Sharp Canupp | Cotton Mill Town

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Cotton Mill Town

by Sharp Canupp

A TRIBUTE TO THE MILLS AND THEIR VILLAGES.Award Winning CD Abum contains 12 Original Nostalgic songs,complete with lyrics sheet,with a hint of reggae/country/blues written in tribute to a vanishing way of life in America.......
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cotton Mill Town
4:04 $0.99
2. The Old Mill Whistle
5:12 $0.99
3. Dancing To The Rhythm Of The Looms
2:48 $0.99
4. The Day They Tore Down Our Town
3:55 $0.99
5. Spinning Room Blues
4:47 $0.99
6. The Old Mill House
4:41 $0.99
7. Lint Head Blues
3:16 $0.99
8. Our Secret Fishing Hole
4:18 $0.99
9. Leaving On That Train
3:20 $0.99
10. Carolina
3:33 $0.99
11. Hyper World
2:45 $0.99
12. The Little Mill Village Of America
4:47 $0.99
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UPDATE!!!! SHARP CANUPP WAS AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS PAUL GREEN MULTI-MEDIA AWARD BY THE NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY OF HISTORIANS AT THEIR ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY HELD AT MOREHEAD CITY NC ON OCTOBER 14, 2006 FOR THE CD ALBUM "COTTON MILL TOWN" WHICH HE WROTE, PRODUCED, AND RECORDED.....BELOW IS A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR....G.L. "Sharp" Canupp was born and raised in the small southern Cotton Mill Town of Cooleemee in the Piedmont section of North Carolina. His Great-Grandfather came to the Little Mill Village shortly after the mill and the village were built in the early 1900's. He came from Cabarrus Co. NC to work in the mill. His Grandfather also worked in the mill as a young boy barely in his teens. This is where he met Canupp's Grandmother as she had also went to work in the mill as a young girl. They married in 1912 and lived in the Little Mill Village until they decided to buy a house of their own in North Cooleemee. They were the parents of 8 children, and one of them was Sharp's father. His Mother and Father both worked in the Cotton Mill, and his Dad had over 40 years in the mill when it closed in 1969... They lived in 4 differen't mill houses as a family and when the mill sold the houses in 1953 his parents bought one...Both sets of his Grandparents and several Aunts and Uncles and almost all of his other relatives worked in the mill including "Sharp" and 2 of his siblings at some time or another... Following is a quote from "Sharp" Canupp----"Some of the fondest memories of my life were in this Little Mill Village as I grew into adulthood... It was an experience that only someone who had lived in the "family-type" environment of a Cotton Mill Town could relate to...I have tried to translate some of the best memories of my "mill family" childhood into words of song in creating this CD"......... In the ending of the song # 2 "The Old Mill Whistle" you can hear his recreation of the old whistle as it sounded long ago.....In song # 6 "The Old Mill House" you can still hear the sounds of mill children as they sang and played from years past....."This CD is dedicated to my family and to all the Cotton Mill Villages and their towns-people of America"...Gerald L. "Sharp" Canupp... PLEASE GO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO READ REVIEWS



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Bonnie Henrich

Fantastic Stories, Beautifully Written and Sung
I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories on this CD. Took me back to the past and remembering when I once worked in a mill. Whatever color of thread I used would cover my hair like a scarf at the end of each day.

Especially liked...Dancing to the Rhythm of the Looms. Most of the songs on this CD had my feet just a tappin'. The CD comes with the lyrics which makes it easy to sing-along.

Hope to hear more from this artist. Good luck!

A great CD that will help in preserving the Textile Heritage Era for future gene
This is a wonderful CD that will keep the memories living of a vanishing lifestyle and way of life that is a main backbone of our country...Brilliant poetry set to music, and it comes with lyrics to all songs...

tanks for remembering those days when textiles was king in the old south. My mother worked in textiles for 35 years. My grandmother worked in the cotton mill for fifty years. Thanks to men like Millekin we were able to survive in difficult times.

music that will bring back memories of days gone by


A Former Cotton Mill Hill Brat Highly Recommends This CD!
As a former "Mill Hill Brat", raised on a cotton mill hill, I have researched stories and music about cotton mill hill life for many years. I have probably heard 90% of the songs ever written about cotton mill life and thought I had heard the best until I heard Sharp Canupp's CD. It covers just about every facet of life in a cotton mill town and will bring back treasured memories to anyone who has ever lived in one. He sings of the happy times and the hard times and all in between. The lyrics are great and the instrumentation will excite you. Please, if you have had any connection at all with cotton mill living, or just want to hear good music about authentic cotton mill life, by all means get this CD. It even has the sound of the old mill whistle as well as the chants of happy children playing. This CD is an absolute must have!

Kathy Barry

CD is great! Especially glad you included the words.
You covered all the bases concerning life in the cotton mill towns with the lyrics, and the music was great. Next recording needs to be more upbeat, as all the folks we have talked to loved weaving in the mills despite the hardships. And such good people came from the mill villages! And children found ways to have fun and good memories....Billy Phillips' book, Growing up in Glencoe, tells many tales of his youthful escapades in a mill village in NC.

Lynn Rumley, Editor of THE BOBBIN & SHUTTLE magazine

Makes you proud, compels you to remember a disappearing culture
Canupp's lead tune, Cotton Mill Town, is haunting and if you grew up on a mill hill it will remain with you forever. Songs glimpse every detail of cultural experience from a time when work and community were seamless---no hour commute to work, neighbors didn't lock their doors, hard work but a place our elders always describe as being like a big family. Memorable songs and lyrics. A real contribution to preserving a page of history worth remembering!

Marti Harmon WHUS DJ

Brings back pleasant memories of a time gone by
The songs on this CD reflect the life in a Southern cotton mill town that often goes unnoticed. Sharp did a wonderful job of recording the life in these towns as I remember it from my youth. Very good recording to use in a classroom setting also.

Kim M

Very poignant...helpful in teaching SC history 3rd grade
The content was wonderful. The music sounded great. Sometimes the lyrics were difficult to hear over the instrumental, but a very good CD nonetheless.

Lynn Camp

This CD takes will you back to a time long passed. You felt like I was actually
This CD takes will you back to a time long passed. I felt like I was actually a part of the Mill Village. I plan to use the CD as an educational tool. It will allow people to experience the Mill culture. What a great way for these memories to be shared.