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Been There Still

by Tom, Brad & Alice

Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich & Alice Gerrard combine to create "a matchless breadth of old-time music knowledge" (Art Menius, Independent Weekly); "The strongest old-time release of 1998." (Bluegrass Unlimited)
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Home Among the Hills
2:18 $0.99
2. Got a Little Home to Go To
3:31 $0.99
3. Gum Tree Canoe
4:13 $0.99
4. The Great Titanic
3:17 $0.99
5. Happy Land
2:51 $0.99
6. My Blue Ridge Cabin Home
3:18 $0.99
7. Big Hoedown
2:25 $0.99
8. When Sorrows Encompass Me Round
4:14 $0.99
9. Darling Corey
3:06 $0.99
10. Moonlight Tonight (Why Should I Be Lonely)
2:52 $0.99
11. Cider
3:14 $0.99
12. Little Glass of Wine
4:35 $0.99
13. Open the Gate
1:55 $0.99
14. Falling in Love
2:53 $0.99
15. Big Fancy
1:51 $0.99
16. I Know You're Married
2:37 $0.99
17. Shortening Bread
3:05 $0.99
18. Pull for the Shore
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, and Alice Gerrard are all musicians' musicians, known and respected by their peers for their skill, taste, and lifelong devotion to the old-time and early bluegrass music they clearly love so well. Their stunning vocal harmonies over the bedrock of their instrumental work cover a range of emotion that can move you by turns to smiles, to dance, or to tears. For more information, visit:

Track notes:
Except as noted, Tom plays banjo, Brad fiddle, and Alice guitar

1. My Home Among the Hills (Tom: lead guitar, lead vocal)
From the Carter Family

2. Got a Little Home to Go To (Tom & Brad: fiddles; Brad: lead vocal)
Also called "Saddle Old Mike," Tome learned this tune from Oklahoma fiddlers Earl and Max Collins. Two verses are from "Rabbit Where's Your Mammy," a similar tune from another Oklahoma fiddler, Tom Fuller.

3. Gum Tree Canoe (Brad: lead vocal)
Also known as "The Tombigbee River," Brad learned this from Dan Gellert, who got it from an old music book named "Heart Songs." Tom also found it in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook.

4. The Great Titanic (Tom: lead vocal)
From Hobart Smith of Saltville, Virginia.

5. Happy Land (Tom: lead guitar; Brad: lead vocal)
Written in 1838 by Rev. Andrew Young, a Scottish schoolmaster; arranged by Tom Sauber.

6. My Blue Ridge Cabin Home (Tom: lead vocal)
Tom took Flatt & Scruggs' words and set them to a tune of his own making.

7. Big Hoedown
From the noted West Virginia fiddler, Edden Hammons.

8. When Sorrows Encompass Me Round (Alice: vocal)
A Primitive Baptist hymn from North Carolina fiddler Tommy Jarrell.

9. Darling Corey (Brad: lead vocal)
From the Monroe Brothers.

10. Moonlight Tonight (Tom: mandolin; Brad: lead vocal)
From Brad's father, Dick Leftwich, who learned it in the1930s from Jack Oxford, an itinerant farm worker from around Burden, Kansas. Jack probably got the song from Jimmie Rodgers. Linda Higginbotham wrote most of the second verse.

11. Cider (Brad: lead vocal)
Also called "Stillhouse," this is a classic fiddle tune from Surry County, North Carolina, and nearby parts of Virginia.

12. Little Glass of Wine (Tom: mandolin, lead vocal)
The Stanley Brothers' melody is related to the hymn "Thy Burdens are Greater than Mine," and Tom has moved it even farther in that direction.

13. Open the Gate (Brad: vocal)
Based on the Jimmy Johnson String Band's recording of "Gate to Go Through."

14. Falling in Love (Tom: mandolin; Brad: lead vocal)
Brad learned this from the Bob Lucas Trio around 1980.

15. Big Fancy
Another beautiful tune from Edden Hammons.

16. I Know You're Married (Tom: lead guitar, lead vocal)
Tom's arrangement of a Reno & Smiley classic.

17. Shortening Bread (Alice: lead vocal)
Tommy Jarrell's distinctive take on this common tune. Words from Linda Higginbotham, who drew on a variety of traditional sources.

18. Pull for the Shore (Tom: finger-picked guitar; Brad: lead vocal)
Written by Philip Paul Bliss in 1873.



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