Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition


Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition


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The Appalachian ballad tradition is alive among a new generation of singers, most of whom learned their songs directly from an oral tradition, either from older singers, or from recordings, or both. This two-disk album — a project in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park — brings these powerful songs to people who might never have bought a recording or gone to a concert to hear these musicians. They will be delighted with the variety of music here, from the Old World as well as the New. Below is a list of a few of the tracks you can hear:

Disc One

"Barbry Allen" (Carol Elizabeth Jones), "Thomas the Rhymer" (Archie Fisher), "Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender" (Sheila Kay Adams), "Eggs And Marrowbone" (Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin), "The Sheffield Apprentice" (Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, and Nancy Kerr), , "The Bold Lieutenant" (Alice Gerrard), "Lord Bateman" (Carol Elizabeth Jones), "The Farmer’s Curst Wife" (Donna Ray Norton), "Mr. Frog Went a-Courtin'" (Bill and the Belles), "Barbara Allen" (Rosanne Cash)