Various Artists

The Appalachians

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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger

This soundtrack to the three-hour Public Television documentary of the same name chronicles the region's rich musical heritage from the Carter Family through Ricky Skaggs. It's a harrowing assignment, and while one could argue for days over which Jimmie Rodgers song to use -- the producers chose "Waiting for a Train" -- they've done a nice job balancing the old and the new, resulting in a listening experience that's infinitely more esoteric than collections' past. Highlights include Kentucky native Jean Ritchie's heartbreaking "West Virginia Mine Disaster," the Alabama Sacred Harp Singers' reverent and spooky "Northfield" and Paul Burch's contemporary sepia-toned painting "Electricity." Fans of the genre, especially those that like their old timey music peppered with equal parts field recording and modern stereo-goodness, will find much to love here.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Instrumental 00:24 SpotifyAmazon
2 Gandydancer 01:27 SpotifyAmazon
3 Johnny Cash / June Carter Cash 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
4 Mac Wiseman 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
5 Jimmie Rodgers 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
6 Blind Alfred Reed 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
7 The Carter Family 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
8 Addie Graham 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers 01:09 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Carter Family 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
11 The Blue Sky Boys 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
12 Paul Burch 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
Instrumental 01:32 SpotifyAmazon
14 Jeff Black 04:01 SpotifyAmazon
15 Jean Ritchie 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
16 Maggie Hammons 04:39 SpotifyAmazon
Rose Bell 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
18 Osborne Brothers 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
Grandpa Jones 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
20 Ricky Skaggs 05:20 SpotifyAmazon
21 Jason Ringenberg 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
David Grisman / Tony Rice 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
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