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Close To Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection 1952-1967
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
In the 1950's and sixties musician-collector Mike Seeger, inspired by the great folksong collectors of the 1930's, visited traditional musicians of the rural South. This is his handpicked selection of the recordings made d... more »
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In the 1950's and sixties musician-collector Mike Seeger, inspired by the great folksong collectors of the 1930's, visited traditional musicians of the rural South. This is his handpicked selection of the recordings made during those visits. Included in the 38 selections are previously unreleased recordings by the well-known Sara & Maybelle Carter, Arthur Smith, Elizabeth Cotten, and Dock Boggs, as well as treasures by lesser-known artists. The enclosed booklet contains photographs and notes on the performance, which include virtuoso fiddle, banjo, and guitar music, unaccompanied ballad singing, and a story-teller entertaining his buddies in a fiddler's convention parking lot.
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A great guide to old time
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am fairly new to Old Time music, but I found this album a great resource/roadmap for finding out more about this style & the people who play(ed) it. Many of the artists on the disc are not as obscure & forgotten as I first thought. The fact that the music is recorded live makes it easier to listen to than reissue compilations from poorly remastered 78s and there are some great songs. The liner notes are informative & interesting. I highly recommend this CD."
He laid his banjo down and he died
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 08/11/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"With Mike Seeger's death on 8/7/09, we've lost someone who did a great deal to help America discover America. A real America made up of people who worked hard, played and sang hard, lived what they sang about and developed cultural traditions and creativity well above any of the ways they've been misrepresented in the mainstream media.
I've long thought of this as a sister cd to High Atmosphere, though be it a less successful one for my tastes. This disc is softer, overall. It doesn't have as much grit as I generally prefer, though I've still always enjoyed much of it. Wade Ward is one of the all-timers of 20th Century music... but there's more and better of him on High Atmosphere. Remember, all those Boggs recordings Mike mentions in the liner-notes later came out as Dock Boggs: His Folkways Years 1963-1968. Clarence Ashley makes an appearance here, though unlike Boggs who became grittier and more hard-hitting with age, Clarence became smoother. When I crave Clarence, I reach for Greenback Dollar: 1929-1933. This is the disc that first turned me onto autoharp genius Kilby Snow, though even he went on to be much better represented with the release of Masters of Old-Time Country Autoharp.
An understated, subtle highlight for me is Clarence Ferrill's I Would Not Live Always. I've never been able to shake the notion that this guy was a major influence on Bruce Molsky's haunting Man of Constant Sorrow on Fiddlers 4.
Hopefully Smithsonian/Folkways will still see fit to release the full recordings of Wade Ward even though Mike won't be here to light the fuse. All in all, this is a nice little disc but never one that I've been compelled to reach for as often as Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia or Blue Ridge Legacy - The Alan Lomax Portait Series."