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Close to Home: Old Time Music from Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967

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Close to Home: Old Time Music from Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967
Close to Home: Old Time Music from Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952-1967


In the 1950's and sixties musician-collector Mike Seeger, inspired by the great folksong collectors of the 1930's, visited traditional musicians of the rural South. This is his handpicked selection of the recordings made during those visits. Included in the 38 selections are previously unreleased recordings by the well-known Sara & Maybelle Carter, Arthur Smith, Elizabeth Cotten, and Dock Boggs, as well as treasures by lesser-known artists. The enclosed booklet contains photographs and notes on the performance, which include virtuoso fiddle, banjo, and guitar music, unaccompanied ballad singing, and a story-teller entertaining his buddies in a fiddler's convention parking lot.


  1. Name
  2. In The Sweet Bye And Bye - Elizabeth Cotten
  3. Tie Your Dog, Sally Gal - Will Adam
  4. Banjo Instrumental - J.C. 'Cleve' Sutphin
  5. Lost Train Blues - V.L. Sutphin
  6. Shortening Bread - Vernon & Cleve Sutphin
  7. The Train That Carried My Girl From Town - Vernon & Cleve Sutphin
  8. Old Gambling Man - J.J. Neece
  9. John Henry - J.J. Neece
  10. Shout, Little Lulu - Louise Foreacre
  11. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire - Kilby Snow
  12. Gather In The Golden Grain - Ernest & Hattie Stoneman
  13. Going To Lay Down My Burdens - Elizabeth Whit
  14. John Henry - Lesley Riddle
  15. Pretty Fair Damsel - Tom Ashley
  16. It's These Hard Times - Pearly 'Grandma' Davis
  17. Old-Time Reel - Pearly 'Grandma' Davis
  18. Jackson Schottische - A. L. Hall & Group
  19. Lone Prairie - Wade Ward
  20. Molly, Put The Kettle On - Wade Ward
  21. Last Gold Dollar - Edsel Martin & Bill McElreath
  22. John Henry - Bill & Jean Davis
  23. Three Nights Drunk - Blue Ridge Buddies
  24. Jimmie Sutton - Blue Ridge Buddies
  25. Going To Lay Down My Old Guitar - Snuffy Jenkins & Ira Dimmery
  26. Black Mountain Rag - Arthur Smith, Sam McGee, Kirk McGee
  27. A Talk On The World - Clyde Lewis
  28. Red Wing - 'Lost John' Ray, Walt Koken
  29. Leather Breeches - Eck Robertson, New Lost City Ramblers
  30. Blackberry Blossom - Sherman Lawson
  31. Alabama Gals - Emmett Cole
  32. Old Joe Clark - George Landers
  33. Sugar Baby - Dock Boggs
  34. Queen Sally - Archie Sturgill
  35. Poor Orphan Child - Kate Peters Sturgill
  36. My Virginia Rose - Scott Boatright
  37. I'm Leaving You - Sara Carter Bayes & Maybelle Carter
  38. He Said If You Love Me, Feed My Sheep - Stancer Quartet
  39. I Would Not Live Always - Clarence Ferrill
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