Buell Kazee Sings and Plays

Buell Kazee Sings and Plays

Buell Kazee FW03810 / FS 3810

Buell Kazee (1900–1976) grew up playing the five-string banjo in the traditional frailing style ("thrashing" style, as he called it). As a teenager, he began to study religion and ended up spending most of his life as a preacher. Despite his view that banjo music "did not harmonize" with the life of the church, he remained a musician and began recording in 1927 (several of his recordings appear on the Anthology of American Folk Music.

Unusual for a mountain musician, Kazee had formal training in voice, and has an operatic tone at times. This style is particularly noticeable on "Dance Around My Pretty Little Miss."

Liner notes include an autobiographical article by Kazee and complete song lyrics.

Year Released 1958
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1958 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Old Time; Sacred
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Vocals
Subject(s) Animals; Ballads; Banjo music; Courtship; Crime; Dance; Drinking songs; Folk songs--United States; Hymns; Love songs; Music--Appalachian Region, Southern.; Music--Juvenile; Railroads; Religious; Tragic songs

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101 East Virginia Buell Kazee 4:11
102 Butcher's Boy (Butcher Boy) Buell Kazee 4:28
103 Dance Around My Pretty Little Miss / Little Mohee / On Top of Old Smoky / Prisoner's Song / Madame I Have Come (medley) Buell Kazee 8:55
104 Wagoner's Lad Buell Kazee 3:11
105 Yellow Pups / Fox Chase Buell Kazee 5:02
106 John Hardy Buell Kazee 2:37
107 John Henry Buell Kazee 2:28
108 The Moonshiner (Moonshiner Song) Buell Kazee 1:50
109 Darling Corey Buell Kazee 1:47
110 Cumberland Gap Buell Kazee 1:54
111 Cock Robin Buell Kazee 2:15
112 Old Grey Mare Buell Kazee 1:28
113 Amazing Grace Buell Kazee 2:21
114 When Moses Buell Kazee 2:32
115 My Christian Friends Buell Kazee 3:50
116 Bread of Heaven Buell Kazee 2:39
117 Eternity Buell Kazee 2:37
118 The White Pilgrim Buell Kazee 0:47
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