet. Cade gets a thick resonant sound and solid drive from his fiddle. On the other hand is McMaken's dulcimer, which reminds me of the playing of Irish guitarist John Doyle. From it we get a propulsive, ringing attack but also a gap-filling drone that makes it an album highlight."
-- Bill Wagner, The Old-Time Herald (Dec. 2015)

“This is a terrific album. These two men have an incredible depth of feeling for this music. Beautifully played and an excellent historical document.”
-- Mike Morrison, American Roots UK (March 2015)

"Hog-Eyed Man resurrect the fiddle sounds of the pre-recording era, taking the listener into a lost world of tunes deeply rooted in soil and history. Cade and McMaken conjure up an almost unsettlingly prodigious tone out of their instruments. Every cut is a gem.”
-- Jerome Clark, Rambles (Feb. 2015)

"An absolutely cracking CD. Played with vim, fervour and fire, it's pound for pound one of the best albums of the year.”
-- Blues Matters (Feb. 2015)

"As honest and direct a representation of music sourced from past generations of North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia fiddlers as one could wish for. Cade has great tone and everything’s played with just the right amount of pace and attack, with nothing wasted or superfluous. It is a tremendous resource for fiddle players and a rewarding listen for the rest of us."
-- Steve Hunt, fRoots Magazine (Feb. 2015)

"What you get here is pure unadulterated old-time music of the southern Appalachian variety – and played with verve and commitment aplenty. Virtually every tune here is a discovery, and the impact is considerable when the musicians play as expressively as they do here. It’s glorious. The two musicians play spiritedly and give a sense of total involvement and feel good abandon within the tradition they clearly treat with respect while making the style work for them as their own. Thoroughly recommended."
-- David Kidman, The Living Tradition (Dec. 2014).

“This CD jumped immediately to the top of my short-list of favorites both for repertoire and technique. From the exuberant kick-off tune, “Apple Blossom” to the rousing “Hog-eyed Man” at the end, this CD will make you want to get up and dance, or get out your fiddle and start learning. I’m already looking forward to Hog-eyed Man 2.”
-- Mary Larsen, Fiddler Magazine (Winter 2014-15)

"Cade is a wonderful player, producing a tone that is rich and pure and powerful rhythms. The two instruments meld beautifully. Such a joy to listen to."
-- Ray Templeton, Musical Traditions (Nov. 2014).

"Cade and McMaken's delivery of an archaic style and repertory is both emotional and expressive, transcending any particular age.”
-- FolkWorld (EU) (Nov. 2014)

"Jason Cade is my kind of old-time fiddler, with a powerful rough tone, double stops everywhere, a love for the lower register, and a strong rhythmic pulse whether the tune is sprightly (“Far in the Mountain”) or more leisurely, as in his excellent solo take on “Highlander’s Farewell.” The mandolin is put to best possible use, sometimes doubling the fiddle work, sometimes adding a bed of chimes, sometimes dropping out altogether—making for One Big Instrument you’ve never heard before but will want to hear again."
-- Rick Saenz, Lonesome Road Review (Dec. 2014)

"An impressive collection of old time fiddle tunes. Obscure but excellent."
-- Dave Freeman, County Sales, Newsletter 332.

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This album was recorded entirely with D'Addario's fine acoustic strings, for which we are grateful.

Information about the tunes and sources on the CD:

1. Apple Blossom - From Isham Monday (1879-1964) of Monroe Co., KY, via Bruce Greene. (fiddle - F#BF#C#; dulcimer - BF#B)

2. Bill Cheatum - Isham Monday’s commanding version of this old standard, stripped down to its emotional core. (fiddle & mando - FCFC)

3. Highlander's Farewell / Flanders' Dream - From southwest Virginia’s Emmett Lundy (1864-1953), Highlander's Farewell is a story tune of Scottish sweethearts torn apart by war. We follow it with an unusual setting of Flannery’s Dream, from eastern Kentucky’s John Salyer (1882-1952). (fiddle - GDAE; dulcimer - CFC)

4. Far in the Mountain - Influenced by Isham Monday, Marcus Martin, the Red-Headed Fiddlers, and aged whiskey. (fiddle & mando - AEAE)

5. Betty Baker - A quirky beauty from eastern Kentucky fiddler Hiram Stamper (1893-1991), with qualities of timeless knotted wood. (fiddle - F#BF#B; dulcimer - BF#B)

6. Pretty Betty Martin - Another from Hiram Stamper, as interpreted by Bruce Greene (mostly). (fiddle - AEAE; dulcimer - AAA)

7. Johnny Court the Widow - From a field recording of Roy Bennett in Meade County, KY, recorded by Bruce Greene in 1976. (fiddle - GDAE; dulcimer - CFC)

8. Last of Sizemore - On Oct. 18, 1937, Alan Lomax bailed Luther Strong (1892-1962) out of jail in Hazard, KY. Strong returned the favor a few hours later by laying down Last of Sizemore and 28 others on a borrowed fiddle. (fiddle & mando - GDGD)

9. Boatsman - From Marcus Martin (1881-1974) of Swannanoa, NC. For Roan and Miles, who left us far too soon. (fiddle - GDAE; dulcimer - DAD)

10. Railroad Through the Rocky Mountains - A rollicking piece from Jim Bowles (1903-1993) of Monroe Co., KY. (fiddle - ADAE; dulcimer - DAD)

11. Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night / Slow Buck - Jenny also comes from Marcus Martin. Byard Ray (1910-1988) learned Slow Buck as a youth from his great-uncle Mitchell Wallin in Madison Co., NC, and recorded it at age 70. (fiddle - AEAE; dulcimer - AEA)

12. Flight of the Wild Geese - Another from Byard Ray, which his aforementioned uncle Mitch Wallin played for English collector Cecil Sharp in 1916. (fiddle - GDAE; dulcimer - CFC)

13. Jeff Sturgeon - From home recordings made of John Salyer around 1940, Jeff Sturgeon is now a masterwork in the old-time canon. (fiddle & mando - FCFC)

14. Winder Slide - We couldn’t resist including this locally-made tune from Winder, GA, just down the road from our home in Athens. Thank you Joe LaRose. (fiddle - GCGD; dulcimer - CGC)

15. Hog-eyed Man - This tune continues to evolve for us as we travel ever deeper inside Hiram Stamper’s enigmatic version, as collected by Bruce Greene in 1977. (fiddle & mando - FCFC)



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