Ken Waldman | 55 Tunes, 5 Poems

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55 Tunes, 5 Poems

by Ken Waldman

Old-time Appalachian fiddle and banjo--original tunes that sound a couple of hundred years old, or older.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Ol' 55
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2. Cats in the Cornfield
2:18 album only
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3. As the Buzzard Flies
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4. Moosejaw
2:26 album only
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5. Denali
2:03 album only
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6. 7 Grand
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7. Spider Holiday
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8. Mountain Pie
2:17 album only
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9. Spenard One-step
2:06 album only
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10. Gonna See the Governor
1:41 album only
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11. Road to Prairie Ronde
2:09 album only
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12. Stubborn Old Mule
1:13 album only
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13. She's Running Around
1:39 album only
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14. Toe River
2:13 album only
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15. Calcutta
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16. Hammer and Nails
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17. Hurry Up and Wait
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18. A Bottle for Them Boys
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19. Stephanie's Gone
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20. Fold'em
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21. Miss Kathy
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22. Northwest Passage
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23. Wagon Train
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24. Rolling in the Magnolias
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25. Farmer's Loop
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26. Fire and Water
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27. Bird Hollow
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28. Girdwood
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29. Girl in the Lighthouse
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30. High Fives
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31. Short Green
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32. When Meat Was Meat
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33. Ride'em, Cowboy
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34. Cafe Des Amis
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35. Buster Keaton, Romancer
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36. Rooster Ridge
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37. F Is for Fenton
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38. Hober Dear
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39. Reverend Jim
1:36 album only
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40. Charlie's Got Some Fun
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41. Corn's On
2:34 album only
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42. Puppy in the Dog Yard
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43. Laura Jo
1:48 album only
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44. Wedding Soup
2:37 album only
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45. Haussen Court
2:12 album only
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46. Talkeetna Waltz
2:58 album only
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47. Little Bit of Wheat
1:47 album only
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48. Third Shot (And Make It a Double)
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49. The Crops Have Failed and the Cupboard Is Bare
1:56 album only
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50. Load the Muskets
2:01 album only
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51. Lumpy's
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52. No Map
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53. Istanbul
1:23 album only
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54. 10th Planet Breakdown
2:35 album only
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55. Waltz Into the Light
3:04 album only
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56. Teller Road
2:34 album only
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57. 15,000 Feet
2:35 album only
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58. But for Wilderness
2:18 album only
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59. A Happier Doctor
2:15 album only
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60. Mushroom Walk
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61. Untitled (Bonus Track)
1:07 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Since 2000, Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, has released six CDs that combine old-time Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry and Alaska-set storytelling. He’s also had six full-length poetry collections come out from five different publishers.
Summer 2008, Waldman shows he’s as ambitious as ever. His new book, Are You Famous? is subtitled Touring America with Alaska’s Fiddling Poet and it’s his first book of prose. Almost simultaneously, Waldman is releasing his seventh CD, 55 Tunes, 5 Poems, and it’s another of the one-of-a-kind projects that have come to be associated with Waldman. Recorded over three years in Chicago and Fairbanks, Alaska, the project documents Waldman’s considerable tune-writing skills. The 55 original tunes (actually 61, since there are 5 “bonus” tunes, plus an unnamed hidden track at the end) are mostly arranged with sparse, primal fiddle and banjo, occasionally with guitar (especially in the Fairbanks sessions), and even more occasionally with mandolin. For the most part, these newly composed tunes have both the power and simplicity of traditional classics, though there are enough reminders that it’s indeed 2008, not 1928, or 1838.
In Chicago, Waldman was accompanied by Jordan Wankoff, one of the mainstays of the old-time music community there, a multi-instrumentalist who has played on Waldman’s three most recent recordings. In Fairbanks, Waldman imported Mark Tamsula, from Pittsburgh, to join him. Tamsula, a member of several notable Pittsburgh string bands, has accompanied Waldman in his recent shows there, and proved an inspired addition to the project. Though the two CDs are obviously linked by Waldman’s compositions and fiddling, there’s always the sense that yet another satisfying little surprise awaits. The 2 hours and 20 minutes of music pass briskly.
A twenty-three-year Alaska resident, Waldman’s live performance has been described by Michael Miller, music columnist for The State in Columbia, South Carolina, as “Picture William Carlos Williams behind a dogsled. Walt Whitman jamming with the Carter Family.” According to Austin Chronicle writer, Ric Williams, “Feels like a Ken Burns movie. . . . Always recommended.” More recently, Shepherd Express Weekly in Milwaukee termed Waldman, “A one-man Prairie Home Companion.”

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Liz Hebron

55 Tunes 5 Poems
I love the CD! It's a great addition to my Ken Waldman collection. Ken's fiddle music kept me going on a recent 14-hour drive home from North Carolina. I never get tired of listening to any of his CDs.
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