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Wild Hog in the Woods

by Michael Kline & Carrie Kline

Intricate harmony vocals and hard-driving guitar backup of traditional and contemporary Appalachian and country songs that afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wild Hog in the Woods
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
4:07 $1.09
2. Frog Went a Courtin'
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
2:31 $1.09
3. An Unfinished Life (feat. Laurel Thomsen)
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
5:09 $1.09
4. Molly Bender
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
4:29 $1.09
5. When the Whistle Blew (feat. Laurel Thomsen)
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
3:45 $1.09
6. The Sly Old Crow
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
1:41 $1.09
7. Down in the Mine
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
6:03 $1.09
8. Talking Community Action Blues #1 Amended
Michael Kline
7:57 $1.09
9. Granny Get Your Stick and Come and Walk With Me (feat. Laurel Thomsen)
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
4:34 $1.09
10. The Box
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
3:11 $1.09
11. Won't You Come and Sing for Me
Michael Kline & Carrie Kline
4:07 $1.09
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Album Notes
A Love Note to Our Listeners

We could think of no better way to call back our twenty years of singing together than by recording these songs drawing from the many sources that have captivated us here in West Virginia. We include off-handed ballads and love songs of an earlier day before instruments were widely available. We also cherish mining songs resonating with the strength and survival of working people. Michael recalls in the early 1980s performing for the United Mine Workers on the back of a big, flatbed truck at a Black Lung rally in Washington, DC. Coal miners have been the canaries of the American workforce. We honor people who organize across lines of race, gender, sexual orientation and language to gain justice and dignity for us all. We sing to survive and to help connect the dots of our fragmented history. And we've not forgotten the country duets and love songs which bring a deep, settled peace to our souls.

We offer this recording celebrating life, love, labor and song itself. We extend our deep gratitude to the people who shared these songs with us and took the time to teach the old ways. We breathe a song and a prayer of protection for our mountains and rivers, and for the beings, wild and tame, who have been our companions and inspiration along the way.

--Michael & Carrie, January 2014

Michael and Carrie Kline are about as real deal Old Time music as it gets. They are both folklorists and chronicle the oral traditions and history of West Virginia, collecting a lot of their music firsthand. They have been singing together for over 20 years and the musical chemistry is nothing short of astounding. This collection of songs, culminating in two CDs, Wild Hog in the Woods and Working Shoes, is the most powerful batch of songs I've ever heard in a sitting, with the hard as nails emotions, old time guitar picking and wondrous harmonies. Laurel's violin playing offers a poignant voice. What a satisfaction it has been to engineer the recording of this CD.

-–Dan Frechette, Sound Engineer

The Songs:

1. Wild Hog in the Woods (Traditional) Here's an instrumental version of the ancient ballad of Bangum and the Wild Boar we recorded and learned a cappella from the legendary Hammons Family of Central WV. This variant comes from Fiddlin' Robbie Carruthers of Maryland.

2. Frog Went a Courtin' (Trad.) The great singer and banjo player Maggie Hammons Parker of Pocahontas County, WV sang this rendition of the popular song. We learned it from Dwight Diller's recording of Maggie. Your parts are “Uh huh” and “Chickawee. Chickawitty. Chickawack.”

3. An Unfinished Life words and music by the inspired Kate Wolf whose memory is still with us. Each of us must find our own contentment. © 1981 Another Sundown Publishing Co. (BMI)

4. Molly Bender (Trad.) We recorded and learned this from Hazel Stover of Clay County, WV, originally from Webster Co. Her community's localizing of a ballad from across the sea influenced neighbors to think of the song's characters as earlier residents and family members.

5. When the Whistle Blew (Nate Polly) This song reflects the quintessential images of mining life, from the bosses with houses on the hill, to the ponies in the mines, the ever present company store—and finally the graveyard. We heard this on When the Whistle Blew, a CD by Rich Kirby and the Po' Boys.

6. The Sly Old Crow (Trad.) Michael learned this from Currence Hammonds in Randolph County, WV. We have also heard an English rendition of this visceral song.

7. Down in the Mine (Dierks Bentley) Mining health and safety attorney Tony Oppegard introduced us to this song. Thank you, Tony, for your enduring support of labor music and laborers. On the wings of canaries their souls surely fly.

8. Talking Community Development Blues #1 Amended (Michael Kline) Written in a hospital in Berea, Kentucky in 1966, Michael gives voice to the sense of optimism that fueled the War on Poverty effort in Eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian Volunteers (AVs), despite lingering injustice and fear. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) were active in the hills and hollers in those years. “The Pappys” was the equivalent of a poor man's welfare labor crew. “Embers members” refers to The Embers Bar and Grill, frequented by government employees and located on the ground level of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) building in Washington, D.C. Community Action Programs (CAP) were often controlled by courthouse politics.

9. Granny Get Your Stick and Come and Walk With Me (Sheila Kay Adams) Sheila comes from a traditional ballad singing family in North Carolina. Here is a tribute to the older generation of women, and in particular Dellie Chandler Norton, who taught her songs and stories, finding solace in the land and digging ginseng in the old time way.

10. The Box (Randy Travis and Buck A. Moore) There just might be more love hidden inside some folks than we can tell.

11. Won't You Come and Sing for Me (Hazel Dickens) Hazel never forgot the feeling of warmth in the church of her Mercer County, WV childhood home where everybody hugged and shook hands after the service, still full with the richness of the old songs.



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