Album Details

RELEASE
September 11, 2007
LABEL
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
GENRES
Folk, Traditional Country, Old-Timey, Traditional Folk, Folklore

Album Review

Folklorist/singer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger may not bear the cultural weight of his better-known cousin Pete, but between the two a veritable encyclopedia set of sepia-tone Americana resides. Seeger's follow-up to his excellent 2003 Smithsonian Folkways release True Vine is as much a historical artifact as it is the perfect front porch/parlor room soundtrack for a hot summer's day. Early Southern Guitar Sounds is just that, a 28-track musical lecture on the styles, body shapes, and songs that mythically described the guitar from around 1850 to 1930. Seeger takes the listener through ragtime, blues, Celtic-infused old-timey ballads and straight up traditional folk and country on a multitude of different instruments, from pre-World War I arch tops to a turn of the century banjo, lending his voice to a few and his formidable instrumental skills to the majority. This isn't flashy or progressive noodling, rather it's the musical equivalent of the slow food movement, offering up samples of cuisine that haven't seen a dinner table since the first World War, let alone been injected with any commercial additives. As with all Smithsonian Folkways releases, Early Southern Guitar Sounds features exhaustive liner notes that include dissertation-worthy descriptions of playing styles, detailed photos of period instruments, and song-by-song histories that make you want convert your listening room into an old oak library or pine box saloon.
James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Wildwood Flowerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261808015&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  2. Old Chisholm Trailhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261808043&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  3. Spanish Fandangohttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261808218&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  4. Shakin' the Pines in the Hollerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/early-southern-guitar-styles/id261807997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Weary Lonesome Blueshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261808636&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  6. White Oak Mountainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261808797&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  7. I'm Crazy Over Youhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261809053&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  8. Can't Get a Letter from Homehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261809241&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  9. Guitar Raghttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261809523&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  10. Smoketown Struthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261809740&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  11. Big Kid's Barroomhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261809993&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  12. Fishing Blueshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261810314&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  13. After All Has Been Said and Donehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261810581&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  14. Joe Lee's Tunehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261810841&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  15. Carroll County Blueshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261810918&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  16. Birmingham Ticklehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261811172&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  17. Worried Blueshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261811267&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  18. Kenny Wagner's Surrenderhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261811398&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  19. Arizonahttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261811561&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  20. Pearly Dewhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261811610&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  21. Risselty Rosseltyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261811731&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  22. Johnny Doylehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261811937&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  23. Black Jack Davidhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261812060&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  24. John Henryhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261812156&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  25. Buckdancer's Choicehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261812295&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  26. Riley and Spencerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261812510&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  27. When This World Comes to an Endhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261812659&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
  28. Leaning on the Everlasting Armhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=261812717&id=261807997&at=11l9vR
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