The Kessinger Brothers

Vol. 2

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The music in this series is quite a few years separated from the earlier County release of recordings from the late '20s. This volume is comprised of recordings done originally for the Kanawha label in 1966. The fiddler thus is playing as a seasoned veteran by the time it gets to this album, and even bigger is the change in recording quality has taken place between the days of his first sessions. Gone is the charming but constricted sound of the early recordings, replaced by the warmth good quality analog recordings brought to acoustic instruments. The eerie archival feeling of the first volume is replaced by a sound that is much easier to listen to, and would probably be most listeners' preference, although Kessinger is a superior musician whose total recorded output is certainly of interest. There are some moments on this record that are breathtaking, and some that are just plain off the wall. This is another in the many first-class old-time records in the County catalog.

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