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Masters of Old-time Country Autoharp

Various Artists
Masters of Old-time Country Autoharp

The autoharp, invented in the 1870s and a fad in the 1890s, became a virtuoso instrument among the artists featured here as well as other players in the early to mid 20th century. Spirited breakdowns, sentimental and gospel songs—some played as instrumentals—and even a bluegrass song are presented here in this re-release of the only documentary of traditional Southern autoharp players. Includes 14 previously unissued tracks. Recorded, edited, and annotated by Mike Seeger. Song notes by Charles Wolfe. 32-page booklet. 38 tracks; 72 minutes.

Track Listing

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Stoney’s Waltz Ernest Stoneman 1:56
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102
Sweet Marie Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 2:00
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103
John Henry Kilby Snow 2:07
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104
May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister? Kilby Snow 1:37
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105
She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain Kilby Snow with Wade Ward 1:11
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106
Sweet Sunny South Ernest Stoneman 2:30
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107
Bile ‘em Cabbage Down Ernest Stoneman 2:02
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108
Marching Through Georgia Ernest Stoneman 1:20
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109
Wreck of Number Nine Ernest Stoneman 2:49
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110
Ella’s Grave Neriah Benfield 1:45
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111
Waltz Neriah Benfield 1:21
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112
Old Joe Clark Kenneth Benfield 1:25
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113
Shortening Bread Kenneth Benfield 1:14
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114
Cindy Kilby Snow 1:10
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115
Budded Roses Kilby Snow 1:53
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116
Flop-eared Mule Kilby Snow 1:50
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117
Home Sweet Home Kilby Snow 2:31
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118
Springtime Again Little Annie Ernest Stoneman 2:11
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119
Great Reaping Day Ernest Stoneman 2:04
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120
Weeping Willow Tree Kenneth & Neriah Benfield 1:56
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121
I’m Alone, All Alone Ernest Stoneman with Mike Seeger 2:48
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122
All I Got’s Gone Ernest Stoneman 2:37
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123
Benfield Hoedown (Idaho Girl) Neriah Benfield 1:07
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124
Bonaparte’s Retreat Kenneth Benfield 1:47
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125
Chinese Breakdown Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 2:13
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126
Wildwood Flower Kilby Snow with Mike Seeger 1:22
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127
Tragic Romance Kilby Snow with Hazel Dickens & Mike Seeger 1:25
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128
Close By Kilby Snow 2:03
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129
Way Down in the Country Kenneth Benfield 1:07
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130
Golden Slippers Kenneth Benfield 2:11
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131
Lights in the Valley Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 1:25
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132
Chicken Reel Kilby Snow 0:47
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133
Precious Jewel Kilby Snow 3:33
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134
Muleskinner Blues Kilby Snow 2:18
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135
Red River Valley Kilby and Jim Snow 2:11
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136
Hallelujah Side Ernest Stoneman 2:17
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137
Jacob’s Ladder Kenneth Benfield 1:09
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I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow Kilby Snow 1:52

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