VARIOUS ARTISTS Legends of Old Time Music 'Fifty Years of County Records' CO-6001-4CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS Legends of Old Time Music 'Fifty Years of County Records' CO-6001-4CD

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COUNTY-6001 LEGENDS OF OLD-TIME MUSIC "Fifty Years of County RecordsÓ Those of you who are familiar with County Sales will most likely be well acquainted with COUNTY RECORDS, a label that started up in 1965 trying to preserve examples of the rural music of the Southern USA. At the time there was absolutely no interest from the ÒmajorÓ labels in recording music that was essentially non-commercial: the leaders of the five or six important music companies were primarily based in the nationÕs biggest cities (mostly New York and Los Angeles) and most likely were not even aware of the rich tradition of musicians who had created and still played countless examples of their own home-made music. A few pioneering companies like Folkways and Arhoolie, and later Rounder, tried their hands with a few record releases mostly devoted to re-issues of old 78sÑthe County label started that way too, but soon expanded its catalog into two distinct series: its 500-series, devoted to reissues of old 78s, and a 700-seies that featured new recordings of outstanding rural musicians. Between the two series, County Records eventually issued over 150 long-playing records, becoming the leading label exclusively devoted to Òold-timeÓ music.

The very first ÒliveÓ tracks that appeared on County were recordings of Wade Ward, Kyle Creed and George StonemanÑthat album, titled ÒCLAWHAMMER BANJOÓ was the first of many put together by the late Charlie Faurot (joined later by Rich Nevins), and is now considered a classic, and a very influential recording for many younger musicians who became leaders in an old-time ÒrevivalÓ movement. Other key producers who contributed later included Barry Poss (who later founded the Sugar Hill label), and Bobby Fulcher. Unlike many others who earlier or later made Òfield recordingsÓ, all of the producers of CountyÕs artists took pride in trying to come as close as they could to creating a ÒstudioÓ environment, with excellent sound quality, multiple takes where necessary, etc. Although most of CountyÕs early recordings were done in an area around Galax, Va. and Mt. Airy, N.C., Faurot and Fulcher especially found and recorded other standout musicians in Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and various other places in Virginia and North Carolina (Faurot also made important recordings of Texas fiddlers).

To celebrate 50 years of recording old-time music, COUNTY has now produced this superb 4-CD boxed set, which includes 113 tracks, 25 of them previously unissued. Some of the many artists represented here include Tommy Jarrell, Kyle Creed, Wade Ward, John Ashby, Clark Kessinger, Art Stamper, Dan Tate, The Kimbles, the Korn Kutters, Oscar Wight, Lilly May Ledford, Fred Cockerham, Dee & Delta Hicks, Will Keys, Matokie Slaughter, Glen Smith, Clyde Davenport, E.C. Ball, Melvin Wine, Sidna & Fulton Myers, Grey Craig, Willard Watson, Gaither Carlton, Steve Ledford and Joe and Janette Carter.

There is a 28-page booklet of notes on the artists and tunes, and this includes photos of just about all of the artists. Truly a magnificent introduction to old-time music, and a representation of many of the most influential musicians to be recorded while they were still very much in command of their musical abilities.

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TRACK LISTING:

Ê DISC 1

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 1.ÊÊÊÊÊ JUNE APPLE - Wade WardÊ 2:25

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 2.ÊÊÊÊÊ STILLHOUSE - Fred Cockerham and Kyle CreedÊ 2:24

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 3.ÊÊÊÊÊ AS TIME DRAWS NEAR - Tommy JarrellÊ 2:36

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 4.ÊÊÊÊÊ SUSANNA GAL - Camp Creek BoysÊ 2:09

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 5.ÊÊÊÊÊ JIMMY SUTTON - George StonemanÊ 2:01

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 6.ÊÊÊÊÊ FORTUNE - Otis Burris and the MountainÊ RamblersÊ 2:47

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 7.ÊÊÊÊÊ HOME SWEET HOME* - E.C. Ball and Blair ReedyÊ 2:28

