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Pride of America

by The New Mules

Great old-time music you've never heard before. Fiddle tunes, songs, and ballads, mostly from downstate Illinois, native homeland of the group's fiddlers, Garry Harrison and Genevieve (Harrison) Koester.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Jolly Old Soul
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2. C&A Breakdown
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3. Orphan Left Alone
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4. Lucian Smith
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5. Take Warning, Young Ladies
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6. Liza Jane
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7. Pride of America
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8. Shoe Cobbler
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9. Turnip Patch
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10. Jenny Get Your Hoe Cake Done
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11. Molly Bond
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12. Yellow Jacket
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13. Walking Out One Morning
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14. John Dye
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15. Across the Plains of Illinois
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16. Gallatin Special
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17. Only a Miner
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18. I Went Down to New Orleans
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A CD of previously unrecorded old-time music..."fresh blood" for old-time music players and enthusiasts, all from genuine traditional sources. And on top of that, it's great old-time music.

It's unusual for a current old-time music group to perform music that has not been released on any previous recording, that comes from an area of America not generally thought of as being a major source of old-time music, or that is native to those who perform it.

All of these things are true of The New Mules' "Pride of America". Fiddler Garry Harrison learned the local music of his native downstate Illinois the old-time way, from his father and in person at the homes of elderly players from the area. Just as those folks learned and as Garry learned from them, Garry's daughter Genevieve in turn learned to play the fiddle in the old style, her first guidance being from her father.

Garry and Gena joined with some of the area's finest players to form the New Mules. Abby Ladin plays the bass, Smith Koester the banjo, and Andy Gribble the guitar. Their music is from authentic traditional sources and includes both rare and obscure old gems and previously unheard versions of better-known numbers. The group brings renewed life to this music with their own unique arrangements and performances, and no one has more fun in doing it.

The New Mules were honored with the award of First Prize in the Traditional Band competition at the Appalachian String Band Festival, Clifftop, West Virginia, August 2, 2008.

You are welcomed and encouraged to visit The New Mules' website. The link is at the bottom of the links above on the left side of this page.

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Lisa

Excellent selection!
This is a great collection of a branch of American folk music that is not widely known. It fills a hole in my collection. Thank you for it, and I hope there are more coming.
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Lynn Garren

Wow!
Even knowing what to expect, I was blown away when I put this in the CD player.
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Michael Diaz

Gem of an album
I have been enjoying it tremendously since it arrived. I am pleased to find out that Genevieve and her father can sing rather well, and I appreciate all the vocals as well as the instrumental parts. I especially love the multi-part harmony on Orphan Left Alone. I deeply appreciate the New Mules having mined repertory from the song collection in Dear Old Illinois, and the instrumental parts accompanying the vocals are really choice. Thanks to the New Mules for producing a gem of an album. I can hardly wait for the next one!
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Sarah Morrison

Pride of the New Mules
The New Mules have done themselves proud by producing an outstanding, must have CD! Top notch vocals and instrumentation ... authentic and original material. Can't get the music out of my head...looking forward to the next CD!
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Steve "Uncle Scurv" Harrison

Blue Ribbon, Indeed!
Ample confirmation that the judges at Clifftop (2008) made no mistake in picking the New Mules as the top oldtime stringband. If you don't already have this CD you really need to get at lest one, 'cause being without one could... well... good Lord -- that could just ruin your whole life!
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Mike Stillman

You'll Like It
This is a great album, with traditional Illinois fiddle tunes that might have been lost as the old fiddlers pass away. My mother and grandfather told me about the barndances they used to have in Central Illinois; when a new barn was built or an older one renovated, they would have a dance in the loft before the hay was moved in. I played this CD for my mother, and she said, "Yep, that's barndance music." But it's not a history lesson; it's music for today that will make you smile and dance.
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Brad Leftwich

National treasure
Cool tunes, top notch performance. Love the singing! This band should be declared a national treasure.
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