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Roscoe Holcomb

One of the most noted Appalachian old-time musicians, banjo player and singer Roscoe Holcomb spent most of his life in the small town of Daisy, KY, and was one of the most authentic exponents of American mountain folk music. Indeed, he never had any professional ambitions but become a recording artist and participant in the folk revival circuit after being recorded for the first time in the late '50s. Holcomb's style is stark, epitomizing the keening, at times pained vocals associated with Appalachian music, with a repertoire stuffed with traditional songs that had passed among generations, as well as some songs that he likely learned from early country records. Folk musician and archivist John Cohen coined the term "high lonesome sound" to describe Holcomb's music, and the phrase has since passed into common usage to describe bluegrass and Appalachian music as a whole. He cut several albums for Folkways and made some concert appearances on the college/festival scene throughout the 1960s and 1970s, giving his last show in 1978. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Track List: An Untamed Sense Of Control

1. Swanno Mountain

2. Across The Rocky Mountain (live)

3. Graveyard Blues

4. Single Girl (live)

5. Little Maggie

6. Born And Raised In Covington

7. Barbara Allen Blues

8. Coal Creek

9. Rock Island Prison

10. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow

11. Combs Hotel Burned Down

12. The Hills Of Mexico

13. Knife Guitar

14. Mississippi Heavy Water Blues

15. Coney Isle

16. Train That Carried My Girl From Town

17. Milk Cow Blues

18. Black Eye Susie (live)

19. Darling Cory

20. I Ain't Got No Sugar Baby Now

21. Sitting On Top Of This World

22. Frankie And Johnnie

23. Foggy Mountain Top

24. Fair Miss In The Garden

25. Willow Garden (live)

26. True Love

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Track List: The High Lonesome Sound

1. Moonshiner

2. Old Smoky

3. Little Birdie

4. House In New Orleans

5. Trouble In Mind

6. The Wandering Boy

7. Hook And Line

8. Married Life Blues

9. Omie Wise

10. Willow Tree

11. Boat's Up The River

12. In The Pines

13. Fox Chase

14. Little Gray Mule

15. I'm A Free Little Bird

16. Little Bessie

17. Motherless Children

18. Darlin' Corey

19. Roll On Buddy

20. A Village Churchyard

21. Walk Around My Bedside

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Track List: Close To Home

1. Motherless Children

2. Mississippi Heavy Water Blues

3. The Train That Carried My Girl From Town

4. Milk Cow Blues

5. Frankie And Johnny

6. In London City

7. Roll On Buddy

8. Got No Honey Baby Now (Honey Babe Blues)

9. Darling Cory

10. The Village Churchyard

11. Walk Around My Bedside

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SHONUFFc !! Amazing is right on !! AMEN 2 WHAT YALL SAID... my younger, brother, a newmexican cowboy turned me on 2 him.
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O lord, this sound comes out of the earth's heart and soul.
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jchetakian4
The roots of a thousand songs. Pure feeling Zeros out studio mixing.
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Steve Stinson,
You took the words right outta my mouth. This man is the pure and unvarnished real deal indeed.
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Does Rorcoe have any kin?randallh o l c o m b @ r o c k e t m a i l . c o m
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amazing aint slick it is the real deal
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the real deal

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