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Old Blue also offers recordings that Charlie Faurot has produced for other labels. The following recordings were released on the County Records label:

Rural Parlor Guitar  

RURAL PARLOR GUITAR - Recordings from 1967-1971 COUNTY CD-2744

RURAL PARLOR GUITAR is the one of the very few commercial recording to focus on this genre, and the only one to include multitude artists from different regions. Each of the four musicians was raised in rural areas in the early 1900s: Lena Hughes in northwest Missouri; Earl Blair in the Arkansas Ozarks; Lewis Thomasson in the open plains of Coryell County, Texas, and E. C. Ball in the southwest mountains of Virginia. They learned to play without sheet music, radio or recordings – from family and other musicians.

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Texas Hoedown Revisited  

TEXAS HOEDOWN REVISITED COUNTY CD-2742

All of the original tunes of Benny Thomasson, Vernon Solomon and Bartow Riley from County’s first foray into Texas fiddling not currently available on CD. PLUS previously unreleased material by Benny and Vernon AND five tunes by Lewis Thomasson, Benny’s brother. 24 tunes (14 never released before!) including ACE OF SPADES, RAGTIME ANNIE and SCOLDING WIFE (Benny); RED APPLE RAG (Vernon); GREY EAGLE (Bartow); and STRAW BONNET and STAR WALTZ (Lewis Thomasson).

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Red And Fred  

RED AND FRED: SONGS FROM THE
HEART OF THE COUNTRY
COUNTY CD-721

Red Rector and Fred Smith started playing together professionally in the 1940s as a mandolin-guitar duet. From that auspicious start they went on to play with a number of larger bands: J. E. Mainer, Wade Mainer and Carl Story. They separated for a while during which time Red worked with Johnny and Jack, Reno and Smiley (including the very successful CHOKING THE STRINGS) and Hylo Brown. This CD is a new release of the only LP they ever recorded and includes the fiddle work of one of the finest bluegrass fiddlers ever, Kenny Baker. 12 including GATHERING FLOWERS FROM THE HILLSIDE, COTTON EYED JOE, INDIAN WARRIOR and I’LL NEVER LET YOU WORRY MY MIND ANYMORE.

   
Benny Thomasson  

BENNY THOMASSON COUNTY CD-2737
Legendary Texas Fiddler  

“I devotingly place Benny Thomasson as the greatest old-time fiddler I ever heard” (Mark O’Connor). What more needs be said. 20 tunes including Blackberry Blossom and Limerock.

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Clawhammer Banjo v1  

CLAWHAMMER BANJO   COUNTY CD-2716
Volume 1

“Originally issued on LP in 1965, this was the very first non-reissue album released by County Records. It became one of the keystones in what was to become a significant revival in interest in authentic old-time music, and led to two more volumes of banjo tunes by a number of great, skilled musicians of the Appalachian region. After a lapse of close to 20 years, these important recordings are finally available on CD, newly re-mastered with additional tracks and with editing and additional notes by Charlie Faurot, who recorded and produced the original LPs. This first volume brought to light two hitherto unknown musicians in Kyle Creed and Fred Cockerham, both now legendary names. In addition, the record contained new cuts by the great Wade Ward, who was already known for his outstanding work for the Library of Congress and Folkways Records. There are 19 tunes here, along with a nice booklet of photos, tunings, etc. This first volume contains such classic performances as JUNE APPLE, DUCKS ON THE MILL POND.” —County Sales

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Clawhammer Banjo vol 2  

CLAWHAMMER BANJO   COUNTY CD-2717
Volume 2

This volume contains 19 more tunes by such artists as Tommy Jarrell, Gaither Carlton, Matokie Slaughter, Glen Smith, Willard Watson, Sidna Myers and Oscar Wright. Bob Carlin, in his introduction, states that these “three volumes of clawhammer banjo are essential listening for the aspiring banjoist.”

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Clawhammer Banjo vol 3  

CLAWHAMMER BANJO   COUNTY CD-2718
Volume 3

Completing this series is this 18 track compilation on which Faurot also collaborated with Rich Nevins. It has more fine tracks by some of the artists on the first two volumes. Artists not on Volumes One or Two include Beverly and Mildred Thompson, Esker Hutchins and Charlie Lowe. GEORGIE, JIMMY SUTTON, SUGAR HILL, TATER PATCH, AS TIME DRAWS NEAR (one of the few clawhammer pieces in 6/8 time), LET OLD DRUNKARDS BE, etc. The above 3 discs make up a great set, beautifully packaged with artwork by David Lynch. Some of the finest old-time banjo ever recorded!

