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on October 14, 2010
Bookended by tunes by R&B star Stick McGhee (brother of trad bluesman Brownie)are a broad variety of rural tunes. In the Folkways tradition, this CD ranges from the country blues of Brownie and Rev. Gary Davis, to folk singers like Josh White and Doc Watson. Some of the tunes were audience recordings culled from an early folk festival, others stem from field recordings and studios, so the sound quality varies, though it all sounds crisp. Instrumentation includes accoustic guitars, mandolins, harmonicas and fiddles. "Blues Around My Bed" by J.C. Burns is a harp solo, with vocal passages alternating with blasts of raw harmonica. On "The Road Is Rough & Rocky", Archie Edwards is accompanied by two guitars and the shouts of the audience. Josh White sings a smooth "Outskirts Of Town" (the Ray Charles number) with nice fingerpicked guitar, while Etta Baker shows her precision picking on the instrumental "One Dime Blues", both live. Pink Anderson (one of the two blues artists that the progressive rock band Pink Floyd named itself after), offers an aggressive "You Don't Know My Mind". The finale is a nice small band version by Stick, with Sonny Terry and Brownie, of his biggest hit, "Wine Blues" (Spo-De-Oh-Dee). The 21 cuts run over an hour.
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on June 5, 2013
Few people think of the Appalachian mountains as a hotbed of blues music. This CD proves otherwise. While distinctly different from "Delta" blues, this genre of American blues is just as heartfelt and emotive. It also shows the wide range of musical styles found in Appalachian blues.
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on January 7, 2014
I was a bit disappointed that most of these recordings were made in the 1970's while the musicians and music harks back to the 20's or 30's. It gave it a sort of unauthentic feel.

The music is far more "blues" than "Appalachian" and for a devotee of either it may fall short. Best heard with an open mind.
Still I've found myself humming and singing along to some of the strong melodies.
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on May 11, 2014
Good music ( I have only just discovered Appalachian blues) and a great stepping stone to introduce the beginner to a whole slew of great talent.
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on July 11, 2013
I bought this collection in hopes it would be early, raw recordings of Appalachian blues. It's not. It's modern artists doing renditions of classic blues tunes. Not an album for the purist. I feel like a victim of clever packaging....
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on November 16, 2014
great collection of music
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on February 4, 2015
Great CD.
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on March 4, 2015
What can I say? The real McCoy
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on January 18, 2015
Very good
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on September 14, 2011
This collection of music from the hills was at one time only available from the Smithsonian or the library of congress. It is nice to know amazon is making them avaiable on line. Good Work!!!!
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