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 8.ÊÊÊÊÊ CLUCK OLD HEN - Fred Cockerham and Kyle CreedÊ 1:34

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 9.ÊÊÊÊÊ PRETTY LITTLE GIRL - Benton Flippen and the Smokey Mountain BoysÊ 2:02

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 10.ÊÊÊ CHARMING BETSY* - Gaither Carlton 2:04

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 11.ÊÊÊ CRIPPLE CREEK* - Wade WardÊ 2:20

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 12.ÊÊÊ WAY DOWN IN MY SOUL - E.C. Ball and the Friendly Gospel SingersÊ 2:51

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 13.ÊÊÊ DUCKS ON THE MILLPOND - Kyle CreedÊ 1:16

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 14.ÊÊÊ SWEET BOYÕS TUNE - George StonemanÊ 2:06

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 15.ÊÊÊ COUSIN SALLY BROWN - Willard WatsonÊ 2:00

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 16.ÊÊÊ STEP-BACK CINDY - Fred Cockerham and Kyle CreedÊ 2:07

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 17.ÊÊÊ PEACOCK RAG*- E.C. Ball and Blair ReedyÊ 1:21

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 18.ÊÊÊ HOLLYDING - Wade WardÊ 2:06

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 19.ÊÊÊ OLD WANDERING BOY* - Eldridge MontgomeryÊ 2:40

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 20.ÊÊÊ ALABAMA GALS* - Kyle Creed and Bobby PattersonÊ 2:18

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 21.ÊÊÊ PRETTY SARO* - Gaither CarltonÊ 3:10

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 22.ÊÊÊ SWEET SUNNY SOUTH* - Oscar Jenkins, Fred Cockerham and Shag Stanley 1:34

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 23.ÊÊÊ ROUSTABOUT - Fred CockerhamÊ 2:34

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 24.ÊÊÊ DAN CARTER WALTZ* - Oscar Jenkins and Shag StanleyÊ 2:48

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 25.ÊÊÊ BUSTER CROUSEÕS TUNE* - Kyle CreedÊ 1:13

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 26.ÊÊÊ TROUBLES & TRIALS - E.C. Ball and the Friendly Gospel SingersÊ 2:31

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 27.ÊÊÊ FORTUNE* - Tommy Jarrell and Fred CockerhamÊ 1:56

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 28.ÊÊÊ JUNE APPLE - Camp Creek BoysÊ 2:37

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ÊÊ DISC 2

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 1.ÊÊÊÊÊ FORTUNE - Camp Creek BoysÊ 2:33

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 2.ÊÊÊÊÊ JOHN BROWNÕS DREAM - Tommy JarrellÊ 3:27

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 3.ÊÊÊÊÊ JOHNSON BOYS - Lily May LedfordÊ 1:08

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 4.ÊÊÊÊÊ LITTLE SATCHEL - Fred CockerhamÊ 3:27

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 5.ÊÊÊÊÊ SALLY ANN - Ernest East and the Pine Ridge BoysÊ 2:52

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 6.ÊÊÊÊÊ EBENEZER - The Russell FamilyÊ 2:58

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 7.ÊÊÊÊÊ WHITE OAK MOUNTAIN - Lily May Ledford and Rosie LedfordÊ 2:17

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 8.ÊÊÊÊÊ JAKE GILLIE - Oscar WrightÊ 2:14

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 9.ÊÊÊÊÊ GREASY STRING - Tommy JarrellÊ 2:41

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 10.ÊÊÊ SHADY GROVE - Sidna and Fulton MyersÊ 1:43

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 11.ÊÊÊ ELKHORN RIDGE - Oscar WrightÊ 3:09

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 12.ÊÊÊ SALLY ANN - Oscar Jenkins and Fred CockerhamÊ 2:46

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 13.ÊÊÊ WILD BILL JONES - Lily May LedfordÊ 2:48

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 14.ÊÊÊ OLD SUZANNA - The Russell FamilyÊ 2:58

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 15.ÊÊÊ GREEN BACK DOLLAR - Ernest East and the Pine Ridge BoysÊ 3:00

