Red State Ramblers | Commonwealth

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Commonwealth

by Red State Ramblers

Old time music for the corn-goggled connoisseur.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Pat \'Em on the Back
2:25 album only
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2. Curly Headed Woman
2:48 album only
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3. Ida Red
2:55 album only
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4. Ol\' Bangum
3:12 album only
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5. Roll On Buddy
2:17 album only
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6. Maysville
3:07 album only
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7. Don\'t Give All the Lard Away
2:32 album only
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8. Indian Ate the Woodchuck
2:00 album only
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9. Mike in the Wilderness
2:03 album only
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10. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
3:50 album only
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11. Yellow Barber
2:30 album only
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12. Cumberland Blues
3:10 album only
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13. Groundhog
2:33 album only
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14. Blackberry Blossom
2:43 album only
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15. Pearly Gates
2:36 album only
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16. Five Miles to Town
2:59 album only
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17. Margaret\'s Waltz
3:54 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Some purple prose about the Red State Ramblers:

"Music that is bound to the earth, has the greatest power to affect us. That music which maintains the sacred bond uniting people and place has a vitality and passion that stirs our souls and imaginations. The music of the Red State Ramblers features native and adopted Kentuckians playing Kentucky tunes and songs that resonate with the truth of life lived close to the font from which this music springs. Will and Jeff grew up in the Bluegrass State, while Nikos and Kevin were inevitably drawn to the Commonwealth several years ago. This is old time music, a music that sings of the old ways in a new way that remains brilliantly alive. Old time music is the garden of delights that raised a progressive crop of genres that flowered as swing, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country. Old time music is the true vine that some folks continued to cherish, and passed on as precious heirlooms, a gift of the past to nourish us in the future."
-Ron Pen
Clark County, Kentucky


A description of the Red State Rambler's second recording, "Commonwealth"(from the album's liner notes):

"This is a concept album--our attempt to capture some of the musical styles that make Kentucky's traditional culture unique and worthy of maintaining as part of our modern culture. We recorded this album during four days that we spent at a beautiful Central Kentucky farm in the autumn of 2008, but we chose the material over the course of a two-year discussion about how much we love various songs and tunes from Kentucky. This is our humble attempt to pull a few old melodies out of obscurity, reclaim others from the mainstream, and provide our take on some well-worn treasures."

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Harriett Walker

Commonwealth
This CD has quickly become one of my favorites. Old Time Fiddling/Traditional Music of Kentucky has a way of crossing the generations in universal entertainment and music listening. This characteristic will be the thread that binds this music for years to come. The Red State Ramblers have captured this cultural gem with their CD Commonwealth. I look forward to the next CD by the Red State Ramblers.
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