- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 1, 1992
- Label: Bear Family
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.The Tramp on the Street
- 2.When God Comes and Gather His Jewels
- 3.The Black Sheep Returned to the Fold
- 4.Put My Rubber Doll Away
- 5.The Drunken Driver
- 6.Tear Stained Letter
- 7.Lonely Mound of Clay
- 8.Six More Miles
- 9.Singing Waterfall
- 10.At the First Fall of Snow
- 11.Matthew Twenty-Four
- 12.I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes
- 13.A Hero's Death
- 14.I'll Never See Sunshine Again
- 15.Too Late - Too Late
- 16.Why Do You Weep Dear Willow
- 17.Don't Forget the Family Prayer
- 18.I Heard My Mother Weeping
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Mother's Gone But Not Forgotten
- 2.The Evening Train
- 3.This Is the End
- 4.Fifteen Years Ago
- 5.Poor Ellen Smith
- 6.Coming Down from God
- 7.Teardrops Falling in the Snow
- 8.With You on My Mind
- 9.If You See My Saviour
- 10.Heaven's Radio
- 11.When My Time Comes to Go
- 12.Don't Sell Daddy Any More Whiskey
- 13.Higher in My Prayers
- 14.Travelling the Highway Home
- 15.It's Different Now
- 16.When the Angels Rolled the Stone Away
- 17.It's All Coming True
- 18.When We See Our Redeemer's Face
& The Cumberland Mountain Folks.
Contains tracks recorded for Columbia from 1946 to 1951. Includes a 44-page booklet with photos and detailed session notes.
Personnel: Molly O'Day (vocals, guitar, banjo); Lynn Davis (vocals, guitar); James "Jimmie" Selph (steel guitar); George "Speedy" Krise (dobro); James "Slim" Martin (fiddle, harmonica); Cecil "Skeets" Williamson (fiddle).
Liner Note Author: Ivan M. Tribe.
Recording information: Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, TN (12/16/1946-08/04/1951); Columbia Recording Studio, Chicago, IL (12/16/1946-08/04/1951).
Illustrators: Colin Escott; Ivan M. Tribe; Charles Wolfe; Lynn Davis .
Photographers: Colin Escott; Ivan M. Tribe; Charles Wolfe; Lynn Davis .
Arrangers: Lynn Davis ; Molly O'Day.
Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks is a double-disc, 36-track collection that compiles all of the recordings O'Day made for Columbia Records between 1946 and 1951. Though her music presages the upcoming honky tonk era, O'Day was more closely tied to the mountain music that dominated country music in the first half of the 20th century. As such, her music can be a little difficult for contemporary ears -- her thick nasal twang is something that modern listeners will have to accommodate. For country historians, however, Molly O'Day and the Cumberland Mountain Folks is a worthwhile. Not only did she bridge the gap between string bands and honky tonk with her old-timey banjo playing and twang, but she was one of the first country artists to record a Hank Williams song. As such, this double-disc set is worth investigation for serious musicologists. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine