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Red Dog

by Paul Brown

A joyous fiddle songs and tunes album with a great backup band, sitting in the sweet spot between old-time, bluegrass, country and blues.
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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1. Soppin' the Gravy (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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2. Pretty Betty Martin and Cora Lee (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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3. Today Has Been a Lonesome Day (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray, Jim Nelson & Dedo Norris)
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4. Rochester Schottische (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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5. Durham's Bull (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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6. Old Jimmy Sutton (feat. Mac Benford & Terri McMurray)
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7. I'm Working on a Building (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray, Jim Nelson & Dedo Norris)
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8. Fisher's Hornpipe (feat. Sam Bartlett, Terri McMurray, Jim Nelson & Dedo Norris)
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9. Evening Rainbow Waltz (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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10. Sugar in the Gourd (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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11. Red Dog (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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12. Pretty Little Girl (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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13. New Wilson's Reel (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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14. Cotton Eyed Joe (feat. Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Terri McMurray & Jim Nelson)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Paul Brown is one of the most highly respected old-time musicians performing today. He started playing banjo at age ten and took up fiddle several years later. Paul spent many years deeply immersed in the music of North Carolina and Virginia in particular, playing with and learning from masters including Tommy Jarrell, Luther Davis, Robert Sykes, Benton Flippen, Paul Sutphin and others. Here's his essay from this new fiddle album:

It seems I’m always singing or whistling or humming something. It’s been like that since the start. I like a funny song, a love song and a sad song.

I started wanting to play the fiddle, rather than just listen to it, on one of the spring or summer evenings when my mom would take us kids to outdoor square dances. I guess I was about nine or ten years old. That night the old-time-sounding bluegrass band was especially strong. When I wasn’t dancing, I found myself drawn to the stage to listen and watch the guys (they were all guys, and the banjo player had shiny black hair with a pompadour) up close. I understood the tunes were like Mom’s old Virginia songs, but without the words. These fiddle songs included at least a couple I knew – Buffalo Gals, Bile Them Cabbage Down, that sort of thing. The fiddler put out one great number after another with sweeping, straightforward, powerful phrases as the caller barked out the figures. The idea that you could sing with a violin grabbed hold of me that catalytic night.

Fiddling remains for me a form of singing. Like singing with the voice in my body, fiddling regularly challenges me. Wherever I wind up with it, I try to make good music, with strong melody, syncopation and phrasing.

The old time fiddlers who generously mentored me really understood a song – especially Tommy Jarrell, who would say he was trying to play the words with his fiddle. Benton Flippen never specifically verbalized that idea to me. But his soaring, syncopated notes and phrases told me he understood it beyond doubt. Bert Edwards, Luther Davis, Parley Parsons and others brought memorably graceful and lilting vocal tones to their playing.

The fiddle as a voice in song ties together this modest collection, recorded with a most wonderfully skilled band of family and beloved friends. These songs and tunes are some of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy them.

-- Paul Brown, 2018

Paul Brown: fiddle, vocal
Sam Bartlett: three-finger banjo, mandolin
Mac Benford: banjo (Old Jimmy Sutton)
Abby Ladin: bass, vocal
Terri McMurray: banjo uke, clawhammer banjo, vocal (guitar on Old Jimmy Sutton)
Dedo Norris: fiddle, bass
Jim Nelson: guitar, vocal




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