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Show Me the Way to Go Home

by The Down Hill Strugglers

Here's some good old time music - fiddle, banjo, guitar, pump organ, old bowed bass thrown in there... ballads, breakdowns...
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Forked Deer
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2. Arkansas Pullet
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3. Fate of Santa Barbara
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4. Goodbye My Honey I'm Gone
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5. Molly Hare
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6. New Bright Land
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7. Kennesaw Mountain Rag
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8. Geroge Washington
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9. I'll Never Get Drunk Anymore
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10. Eighth of January
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11. If I Die a Railroad Man
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12. Roscoe Parish's Tune
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13. War Boat Blues
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14. Bob Christmas
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15. Hallelujah to the Lamb
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Album Notes
This is the 2nd volume of "Home Recordings" from the Down Hill Strugglers, joined on this album by the legendary Pat Conte - of the Otis Brothers and Secret Museum of Mankind...

This album was recorded at home in a "field recording" style. It sounds like an update of the way the old 78s sound, but without the scratches. The album presents a mix of old time dance tunes, banjo breakdowns, songs and ballads.

The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) is an old time string band based out of Brooklyn, NY. They have released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by presenting the authentic sound of old time music to a new generation. The Down Hill Strugglers integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and banjo breakdowns into every performance. Their music is infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ energy present in the true diversity of American Folk Music. By carrying the music of the old rural America forward with verve and creativity, The Down Hill Strugglers make it thoroughly contemporary, and challenge audiences to accept the old as the new.

The Down Hill Strugglers are:
Walker Shepard - fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice
Jackson Lynch - fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice
Eli Smith - banjo, guitar, banjo-uke, pump organ, voice
And joined on this album by Pat Conte - fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice

Some Quotes About the Band:

"Many string bands have the tunes but not the chops. Some have chops and tunes, but can't achieve lift-off, marching along politely like so many historical reenactors. But the Down Hill Strugglers hit the trifecta, pulling their bows deftly across the best numbers in the old-time songbook with more grit and style than just about any group fiddling away today."

- Nathan Salsburg, Curator, Alan Lomax Archive.

“The Down Hill Strugglers bring back the true spirit of Old Time Music, where every singer invented his own performance. Besides being excellent musicians on fiddle, banjo and guitar, pump organ, harmonica, etc., they sing with the high voices that echo the sounds of young artists heard on the old 78s, evoking the spirit of the “Golden Era” of recording, and the mystery of their own identity.

They have built their repertoire from some of the best music of the past and they keep it alive and lively. They have found resonance with the intensity of rural music, while delighting in the nuances that preserve the individual uniqueness of the genre. This is music that will keep your mind dancing.

The Down Hill Strugglers are reaching for new musical highs, and they play the kind of music I want to hear.”

- John Cohen, New Lost City Ramblers.

“A really excellent stringband! They make this old music alive and present.”

- Bob Fass, WBAI 99.5fm New York.

“Here’s three of my favorite people to play and sing with ever, kicking musical ass all over the landscape. If you like your trad/roots benter and hotter than normal, you’ll love this!”

- Peter Stampfel, Holy Modal Rounders and Fugs.



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