>Hi there, just to let you know that i’ll continue posting here as well as on my other blogs… And i may have another project/blog coming on as soon as i’ll find time to work on it….A new post is on the way, a lp of old-time fiddler Norman Edmonds (the one who plays on “Train on the island”on the Harry Smith Anthology)…

Published in: on August 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm  Comments (1)  

>New blog’s coming…

>Hello everyone, i wanted to let you know that there won’t be other posts here because i’m thinking about a new place to post some music and research as well as some out-of-print lps like i’ve done here. I’m getting tired of working on three different blogs and it’s time to have one unique place to write and share some of my interests.

So thanks to all and see you soon…

Published in: on August 17, 2010 at 11:33 am  Comments (9)  

>John Miller-"Let’s go riding"


Here’s a nice out-of-print lp by guitar player (and here banjo and fiddle player as well) John Miller. John is well known for his wonderful playing (and teaching) of Country Blues guitar in the style of the masters of the 1920’s and 1930’s like Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins, Bo Carter, Blind Blake, etc… but he’s an accomplished musician in other kinds of musical traditions as well (I personnaly love his arrangements of George Gershwin’s tunes). This is, i believe one of his first record, issued by Rounder in 1973 but recorded a couple of years before when John was still a student at the university. The first side of the lp is devoted to John’s wonderful country Blues guitar playing and his ability to create his own arrangements from classic country Blues recordings is amazing. The second side is a unique opportunity to hear John’s venture into old-time music, with many banjo tunes and some fiddle as well. He says in the liner notes that he’s been playing banjo for only one year at the time of this recordings and it’s quite hard to believe when hearing his excellent numbers on the instrument. John had invited some good musician friends to play with him and among them the excellent guitar flatpicker, Russ Barenberg.

-You can check his website to learn more about his work and teaching.
Download here
P.S: Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures but my usual camera is in the repair shop…
Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm  Comments (16)  

>Virginia Traditions:Non-Blues secular black music


This record comes from a collection published by The Blue Ridge Institute documenting the folk music of the Virginia State. This one focalize on the kind of folk and dance music black virginians played in rural areas, before Blues became so popular that it eclipsed other kind of secular music. To listen to non-Blues material played by blacks during the 20th century, we must turn to field recordings as very few examples were recorded by phonograph companies. We must be thankful to people like the Lomaxes for example, who recorded a lot in the South for more than 30 years and brought back some outstanding performances. (See especially the collections “Black Appalachia” on Rounder or “Black banjo songsters” on Folkways)

On this record, you’ll hear banjos, fiddles, guitars, accordeon, harmonica played by a bunch of players recorded mostly in the 1970’s by Kip Lornell and some recorded in the 1930’s by John and Alan Lomax. If you want to hear more performances by these players, you should go to The Digital Library of Appalachia, a goldmine of wonderful recordings of appalachian music.
Update: A reader told me that this record is avalaible in cd format or digitally through Itunes. I really appreciate the work of the record company who made avalaible this collection again (Global Village) so I strongly recommend that you buy a copy for yourself. I just offer you the booklet in pdf format…
DOWNLOAD HERE (pdf document of the booklet)
Published in: on May 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm  Comments (11)  

>Aunt Molly Jackson-Library of Congress Recordings


This recordings of Aunt Molly Jackson were made in 1939 by Alan Lomax for The Library of Congress. This remarkable woman, nicknamed the “Kentucky coal mining diva” or “Pistol Packin’ Mama” was both a singer and union activist, who used the traditional mountain songs and singing style of her Kentucky mountains to sing about the hard times and injustices suffered by the mountain people and coal miners durings the 1930’s and beyond. She came frequently to New York City and was part of the radical and folk revival movements of these years and had a big impact on Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.
These recordings are a bit rough and the sound is very bad sometimes but the powerful singing of Aunt Molly make this collection an important one, both historically and artistically.
To learn more about the extraordinary life of Aunt Molly Jackson, you can visit
this beautiful website dedicated to preserve her memory.

