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Our opening is a bright and cheerful favorite, composed in 1940 by a former Louisiana governor, that makes for a good sing-a-long on a rainy day. Cary opens on the mandolin.
Track 2. CINDY, Traditional 1800s banjo minstrel (2:23)
Here's one of the old banjo minstrel tunes that's been a favorite since the Civil War. It's a story about a spunky and mischievous girl named Cindy.
Track 3. MY BONNIE LIES OVER THE OCEAN, Traditional British Isles (3:21)
The southern mountains have long been the home of a rich ballad and song tradition brought by early English, Irish and Scottish immigrants. This 1881 ballad is a good example with its roots deep in the British Isles.
Track 4. ARE YOU TIRED OF ME DARLIN', G. P. Cook and Ralph Randolph (2:54)
Here's an old fashioned love song, first published in 1877 that's become a country standard played by many groups for over a century. Kristin's autoharp accents our arrangement.
Track 5. GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK, Henry Clay Work (3:01)
This sentimental ballad was introduced at a minstrel show in New Haven in 1876, and tells the story of a loved one's life in the metaphor of a grandfather's clock. Our arrangement features Deanne on the block , Carol and Karen on guitar, and Bob's hammered dulcimer.
Track 6. BRING ME LITTLE WATER, SILVIE, Huddie Ledbetter (2:07)
An old American work song of the deep rural South, performed a cappella style.
Track 7. BILE THEM CABBAGE DOWN, Traditional bluegrass (1:32)
We thought we ought to put at least one instrumental piece on this album, so why not "boil" some cabbage down -- flat-out.
Track 8. MORE PRETTY GALS THAN ONE, Woody Guthrie, Ludlow Music Inc BMI (2:26)
This familiar love ballad reminds us of the 20s when girls were gals and railroads were king.
Track 9. YOU'VE BEEN A FRIEND TO ME, A. P. Carter, APRS BMI (2:54)
This touching Southern Appalachian folk song expresses what everyone of us, either now or at sometime in our lives has experienced - that is, a true friend.
Track 10. ANGEL BAND, Rev. J. Hascall and William Bradbury (3:42)
This 1864 Southern gospel classic is found in many old Christian songbooks. It’s Edie and Kristin on vocals and Bob takes the break on the harmonica.
Track 11. ROLL IN MY SWEET BABY'S ARMS, Traditional bluegrass (2:54)
A "pickin’ and grinnin’ number made popular by Flatt and Scruggs and performed by many mountain bluegrass bands over the years. It's become a standard for generations.
Track 12. THE CLARION RIVER, Robert Norman Miller (2:59)
Here's an original composed in 1997 in the style of the old Appalachian music and arranged with guitar and autoharp. It’s ‘bout a quaint little river deep in the heart of the Alleghenies.
Track 13. BANKS OF THE OHIO, Traditional 19th Century (3:20)
The roots of many early American folk songs can be traced to other countries, but this sad murder ballad, arranged with dulcimers, is truly 19th century American.
Track 14. BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES, Traditional Bluegrass (2:51)
Kristin and Mark sing this well known mountain ballad in a true bluegrass style - a musical descendant of the old-time string band tradition that developed out of the Southern mountain dance music and song.
Track 15. BURY ME BENEATH THE WILLOW, Clyde J. Foley (3:17)
This folk song is one of the early 20th century love ballads typical of a musical style whose elements have contributed to much of this century’s country music.
Track 16. STORMS ARE ON THE OCEAN, A. P. Carter, APRS BMI(4:34)
A beautiful melody with a sad tale of a soldier who anguishes over leaving his loved one as he prepares to go off to war. Though composed in the 1920s following WW-1, the lyrics are generic to any soldier in any war in any generation.
Track 17. HIGHER GROUND, Johnson Oatman Jr. / Charles H. Gabriel (3:21)
Gospel singing is a celebration of religious values of people. It’s original American folk music with both Afro-American and European Christian cultural roots. This gospel traditional of the 19th century, with its bright and upbeat tempo expresses the hope and faith of religion. Deanne’s djemebe keeps it rolling, and Carol leads the echo for us in the chorus.
Track 18. JUST A FEW MORE DAYS, A.P. Carter, APRS BMI (3:18)
A great autoharp song and a real tearjerker from the Carter Family classics. The song tells of the sadness of a loved one at a mother's passing, and expresses strong Christian values of life and death. Kristin and Edie share the vocals.
