Kevin Fore & Friends | Frolic In Round Peak

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Frolic In Round Peak

by Kevin Fore & Friends

Old Time Traditional Round Peak Music
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. John Henry
2:14 album only
2. Logan County Blues
2:40 album only
3. Fire On the Mountain
2:38 album only
4. Red Apple Rag
2:41 album only
5. Salt River
2:09 album only
6. Benton's Haystack Blues
3:04 album only
7. Grey Eagle
2:14 album only
8. Old Bunch of Keys
2:24 album only
9. Arkansas Traveler
3:08 album only
10. Cumberland Gap
2:18 album only
11. Red Bird
3:28 album only
12. Lost Indian
1:34 album only
13. Roscoe
2:38 album only
14. Pretty Lil' Gal
3:07 album only
15. Forked Deer
2:35 album only
16. Brown's Ferry Blues
2:24 album only
17. Sally Goodin
2:49 album only
18. Durham's Bull
2:08 album only
19. Wreck of the Old 97
2:55 album only
20. Susannah Gal
2:13 album only
21. Bile 'em Cabbage Down
2:58 album only
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Album Notes
"Round Peak music is alive and well as heard on this powerful CD assembled by banjo player and maker Kevin Fore. Kevin has assembled a stellar cast of musicians, both from the older and younger generation, playing both area classics as well as a newly composed Benton Flippen tune. This CD is not to be missed by anyone with an interest in one of the prime sources of old time music, a community which not only embraced the music, but enhanced it as well."

Ray Alden, Croton, New York, March 29, 2009

Prior to the advent of mass entertainment via radio and records, many rural musicians had their own individualistic styles of playing fiddles and banjos. Even though much of rural music has become standardized and homogenized through recordings and festivals, there are still pockets of the rural South that continue with their own highly individualized style of playing traditional music.
One such pocket is the northwest corner of Surry County, North Carolina. The section of Round Peak has produced such a distinctive form of old-time music that ardent fans of the genre instantly recognize "the Round Peak style". The area of Round Peak near Low Gap, North Carolina has produced true icons of old-time music such as Ben Jarrell, Charlie Lowe, Ernest East,
Tommy Jarrell, Kyle Creed and Fred Cockerham just to name a few. Even though all of these musicians have passed on, it is reassuring to fans that the traditional Round Peak style lives on in the music of one its native sons, Kevin Fore.
Though Kevin did not take up the banjo until 2000, he certainly had it in his genes long before that date. Both his great grandfather and great great grandfather played banjo in the Round Peak region. Kevin's roots go deep in the Round Peak section where his family still owns about half of Round Peak Mountain including the land where the legendary fiddler and Civil War veteran Preston "Pet" McKinney is buried. Kevin's appreciation of his native area's history and heritage give him a deep love and respect
for the music and musicians who created the Round Peak sound. Inspired by the older musicians, such as Kyle Creed and Fred Cockerham, as well as the younger ones, such as the highly-respected fiddler and banjoist Kirk Sutphin: Kevin carries on the music of Round Peak to yet another generation.
Not only has Kevin developed his banjo style in part based on the likes of Kyle Creed, but he has taken it a step further by building banjos in the tradition of Creed. After acquiring a banjo made by Creed, Kevin thought that since Kyle played the banjo and made highly prized banjos then perhaps he could learn the craft as well. Kevin had worked in his father's air-conditioning and heating business building duct work. Kevin considered that making a banjo would require the same skills. Making the parts fit
through precise measuring would be essential in both endeavors. Kevin is now making his 26th banjo for customers including
those in Japan, England and Canada. When Kevin isn't playing beautiful melody notes on the banjo he is out looking for a walnut tree to make his next banjo.
On this CD Kevin has assembled a stellar group of old-time musicians including 89 year old fiddler Benton Flippen. Flippen wrote a tune used on the recording which Kevin aptly named "Benton's Haystack Blues" since Benton lives on Haystack Road in Surry County. Musicians such as Kirk Sutphin, Verlen Clifton, Chester McMillian, Katie Golding and others on the CD are well-steeped in the Round Peak tradition . It is fortunate that Kevin Fore has taken up the traditional music of Round Peak and has assembled such a great cast to perform this style with the respect and love that it deserves. It is a joy to behold!

Kinney Rorrer, Danville, Virginia March 31, 2009



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Um, Is There Any Banjo Playing on This Banjo CD?

Um....Is there any, you know, banjo-playing on this banjo CD that is described as made by a banjo player and maker? I'm asking because I've been through about ten sample clips and what was chosen for these clips is fiddle and guitar. This happens a lot on both Amazon and CDBaby and makes it discouraging for potential shoppers, most of whom are looking for samples displaying the instrument that supposedly is the raison d'etre for the recording....


Banjo & Fiddle in the style of Camp Creek Boys
This is a great album that is in the spirit of Camp Creek Boys and earlier recordings made by Benton Flippen who also plays fiddle on some of these tracks. Kevin Fore has a clawhammer style that sounds similar to Kyle Creed & Fred Cockerham, and yet not. It works perfectly with the different fiddlers and other musicians on this CD. This album is even better if you like the sound of Camp Creek Boys, and their successors 'Smokey Valley Boys' (Benton Flippen), and Pine Ridge Boys (Ernest East, one of the early fiddlers for Camp Creek Boys)
To others including the reviewer who asked if there was any banjo on the album, I can say that a clawhammer banjo is present on every track, although on a few tracks there is a second fingerpicked banjo. that take the lead (at least in volume). Whatever problem there was with misplaced audio clips is fixed.