American & Blues CDs

Ian Anderson (British Blues): Stereo Death Breakdown [Digipak] - Fledg'ling Record

 

FLEG 3073 Stereo Death Breakdown - Ian Anderson's Country Blues Band  Track List

At the height of the British blues boom in the late 1960s, a handful of musicians came to prominence reinterpreting the acoustic country blues of the 1920s and ’30s. So in the winter of 1968/’69, Ian Anderson assembled a lively country blues band for his debut album Stereo Death Breakdown. The master tapes were thought to be lost forever, but recent detective work by Fledg’ling Records unearthed them in the vault where they’d been carefully stored.

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WGS435CD 'Someone to Love You' - Dave Arthur  Track List

Someone to Love You is a selection of some of my favourite songs I’ve sung with the band from 2003 to 2017 all greatly enhanced by the fabulous musicianship of Chris, Pete and Dan. As some of the early CDs are no longer available, and later ones will eventually run out, I fancied pulling a bunch of the songs together on one CD before they disappear. Primarily for myself, family and friends, and, of course, anyone else who fancy’s listening to an album of mainly Anglo-Appalachian songs.

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FLED 3050 'Folk Blues & Beyond' - Davie Graham  Track List

Reissued in 2005 by Fledg'ling. Folk, Blues & Beyond was first released on Decca Records in 1965, and is one of the most important recordings from the 1960s folk revival. Davy Graham was a UK guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and serviceable-to-perfunctory vocalist, setting standards for succeeding generations. Graham was the first guitarist to emerge from Britain whose work combined stylistic elements from Julian Bream, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ali Akbar Khan, Leadbelly, Joe Pass, Segovia and others too numerous to name.

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WGS431CD  'Better Days a Comin' - Sara Grey and Kieron Means Track List 

Sara Grey and her son, Kieron Means, play American music, as distinct from Americana - theirs is the real deal. Old-time ballads, cowboy songs and Primitive Methodist hymns are all grist to their individual mill. Sara's unique frailing banjo style and Kieron's blues-inflected guitar are in perfect harmony and this, instinctive, family symbiosis is what sets them apart. Passionate and heartfelt vocals are the icing on the cake. Kieron and I wanted to make this CD together….just the two of us as a statement of our love for old songs and tunes.

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FECD225 'Sandy Boys' - Sara Grey  Track List

One of the finest interpreters of American traditional music on the scene today. For this, her second recent album for Fellside, she keeps the accompaniments fairly simple letting the songs speak for themselves. This collection of songs again provides an insight to the roots of the more commercial music brought to prominence in recent years by the film 'Oh, Brother Where Art Thou' and adds to the current vogue for Americana on CD.

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WGS419CD 'Poor Ellen Smith' - Rattle on the Stovepipe  Track List

Rattle on the Stovepipe sing and play American traditional ‘Old Timey’ music with a classic line-up of guitar, banjo and fiddle. This is their sixth album on the WildGoose label and it comprises a selection of their current favourites. Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart are all master musicians and they are completely at home with the music they love.

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WGS398CD 'Old Virginia' - Rattle on the Stovepipe  Track List

Great songs and tunes, mostly fiddle-led, but with fine work on banjos, guitars and (sometimes) melodeon, as well’ - Tom Paley In these days of too clever-clever Americana, its immensely refreshing to hear real old time music played with such verve and melodicnous, by musicians at the very top of their game. Many of the ballads and tunes collected in the US had, of course, their genesis in these isles and the repertory here is best described as Anglo-American. Sentiment in spades. this hits every spot available!..........

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WGS432CD 'Through the Woods' - Rattle on the Stovepipe  Track List

A new album from Rattle on the Stovepipe. Great music as usual. The trio brings together two of the British folk scene's most admired veterans, Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper. Both have been members of leading bands and duos for decades now but never has either been heard to better effect than in this line-up. The third member is the much younger multi-instrumentalist Dan Stewart… one of Europe's leading Old Timey banjo players

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TECD240 'Rainbow Race' - Pete Seeger  Track List

Pete Seeger was an American folk singer and a fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940's, he also had a string of hits during the 1950's as a member of The Weavers. In the 1960's, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. Sadly he died in 2014 (just before the release of this album).

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FLED 3100 'Ever Popular Favourites' - Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons  Track List

Two master musicians unite to explore how folk songs travelled from England to North America and vice versa, changing shape as they journeyed. Whilst known for being an English folk singer, guitarist and songwriter Martin Simpson has been combining British and Afro-American music for many years. In 2005, Dom Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won a Grammy for their 2010 album 'Genuine Negro Jig'.  In 2014 the English Folk Dance and Song Society commissioned a unique artistic collaboration between the two to explore the journey of our shared folk music.

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WGS425CD 'Roam the Country Through' - Jeff Warner Track List

I’ve been surrounded by traditional song for as long as I can remember. As a boy, and later as a teen, I was with my parents, Anne and Frank Warner, on some of their song-collecting trips in North Carolina and New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. I learned first-hand the value rural singers placed on the songs passed down to them. I’m glad I got to meet people for whom old songs were their main—sometimes only—music.

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WGS385CD 'Long Time Travelling' - Jeff Warner  Track List

My association with the old songs goes back a long way. My father had me up on stage with him, singing “The Old Chisholm Trail,” when I was eight. I got taken along (of necessity) as a boy on some of their later song collecting trips to the mountains and seacoast of North Carolina and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. I'm glad I got to meet rural people for whom traditional song was their main - sometimes only - music. Some of the songs on this album are from those people I met, and got to know better through the recordings they made for my parents.

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FLED 3106 'From Granmaw And Me' - Hedy West  Track List

A wonderful and important album from the late Hedy West, From Granmaw and Me is a collection of songs Hedy learnt from her Grandmother – Lillie Mulkey West – songs that had traveled with emigrants from Great Britain to the USA between the 17th and 19th centuries. Hedy West, one of the finest folk singers of her generation, was born in the hill country of northern Georgia. From an early age, traditional folk music played an integral role in her life. In the mid-‘50s she won first prize at the Asheville Annual Folk Festival for her singing. She recorded 3 albums for the Vanguard label before moving to England. In the late ‘60s

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WGS394CD 'Songs of Old Appalacha' - Alice Wylde  Track List

Alice was born and raised as one of eight children in the heart of West Virginia, the only state completely within the Appalachian Mountain range. She spent 43 years of her life living up the same holler, until she made the move to England. She learned many songs from her mother and from folks in the local area and has sung them all her life.

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