Legends of Old Time Music

During the folk music revival from the late 1950s to the 1970s, legendary old-time traditional artists were rediscovered, and previously unheard players of this tradition were found and brought to perform at folk festivals. It was an exciting period in the history of Old Time music which coupled “living legends” like Clarence Ashley and Tommy Jarrell with younger incarnations of the old-time spirit like the New Lost City Ramblers, Red Clay Ramblers, and more This DVD collection presents some of the finest old-time musicians playing in a variety of styles.

Titles include: 

  • ROSCOE HOLCOMB – Across the Rocky Mountain, Little Birdie, Graveyard Blues, Little Grey Mule, John Hardy
  • CLARENCE ASHLEY – Free Little Bird, The Cuckoo
  • SAM McGEE – Wheels, Mississippi Sawyer
  • DOC WATSON, CLINT HOWARD & FRED PRICE – Way downtown, Daniel Prayed, Lee Highway Blues
  • PETE STEELE – Pay Day at Coal Creek, Coal Creek March, Galilee
  • SUMNER, YOUNG & HOLCOMB – Red Apple Rag, Bile Them Cabbage Down, Grey Eagle
  • TOMMY JARRELL – John Henry, Drunken Hiccups, John Brown’s Dream
  • CORBETT GRIGSBY – Pretty Polly
  • JEAN RITCHIE – The Cuckoo
  • THE WALKER FAMILY – Bowling Green, Hangman, Rollie True Love, I’ll Be Somewhere Listening
  • JEAN and EDNA RITCHIE – My Pretty Little Miss, The Four Marys.

A 22 page comprehensive booklet featuring biographical material, rare photographs, and details on the tunes performed on this DVD can be downloaded once the DVD is purchased.

For any die-hard fan of Old Time music, this DVD is a valuable addition to the music library. Here’s just one clip.

This is a wonderful DVD that enables us to see some of the heroes of old-time music in rare performances that few of us ever realized were preserved on film.

  4 comments for “Legends of Old Time Music

  1. October 3, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I have to say that since my initial interest in fiddle is Irish/Celtic, that I’ve learned so much about old time music and fiddle from your blog! These posts are always fascinating! There’s such a rich heritage I only had a passing notion about.

    • October 3, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Thank you. OT is an outgrowth of European and African influences. Many OT tunes have that Irish/Celtic quality embedded in them, I think.

      • October 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

        I definitely hear the influence there, which is why I probably enjoy a lot of the OT tunes I’ve been learning. There’s a lot of songs I’m not familiar with, but that’s not a bad thing!

        • October 3, 2019 at 11:21 am

          I also like early American songs because of this influence also.

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