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 16.ÊÊÊ JOHN HENRY - Glen SmithÊ 1:32

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 17.ÊÊÊ CUMBERLAND GAP* - Esker HutchinsÊ 0:58

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 18.ÊÊÊ WHEN SORROWS ENCOMPASS ME AROUND - Tommy JarrellÊ 4:14

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 19.ÊÊÊ KITTY KLINE* - Oscar WrightÊ 2:44

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 20.ÊÊÊ SAIL AWAY LADIES - The Russell FamilyÊ 2:50

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 21.ÊÊÊ RED ROCKING CHAIR - Lily May LedfordÊ 1:55

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 22.ÊÊÊ RICHMOND - Ernest East and the Pine Ridge BoysÊ 2:06

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 23.ÊÊÊ CUMBERLAND GAP* - Fred CockerhamÊ 1:34

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 24.ÊÊÊ PUNCHEON FLOOR* - Esker Hutchins and Shag StanleyÊ 2:45

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 25.ÊÊÊ HEAVENÕS LIGHT IS SHINING* - H.O. JenkinsÊ 2:48

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 26.ÊÊÊ LEE COUNTY BLUES* - Fred CockerhamÊ 3:18

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 27.ÊÊÊ JOHN HENRY - Lily May LedfordÊ 1:15

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 28.ÊÊÊ SAIL AWAY LADIES* - Kyle Creed and Bobby PattersonÊ 1:55

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ÊÊ DISC 3

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 1.ÊÊÊÊÊ JOHNNY DONÕT GET DRUNK - John Ashby and the Free State RamblersÊ 2:43

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 2.ÊÊÊÊÊ BIG EYED RABBIT - Matokie SlaughterÊ 2:17

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 3.ÊÊÊÊÊ OLD JAKE GILLIE* - The Korn KuttersÊ 2:18

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 4.ÊÊÊÊÊ WILL YOU MISS ME - Joe and Jeanette CarterÊ 2:28

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 5.ÊÊÊÊÊ FLYING CLOUDS - Grey Craig and the New North Carolina RamblersÊ 2:52

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 6.ÊÊÊÊÊ JOHN HARDY - Glen SmithÊ 1:15

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 7.ÊÊÊÊÊ THE OLD ARKÕS A-MOVING - The Kimble FamilyÊ 2:10

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 8.ÊÊÊÊÊ CLEVELAND IS ELECTED -Jim Willie Pruitt & the New North Carolina Ramblers 2:16

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 9.ÊÊÊÊÊ KITTY AND I - Joe and Jeanette CarterÊ 2:45

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 10.ÊÊÊ MITCHELL BLUES* - Steve LedfordÊ 2:27

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 11.ÊÊÊ JOHNNYÕS GONE TO WAR - Matokie SlaughterÊ 2:08

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 12.ÊÊÊ OLD TRUE LOVE* - Dan TateÊ 3:29

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 13.ÊÊÊ TRAIN ON THE ISLAND - The Kimble FamilyÊ 2:20

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 14.ÊÊÊ LYNCHBURG TOWN - Grey Craig and the New North Carolina RamblersÊ 2:57

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 15.ÊÊÊ FREE STATE HORNPIPE - John Ashby and the Free State RamblersÊ 3:11

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 16.ÊÊÊ SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN* - Kyle Creed and Bobby PattersonÊ 1:44

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 17.ÊÊÊ ANCHORED IN LOVE - Joe and Jeanette CarterÊ 2:29

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 18.ÊÊÊ LITTLE BROWN JUG - Beverly and Mildred ThompsonÊ 1:21

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 19.ÊÊÊ 99 YEARS* - Steve LedfordÊ 2:51

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 20.ÊÊÊ MISSISSIPPI SAWYER* - Leake Caudle and Oscar JenkinsÊ 2:24

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 21.ÊÊÊ SWEET STORY OF OLD - Joe and Jeanette CarterÊ 2:43

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 22.ÊÊÊ TWIN SISTERS - Sidna MyersÊ 1:39