Track 19. OLD BLACK JOE, Stephen Collins Foster (2:27)
Stephen Foster gave us many lovable songs that tell of the early 19th century South and which express his feelings for the life of plantation workers. As a young boy raised in Pittsburgh, Pa, it was the Ohio riverboat minstrels that brought the Southern music influence to his ear.
Track 20. LITTLE ROSEWOOD CASKET, Louis P. Goullard and Charles A. White (2:39)
This pretty 1870 folk song, arranged here with autoharp and hammered dulcimer, is considered by many to be the favorite of all of the old Appalachian folk music. It was originally under the title "A package of old love letters".
Track 21. HOLD FAST TO THE RIGHT, Sara Carter, Jaymore Music Inc BMI (3:21)
The old Appalachian folks songs often tell of loved ones and family and express moral values of the way our ancestors lived. These lyrics tell of a mother's gift to her loving son as he is preparing to leave home to find his way in life.
Track 22. GOOD NIGHT IRENE, Huddie Ledbetter, Ludlow Music Inc BMI (3:40)
Leadbelly's most popular sing-a-long familiar to everyone and featuring Deanne on vocal.
Track 23. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, Woody Guthrie, Ludlow Music Inc BMI (3:07)
This patriotic Woody Guthrie classic expresses the jubilant spirit of free people and a tribute to our great land. It's sung and enjoyed by new generations of Americans everywhere today -- for even our children are singing this song in school.
Track 24. BONNIE BLUE EYES, A. P. Carter, APRS BMI (3:16)
Folk songs often tell the story of plain and simple things in life; and this lovely Carter song does justice to our album ending with its simple down home lyrics, sweet melody and soft dulcimer accompaniment led by Karen and Bob.
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Disc 1: I Saw the LighthouseTrack 1. I SAW THE LIGHTHOUSE, Jerry Gallagher (5:28)
An original. Accapello intro of the old Shine on Me, followed by Jerry’s new song. Dobro, lead guitar and mandolin. Jerry is the featured vocalist.
Track 2. JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM, Nellie Talbot/E.O. Excell (2:40)
An old favorite for children. Krisitn Benjamin is featured on vocal with her own multitracked 4-part harmony. Classical guitar.
Track 3. FAR SIDES BANKS OF JORDAN, Terry Smith, Silverlane Publ. (3:00)
A group sing which is the feature song on the album for the lap dulcimer.
Track 4. JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE, Traditional (4:55)
Our cowboy gospel song for the pioneer congregations. What better instruments than straight melodic harmonica on the break and a driving openback clip-clop banjo to lead the rhythm. Everybody sings along congregational-style on this old hymn.
Track 5. DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE, Traditional Spiritual (3:31)
A lively old Negro spiritual done with an upbeat tempo of tenor banjo, mandolin and crossharp blues. Scott Atkinson is the lead caller.
Track 6. MEETING IN THE AIR, A. P. Carter, Peer Int’l. Corp, BMI (2:12)
An old Carter tune, a rare polka gospel folk song. Kristin Benjamin has the lead vocals. Dobro combines with open back banjo on the breaks.
Track 7. A CHILD AGAIN, Billy & Terry Smith, Bats & Crows (ASCAP) (3:39)
A more recent bluegrass gospel tune performed with female vocal harmony. Mandolin and open back banjo, Bob’s style, not Scruggs.
Track 8. WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS, Joseph Scriven & Charles Converse (3:59)
A classic old hymn sung in three-part harmony and featuring Bob Miller and Kristin Benjamin on high harmony. An upbeat arrangement with a Delta blues pick, some potent djembe and bass and a crosscutting F harp.
Track 9. HAVEN OF REST, Traditional (4:03)
A unique arrangement of an old hymn. Group accapello and chorus; Karen Dunstan solo vocalist on the verses. A combination of mandolin and classical lead guitar.
Track 10. SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT, Traditional (2:39)
Everyone sings on this classic spiritual. Done with banjo and tambourine.
Track 11. HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD, Traditional (2:47)
The kid’s choir (from the New Life Evangelical Church, New Tripoli, Pa.) sings with us on this traditional spiritual song. Ukelele, guitar, banjo and bass.
Track 12. WAYFARING STRANGER, Traditional (3:09)
Kristin Benjamin and Jerry Gallagher team to sing this old Appalachian folk spiritual done with a unique blend of hammered dulcimer, octave mandolin, mandolin and guitar
. Track 13. ALL MY TRIALS, Traditional (3:41)
The deepness and sadness of this old song, which originated somewhere in the Caribbean, is reflected in the tenor recorder breaks and in the vocals of our featured soloist, Deanne Saab. Soft 6- and 12-string guitar and octave mandolin.
Track 14. LIFE IS LIKE A MOUNTAIN RAILROAD, M.E. Abbey and Charles Tilman (4:18)
You can hear the train a comin’ on this “choo-choo” gospel song, well known in folk music circles. Everyone sings. Mandolin and dobro take the breaks.
Disc 2: The Old Country ChurchTrack 1. JESUS CAME TO BETHLEHEM, Jerry Gallagher (4:05)
Another original song by Jerry who also leads the vocal. This is the token Christmas song on the album done bluegrass style with all the strings.
Track 2. DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, A.P. Carter, Peer Int’l. Corp (BMI) (3:32)
All sing this old Carter tune. The autoharp is the featured instrument with a touch of the dobro.
Track 3. OLD TIME RELIGION, Traditional (1:45)
Two mandolins are the featured voice instruments and Deanne Saab is the featured vocalist on the verses, as we all come in on the refrain. A short and sweet arrangement.
Track 4. OLD COUNTRY CHURCH, Traditional (3:33)
Opening church bells put you in the Sunday morning mood of this old country song of faith. Everyone sings and the instrumentation features a combination of lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer and octave mandolin.
Track 5. TURN YOUR RADIO ON, E. Brumley , Bridge Building Music; Stamps-Baxter (2:11)
Kristin Benjamin’s the lead vocal on this more contemporary gospel tune. Lots of dobro, banjo, and a pickin’ 6-string guitar. A cute song!!
Track 6. POWER IN THE BLOOD, L.E. Jones (2:50)
A gospel favorite found in many Christian hymnals. Kristin Benjamin gives us another solo for the whole group to answer on the chorus. Autoharp and spoons set the pace.
Track 7. FARTHER ALONG, Traditional (6:29)
A classic among old Gospel song lovers with a hammered dulcimer and mandolin quietly setting the background. Kristin Benjamin leads the verses and the whole congregation joins in on the choruses.
Track 8. DO LORD, Traditional (2:37)
A little bit of banjo, a potent dobro and everybody singing this very familiar upbeat traditional religious tune.
Track 9. GREEN PASTURES, Traditional (4:14)
A pleasant old gospel hymn. Accapello introduction by the group, and Edie Kuhns is the lead caller. Multiple tracks of the octave mandolin are featured.
Track 10. WHERE THE SOUL NEVER DIES, William H. Golden (4:04)
Everybody sings this hard-drivin’ gospel favorite with lots of banjo and mandolin.
Track 11. MAN IN THE MIDDLE, Tom “Harley” Campbell, Paul Craft Music (2:47)
A more recent Gospel song with a inspirational sound. Scott Atkinson is the lead voice. A warm soft dobro, guitar in drop D tuning and the djembe adds a nice effect to this arrangement.
Track 12. I SHALL NOT BE MOVED, Traditional (3:30)
Close to the original Negro spiritual arrangement for a song that has become known as a protest song, with a bit of Scruggs-style banjo pickin’.
Track 13. WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN, Traditional (3:51)
Classic Carter song featuring everyone singing and autoharp as the lead instrument.
Track 14. I’LL FLY AWAY, Albert E. Brumley (3:23)
A standard old gospel folk song featured recently on the O Brother Where Art Thou album. Kristin opens our arrangement with a solo, then the whole group sings along. Mandolin and dobro are the lead instruments.
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Len is the featured vocalist on this very funny song about lovin' to eat garlic. Slapstick style music with banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass.
Track 2. WAY BACK IN 69, words and music by Bob Miller (5:06)
If you can remember all the crazy things that happened during the dynamic sixties, then this song's for you. Bob is the featured vocalist, acoustic guitar and harmonica player along with the percussive guitar style of John Wesley Dickson. Len is on bass.
Track 3. TOO LATE, words and music by Kristin Benjamin (3:48)
A touch of country sung by Kristin with Bob on the 12-string and Len on bass.
