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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002XED26
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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iTunes tells me I have now listened to this CD 12 times, but I've played it on the stereo several more and I'm ready to rave about it. Michael Hedges' Aerial Boundaries is one of my all-time favorites - I never found another that could compete until now. There are no super-human guitar stunts here, but like Aerial Boundaries, this collection is packed full of the haunting yet restful sense of home, wood, and simpler times that I enjoy so much.

Though the production quality has the clarity and presence you would expect from Windham Hill, the performances are extremely sincere and unassuming. Sometimes it sounds as though the musicians were whispering the tunes into your ear as if they are too personal to play for anyone else. Parts of it might almost be mistaken for a Smithsonian Folkways recording because of the traditional instruments and melodies. Other times it breaks into a lively Irish jig or reel. Though this is modern music, it captures a sense of what is good about traditional life in these Appalachian mountains where I now live.

Even if you care nothing for any of that, this is the perfect album for taking a bath or entertaining close friends around the fire. A must buy for folk string enthusiasts. I think there is even a hurdy-gurdy on one tune.
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Appalachian culture, like all other places, has its own distinct character and history - but what a rich and proud history this region has. As they say, if you don't know bourbon, the Bible, or bluegrass, then you don't know Appalachia (not necessarily in that order, of course lol).

However, be aware that this isn't the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs or Bill Monroe. Certainly, The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered, On Stage, and Anthology, among others, very much literally define the bluegrass/Appalachian genre within the last century, and musicians such as Alison Krauss + Union Station - Live (2-Disk Set) and Live at the Charleston Music Hall carry the Appalachian torch with pride, and as much as I would recommend any of them for any serious music lover, its uniqueness merits this album's inclusion along side any of the greats. This is an older form of Appalachian folk (that eventually spawned what most usually think of as bluegrass), and as a result it has a peculiar flavor and a certain associated melancholy and feel that has much in common with Scottish and/or Celtic jigs and reels.
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I love this CD. I especially listen to it in the car when I want to enjoy music without having to think about it (and don't want something that will put me to sleep!) I'm not exactly a big bluegrass fan... My appreciation for it started with Nickel Creek about 8 years ago and I've expanded to Alison Krauss and some others over time; however this music would appeal to almost anyone with its intricate guitar/banjo picking. It's obvious the musicians are incredibly talented, and I would recommend it to anyone who just appreciates quality music.
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By Michael Bee on April 21, 2009
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I just bought a stack of CDs at a local Borders close-out and this was the sleeper of the bunch! I couldn't agree more with the four, five star reviews I've read here. Warm and mellow and beautifully produced with notes that give the name and vintage of all the instruments. Also great fun to pick along with on my Martin OM-15.
I live in a NJ condo but when I play this CD I'm transported to a beautiful, golden mountain scape that probably exists only in my imagination ( the power of music )
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This CD was one of the Amazon recommendations, and after listening to a few clips, purchased the CD.

I've enjoyed listening to Appalachian Picking Society so much; it's now a my favorite go to CD after a long day. It's beautifully wistful music, that transports the soul.
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This is one CD that I can listen to every single day and not grow tired of it. Timeless music and some of the best instrumental work you will ever hear. This is music you can't stick with a genre label, it is simply amazing music.
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By EB4 on September 13, 2005
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I was browsing my library's CD collection, looking for some bluegrass, and found this CD. I think its very great, they take all these really good appalachian players, and have jamming sessions with them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

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I checked this out from my local library and had to buy it. It is a great selection of music from tallented players. It is great music to read, study, or relax to. Buy this CD
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