Traditional Songs And Fiddle Tunes From The Toe River Valley
The Toe River Valley of western North Carolina has a rich heritage of traditional southern Appalachian music, yet it is little known to the wider world. Bruce Greene lives on the South Toe River in Yancey County, where he has been preserving and playing the music of friends and neighbors for nearly forty years. Here he sings and plays twenty-four songs and tunes he learned from elder musicians throughout the region, most of whom were born in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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1. Phoebe in Her Petticoat
2. Old Sally Goodin
3. Noah and the Ark
4. Throw 'Round Your Calico
5. A Story Most Lonely I'll Tell
6. I'm A'Going Back South
7. Froggie Went A'Courting
8. Snowbird in the Ashbank
9. The Orphaunt Girl
10. Shepherd Go Find Your Sheep
11. Bear Me Away
12. The Preacher's Unknown Tune
13. The Sweet Soldier Boy
14. Margaret Randolph Waltz
15. The Death of Edward Lewis
16. Sheep's in the Meadow and the Cow's in the Corn
17. Two Coats
18. Newt’s Dream
19. The Old Yellow Mare
20. Walking in the Parlor
21. In Seaport Town
23. Fond True Lover
24. Old Black Cat Couldn't Catch a Rat
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I loved the old-time music and songs on this CD. I’m a big fan of the Foxfire books, and the music resonated along those lines. The production is first-rate, and the accompanying booklet is fun to read, for background on each piece. Received in two days after ordering from Compassion Books.
Nearly all the cuts are new to me. It opens a door to another world. Full of spirit and vernacular authenticity. Not stilted, heart felt and driving. I could listen to this all day.
Bruce Green captures the soul of the Toe River Valley. His immense talent singing, playing banjo and fiddle, is humbly applied to keeping these old tunes alive.
A wonderful collection from the wealth of local traditional musics Bruce has lived among for most of his life. It is all beautifully handed on to fellow listeners, players and singers that they may in their turn keep it alive and be kept alive by it.
A long-overdue solo album from Bruce! I'm fondest of the fiddling, but Bruce's banjo and vocal performances are also stellar.
Really nice to hear a solo recording of Bruce Greene! His delivery of these old songs and tunes rings true.
Nice to have a solo recording by Bruce Greene -including fiddle tunes, banjo backed-up and a-capella songs... an effective mixture. Booklet with vintage photos of the Toe River Valley vintage music scene well written also.