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The Deseret String Band

by Deseret String Band

Deseret String Band 1972-2002 This album is a reissue of a 1982 cassette recording made in Salt Lake City. It represents our interest in putting together a band that played old-time music of the American West.
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1. Parawan Gallop / Lars Mortensen's Quadrille
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2. Mormon Cowboy
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3. Old Christmas
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4. Amongst the Awful Mormons
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5. Fire on the Mountain
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6. Harmona / Five Miles out of Town
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7. Back to the Range
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8. Yearlings in the Canebrake / Jenny on the Railroad
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9. Creek Nation / Old Joe
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10. The Boaster
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11. Salt Lake City Blues
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12. Babe
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13. Going Down the River
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14. Red Whiskey
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15. Good Indian / Cuttin' at the Point
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16. Old Paint Waltz
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Album Notes
Hal Cannon: Vocals, guitar, harmonica, concertina, accordion
Tom Carter: Fiddle, banjo, banjo-mandolin, mandolin, and guitar.
Leonard Coulson: Vocals, guitar, banjo, and pitched fork
Ron Kane: Vocals, fiddle, and pitched fork.

This album is a reissue of a 1982 cassette recording made at the Intermountain Guitar and Banjo factory in Salt Lake City. It represents our interest in putting together a band that played old-time music of the American West. The seed had been planted in earlier recordings by the DSB, but this was the first set that focused exclusively on music of Mormon pioneers and western cowboys. The band continued to perform and record through the 1980s, but this album remains a sentimental favorite.

Side 1

1. Parowan Gallop/Lars Mortensen’s Quadrille. Ron: fiddle; Tom fiddle and banjo mandolin, Hal: concertina; Leonard: guitar. We found both tunes in an undated manuscript of Mormon pioneer dance tunes songs from Springdale, Utah.

2. Mormon Cowboy. Hal: Vocal and harmonica; Ron: vocal and fiddle; Leonard low guitar; Tom: high guitar. This song comes from a 78rpm recording by Carl T. Sprague.

3. Old Christmas. Ron: fiddle; Tom: banjo; Hal: concertina; Leonard: guitar. Tom recorded Dick Hutchison of Disney Oklahoma playing this tune and taught it to the band.

4. Amongst the Awful Mormons. Leonard, vocal; Hal: concertina; Ron: fiddle; Tom: guitar. A humorous take on living in Utah that we found in William Wiles’s Mountain Warbler (1872).

5. Fire on the Mountain. Ron: fiddle; Tom: banjo. From the Red Headed Fiddlers.

6. Harmona/Five Miles Out of Town. Leonard: vocal and pitched fork; Hal: accordion; Tom: fiddle; Ron: fiddle. The first tune comes from Kenneth Ward Atwood of South Jordan, Utah. The second we learned from Los Angeles fiddler Tom Sauber, who got it from Marion Thede’s The Fiddle Book (of Oklahoma tunes).

7. Back to the Range. Ron: vocal and fiddle; Hal: vocal, concertina, and high guitar; Leonard: guitar; Tom: mandolin. This comes from an early Delmore Brothers recording.

8. Yearlings in the Canebrake/Jenny on the Railroad. Tom and Ron: fiddles; Hal: concertina and high guitar; Leonard: guitar. The first tune we heard Captain M.J. Bonner play on a County LP of Texas Fiddling. The second is classic Carter Brother and Son courtesy of the New Lost City Ramblers.

Side 2

1. Creek Nation/Old Joe. Tom and Ron: fiddles; Leonard: banjo; Hal: guitar. The first tune we learned from Tom Sauber, while the second comes from R.P. Christeson’s Old-Time Fiddler’s Repertory LP.

2. The Boaster (or I’ve Been to Gay Paree). Leonard: vocal; Hal: guitar; Tom: banjo-mandolin; Ron: fiddle. We learned this tongue-twister from a recording folklorist Austin Fife made of Mrs. Effie Carmack back in 1948.

3. Salt Lake City Blues. Ron: vocal and fiddle; Hal: resonator guitar; Tom: banjo-mandolin; Leonard: second guitar. This tribute to our hometown we found on a 78rpm recording by Sam and Kirk McGee.

4. Babe. Ron: fiddle; Hal: resonator guitar; Tom: banjo-mandolin; Leonard: second guitar. A tune from one of our favorite bands, the East Texas Serenaders.

5. Going Down the River. Ron: fiddle and vocal; Hal: harmonica and vocal; Leonard: banjo and vocal; Tom: bootstrap guitar and vocal. Thanks again to the New Lost City Ramblers.

6. Red Whiskey. Ron: fiddle and vocal; Tom: fiddle (cross-tuned); Hal: accordion; Leonard: guitar. Our version of this classic was inspired by Tommy Jarrell but more closely follows Eck Robertson’s melody.

7. Good Indian/Cuttin’ at the Point. Ron and Tom fiddles; Hal: guitar; Leonard : pitched fork. For the first tune we again thank Mr. Tom Sauber. The second comes from a 78rpm recording by Charlie Wilson’s Hayloft Boys.

8. Old Paint Waltz. Tom: fiddle; Hal: vocal and accordion; Leonard: guitar; Ron: pitched fork. Another tune we learned from the playing of Tom Sauber.

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