Fiddling John and Bonnie Sharp raised eight children in a half-tamed estate, bordering the giant canyons and wild woods at bluff edge on the Cumberland Plateau. Crippled since childhood, John worked timber, made whiskey, harvested provender, and reared a house full of musicians. This anthology carries the full atmosphere at the Blackhouse Mountain homestead, where venerated fiddle tunes swarmed alongside cowboy songs, boogies, sacred texts, and joking lyrics. An authentic self-portrait of a Plateau family’s musical life, here is an honest collection from family tapes, field recordings, and home disc recordings from 1949 through 2015.
– Bob Fulcher, 2015
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