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Waitin' for the Hard Time to Go

Waitin' for the Hard Time to Go, LP artwork
Waitin' for the Hard Time to Go by Jim Ringer, LP artwork
Waitin' for the Hard Time to Go, CD artwork
Waitin' for the Hard Time to Go by Jim Ringer, CD artwork

This is the first recording of folk singer Jim Ringer, joined by accomplished singer-songwriter and frequent collaborator Mary McCaslin, Jay Ungar, Jon Wilcox, and folk-legend Utah Philips. On Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go, Ringer plays guitar and sings a calm baritone, accompanied with vocal harmonies and fiddle. At the time of this album's recording in 1972, Ringer did not posses a steady address and had spent much of his life as a traveling laborer, working various construction jobs as he drifted through the West. As such, Ringer's gentle delivery possesses a subtle intensity and authenticity that speaks to the years of nomadism and uncertainty that preceded his time as a professional musician; as Folk-Legacy founder Sandy Paton put it, "when you’ve seen those hard times, first-hand, you just naturally learn how to sing about them".

Track Listing

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Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go Jim Ringer 3:25
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Paradise Jim Ringer 3:13
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Every Bush and Tree Jim Ringer 3:21
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Towser Jenkins Jim Ringer 1:25
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I Gotta Get Drunk Jim Ringer 0:51
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Granny's Song Jim Ringer 2:18
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California Joe Jim Ringer 10:26
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Dreary Black Hills Jim Ringer 3:35
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Ground so Poor That Grass Won't Grow Jim Ringer 3:42
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Old Bill Pickett Jim Ringer 4:20
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Going Away Jim Ringer 3:33
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The Girl I Left Behind Jim Ringer 3:05
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Black Waters Jim Ringer 3:35
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I Believe If I Lived My Life Again (Hymn Song) Jim Ringer 3:58
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