Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Dark Holler: Old Love Songs and Ballads

This is spine chilling stuff. These a capella songs existed before, and were an integral part of what was to become Bill Monroe's bluegrass sound. Some of the cadences carried through, and the tonalities of the voices. The songs themselves vary in topic, some tragic, some humorous. Some will make your heart ache, others will have you slapping your knee in fits of laughter.

I have a soft spot for the more raw products of this region, and it doesn't get much more stripped down than this.

Folkways does it again with a superior reissue.

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