The Stonemans

Pop Stoneman Memorial Album

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The Pop Stoneman Memorial Album was released in 1968, the year of Pop Stoneman's death. Stoneman, one of the first hillbilly recording artists of the 1920s, remained an active performer up until his death. His family recorded for MGM in the late '60s playing a fascinating hybrid style of commercial acoustic music, and this album is partly drawn from the earlier Stoneman Family albums Those Singin' Swingin' Stompin' Sensational Stonemans and All in the Family, as well as sessions for the Folkways and Historical labels. All of the recordings feature Stoneman strumming his autoharp and singing his best-known songs from the old days, but the modern-sounding chorus his family provides will rub some old-time traditionalists the wrong way. The Pop Stoneman Memorial Album, like all the Stonemans' MGM albums, exists in an intriguing locale somewhere on the fringes of old-time hillbilly and modern country music.

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