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Hunter Robertson | Sings Songs for the Masses

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Sings Songs for the Masses

by Hunter Robertson

Ranging from old-time clawhammer banjo to end-of-the-world blues – with an occasional foray into playing a one-man band when a snare drum and kazoo present themselves – this follows in the steps of the great players of the past, without slavish imitation.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Threw Down
1:12 $0.99
2. She Had Eyes
2:05 $0.99
3. Pretty Polly
3:24 $0.99
4. Ol' Virginee
4:26 $0.99
5. You Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
4:15 $0.99
6. Dom Ospritch
1:26 $0.99
7. Soldier's Joy
2:20 $0.99
8. Banjo Medley
5:37 $0.99
9. Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed
4:13 $0.99
10. Crawdad Hole
5:40 $0.99
11. Souris Mecanique
2:17 $0.99
12. Will You Go Lassie, Go
4:49 $0.99
13. Red Wing
4:18 $0.99
14. I Did Bide
3:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
~ "...Hunter Robertson is a highly talented traditional musician. Sings Songs for the Masses is as strong a solo CD as I’ve heard in quite some time."
- Sing Out!

~ "...Songs for the Masses is for neither the masses nor the timid. But if you're up for a walk through the lonesome valley that stretches across the moonless landscape of the old, weird America, Robertson will show you the way."
- Rambles.Net

~ "...The banjo playing is solid clawhammer with a light, sure touch. Not traditional old-time music as I know it, but eclectic and distinctive."
- The Old-Time Herald

~ "...So - this is the second CD I've received this month for which the words 'strange and worthwhile' seem appropriate..." "All of the playing is pretty quirky - and extremely interesting..."
- Musical Traditions (www.mustrad.org.uk)

This CD is firmly rooted in traditional Appalachian music, with a few deviations. It has a fair amount of banjo playing on it, banjo being my main instrument, including traditional pieces like Soldier's Joy, Bonaparte's Retreat and Ducks on the Millpond, a northern Greek tune, Milo Mou Kokkino and a tune of my own, Threw Down, which are played clawhammer, as well as some old-time three finger tunes, Pretty Polly and Red Wing (which is played on a fretless gut-strung banjo my father made), and again, some of my own pieces. There's one number played on a 2-stringed instrument made out of a tin can and a song, You Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond, played as a one-man-band with slide banjo, kazoo, bass drum, high-hat and pseudo throat singing. There are a few 12-string guitar pieces to round it out, and one on electric guitar. I figured if Hobart Smith could get away with it, why shouldn't I?



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andreas neck

poetic rawness
hunter takes me away in his world of dark ,hard stomping blues,wailing banjo tunes,with his husky deep voice tom waits would be jealously.far and away the best of old-time,raw,wild and melancholic ......

karavitis elias

Under this title I review the works of artist who told us and remind us who the blues was.Deep,hard voice minimal organs just like the first slave told the blues in fields.ROMANTIC nothing else