The High Lonesome Sound
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||Swanno Mountain||Roscoe Holcomb||3:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Combs Hotel Burned Down||Roscoe Holcomb||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wandering Boy||Roscoe Holcomb||4:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hook and Line||Roscoe Holcomb||1:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Barbara Allen Blues||Roscoe Holcomb||1:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Married Life Blues||Roscoe Holcomb||1:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fair Miss in the Garden||Roscoe Holcomb||3:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Omie Wise||Roscoe Holcomb||4:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Willow Tree||Roscoe Holcomb||3:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Boat's Up the River||Roscoe Holcomb||3:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In the Pines||Roscoe Holcomb||2:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fox Chase||Roscoe Holcomb||1:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Coney Isle||Roscoe Holcomb||1:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Charles Guitau||Roscoe Holcomb||1:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Free Little Bird||Roscoe Holcomb||1:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Baby Let Your Hair Roll Down||Roscoe Holcomb||2:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Little Bessie||Roscoe Holcomb||10:14||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Though this album was released in 1965, Kentucky singer/banjo man Holcomb plays tunes that reach back to—and sometimes even predate—the earliest days of country and folk. His rough-edged tenor is a master marksman’s bullet tearing straight into the heart of old spirituals (“A Village Churchyard”), traditional folk (“Darling Corey”), and string-band tunes (“Free Little Bird”). Whether those plaintive, almost mournful pipes are accompanied by Holcomb’s own butt-kicking banjo picking or he’s delivering soul-piercing a cappella tunes, the album’s title is borne out in no uncertain terms.
HIgh and Lonesome
I can't imagine not liking Roscoe Holcomb but those people exist. I also don't know how one would begin to rate his style on a scale reperesented in stars. Some mornings I can't take the shrill sadness but I know its me and not the music. Later in the evening over a beer I wonder why I was unable to deal with the same song earlier.
Born: 1911 in Daisy, KY
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s