Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961-1965
In the early '60s, during the great Folk Scare, an organization called the Friends of Old Time Music (Ralph Rinzler, Izzy Young, Mike Seeger, Jean Ritchie, and John Cohen) brought some of the era's best folk, blues, and bluegrass performers to New York City. A number of them made their debut concerts there between 1961 and 1965, the period covered by this 3-CD set. Some of them are legends (Fred McDowell, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, Doc Watson) while others are lesser lights (Annie Bird, Joseph Spence, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith). Throughout this compilation, the sound quality varies, and not all is optimum. But even then, there's no denying such thrills as hearing Maybelle Carter announce she's about to perform the first song the original Carter Family recorded in 1927 ("Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow"). Often it's the little-known material or artists who deliver the biggest punch: Ed Young and Emma Ramsay running a shiver up your spine on the mostly a cappella blues dialogue "Chevrolet" or Jesse Fuller, the one-man band, proving a big, commanding presence on "Stranger Blues." Of the 55 tracks, only two have been previously released. All of them carry an air of excitement, as if everybody involved knew the winds of change were about to blow. Indeed, these concerts and others in the series made an enormous impression on rising stars of the genre, including a young transplanted Minnesotan born Robert Zimmerman. "You heard records where you could," Bob Dylan said in 2001, "but mostly you heard other performers... Clarence Ashley... Dock Boggs... You could see those people live and in person." Now you can hear what he heard, too. --Alanna Nash
Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961-1965 - Released 2006

    Track Listing Disc 1
  1. I'm Troubled - Doc and Arnold Watson
  2. The Country Blues - Dock Boggs
  3. Going Down to the River - Fred McDowell
  4. East Virginia Blues - Roscoe Holcomb
  5. The Storms Are on the Ocean - Maybelle Carter
  6. The Dream of the Miner's Child - The Stanley Brothers
  7. Soldier's Joy - Hobart Smith
  8. Coffee Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
  9. Live and Let Live - Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  10. Lonely Tombs - The Watson Family
  11. Rockin' Boogie - Jesse Fuller
  12. Brown's Dream - Gaither Carlton and Doc Watson
  13. Down South Blues - Dock Boggs
  14. Knoxville Blues - Sam McGee
  15. Have a Feast Here Tonight - The Stanley Brothers
  16. Riley - John Davis and the Georgia Sea Island Singers
  17. Buck and Wing - Jesse Fuller
    Track Listing Disc 2
  1. Hell Among the Yearlings - Arthur Smith
  2. Amelia Earhart's Last Flight - The Greenbriar Boys
  3. The Brakeman's Blues - Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  4. Foggy Mountain Top - Maybelle Carter
  5. Hicks' Farewell - Doc Watson
  6. Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel - The New Lost City Ramblers
  7. Write Me a Few of Your Lines - Fred McDowell
  8. Bimini Gal - Joseph Spence
  9. Shady Grove - Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  10. Grey Eagle - Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  11. Walkin' the Dog - Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  12. San Francisco Bay Blues - Jesse Fuller
  13. Short Life of Trouble - Doc and Arnold Watson
  14. John Henry - Roscoe Holcomb
  15. Kneelin' Down Inside the Gate - Stanley Thompson
  16. Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt - McKinley Peebles
  17. Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - Maybelle Carter
  18. Mansions for Me - The Stanley Brothers
  19. Before This Time Another Year - Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers
    Track Listing Disc 3
  1. My Creole Belle - Mississippi John Hurt
  2. Guitar Lesson - Jesse Fuller
  3. Cincinnati Blues - Jesse Fuller
  4. Poor Boy in Jail - Dock Boggs
  5. He's Solid Gone - Maybelle Carter
  6. Maggie Walker Blues - The Clarence Ashley Group
  7. Chevrolet - Ed Young and Emma Ramsay
  8. Rising Sun Blues - Roscoe Holcomb
  9. Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory - Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  10. Frankie and Albert - Mississippi John Hurt
  11. Hard Times - The Stanley Brothers
  12. The Miller's Will - Horton Barker
  13. The Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley
  14. Double File - Gaither Carlton and Doc Watson
  15. The Wandering Boy - Annie Bird
  16. Stranger Blues - Jesse Fuller
  17. I Saw the Light - Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  18. Sugar Hill - Maybelle Carter
  19. Amazing Grace - The Clarence Ashley Group

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