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Down To The Cider Mill  

DOWN TO THE CIDER MILL   COUNTY CD-2734
Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham and
Oscar Jenkins

Great fiddle and banjo work by three giants in old time music – Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham and Oscar Jenkins. Co-recorded and produced by Rich Nevins and Charlie Faurot. “For pure excitement and for irresistible foot-tapping dance rhythm, you cannot beat the music of the rural countryside of times past. The three wonderful artists heard here are fine examples of just how powerful and, at the same time expressive this grand music can be.” 15 tracks including SUZANNA GAL, REUBEN and SALLY ANNE.

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Stay All Night  

STAY ALL NIGHT AND DON'T GO HOME  
COUNTY CD-2735

Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham and
Oscar Jenkins

The second volume of these revered old time musicians – Jarrell, Jenkins and Cockerham. Originally recorded between 1967 and 1971. More outstanding performances including WHEN SORROWS ENCOMPASS ME AROUND, SUGAR HILL and BREAKIN’ UP CHRISTMAS (Tommy on fiddle, Fred playing clawhammer and Oscar two finger-picking on a five string with the fifth string removed!).

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Camp Creek Boys  

CAMP CREEK BOYS   COUNTY CD-2719
Old-Time String Band

Originally issued on LP in the mid 1960’s, this recording stands as one of the finest examples of the classic old-time string band ensemble style that was fortunately preserved in the Galax, VA—Mt. Airy, NC area well into the 1980’s. The 6-member band includes three of the giants in the preservation & continuation of the Round Peak style, Kyle Creed, Fred Cockerham and Earnest East, all of whom take turns on fiddle here (Creed plays his distinctive clawhammer banjo on most cuts). The tunes played are the classic standards known so well in the area. In addition to the 12 tunes that appeared on the original LP, there are two additional cuts from a 45rpm single of the period, BREAKING UP CHRISTMAS and PRETTY LITTLE GIRL. This is not only an important documentation of a unique sound from the past, but a thoroughly enjoyable record that will make you want to dance. FORTUNE, JUNE APPLE, FALL ON MY KNEES, HONEYSUCKLE, FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN, SUZANNA GAL, COTTON EYED JOE, CIDER MILL, etc.

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Three Fiddlers From The Show-Me State  

THREE FIDDLERS FROM THE
SHOW-ME STATE
   COUNTY CD-2739
Lyman Enloe • Casey Jones • Cyril Stinnett

The three fiddlers are widely recognized as outstanding proponents of Missouri fiddling. Missouri’s well deserved reputation for great fiddling is in large part due to these three fiddlers. All tunes recorded in the 1970’s when these fiddlers were at their peak. Seven by each musician. Jones and Stinnett are backed by Jake and Lena Hughes, Enloe by the Bluegrass Association. BIRDIE, LANTERN IN THE DITCH, MELINDA, etc.

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Mountain Dulcimer Galax Style  

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER GALAX STYLE  
COUNTY CD-2710

Bonnie Russell and the Russell Family

Bonnie Russell, thirteen at the time of these recordings, plays the lead four string dulcimer. On eleven tracks, she is accompanied by her father, Roscoe playing a baritone ukulele in a three finger picking style more often found on a five-string banjo and her fifteen year old brother on guitar. On the remaining three tracks Roscoe switches to a second dulcimer. The epitome of what old time rural country music is all about. Fourteen incredibly lovely and exciting tunes including OLD SUZANNA, EBENEEZER, DANCE ALL NIGHT, FLOP EARED MULE, etc.

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Tommy Jarrell - Come And Go With Me  

THE LEGACY OF TOMMY JARRELL   COUNTY CD-2726
Volume 3 - Come and Go With Me (Banjo Solos)

One more CD which clearly demonstrates Tommy’s musical genius. From my liner notes to the original LP: “It is not that he takes something simple and makes it complex, but that he takes whatever confronts him, simple or complex, and though his skill makes it beautiful and enduring.” Including JOHN HENRY, SWEET SUNNY SOUTH and OLD REUBEN.

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