Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band: Old-Time Bluegrass From The Great Smoky Mountains
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[Compilation CD featuring 1950s-era field recordings]
Recently recovered recordings of Haywood County, N.C., musicians made nearly 60 years ago – which an Appalachian music expert describes as “the missing link between old-time string music and bluegrass” – are once again seeing the light of day and finding a new audience thanks to Great Smoky Mountains Association.
Four years after the release of their Grammy-nominated “Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music,” GSMA producers follow up now with “Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band: Old-time Bluegrass from the Great Smoky Mountains, 1956 and 1959.” The new collection features more than 30 tracks, including such old-time favorites as “Tennessee Wagoner,” “Arkansas Traveler,” “Old Joe Clark,” “Soldier’s Joy,” as well as such modern tunes as “Banjo Boogie” and “Smoky Mountain Melody.”
Olson, Ted. (Producer and note author). 2014. Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band: Old-Time Bluegrass From The Great Smoky Mountains. Great Smoky Mountains Association. https://www.amzn.com/B00OAVOIEO