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Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless

The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless
Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless

The New York Times called The Red Clay Ramblers “a musical group whose eclectic repertory is that of a fantasy roadhouse band from a vanished rural America.” This collaboration with bluegrass fiddler Al McCanless reaffirms the accolade, forging the band’s reputation as one of the best modern revivalists of string-band music.

Unafraid to mix genres, their diverse repertoire draws liberally from the string music tradition of Appalachian folk and bluegrass with tracks such as “Miller’s Reel/ Wake Up Susan”. You will also hear early blues tracks such as Bo Carter’s “I Got the Whisky” which, at the time of this album’s release in 1974 was considered modestly experimental.

The origins of all the tracks are detailed in the liner notes, along with the band’s biography, which explains how the Red Clay Ramblers haven’t hesitated to rearrange instrumentation and harmony, or to combine differing musical styles.

The singers and musicians involved in this recording have created an album that expertly combines their talents and their passion for string music. Despite several changes to their line up, the Red Clay Ramblers still demonstrate this passion as they continue to perform and record into their fourth decade.

Track Listing

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Boogerboo The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:01
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My Only Sweetheart The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 3:01
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Kissing is a Crime The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:43
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Tell it to Me The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:38
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Ducks on the Pond The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:19
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Wagon Yard The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:39
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Durang's Hornpipe The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 1:39
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Girl Behind the Bar The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:11
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Birdie The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:12
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Miller's Reel / Wake Up Susan The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:47
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Tennessee Coon The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:57
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Call to a Foreign Field The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 4:05
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Give the Fiddler a Dram The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 1:55
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I Got the Whiskey The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 4:04
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Bolger's Hornpipe The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 1:50
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House of David Blues The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 1:31
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Traveling That Highway Home The Red Clay Ramblers with Fiddlin' Al McCanless 2:53
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