Download Here (photos of the booklet included as a pdf file)
Published in: on May 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm  Comments (6)  

>Emmett Lundy-Fiddle tunes from Grayson County, Virginia


These recordings of legendary old-time fiddler Emmett Lundy were made for The Library of Congress By Alan and Elizabeth Lomax in 1941. Lundy was a venerated fiddler in Grayson County, a region that gave us so many fine musicians (Ernest Stoneman, the Ward family…) and his playing represent an old fiddling tradition of this area.

As usual i included a pdf document of the nice 12-page booklet that goes with the lp, so you can read in lenght about the Lundy family and his fiddling style.
Published in: on April 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm  Comments (3)  

>Snow on the roof, Fire in the furnace (Cincinnati area traditional musicians)


I’m back finally from my travels and ready to post a new lp of my collection. This time it’s a very eclectic and diverse collection of tunes and songs from traditional musicians from the Cincinnati area. Recorded at the end of the 1970’s, produced by two young folk musicians (Malcom Dalglish and Grey Larsen) and issued by June Appal Recordings, “Snow on the roof, fire in the furnace” (love that title…) is a very enjoyable journey through folk and popular music. Here you’ll hear a brass band playing marches, a black piano player talk and play some fine Blues, a wonderful fiddler, a old tenor banjo player singing German songs and old pop tunes, a superb Oud player originally from Lebanon, and a accordeon player doing Irish tunes. All this vernacular and ethnic music represents the diverse immigrants who settled in the Cincinnati Area and the musical traditions they brought with them.

So relax and enjoy the music and yourself (it’s latter than you think)!
Download here (I’ve included a pdf document of the booklet which present the musicians on this record)
Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm  Comments (3)  

>Old Originals Vol.1 & 2


Here’s a two-offer this week, two out-of-print lps from Rounder Records called “Old Originals” and subtitled “Old-time instrumental music recently recorded in North Carolina and Virginia”.

It’s a great collection of field recordings made by Tom Carter and Blanton Owen in 1976, who went to The Blue Ridge Mountains in search of old-time musicians. The selections are mostly fiddle or banjo (and sometimes the two together) but ther’s also some fife and drum music, harmonica, autoharp, and some really nice old-time piano (the best i heard since Hobart Smith).
Lovers of real and authentic old-time music should enjoy this two records very much.
I provided in the zip file a pdf document of the booklet for each disc, with notes, photographs and tuning.
Download Here vol.1
Download Here vol.2
P.S:There will be no other posts here and on my other blogs until March because i’ll travel in India for the next few weeks, so see you and enjoy the music…
Published in: on February 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm  Comments (10)  

>Almeda Riddle-Granny Riddle’s Songs & Ballads


Readers of this blog know that i love american traditional singing and that Granny Riddle is one of the greatest traditional singer of all time. So here’s another Almeda Riddle lp for you, after the one i posted last year (Go here). The previous lp was entirely devoted to the Hymns and religious songs that made a big part in Almeda’s repertoire but this one includes her versions of well-known traditional ballads and songs, with also a few religious ones. So you’ll hear her renditions of “Frog went a courtin”, “Tom Sherman’s Barroom” (known also as “The unfortunate Rake”, “St James Hospital”), “Poor Wayfaring stranger”, “Barbara Allen”, “Texas Rangers”, “The Oxford Girl”, “The water is wide” etc…


Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 11:51 am  Comments (1)  

>Great Big Yam Potatoes (Anglo-American fiddle music from Mississippi)


Here’s a great old-time fiddle lp presenting field recordings made for the Library of Congress in 1939. You’ll hear the music of 10 old-time fiddlers from Mississippi playing in a beautiful archaic southern syle. On many tracks, the fiddlers are accompanied by someone beating straws on the fiddle neck, an old way of providing a back-up rhythm to fiddle music.

I made a pdf file of the 16-page booklet that goes with the lp, with many photographs, notes on the musicians and the tunes they played and some musical annotations.
Download here (zip file of the lp cut in MP3 tracks with pdf of the booklet)
Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm  Comments (9)