A 2-CD retrospective drawn from the Volo Bogtrotters' highly acclaimed first three cassette releases on Marimac - The Volo Bogtrotters, Backside of Buncombe, and Tough Luck - released between 1987 and 1991. Includes three previously unreleased tracks from the 1988 Backside of Buncombe sessions. 52 cuts total. Comes with eight pages of notes.
Lynn "Chirps" Smith: fiddle, mandola, tenor banjo, vocals; Fred Campeau: fiddle, banjo, guitar, banjo-uke, vocals; Steve Rosen: banjo, mandolin, vocals; Jim Nelson: guitar, banjo-uke, vocals; Tony Scarimbolo: bass, guitar, harmonica, vocals.
Here's 22 tracks of hard-hitting transitional old-time tunes and songs inspired by the sounds that used to be heard at fiddlers conventions around the Southeast. It's a pile of well-rendered fiddle tunes with rock-solid backup. The Rocky Creek Ramblers conjure up a delicious throwback sound—earthy fiddle, percolating three-finger banjo, spanking mandolin chops, and tasty guitar and bass runs. Cutting his teeth in the scene around Galax, Va, Ken Landreth delivers a three-finger banjo style that weaves perfectly around Joseph's fiddle. The Jims (Nelson and Collier) lay a fine foundation on guitar and mandolin. Joe Dejarnette's bass rounds it all out for a thick, driving string band sound. The album includes familiar and tantalizingly unfamiliar tunes drawn from some of our favorite fiddlers (listed in a pdf of liner notes)—folks like Otis Burris, Bob Douglas, Tommy Magness, Leslie Keith, Red Wilson, and Roy Wooliver. A couple of songs and banjo/ fiddle duets add some texture and allow everyone to catch their breath.
New old-time string band music that draws inspiration and energy from the the classic string bands of the 1920s, the brother duets of the 1930s while mashing it up with the emerging bluegrass sounds of the 1940s and beyond. Features Stephanie Coleman on fiddle and vocal; Jim Collier on mandolin and vocals; Jim Nelson on guitar and vocals; Dedo Norris on bass and vocals.
"The Original Mound City String Band" came to life in the Spring of 1977. Kevin met Gail in the mid-70's at Strub Music in West St. Louis County. The performed as "Bo and Bella." Later, Kevin and Laurence met at Music Folk in Webster Groves, where Laurence taught banjo and Kevin taught fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. When they first played together, their fiddle and banjo styles fit like a handshake. Gail was the anchor. She had a perfect voice for old-time music and held a steady rhythm on guitar. The band gelled.
They drew material primarily from the old recordings of Charlie Poole, Uncle Dave Macon, the Skillet Lickers, and lots of traditional Missouri fiddle tunes. Their sound was honed for countless hours in Gail's kitchen where, "We distilled our truths from those traditions."
... This is the product of one afternoon in the studio, seeking a sound that made sense to them, that harkened back to a more authentic age. Gail used to say that she was drawn to old-time music because of its honesty. That's what you get here.
Gail Heil: guitar, vocals; Kevin Kegin: fiddle, mandolin; Laurence Sugarman: banjo, fiddle, vocals.
This collection of fiddle tunes was recorded in two sessions supervised by Paul Tyler over a 24 hour period on April 6 and 7, 1989. Lotus died later that year, and it was another two years before these recordings saw the light of day as part of a double cassette-only release on the Marimac Recordings label titled “Fiddle Tunes from Orange County, Indiana. That release never got the attention it deserved for a variety of reasons, including the demise of the cassette album, and more importantly, the death of Larry MacBride, the founder and driving force behind Marimac. Vigortone Recordings is proud and quite pleased to make these historic available once again. Enjoy!
Features Fred Campeau and Steve Rosen on banjo; Jim Nelson on guitar; and Paul Tyler on mandolin and guitar.
A new release from one of today’s master old-time fiddlers. “Rugged Shirt” features 22 fiddle tunes – some rarities and some classics – played by one West Virginia’s contemporary fiddle masters, Bobby Taylor. Bobby is ably backed up by Jeff Miller’s masterful banjo playing and the solid guitar playing of Jim Nelson. Bobby is widely known as a contest fiddler and judge, and may be best known as organizer of the contests at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop, WV. On this CD, the feel is more laid back, the focus more on the old-time aspects of his playing and repertoire. Throughout, Bobby pays tribute to some of his major influences – among them Clark Kessinger, Doc Roberts, Mike Humphreys, and Sam Jarvis – while putting his own highly individual stamp on the tunes.
With Jeff MIller and Jim Nelson
Alice Gerrard, Chris Brashear, Cliff Hale and Jim Watson.
The Piedmont Melody Makers play old- time, country and bluegrass music and make no apologies for it. They take their name from the Piedmont region of eastern North Carolina, where three-quarters of the band now reside. One-quarter of the band is a known vagabond.
The Midwest’s premier fiddler – Chirps Smith presents twenty-six tunes that evoke memories of front-porch music-making on the Illinois prairie and dances held in cabins in the hollers of Little Egypt, all played in a style he calls simply, and modestly, “Midwestern.”
The Ill-Mo Boys played together from 1985 to 2007. Laugh and Grow Fat is their third recording and their first CD. In gathering the material for this album, the Ill-Mos have, for the most part, stuck a little closer to their home in Missouri. There are some nice tunes learned from fiddlers from all four corners of the state and points in between. They’ve also done some excavating through piles of old records and come up with some fine and spirited old songs by some of the early greats of country music. We hope you will sit back, kick off your shoes, and join us Ill-Mo style…while we laugh and grow fat…
Curtis Buckhannon on mandolins, banjo-mandolin, harmonica, vocals;Jim Nelson on guitar, vocals; Geoff Seitz on fiddle, vocals
Starry Crown, the debut CD by Rhys Jones and Christina Wheeler features the soaring harmonies of driving twin fiddles and plaintive duet singing, interspersed with some mighty fine fiddle/banjo and fiddle/guitar work. Rhys and Christina offer a contemporary take on old-time music that is bound please everyone.
Jones, Miller & Nelson are back with a new CD of old-time mountain fiddling – Mississippi Square Dance. They tear through 21 hot tunes, some classics and some soon-to-be classics, all learned from the masters, including Ed Haley, Doc Roberts, Clark Kessinger, Hoyt Ming, and others.
Rhys Jones – fiddle; Jeff Miller – banjo, mandolin; Jim Nelson – guitar