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LIVE & LIVELY    OLD BLUE CD-706
The New North Carolina Ramblers

Larry Richardon And The Blue Ridge BoysThe New North Carolina Ramblers never cease to astonish their audiences with unfamiliar tunes played with unexpected instruments…and always true to their deeps roots in to old-time rural music. They have few peers who can match their abilities to find the best music from the early days of country music, now almost a century behind us. And few bands capture the spirit and heart of that music.

The name of their third CD is most appropriate. LIVE because two of the tracks were recorded during the New North Carolina Ramblers’ concert at the Heritage Hall of Old Time Music stage in Mt. Airy, NC. Darren Moore couldn’t take off from work, so the band got Riley Baugus and Kevin and Trish Fore to help out.

LIVELY because the Ramblers – Kenny Rorrer, Kirk Sutphin, Jeremy Stephens and Darren Moore – never cease to astonish their audiences playing unfamiliar tunes played in expected ways, playing familiar tunes in unexpected ways such as adding a piano as The Hill Billies did in 1925, or playing the same song (here Alabama Gals/Round Town Gals) in different styles.

“All put together, these [Kinney, Kirk, Jeremy and Darren] are four master musicians who have created a unique band sound in the New North Carolina Ramblers, and this is a CD chock full of a variety of old-time songs and tunes played with love and passion for the music.” 
— ALICE GERRARD, THE OLD-TIME HERALD, FEBRUARY – MARCH 2011

“The New North Carolina Ramblers are a long established old-time string band that derives their name from the late Charlie Poole’s early group. In fact, the band was founded in 1960 by Kinney and Doug Rorrer. The current group consists of Kinney Rorrer, Kirk Sutphin, Jeremy Stephens, and Darren Moore all whom are proficient on several instruments.  The latest pair of compact discs features a whopping 59 musical performances. Live and Lively [OB-706] starts off with a live recording where various band members (and assorted guests) pop in and out from time to time. The bulk of the recordings are studio versions of such traditional pieces as “Lost Indian,” “Baltimore Fire,” “After the Ball,” “Weary Prodigal Son,” others.  Four and a Half  [OB-704] is similar in scope with performance of such classics as “Golden Slippers,” “The Great Reaping Day,” “The Murder of the Lawson Family,” “No Depression in Heaven,” and 21 others. The music of the New North Carolina Ramblers is truly a national treasure, and both of these collections should be part of any serious old-time music collection.
BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED,  MAY 2011.

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TRACK
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SONG/TUNE TITLE

TIME INSTRUMENTATION
1 Opening at the Heritage Hall of Old-Time Music
Flyin' Clouds

Flop-Eared Mule
Forked Deer
Surry County Sally Anne
Lost Indian
11:17
KR-fb; KS-f
KR-fb; KS-f; JS-f
KR-fb; KS-f; JS-f; RB-f; TF-g
KR-fb; KS-f; JS-f; RB-f; TF-g; KF-fcb
KR-fb; KS-f; JS-f; RB-f; TF-g; KF-fcb & cb
2 My Name is John Johanna 3:31 KR-fb, v; KS-f; JS-g; DM-a
3 Texas Gals 3:18 KS-f; KR-fb; JS-g; DM-p
4 The Fate Of Dewey Lee 3:00 DM-v, g; JS-2nd v, g
5 Alabama Gals 2:33 KR-fb; KS-f; JS-cb; DM-g
6 Dan Carter Waltz 3:28 KS-f; KR-fb; JS-g: DM-g
7 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues 3:31 KR-fb, v; KS-f; JS-g; DM-g
8 Baltimore Fire 3:26 KR-v, fb; JS- v, g; DM-v, a; KS-f
9 Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone 3:44 DM-v, g; JS-v, a
10 Hickman Rag 2:43 KS-f; KR-fb; JS-g; DM-p
11 After The Ball 4:36 JS -v, g; DM-a
12 Round Town Gals 2:28 KS-f; JS-fb
13 In A Cottage By The Sea 3:55 DM-v, g; JS-v, g; KS-f; KR-fb
14 The Letter That Never Came 3:16 KR-v, fb; JS-v, g; DM-v, a; KS-f
15 Sandy River Belle 2:07 KS-f; KR-fb; JS-cb; DM-g
16 Under The Double Eagle 3:17 KS-f; KR-fb; JS-g; DM-p
17 Weary Prodigal Son 2:45 DM-v, g; JS-v, g
18

The Wreck Of The C&O Sportsman

3:56 KR-v, fb; KS-f; JS-g; DM-g
19 Mississippi Sawyer 1:05 KR-fb; KS-f; JS-f; RB-f; TF-g; KF-fcb
20 Yellow Rose Of Texas 2:42 KS-f; KR-fb; JS-g; DM-g
      f=fiddle; cb=clawhammer banjo; fcb=fretless clawhammer banjo; fb= finger-style banjo; g=guitar; p=piano; a=autoharp; v=vocal

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