It was a great year for Old Time music
This was quite a year for fans of Old Time music. We had new releases from some of our favorite string bands, wonderful new CDs from traditional musicians, and a few debuts from some younger folk keeping the style alive.
In fact, there was so much Old Time music on the Bus this year that I’ve had to break it down into two sections. First there were the string bands:
Foghorn String Band released Weiser Sunrise (all right, it was released in August 2005, but I didn’t review it until January so I’m including it). Foghorn makes pure, unadulterated string band music. Hit their website for more a few more downloads. Weiser Sunrise is available from Nettwerk Records, Elderly, and Amazon.com. The cut I have included here is from a session with Dirk Powell.
This year we found two string bands that call the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina home.
The Reeltime Travelers second CD, Livin Reeltime, Thinkin' Old Time is a lively collection of Old Time Appalachian string band music. Buy it at reeltimetravelers.com or Amazon.com.
The Peg Twisters feature the champion fiddle of Dona Cavanagh, old time guitar of Jerry Sutton, and the banjo Bob Gregory. The Peg Twisters have not released a CD yet, if you are in the Asheville area be sure to catch one of their shows.
The Biscuit Burners could be called “Progressive Old Time” and I don’t mean that in a bad way. They prefer to call their hard drivin’ tunes “Fiery Mountain Music” (also the name of one of their CDs). All outstanding musicians, the Biscuit Burners are a “must hear” laced with intricate picking. Their CDs Fiery Mountain Music and A Mountain Apart are available from Elderly or thebiscuitburners.com, where you can also get Billy Cardine’s amazing solo resophonic guitar CD.