Warner Collection, Vol. 2 | Nothing Seems Better to Me - The Music of Frank Proffitt and North Carolina

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Nothing Seems Better to Me - The Music of Frank Proffitt and North Carolina

by Warner Collection, Vol. 2

More field recordings of traditional American music collected by Anne and Frank Warner along the Eastern Seaboard from 1940 to 1966 - "real deal" folk songs from the source.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mule Skinner Blues - Frank Proffitt
0:29 album only
2. Going 'Cross the Mountain - Frank Proffitt
2:13 album only
3. Tom Dooley - Frank Proffitt (1940)
0:46 album only
4. Conversation with Frank Proffitt
0:20 album only
5. Tom Dooley - Frank Proffitt (1959)
1:44 album only
6. Conversation with Buna Vista Hicks
1:36 album only
7. Sally Ann - Buna Vista Hicks
1:11 album only
8. Drunkard's Doom - Buna Vista Hicks
1:49 album only
9. Awake, Awake, My Own True Loveyer - Lee Monroe Presnell
3:20 album only
10. My Sweet Soldier Boy - Lee Monroe Presnell
3:08 album only
11. Oh Bud - J. B. Sutton
0:30 album only
12. When Sorrows Encompass Me Around - Linzy Hicks
1:34 album only
13. George Collins - Nathan & Rena Hicks
0:56 album only
14. Bolamkin - Frank Proffitt
0:36 album only
15. Cripple Creek - Frank Proffitt
0:45 album only
16. Hangman - Frank Proffitt
2:19 album only
17. Poor Soldier - Frank Proffitt
2:08 album only
18. Pretty Polly - Frank Proffitt, Jr.
0:52 album only
19. Paul Jones - Charles K. Tillett
1:01 album only
20. The Southern Girl's Reply - Eleazar Tillett
0:49 album only
21. Only a Friend - Curt Mann
2:07 album only
22. Rocky By Baby - Rebecca King Jones
0:34 album only
23. Captain, O Captain - Rebecca King Jones
0:52 album only
24. Wake, O Wake, You Drowsy Sleeper - Rebecca King Jones
3:19 album only
25. Sweet By and By - Frank Proffitt
1:19 album only
26. Cindy - Frank Proffitt
0:52 album only
27. Groundhog - Frank Proffitt, Jr.
2:00 album only
28. Nothing Seems Better to Me - Joseph Henry Johnson
2:21 album only
29. The Snow is on the Ground - Eleazar Tillett
1:50 album only
30. Conversation with Eleazar Tillett
1:07 album only
31. Fisherman's Girl - Eleazar Tillett & Martha Etheridge
3:13 album only
32. Beaver Dam Road - Frank Proffitt
2:10 album only
33. Conversation with Frank Proffitt
0:50 album only
34. W P and A - Frank Proffitt
2:31 album only
35. Going Where) My Troubles Will Be Over - Frank Proffitt
0:59 album only
36. Kicking Up Dust - Frank Proffitt, Jr.
1:30 album only
37. Johnny, O Johnny - Buna Vista Hicks
1:09 album only
38. The Two Sisters that Loved One Man - Lee Monroe Presnell
4:08 album only
39. Old Virginny - Lee Monroe Presnell
2:33 album only
40. Conversation with Lee Monroe Presnell
0:17 album only
41. Johnny, You are My Darling - Lee Monroe Presnell
1:58 album only
42. Muskrat - Roby Monroe Hicks
0:41 album only
43. Young Johnny - Roby Monroe Hicks
3:26 album only
44. Sourwood Mountain - Frank Proffitt
0:22 album only
45. Trifling Woman - Frank Proffitt
1:28 album only
46. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss - Frank Proffitt
1:12 album only
47. Wild Stormy Deep - Homer Cornett
2:28 album only


Album Notes
In June of 1938, amateur musicologists Anne and Frank Warner left New York City and traveled through the Appalachian Mountains, the first in a series of trips down the Eastern Seaboard in which they collected more than a thousand of the most important and authentic traditional American songs ever recorded. There are spirituals, work songs, chants, ballads, and children's songs. Few of the singers were professionals - most had learned these songs from parents, friends and neighbors.

This second volume of field recordings made by the Warners from 1940 to 1966 is a companion to "Her Bright Smile Haunts
Me Still," released simultaneously by Appleseed in 2000. Amazingly, the Warner collection had never before been issued commercially and, with the exception of the Warners and a few friends and music scholars, had previously gone unheard. Musician Tim Eriksen, whose repertoire emphasizes traditional songs, heard the recordings on a bootleg in 1989 and urged the Warners to let Appleseed release these discs.

Many of the Warner-collected songs were introduced to the
outside world in lectures, books, performances and albums by Frank Warner himself. Warner toured the country with the songs he and Anne had collected, which was how now-familiar
songs like "Whiskey in the Jar," "Days of '49," and "Tom Dooley" reached the public. Warner sang "Tom Dooley" to Alan
Lomax, who included it in his "Folk Song U.S.A." book, which is where The Kingston Trio learned it; their version sold 3 million copies in 1958 and helped ignite the modern folk revival.

While "Her Bright Smile" presents an overview of the Warner collection's breadth, "Nothing Seems Better to Me" focuses on
Frank Proffitt, a part-time musician, and the songs of his beloved Beech Mountain and North Carolina. It was from Proffitt that the Warners learned "Tom Dooley." The Warners eventually brought Proffitt to the Chicago Folk Festival, which led to subsequent tours and recordings. His son, Frank Jr., can also be heard on several songs here, as can a rollcall of obscure North Carolinians, including Lee Monroe Presnell, Buna Vista Hicks and others.

The music heard on the two Warner discs forms the backbone of America's traditional music, folk songs sung by real folks, recorded in their own homes. To quote writer Chris Nickson, "This IS America."



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Hunter Robertson

Buy it, it's good for you.
One of the first albums I bought of traditional music was the Beech Mountain album from Folk Legacy, and I loved it. So it was a real pleasure to find more recordings by many of the same people. Lee Monroe Presnell should be out on the Voyager with Blind Willie Johnson.

Eclipse Girl

For a true searcher
Lots of varied music. Some of the recordings are not the greatest.
Very rural, rustic. Similar to the Lomax collections for Folkways.
Perhaps for those who are searching for the authentic.

Francesca Forrest

Second in the collection from the Warners--contains some real gems, like "Johnny You Are My Darling" and "Old Virginny," plus classics like "When Sorrows Encompass Me Round" and "Hangman."