Blue Ridge Legacy: The Alan Lomax Portrait Series

Hobart Smith

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Blue Ridge Legacy: The Alan Lomax Portrait Series Review

by Rob Ferrier

Those who have followed the remarkable career of Alan Lomax are likely already familiar with the work of Hobart Smith. Smith's virtuosity on a variety of folk instruments, including banjo, guitar, and fiddle, have graced many a Lomax collection, as has his salt-of-the-earth voice. Listeners may be familiar with his readings of "Ellen Smith" or "Railroad Bill." Smith's output was prodigious, but many of the records were made for companies that no longer exist. Finding his records has been a problem. What a joy then to have many of his songs collected here. Perhaps best known for his song "The Cuckoo Bird," Smith was a professional musician who performed across the country with his wife, and, as his profession demanded, could play just about anything on anything. This disc does an admirable job of summarizing his remarkable career, including both searing instrumentals and sardonic vocal performances to give the initiate some idea of the scope of this man's talent. This disc should revive interest in a man whose influence on the folk revival of the '60s cannot be underestimated.

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Hobart Smith 02:30 Amazon
2 Hobart Smith 02:50 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 02:40 Amazon
4 Hobart Smith 00:58 Amazon
5 Hobart Smith 01:43 Amazon
6 Hobart Smith 02:57 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 03:35 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 03:25 Amazon
9 Hobart Smith feat: Charlotte Smith / Dorothy Smith / Maud Smith 02:03 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:20 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:21 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:43 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:48 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 02:24 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 02:29 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 03:44 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 02:26 Amazon
18 Hobart Smith 03:23 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 03:05 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 02:19 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:23 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 04:44 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 02:02 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 00:21 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:41 Amazon
26 Hobart Smith 01:29 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:55 Amazon
28 Hobart Smith 02:25 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 01:05 Amazon
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Hobart Smith 02:41 Amazon
31 Hobart Smith 01:43 Amazon
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