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Album Review

This collection of traditional mountain tunes allows Mike Seeger and Paul Brown to show off their fine taste in source material as well as their accomplished musicianship on everything from the autoharp to a trump (what's commonly called a Jew's harp). Extensive notes detail the duo's song selections and what each musician played from tune to tune, but the performances aren't as academic as the notes suggest. By staying true to traditional performance styles, Seeger and Brown capture an old-time spirit that remains engaging and enjoyable today. Recommended to fans of Harry Smith's folk music anthologies.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Born into one of the first families of American folk music, it was probably inevitable that Mike Seeger would become a musician and folklorist. His father and mother, Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger, assisted John and Alan Lomax at the Archive of Folk Song in the Library of Congress. Mike's half-brother, Pete Seeger, performed in both the Almanac Singers and the Weavers, while his sister Peggy Seeger was highly regarded in traditional music circles. There was little surprise, then, when Mike Seeger,...
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