Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 4

Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 4




Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 4, is the final chapter in a series of recordings commemorating the 50th anniversary of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, following a first volume released in 2006 and a double-CD set comprising the second and third volumes released earlier in 2007. As was true of the previous discs, this one is filled with traditional folk songs and some venerable originals written by folk-based singer/songwriters dating back to Woody Guthrie, and annotator Paul Tyler fills the CD booklet with notes about the songs' origins while saying little about the actual recordings. On previous volumes, that could make for quite a dichotomy, as contemporary singers and musicians sometimes took great liberties with the folk classics. That is less true on the fourth volume, which might be called the most "Chicago-like" of the collections in the sense that many of the contributors are artists originally from or long based in and around Chicago, such as Tom Paxton (who sings Guthrie's "So Long It's Been Good to Know You" with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer), Frank Hamilton (one of the first teachers at the school), Michael Smith, Steve Goodman, and John Prine. If there is any dominant voice on a nearly 80-minute disc with a different performer on each of the 20 tracks, it may be Goodman, more than 20 years dead, who is heard playing his signature song "City of New Orleans" in a live recording from the '70s that originally appeared on the album Live at the Earl of Old Town and who also chimes in on the final track, Sons of the Never Wrong's rendition of the hymn "I'll Fly Away." Other singers often seem influenced by his reedy voice and plain-spoken delivery in presenting these well-known songs, and they are the better for that. The songbook albums are never too stuffy, despite the scholarly approach because the performers are so enthusiastic about the material, even when they are re-creating the sounds of earlier artists, such as Devil in a Woodpile, which evokes the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in a lively reading of Gus Cannon's "Stealin'." The fourth volume is anything but the leftovers of the series; on the contrary, some of the best has been saved for last.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2007
Label: Old Town School
UPC: 0744302050324
catalogNumber: 4

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Stuart   Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Vocals
Cathy Fink   Banjo,Vocals
Tom Paxton   Guitar,Vocals
John Prine   Guitar,Vocals
Keith Sykes   Vocals
Frank Hamilton   Guitar,Vocals
Win Stracke   Guitar,Vocals
Marcy Marxer   Mandolin,Vocals
Jim Rooney   Guitar,Vocals
John E. Abbey   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Guitarron
Barbara Barrow   Guitar,Vocals
Philip Donnelly   Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Vocals
Alan Ehrich   Bass
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Colby Maddox   Mandolin,Vocals
Alan O'Bryant   Vocals
Rachel Prine   Vocals
Steve Rosen   Guitar
Ed Holstein   Guitar,Vocals
Howie Kantoff   Drums
Mary Hamilton   Autoharp
Sue Demel   Guitar,Vocals
Andrew Bird   Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Bruce Roper   Guitar,Vocals
Simon Sweet   Organ,Vocals
Chris Walz   Banjo,Piano,Vocals
Joel Patterson   Guitar,Kazoo,Vocals
Rob Cruz   Accordion
Jimmy Conway   Human Whistle
Deborah Lader   Mandolin,Vocals
Neal Alger   Guitar
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry   Harmonica,Vocals,Jug
Casey Driessen   Fiddle,Vocals
Rita Ruby   Vocals
Typhanie Monique   Vocals
Jason Toth   Drums
Mark Dvorak   Guitar,Vocals
Elaine Moore   Vocals
Steve Dawson   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Callahan   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Freling   Guitar
Mixmaster Michael Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Brickey   Vocals
Jacob Sweet   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Giampietro   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Clayton   Composer
Cathy Fink   Engineer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Michael Peter Smith   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Gus Cannon   Composer
Marcy Marxer   Engineer
John E. Abbey   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
John Anderson   Engineer
Richard Allen Rankin   Engineer
Bob Medich   Executive Producer
Mixmaster Michael Smith   Composer
Krista Ortgiesen   Notes Editing
Paul Tyler   Liner Notes

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