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