Friday, February 28, 2014

Traditional Fiddle Music Of Mississippi Vol.1 and Vol.2

Got Vol. 1(Mississippi Breakdown) and Vol. 2 (Dont You Remember The Time) of Traditional Fiddle Music Of Mississippi.  Picked em up in Durham at Bull City and in San Francisco.  Both jackets have to say - 

"Mississippi's place in the history of Country music has been well established, largely through the recognition of Jimmie Rodgers, its most famous native son, as the single most influential figure in rural American music.  Moreover, no state is more prominent in the development of American Blues, having produced such musicians as Charley Patton, Son House, Skip James and John Hurt.  However, another rich heritage of the Magnolia state has been, until recently, largely overlook; the fiddle band tradition.

To an ear attuned to the currently more popular string band styles of Virginia, North Caronlina and the Ozarks on one hand, and the more intricate and stylized Texas sound on the other, the fiddle bands of Mississippi may at first seem somewhat dry or plain.  However, the subtlety and charm of the Mississippi tuens and styles are quickly appreciated after spending a little time with the music.

Because so few string bands from Mississippi actually recorded it, it would be a mistake to try and draw many conclusions from records about a "Mississippi style," or to generalize about certain features which at first seem noteworthy, for example, the absence of 5 string banjo and the relative scarcity of vocals.  What can definitely be noted, though, is the great variety of individual styles and tunes that marked pre-World War II old time music in Mississippi, as in all other rural areas of the South and the Southwest.  The music on County 528 and 529 ranges from the light and disciplined sound of the Leake County Revelers to the bluesy, deliverate and yet highly charged music of Floyd Ming & His Pep-Steppers; from the archaic and wild sounds of the Carter Brothers & Son to the haunting strains of Freeny's Barn Dance Band.  The music on these two albums offers a fascinating glimpse into a great and colorful part of America's history.  Most of all, it is a document of human expression that is as exciting today as it was when the original recordings were made some 45 to 50 years ago."

 Mississippi Breakdown
 Dont You Remember That Time



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