Composer: Tracy Schwarz.
Personnel: Mike Seeger (vocals, tenor, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica); Tom Paley (vocals, tenor, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mandolin); Tracy Schwarz (vocals, tenor, guitar, banjo, fiddle, spoons); John Cohen (vocals, bass voice, guitar, banjo, claw hammer banjo, mandolin, fiddle, triangle); Rev. Gary Davis, Rodney Balfa, Sara Carter (vocals, guitar); Clarence Ashley , Dock Boggs, Cynthia May Carver, Roscoe Holcomb (vocals, banjo); Dillard Chandler, Fields Ward, Dellie Norton (vocals); Tony Balfa, Ron Tinkler, Elizabeth Cotten, Eric Thompson, Rensel Rich, Jody Stecher, Mother Maybelle Carter, Sam McGee (guitar); Kirk McGee, Mac Benford, Wade Ward (banjo); Holly Tannen (dulcimer); Penny Seeger, Kilby Snow (autoharp); Dave Ricker, Elmer Rich (mandolin); Dewey Balfa, Eck Robertson, Crockett Ward, Sanford Rich, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners, Will Spires, Harry Rich, Sue Draheim (fiddle); Allison Young (accordion); Weston Bergeaux (drums); Larry Hanks (Jew's harp).
Audio Remasterers: Matt Walters; Malcolm Addey; Matt Walters; Mike Seeger.
Liner Note Author: Jon Pankake.
Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
Arrangers: Clarence Ashley ; Fred Cockerham; Tommy Jarrell.
The New Lost City Ramblers were instrumental in bridging the gap between the young urban folk musicians of the early '60s, who embraced the form and feel of old-time American music, and the last of the great rural singers and players who had actually grown up with the music in its original incarnation. This wonderful set combines two earlier collections, THE EARLY YEARS: 1958-1962 (featuring the original trio) and OUT STANDING IN THEIR FIELD: VOLUME II: 1963-1973 (featuring the later version of the group with Schwarz), with a third disc called WHERE DO YOU COME FROM? WHERE DO YOU GO?, which presents some of the field recordings NLCR did of the musicians that inspired them. The end result is a well-rounded portrait of an important and vital string band who were always careful to stay true to the intent and execution of the precious musical resource they drew from, never doing any song a disservice and always working to create a seamless bridge between the old and the re-imagined.