The wonders of Hicks family’s ballad-song universe had no known equal in the Cumberland Mountains, and may be unmatched in traditional American folksong.  This second Hicks’ compilation is filled with rovers and heroes, mysteries and absurdities, strong women and lovely, lilting banjo proverbs.

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…

John Sharp often woke up his family before daylight with a cheerful imitation of the cardinal’s song, a fiddle tune named “Redbird.” Bedtime just as likely would be preceded by fiddle music, or put off for hours when music-loving friends and relatives came to visit. Fiddling John Sharp loved music with great emotional intensity. A…

Russ Wilson learned his fiddling art from a torrent of family tradition—learned it directly and thoroughly. Tutored during annual visits and from a flow of reel-to-reel teaching tapes, the young Russ was taught note by note through his masterful cousin, Fiddlin’ Bob Rogers, and by his Uncle Bill Russell of Speedwell. A champion old-time fiddler by age…

Produced by Bob Fulcher Assistant Producers: Rachel Boillot, Sam Simmons and Marcianne O’Day Historic recordings (1975-1995) courtesy of Lou and Russ Wilson. Field recordings by Bob Fulcher (2000-2015), Brian Vollmer (2008), Rachel Boillot (2015). Fieldwork by Bob Fulcher, Ben Bateson, Brian Vollmer, Allison Williams, and Rachel Boillot. Engineering by Sam Simmons Album art and design…

Engineering: Sam Simmons Album Art & Design: Rachel Boillot Tom and Tammie McCarroll are bloodline heirs to a pure and fabulous aesthetic empire—the repertoire and style of Jimmy McCarroll, the brilliant and influential fiddler of the 1920s Roane County Ramblers Columbia sessions. Son and granddaughter, Tom and Tammie both took up McCarroll music in early…

The life of Bob Douglas is a wonder and a treasure. The Louvin Brothers, Curly Fox, Clayton McMichen, the Allen Brothers, and Jess Young were among his fellow travelers. His expansive career began with the Victor Recording Company in the 1920’s golden age of hillbilly music, and never flagged until he reached the Grand Old…

Recorded in 1936 by Sidney Robertson for the Resettlement Administration Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song.

Clydeoscope is a collection of beautiful tunes and songs from the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, music barely escaping extinction, taken to a new age by the rare character, Clyde Davenport. Previously-released through County Sales, Clydeoscope is Clyde Davenport’s first full-length album, featuring tunes and songs from Clyde’s unique and engaging repertoire. Clyde has…

For 35 years, Tennessee-based Don and Earl traversed the country together, bringing their powerful Gospel songs and stories to meeting houses, revival tents, and radio stations from Mexico to Cincinnati.  Don Williams was born and raised in Briceville, Tennessee, the heart of the Cumberland Mountain coal fields. A searing tenor and gifted whistler, Don began…

Here, Chris Ryan presents 16 unique treatments of original and traditional tunes that represent the North Georgia/Chattanooga fiddling styles of days past.   Featuring Chris Ryan on fiddle banjo, guitar, autoharp, and vocals. Produced by: Bob Fulcher and Marcianne O’Day Engineering: Marcianne O’Day Cover Art: “Lolita” by Mark Leamon Notes: Bob Fulcher

Volume 1 of a series originally released on County Records 786 in 1980, ‘Gettin’ Up the Stairs’ is a collection of incredible old time music from the Cumberland Plateau region of Tennessee and Kentucky. Featuring electrifying performances by a number of traditional musicians whose work was never released commercially, as well as classic old time…

East Tennessee songwriter Jim Fagan persisted on country music’s margins for nearly three decades, crafting stirring vignettes of love, loss, and working-class life. Compiled here for the first time, Fagan, in his own gripping voice, sounds his way into America’s musical chronicle. Jim Fagan left behind over a hundred reel-to-reel tapes and dozens of custom…

The Cumberland Trail is a new creation on an old landscape, envisioned by naturalists and hikers in the 1960s, and dug in by volunteers — thousands of them — who are still coming, from every point in the nation, to carefully piece the trail like a 300-mile-long craft work. There is no ancient pathway to…

Volume 2 of a series originally released on County Records 787 in 1980, ‘Five Miles Out of Town’ is a collection of incredible old time music from the Cumberland Plateau region of Tennessee and Kentucky. Prominently featuring the old time fiddling of John Sharp and the unique two finger banjo picking technique of Virgil Anderson…