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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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Sweet Marie Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 2:00
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John Henry Kilby Snow 2:07
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May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister? Kilby Snow 1:37
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She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain Kilby Snow with Wade Ward 1:11
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Sweet Sunny South Ernest Stoneman 2:30
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Bile ‘em Cabbage Down Ernest Stoneman 2:02
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Marching Through Georgia Ernest Stoneman 1:20
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109
Wreck of Number Nine Ernest Stoneman 2:49
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Ella’s Grave Neriah Benfield 1:45
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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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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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I’m Alone, All Alone Ernest Stoneman with Mike Seeger 2:48
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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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Bonaparte’s Retreat Kenneth Benfield 1:47
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125
Chinese Breakdown Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 2:13
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Wildwood Flower Kilby Snow with Mike Seeger 1:22
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Tragic Romance Kilby Snow with Hazel Dickens & Mike Seeger 1:25
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Close By Kilby Snow 2:03
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Way Down in the Country Kenneth Benfield 1:07
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Golden Slippers Kenneth Benfield 2:11
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Lights in the Valley Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 1:25
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Chicken Reel Kilby Snow 0:47
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Precious Jewel Kilby Snow 3:33
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Muleskinner Blues Kilby Snow 2:18
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Red River Valley Kilby and Jim Snow 2:11
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Hallelujah Side Ernest Stoneman 2:17
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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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