Way Back In The Hills Of Old Kentucky

July 3, 2009 | Format: MP3

$7.99
Also available in CD Format
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1:51
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2
1:50
30
3
1:55
30
4
2:10
30
5
2:03
30
6
2:31
30
7
2:03
30
8
2:36
30
9
1:56
30
10
2:21
30
11
2:39
30
12
1:55

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 3, 2009
  • Label: Gusto Records
  • Copyright: 2005 Gusto Records Inc
  • Total Length: 25:50
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B005TQJ2CW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,063 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Rikki-Tik on March 5, 2015
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I have to admit at the outset...I purchased this entire cd for one song, that being song number 11, Rye Whiskey. I was very thankfull for the fact that it was the same Rye Whiskey recording that plays on YouTube, (No video to it but there is a great photo of Stringbean sitting in front of a fireplace with ever present pipe in hand.) But what about the rest of the tunes? Do they measure up to the song that I liked so much? Well, yes they do. I still like Rye Whiskey the best, but quite a few of these songs are real winners.

According to the back of the cd these were songs that Stringbean grew up with, and cut his teeth on, way back in the hills of old Kentucky, thus the cd's title. They are somewhat typical mountain balladeer songs and actually I didn't appreciate them on my first hearing because I was busy with something else, but the second time around was another story. I can honestly say that this cd is best heard sitting in front of your player and giving it your full, undivided attention.

The first two songs Little Pink and Big Ball In Nashville are typical of the majority of songs on the cd. Most of them are quick (no song over the three minute mark) and all of them are infused with the unique, one of a kind voice of Stringbean, his talented banjo picking and as a bonus, the superb fiddle accompaniment by Tommy Vaden. There is also an unknown bass player present on the recordings and an ever so slight, drum tippy tap going on in the background.

Poor Ellen Smith is the song that wins the "most balladeer award" of these mountain songs. Stringbean sings it in a quick, yet still mournful style and it's kind of sad to hear him sing "Poor Ellen Smith and how she was found...shot through the heart, lying cold on the ground.
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