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Masters of Old-time Country Autoharp

Masters of Old-time Country Autoharp

April 25, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:13:06
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  • ASIN: B000S9DIWK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,432 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jesper Deleuran on November 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Those of us who love the old-time country music, have heard loads of records with fiddle, banjo and mandolin, all wonderfull instruments. What is more rare is to hear a CD with the wonderfull autoharp as the main, and lead instrument. This CD is a great opportunity to hear how the instrument was treated by the, mostly self-tought, old time musicians. I especially enjoyed listening to Kilby Snow, who has his very own special way to play the harp.

I think anybody who have had the pleasure of playing the harpe, could benefit from listening to these skilled old masters.

It is highly recomendable. I give it 5 stars. Not because it is the best CD ever made, but because it is the best I've heard with the Old-Time Country Autoharp as the main theme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on August 9, 2009
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Less than 24 hours ago I stumbled onto mention of the death of Mike Seeger. Hoping it was ill-informed internet babble I went searching, only to find it to be true. Sadness set in.

Though he only makes a handful of appearances here on accompanying guitar, Mike recorded these tracks (in 1956, '57 and '61) and brilliantly annotated each in the liner-notes. Some of this had been released on an early '60s Folkways album but many appear here for the first time. To describe this disc as anything less than essential for any autoharp and old-timey fan would be to underestimate it.

Ernest V. Stoneman (known to most of us as "Pops" now), Neriah and Kenneth Benfield and Kilby Snow play us a history of the instrument here. A history of which they were some of the primary architects, considering how brief a history it is. From songs with 18th century roots all the way up to tunes and styles that begin to show signs of then-newer blues and bluegrass, this disc is a treasure.

The Benfield's Lights in the Valley is a beauty, and being an instrumental version you'll be hard-pressed to keep yourself from supplying the vocals along side it! Kilby Snow is a magician. If I can make a parallel, he'd seem to be to autoharp what Wade Ward was to the banjo. Here we also find the only Kilby vocal I own, that of Precious Jewel, which lives up to its title. I'm proud to say it was Mike Seeger's Close To Home: Old Time Music From Mike Seeger's Collection 1952-1967 that turned me on to Kilby, though it was John Cohen's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Mahlke on January 18, 2008
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I'm kind of new to the folk autoharp world, so I was happy to see and then listen to this CD. It is a great collection of classic stylings on the autoharp. I was amazed at what could come out of an instrument that I had just associated with simple chords being played in elementary school. If you like bluegrass and mountain folk songs you'll love this CD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim on March 7, 2012
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Just today I saw this CD on Amazon - obviously I haven't heard it yet but plan to get hold of it soon - but I just wanted to refer readers of these reviews to another CD with eleven tracks of incredible autoharp music by the one and only Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family - it's called Wildwood Pickin' and it's available on Amazon - it's a live recording from Maybelle's appearance at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival - absolutely great, check it out!! Wildwood Pickin
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