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Chesapeake Born

Tom and Mark Wisner
Chesapeake Born

Maryland-based songwriter and educator Tom Wisner’s (1930–2010) first album for Folkways also marks the label’s first documentation of the culture of the Chesapeake Bay. According to Wisner’s liner notes, “[t]he songs on this recording were given to me while I was becoming more aware of myself and my relationship to the Chesapeake Bay and her people.” With songs and singing by both Tom and his son Mark Wisner, the album features vocal contributions by Theresa Whitaker, guitars by Marty Dutcher, and Bill Caldwell on guitar and banjo. Three songs are a cappella. The handwritten liner notes include lyrics and dedications for each song, biographies of the musicians, and four drawings by Wisner.

Track Listing

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Native Land Tom and Mark Wisner 3:30
102
Made of Water Tom and Mark Wisner 1:31
103
Winter Mornin' Sea Tom and Mark Wisner 2:52
104
Wild River Tom and Mark Wisner 4:11
105
Lazy Floating Feather Tom and Mark Wisner 1:41
106
Susquehanna Down Tom and Mark Wisner 4:32
201
Clear Water Remembered Tom and Mark Wisner 2:48
202
Blowed and Torn Tom and Mark Wisner 2:17
203
Spring Lightnin' Thunder Tom and Mark Wisner 3:06
204
Southern Maryland River Tom and Mark Wisner 4:00
205
Dredgin' is My Drudgery Tom and Mark Wisner 2:31
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Chesapeake Born Tom and Mark Wisner 4:22

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