Track 4. SAILIN ON A SHIP, words and music by Jerry Gallagher (4:44)
Jerry and John Dickson's vocals are featured on this upbeat song. Jerry plays the 12-string and John plays both rhythm and percussive guitar; Len is on bass. Jerry dedicates this song to his wife Sandy.
Track 5. LOOK TO THE WEST, words and music by Karen Dunstan (4:09)
Karen is the featured lead and harmony vocal on this beautiful song dedicated to Karen's Irish ancestors who immigrated to America. Kristin sings harmony with Karen on the chorus. Karen finger-picks the Martin guitar and guest performer Ken Levin is featured on the concert and alto flutes. Len is on bass.
Track 6. I'LL GO ON LOVIN' YOU, words and music by Jack Vass (2:26)
This song features Mr. Jack Vass with his 3-part harmony and lead guitar done in a style reminiscent of the early sixties music. Kristin adds somes vocal ooo's, Bob adds some ryhthm guitar and Len plays the bass.
Track 7. LET HER GO, words and music by Kristin Benjamin (2:41)
A lost-lover kind of classic country-style song featuring Kristin on lead and vocal harmony and Bob on the Beard Dobro. Len plays bass and Bob overdubs the rhythm guitar.
Track 8. WAITIN' FOR THE ANSWER, words and music by Bob Miller (3:04)
One of Bob's many mountain songs with a subtle Gospel message. This is a very upbeat song featuring Bob singing the lead and pickin' lead guitar, Kristin adds some high and low harmony to create an almost haunting effect, and Len anchors the song with his excellent bass playing.
Track 9. MY LOUISE, words and music by Jack Vass (3:34)
Jack is the lead singer on this lovely song which he has dedicated to his new wife Louise. Bob adds some Dobro and banjo to round out the instrumentation of Len's bass and Jack's guitar.
Track 10. MY LIFE WITH A ROSE, words and music by Karen Dunstan (3:23)
Another very funny garlic song led by Karen with some help from Jack on the choruses. Karen leads the instrumentation with the mandolin the sliding whistle and rythmn guitar. Bob adds some banjo and len plays the bass.
Track 11. SWINGIN' AWAY IN THE MOONLIGHT, words and music by Bob Miller (3:07)
A pleasant wedding waltz written by Bob as a dedication to his late parent's lasting love. Bob is featured as the lead vocalist and the rest of the group sings along on the choruses. Karen's outstanding tenor and alto mandolin lead the instrumental accompaniment, while Bob does his thing on ryhtmn guitar and len on bass.
Track 12. ANGEL OF MINE, words and music by Jack Vass (3:24)
Another lovin' angel song done in a calypso-style reminiscent of the sixties, featuring Jack on the vocals and Len on vocal bass.
Track 13. MY ANGEL IN AMERICA, words and music by Kristin Benjamin (4:37)
This song is Kristin's angel, William Sawicki, to whom she has dedicated this song. A very nice calypso-doo wop style beat with an acoustic percussive background of guitar, bass and bongos and featurng Kristin on lead vocal and the "doo wop" harmony voices.
Track 14. GARLIC BREATH, words and music by Bob Miller (4:12)
This is another funny garlic song written by Bob for the Stroudsburg Garlic Festival. Bob sings the lead here and the rest of the group helps him get through the "smelly" chorus. Bob picks the banjo for a distinctive instrumental accompaniment to the guitars and bass.
Track 15. I CAN'T LET YOU KNOW, words and music by Edith Englert (2:27)
Edie wrote this beautiful love song in honor of her late husband Jack. Done in a light country style characteristic of Edie's favorite music, the song features Kristin on lead vocal and harmony and Bob plays both lead guitar and Weissenborn guitar.
Track 16. SMILIN' JACK, words and music by Jerry Gallagher (5:11)
Jerry's old friend jack was a fun-lovin' tow-truck driver and a deserving host of one of Jerry's many country songs. Jerry plays both 6-string and 12-string guitar and John Wesley Dickson plays the lead guitar on this one.
Track 17. THE ANGEL'S SONG, words and music by Bob Miller (4:03)
What could be more fitting than to end the album with an uplifting Gospel song about real angels playin the banjo! Bob sings lead on the verses and everybody sings along congregational-style on the vibrant choruses of this new Gospel song. The 5-string banjo picked by Bob is the break instrument.
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