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Grey Eagle
Ed Haley
Grey Eagle
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (19) - Disc #2

In John Hartford's extensive and enlightening liner notes, he compares the old-time fiddler Ed Haley to jazz cornetist Buddy Bolden and Kentucky guitarist Arnold Shultz (an associate of Bill Monroe's Uncle Pen): legendary,...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ed Haley
Title: Grey Eagle
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Select
Original Release Date: 7/14/1998
Release Date: 7/14/1998
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Contemporary Folk, Oldies
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 011661113329

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In John Hartford's extensive and enlightening liner notes, he compares the old-time fiddler Ed Haley to jazz cornetist Buddy Bolden and Kentucky guitarist Arnold Shultz (an associate of Bill Monroe's Uncle Pen): legendary, enormously influential musicians who were not recorded and are therefore underappreciated. Luckily, Haley was captured by his son Ralph in a series of home recordings from the late-1940s, 32 of which are presented on this two-CD compilation. (This collection follows the other two-disc Rounder companion, Forked Deer.) Born in 1883 West Virginia and blind since the age of three, Haley's fiery approach combines an unrefined aggression and a forward-moving drive with subtle hints of sophistication. His unique (in modern terms) playing style--holding the fiddle against his upper arm and chest--allows him to move the fiddle as well as the bow, increasing his range and dexterity. While the sound quality varies, the musical quality does not. --Marc Greilsamer