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Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 4

Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 4

Recorded in southwest Virginia in 1982, this is the final album by the Virginia Mountain Boys for the Folkways label. Several personnel changes had taken place in the band since their inaugural recording in 1974. Mandolin picker and singer Ivor Melton had passed away, and two other musicians had left the band. Remaining band members Cullen Galyean (banjo and lead singer) and Bobby Harrison (guitar) brought in fiddler John Jackson, guitarist David Lambert, and bassist Jerry Steinberg to perform on this recording. The band performs a dozen bluegrass and traditional songs in the old-time style of rural mountain music of the late 19th and early 20th century. Harrison and Galyean reminisce about their early introduction to music on one track. Information about the band and music is included in the liner notes.

Track Listing

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More Pretty Girls Than One Virginia Mountain Boys 3:17
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102
East Virginia Virginia Mountain Boys 4:50
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103
What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul? Virginia Mountain Boys 3:43
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104
New River Train Virginia Mountain Boys 3:59
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105
Conversation with Bobby Harrison and Cullen Galyean Virginia Mountain Boys 3:58
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106
Wayfaring Stranger Virginia Mountain Boys 5:13
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201
Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies Virginia Mountain Boys 3:10
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202
Shackles and Chains Virginia Mountain Boys 3:09
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203
Dream of a Miner's Son (Dream of a Miner's Child) Virginia Mountain Boys 3:37
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204
Sand Mountain Blues Virginia Mountain Boys 2:51
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205
Little Willie Virginia Mountain Boys 2:48
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206
Maple on the Hill Virginia Mountain Boys 3:10
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207
Wild Bill Jones Virginia Mountain Boys 3:01
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