Down On The Farm
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- Released: October 15, 1991
- Label: Telarc
- 1.Sunrise on the Farm
- 2.Turkey in the Straw
- 3.Thank God I'm a Country Boy
- 4.Fiddle Medley
- 5.Square Dance Hootenanny!
- 6.Yesterday, When I Was Young
- 7.Shenandoah (The Wide Missouri)
- 8.TV Down on the Farm Medley: Introduction / The Andy Griffith Show / The Beverly Hillbillies / The Real McCoys / Hee-Haw Theme / The Waltons / The Good Ol' Boys (from "The Dukes Of Hazzard") / Petticoat Junction / Grand Ole Opry Song / Green Acres
- 9.Dueling Banjos - (from "Deliverance")
- 10.Chicken Reel
- 11.Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- 12.Oh, Susanna
- 13.Old Dan Tucker
- 14.Hey, Good Lookin'
- 15.American Folk Sing Along Medley: On Top Of Old Smokey / Oh, My Darlin' Clementine / She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain / Little Brown Jug / Farmer In The Dell / Down In The Valley / Jimmy Crack Corn (The Blue Tail Fly) / Skip To My Lou
- 16.West Bound and Down - (from "Smokey And The Bandit")
- 17.Take Me Home Country Roads
- 18.My Old Kentucky Home
- 19.Rocky Top
Roy Clark Band: Roy Clark (fiddle, guitar), Vernon Sandusky, James Henley (guitars), Shelby Eicher, Wayne Massengale (fiddles), Jimmy Henley (banjo, mandolin, fiddle), Charlie Davis (steel guitar), Bobby Charles (piano), Rodney Lay (bass), Marty Long (drums).
Additional personnel: School For Creative And Performing Arts Children's Choir, Tom Wopat (vocals), Timothy Berens (guitar), Peter "Madcat" Ruth (harmonica), Bobby Toots (whistle), Jerry Helt (square dance caller), Don Farrell, Timothy Breithaupt (background vocals).
Recorded at Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio on June 3, 1991.
Personnel: Roy Clark (vocals, guitar, fiddle); Tom Wopat (vocals); Bobby Toots (whistling); Vernon Sandusky, Tim Berens (guitar); Charles Davis (steel guitar); James Henley, Jimmy Henley (banjo, mandolin, fiddle); Paul Patterson (banjo); Phillip Ruder, Wayne Massengale, Shelby Eicher (fiddle); Peter "Madcat" Ruth (harmonica); Bobby Charles (piano); Rodney Lay (bass guitar); Michael Bishop (sound effects); Timothy Breithaupt (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Robert Derwae.
Recording information: Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH (06/03/1991).
Directors: Deborah Berry-Centers; Tom Montgomery.
Editor: Thomas Knab.
Illustrator: Aleta Jenks.
Unknown Contributor Roles: School for Creative & Performing Arts Children's Chorus; Jerry Helt.
Arrangers: Eric Knight; Crafton Beck; Mark McGurty; Chris Brubeck; Carmen Dragon; Richard Hayman; Paul Patterson; Bruce Healey.
Ever hear a square-dance caller doing his thing with a symphony orchestra? You will here, along with a bewildering variety of what is euphemistically called American folk music, gussied up for Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. Folk music there is -- however lushly orchestrated -- but there is also mid-20th century country music, bluegrass, fiddle tunes, Stephen Foster, and what passes for true modern folk music, a medley of tunes from television's golden age of rural programming. Sometimes it gets awfully corny -- the low point being a children's chorus doing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" at great, intolerable length with a full menagerie of sound effects (if you can sit through that, give yourself a hand). Sometimes the excess weight that some of these songs have to bear is just too much, even within the context of classical "pops." But there is compensation from the guest stars. Tom Wopat offers a gritty variation of John Denver's original vocal in "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." Country fiddler/guitarist/singer Roy Clark goes into overdrive with his band in a medley of fiddle tunes; his electric guitar solos are decidedly uptown and jazzy in tone and he slips gracefully and authentically into the role of the lonely, aging boulevardier in his hit of 22 years before, "Yesterday When I Was Young." Overall, though, this is one of the least-convincing attempts by Kunzel/the Cincinnati Pops to prove that a "pops" concert can embrace absolutely everything. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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