The High Lonesome Sound

The High Lonesome Sound

Roscoe Holcomb SFW40104

The legendary Roscoe Holcomb performs 21 powerful songs shaped by the hard times and conflict between old and new that marked his life in the Kentucky mountains. A hard-hitting singer and banjo-player, he also performs unaccompanied ballads, banjo and harmonica solos, and with a guitar. These recordings from 1961, 1964, and 1974 were previously released on three different Folkways LP records and had a powerful influence on the folk music revival. Accompanied by extensive new notes and photographs by John Cohen. 71 minutes. "Roscoe Holcomb is a true genius." — San Francisco Chronicle

Year Released 1998
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1998 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk; Old Time
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Banjo music; Folk songs--United States; Music--Appalachian Region, Southern.

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101 Moonshiner Roscoe Holcomb 2:00
102 On Top of Old Smoky Roscoe Holcomb 3:44
103 Little Birdie Roscoe Holcomb 2:28
104 House in New Orleans (House of the Rising Sun) Roscoe Holcomb 3:50
105 Trouble in Mind Roscoe Holcomb 2:18
106 The Wandering Boy Roscoe Holcomb 4:34
107 Hook and Line Roscoe Holcomb 1:54
108 Married Life Blues Roscoe Holcomb 1:51
109 Omie Wise Roscoe Holcomb 4:35
110 Willow Tree Roscoe Holcomb 3:00
111 Boat's Up the River Roscoe Holcomb 3:49
112 In the Pines Roscoe Holcomb 2:25
113 Fox Chase Roscoe Holcomb 1:24
114 Little Gray Mule Roscoe Holcomb 1:12
115 Free Little Bird Roscoe Holcomb 1:57
116 Little Bessie Roscoe Holcomb 10:06
117 Motherless Children Roscoe Holcomb 4:57
118 Darling Corey Roscoe Holcomb 3:38
119 Roll on Buddy Roscoe Holcomb 2:25
120 A Village Churchyard Roscoe Holcomb 7:08
121 Walk Around My Bedside Roscoe Holcomb 4:32
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