The Cumberland Three Folk Scene U.S.A.
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- Released: August 16, 1999
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collector's Choice
- 1.Darlin' Corey
- 2.The Risin' Canal
- 3.Come Along Julie
- 4.Molly Dee
- 5.Brave Bobby Campbell
- 6.Johnny Reb
- 7.Bull Run
- 8.Along The Colorado Trail
- 9.New Land
- 10.Nine Hundred Miles
- 11.Save Another Bum
- 12.So Long (It's Been Good To Know You)
- 13.Cotton Fields
- 14.You Can Tell The World
- 15.Old Dog Blue
The Cumberland Three includes: John Stewart.
Includes liner notes by Bud Katzel, Dave Guard.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: John Montgomery (tenor, baritone, guitar, congas); Gil Robbins (tenor, baritone); John Stewart (baritone, bass voice).
Liner Note Authors: Dave Guard; Bud Katzel.
Arranger: John Stewart.
The debut album by the Cumberland Three was also an attempt by Morris Levy's Roulette Records to get in on a piece of the folk-music action spurred by the success of the Kingston Trio. The album compares very favorably with the work of the Kingston Trio -- no less a figure than the latter group's co-founder, Dave Guard (who was to be succeeded by Cumberland Trio co-founder John Stewart), endorses the Cumberland Three on the original jacket -- and may even be preferable to some listeners, because the Cumberland Three don't let overt humor and comic relief play too large a role in their recordings. Not that they don't have fun, but they concentrate on the music, which ranges from traditional folk to faux Civil War songs and calypso-influenced numbers. The vocals are impeccable, and even more alluring as they aren't too perfect -- John Stewart's singing on "New Land" is rough-hewn and affecting in a very serious way, and the rousing follow-up, "Nine Hundred Miles," makes them a perfect match-up on the original album. The 1999 Collectors' Choice reissue has been extended with three bonus tracks, a surprisingly soulful version of Leadbelly's "Cotton Fields," a lyrical and touching "You Can Tell the World," and a slow but not too mournful "Old Dog Blue," all familiar songs from other venues that come to life anew here. ~ Bruce Eder
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