Performers include: Johnson Mountain Boys, Boozo Chavis, Fontella Bass, Santiago Jiminez Jr., Cephas & Wiggins, Texas Playboys, Klezmer.
Personnel: Dudley Connell, John Cephas (vocals, guitar); Santiago Jimenez, Jr., Steve Riley , Boozoo Chavis (vocals, accordion); Greg Stafford (vocals, cornet); Glen Lewis (vocals, trombone); Fontella Bass (vocals, piano); Fernando Cellicion (vocals, drums); Florentine Johnson, Alton Nastacio (vocals, rattle); Benjamin Reed, Virgil Smith, Joe Kirin, Jr., Lawrencs McKiver, Leon Rausch, Toby Torres (vocals); Wayne Williams (tenor); Steve Taylor (baritone); Barry Taylor (bass voice); Carlton Thomas, Wayne C. Henderson , Willie Col¢n (guitar); James Chirillo, Paul Burlison, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Sonny Burgess (electric guitar); Herb Remington (steel guitar); Henry Sapoznik, Tom Adams (banjo); Johnny Gimble (mandolin, fiddle); David McLaughlin, Randy Greer (mandolin); Carl Jones (saz, flute, drums); Claude "Fiddler" Williams (electric violin); Dewey Balfa, Eddie Stubbs, Ernie Hunter (fiddle); John McKennas (cello); Phil Wiggins (harmonica); Dr. Michael White , Sid Beckerman (clarinet); Howie Leess (saxophone); Anthony Roberts, Henry Cleveland, H. Shepherd, Freddie Lonzo, Norvus Miller, Jr., Lloyd Mays, Purcell R. Miller, Norvus Miller, Sr., Sidney Wiggins, Joseph Chambers, Perry Smith (trombone); Darren Strouse (sousaphone); Sadie Goodson (piano); Pete Sokolow (keyboards); Javier Aguilar, Ernesto Aguilar (marimba); Keter Betts (upright bass); Jim Gough, Stan Kessler (electric bass); D.J. Fontana, Rellis Chavis, Michael Spielzinger, Rapper D, Cookie Martinez, Louis Cottrell, Sr., Antoine Gardner, Jerry Ontiberoz (drums); James Freeman (bass drum); Oswaldo Munoz (congas); Jaime Colon (bongos); Emma Colon (guiro); Christine Balfa (triangle); Willie Torres (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: David Glasser.
Audio Remixer: John Tyler.
Liner Note Author: Nick Spitzer.
Recording information: Barns Of Wolf Trap, Vienna, VR (04/01/1992-04/08/1992).
Director: Nick Spitzer.
Editor: Leslie Spitz-Edson.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Dewey Balfa; Carletha Sullivan; Elizabeth Temple; Doretha Skipper; Misko Jurkovich; Thelma Ellison; Arturo Santiago, Jr.; Vertie McKiver; Odessa Young; Jerry Grcevich; Kate Campbell; The Johnson Mountain Boys.
Arranger: Fontella Bass.
This 22-cut sampler culled from the Folk Masters radio show series reflects the program's openness -- bluegrass, klezmer, classic gospel, Western swing, mountain music, blues, Cajun, and traditional jazz are represented, as well as international styles and conjunto. It is a quick musical education and one that should forever shatter stereotyped notions about what does and does not constitute folk music. ~ Ron Wynn