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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview of early American folk/country music., 21 Oct 2001
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This review is from: American Roots: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC (Audio CD)
The unexpected success of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack proves that there is a public appetite for roots music in its many forms.
This bargain-priced four disc set allows the listener to explore the origins of this genre in greater depth. The tunes on offer encompass hillbilly blues, Appalachian songs, early cajun and even western swing before moving on to Woody Guthrie and his circle. The musicians involved include seminal figures like Jimmie rodgers, the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, the Blue sky Boys and Roy Acuff: Heaven, if you like, for fans of old time country!
As a bonus, there are a handful of rarities including Emery Arthur's early version of "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow" and "The Brave Engineer" by the Carver Boys.
Despite a rather basic presentation - no sleeve notes - and a few typos - "Carolina Taar Heels" rather than ""Carolin Tar Heels", this is a fine set. Go get it.
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