50 Years: Where Do You Come from, Where Do You Go?

50 Years: Where Do You Come from, Where Do You Go?

by The New Lost City RamblersThe New Lost City Ramblers


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The New Lost City Ramblers were instrumental in bridging the gap between the young urban folk musicians of the early '60s, who embraced the form and feel of old-time American music, and the last of the great rural singers and players who had actually grown up with the music in its original incarnation. The Ramblers (John Cohen, Mike Seeger, and Tom Paley -- Tracy Schwarz replaced Paley in 1962) not only covered the songs, they also sought out and made field recordings of traditional Southern musicians like Cousin Emmy, Maybelle Carter, Eck Robertson, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs, Kilby Snow, and many others, thus preserving as well as gently tweaking and reinventing old-time American string band music for a new century. This wonderful set combines two earlier collections, The Early Years: 1958-1962 (featuring the original trio) and Out Standing in Their Field, Vol. 2: 1963-1973 (featuring the later version of the group with Schwarz), with a third disc called Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go?, which presents some of the field recordings NLCR did of the musicians that inspired them. The end result is a well-rounded portrait of an important and vital string band who were always careful to stay true to the intent and execution of the precious musical resource they drew from, never doing any song a disservice, and always working to create a seamless bridge between the old and the re-imagined.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074018026
catalogNumber: 740180
Rank: 34770


Disc 1

  1. Colored Aristocracy
  2. Hopalong Peter
  3. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
  4. When First Unto This Country
  5. Sales Tax on the Women
  6. Rabbit Chase
  7. Leaving Home
  8. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?
  9. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again
  10. I Truly Understand You Love Another Man
  11. The Old Fish Song
  12. The Battleship of Maine
  13. No Depression in Heaven
  14. Dallas Rag
  15. Bill Morgan and His Gal
  16. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
  17. The Lady of Carlisle
  18. Brown's Ferry Blues
  19. My Long Journey Home
  20. Talking Hard Luck
  21. The Teetotals
  22. Sal Got a Meatskin
  23. Railroad Blues
  24. On Some Foggy Mountain Top
  25. My Sweet Farm Girl
  26. Crow Black Chicken

Disc 2

  1. John Brown's Dream
  2. Riding on That Train
  3. The Titanic
  4. Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind
  5. Cowboy Waltz
  6. Shut Up in the Mines of Coal Creek
  7. Private John Q
  8. Old Johnny Bucker Wouldn't Do
  9. I've Always Been a Rambler
  10. Automobile Trip Through Alabama
  11. Who Killed Poor Robin?
  12. My Wife Died on Saturday Night
  13. Little Satchel
  14. Black Bottom Strut
  15. The Cat's Got the Measles, The Dog's Got the Whooping Cough
  16. Dear Okie
  17. Smoketown Strut
  18. The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake
  19. Fishing Creek Blues
  20. '31 Depression Blues
  21. Black Jack Daisy
  22. Victory Rag
  23. The Little Carpenter
  24. On Our Turpentine Farm
  25. Parlez-Nous à Boire
  26. Valse du Bambocheur
  27. Old Joe Bone

Disc 3

  1. Colored Aristocracy
  2. Cluck Old Hen
  3. Young Emily
  4. Going Down the River
  5. Billy Grimes the Rover
  6. Pretty Little Miss
  7. Dark and Stormy Weather
  8. Sioux Indians
  9. Moonshiner
  10. Long Lonesome Road
  11. Cotton Eyed Joe
  12. New White House Blues
  13. Milwaukee Blues
  14. Poor Old Dirt Farmer
  15. Cady Hill
  16. I Belong to the Band
  17. Freight Train
  18. I'm Leaving You
  19. Walking Boss
  20. Mother's Advice
  21. Hills of Mexico
  22. Galax Rag
  23. Say Old Man, Can You Play a Fiddle?
  24. Awake, Awake
  25. Bowling Green
  26. Madeleine
  27. Fishing Creek Blues
  28. Sally in the Garden

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Lost City Ramblers   Primary Artist
Dewey Balfa   Fiddle
Elizabeth Cotten   Guitar
Mike Seeger   Dulcimer,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals,Voices,Tenor (Vocal)
Kilby Snow   Autoharp
Tom Paley   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Hawaiian Guitar
Dock Boggs   Banjo,Vocals
Roscoe Holcomb   Banjo,Vocals
Holly Tannen   Dulcimer
Fields Ward   Vocals
Mac Benford   Banjo,5-string Banjo
Wade Ward   Banjo
Dillard Chandler   Vocals
Sam McGee   Guitar
Mother Maybelle Carter   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Fiddle
Eric Thompson   Guitar
Rodney Balfa   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Balfa   Guitar
Sara Carter   Guitar,Vocals
John Cohen   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Bass (Vocal),Triangle,Vocals,Claw Hammer Banjo
Rev. Gary Davis   Guitar,Vocals
Sue Draheim   Fiddle
Larry Hanks   Jew's Harp
Kirk McGee   Banjo
Harry Rich   Fiddle
Rensel Rich   Guitar
Sanford Rich   Fiddle
Tracy Schwarz   Banjo,Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Spoons,Tenor (Vocal)
Peter Schwarz   Bass
Penny Seeger   Autoharp
Jody Stecher   Guitar
Allison Young   Accordion
Cousin Emmy   Banjo,Vocals
Eck Robertson   Fiddle
Will Spires   Fiddle
Clarence Ashley   Banjo,Vocals
Crockett Ward   Fiddle
Alli Young   Accordion
Dellie Norton   Vocals
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners   Fiddle
Weston Bergeaux   Drums
Cynthia May Carver   Banjo,Vocals
Elmer Rich   Mandolin
Dave Ricker   Mandolin
Ron Tinkler   Guitar
Dave Ricker   Mandolin
Will Spires   Fiddle
Sara Carter Bayes   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sylvester Weaver   Composer
Dewey Balfa   Composer
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Mike Seeger   Producer,Engineer,Field Recording
Kilby Snow   Composer
Charlie Monroe   Composer
Wade Mainer   Composer
Alan Lomax   Field Recording
Sam McGee   Composer
Moses Asch   Engineer
A.P. Carter   Composer
John Cohen   Producer,Field Recording,Photo Courtesy
Bill Cox   Composer
Dorsey M. Dixon   Composer
Robert Frank   Cover Photo
Adam Hebert   Composer
John A. Lomax   Field Recording
Charlie Parker   Composer
Jeff Place   Archival Assistant
Charlie Poole   Composer
Sanford Rich   Composer
Tracy Schwarz   Composer,Producer,Field Recording
Chris Strachwitz   Cover Photo
Tommy Jarrell   Arranger
Fred Cockerham   Arranger,Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
G.B. Grayson   Composer
Wesley Wilson   Composer
Carol Hardy   Cover Design
Norman Woodlieff   Composer
Peter Bartok   Engineer
Will Mahoney   Composer
Clarence Ashley   Arranger,Composer
James Howard   Composer
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Jon Pankake   Liner Notes,Annotation
Frank Blevins   Composer
George Short Buckle Roark   Composer
Ray Allen & The Embers   Annotation
Daniel Sheehy   Executive Producer
Reg Paradis   Source Recordings
Dave Wirt   Source Recordings
Albert Price   Composer
Doyle O'Dell   Composer
James Howard   Composer
Alfred Reed   Composer

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