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 23.ÊÊÊ FOX CHASE REEL - John Ashby and the Free State RamblersÊ 2:59

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 24.ÊÊÊ LITTLE JOHNNYÕS GONE TO WAR - The Kimble FamilyÊ 2:20

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 25.ÊÊÊ BIG EYED RABBIT* - Steve LedfordÊ 2:38

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 26.ÊÊÊ ARKANSAS TRAVELER* - Matokie SlaughterÊ 2:37

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 27.ÊÊÊ TAKE A MOMENT & LIVE - E.C. Ball and the Friendly Gospel SingersÊ 2:54

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 28.ÊÊÊ TOO YOUNG TO MARRY - Grey Craig and the New North Carolina RamblersÊ 2:40

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ÊÊ DISC 4

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 1.ÊÊÊÊÊ SALLY ANN JOHNSON - Clark KessingerÊ 2:22

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 2.ÊÊÊÊÊ THE WEARING OF THE GREEN - Will KeysÊ 1:35

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 3.ÊÊÊÊÊ BRUSHY FORK OF JOHNÕS CREEK - Art StamperÊ 4:53

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 4.ÊÊÊÊÊ JENNY HANG THE KETTLE ON - Virgil AndersonÊ 2:44

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 5.ÊÊÊÊÊ FIVE MILES FROM TOWN - Clyde DavenportÊ 2:35

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 6.ÊÊÊÊÊ RICHMOND - Otis BurrisÊ 2:22

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 7.ÊÊÊÊÊ AINÕT GONNA WORK TOMORROW* -Lily May Ledford and the Coon Creek Girls 2:10

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 8.ÊÊÊÊÊ LOST GANDER - Dee HicksÊ 1:50

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 9.ÊÊÊÊÊ THREE FORKS OF SANDY - Clark Kessinger 1:20

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 10.ÊÊÊ BED BUG BLUES - Virgil AndersonÊ 2:54

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 11.ÊÊÊ COLD FROSTY MORNING* - Melvin WineÊ 1:04

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 12.ÊÊÊ CHINQUAPIN HUNTING - Will KeysÊ 2:05

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 13.ÊÊÊ GOODBYE GIRLS, IÕM GOING TO BOSTON - Art StamperÊ 3:49

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 14.ÊÊÊ OLD MISTER RABBIT - Clyde DavenportÊ 2:00

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 15.ÊÊÊ OLD JIMMY SUTTON* - Kyle Creed and Bobby PattersonÊ 0:45

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 16.ÊÊÊ MAN OF CONSTANT SORRW - Delta HicksÊ 1:18

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 17.ÊÊÊ SNAKE CHAPMANÕS TUNE - Will KeysÊ 2:03

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 18.ÊÊÊ DURANGÕS HORNPIPE - Clark KessingerÊ 2:03

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 19.ÊÊÊ STANDING ON THE PROMISES - E.C. Ball and the Friendly Gospel SingersÊ 2:35

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 20.ÊÊÊ OLD HORSE AND BUGGY-O - Art StamperÊ 3:52

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 21.ÊÊÊ COAL CREEK MARCH - Clyde DavenportÊ 1:22

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 22.ÊÊÊ YOUÕVE BEEN GONE SO LONG - Virgil AndersonÊ 3:26

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 23.ÊÊÊ MOON BEHIND THE HILL* - Melvin WineÊ 2:57

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 24.ÊÊÊ SHOUT LULU - Dee HicksÊ 3:15

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 25.ÊÊÊ BRUSHY FORK OF JOHNÕS CREEK* - Hiram StamperÊ 2:01

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 26.ÊÊÊ POCA RIVER BLUES - Clark KessingerÊ 2:24

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 27.ÊÊÊ SKIPPING THROUGH THE FROST AND SNOW - Clyde TroxellÊ 2:42

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 28.ÊÊÊ DEVILÕS DREAM - Clark KessingerÊ 2:09

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ 29.ÊÊÊ ARKANSAS TRAVELER - Wade Ward and Glen SmithÊ 1:56

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ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ *ÊÊÊÊÊÊÊ PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED