Posts Tagged ‘Springfed Records’

Springfed Records

May 25, 2012

Check out Springfed Records:

“Uncle Dave at Home”: This CD features Uncle Dave Macon at his most relaxed and authentic, sitting before his own fireplace on a warm spring Sunday afternoon in Kittrell, Tennessee, halfway between Murfreesboro and Woodbury. The recordings in this CD are informal, amateur recordings made on a portable tape recorder. They were made circa May 1950, a little over a year before Uncle Dave’s death.

“Sam and Kirk McGee Live: 1955-1967”  Live recordings from Bean Blossom, New River Ranch, and Smithsonian Festival.


SFR-CD-101 Uncle Dave At Home

SFR-CD-102 Billy Womack in Retrospect: Down at the Barbershop

SFR-CD-103 Sam and Kirk McGee Live: 1955-1967

SFR-DU-33002 Norman Edmonds-Train on the Island
SFR-DU-33004 Various Artists-Fiddlers of the Tennessee Valley
SFR-DU-33007 JT Perkins-Just Fine Fiddling
SFR-DU-33009 Perry County Music Makers-Sunset Memories
SFR-DU-33014 WL Gregory and Clyde Davenport-Monticello: Tough Mountain Music
SFR-DU-33015 Fiddling Doc Roberts-Classic Fiddle Tunes
SFR-DU-33017 JT Perkins-Fiddle Favorites
SFR-DU-33021 Sam McGee-God Be With You
SFR-DU-33023 Frazier Moss-All Fiddler!
SFR-DU-33024 Perry County Music Makers-Going Back to Tennessee

SFR-DU-33028 WL Gregory and Clyde Davenport-Homemade Stuff
SFR-DU-33029 Indian Creek Delta Boys-Volume 1
SFR-DU-33037 Omer Forster, Houston Daniel and the Highland Rim Boys-Flowery Girls
SFR-DU-33042 Indian Creek Delta Boys-Volume 2
SFR-DU-33044 JT Perkins-JT





May 4, 2012

W.L. Gregory and Clyde Davenport: Monticello, Tough Mountain Music from Southern Kentucky

Available from Springfed Records.

by Charles Wolfe:

In a sense, this album is a time capsule. It represents the kind of recording that might have resulted if someone had been able to go into the Kentucky hills of 1920 with a modern multi-track recorder and capture the music he found there. This album represents some of the most exciting old time music on record, and some of the most authentic – – for W. L. Gregory and Clyde Davenport are the direct musical heirs of two of southeastern

Kentucky’s most influential traditional musicians, Dick Burnett and Leonard.

One might even call this record “Burnett and Rutherford in Stereo”; for in many cases it recaptures perfectally the wonderful, distant sounds of that team’s old 78 records of the 1920’s. Yet Gregory and Davenport are not ghosts of Burnett and Rutherford, nor are they slavish imitators trying to recreate a sound; they are immensely talanted and creative musicians who can utilize tradition with out being ensnared by it.

Students of traditional American music have long admired the unique fiddle-banjo stylings of Burnett and Rutherford, and the long series of records they made for Columbia and Gennett in the 1920’s have frequently been taped, studied, and reissued (see, for instance, the comprehensive anthology of their work forthcoming on Rounder Records).

Leonard Rutherford, the fiddler, died in 1954, and blind banjoist-singer-fiddler Dick Burnett, now over 90, has long since retired from music; it seemed for a time that the musical tradition they represented had given way to bluegrass and modern country music. But not quite. W.L. and Clyde have kept the flame alive. A few years ago, when I was interviewing Dick Burnett, I asked him to name the best fiddler currently playing in the area. “W.L. Gregory, the local veterinarian,” he answered at once. “Him and Clyde Davenport sound more like Leonard and I did then anyone in the country. They should – – we taught ‘em.” (more…)

Omer Forster’s “Flowery Girls”: Southern Marvel #1

December 12, 2011

First in a series of Southern Marvels, recordings of southern music that combine both singularity and beauty:  Omer Forster’s “Flowery Girls.”

In old time music, there are a number of tunes that stand alone; they have a haunting, almost mystical quality that transports the listener. I used to run down to the local record store and buy all the Davis Unlimited records as soon as they were released. I remember getting the Omer Forster record, not knowing who he was, or even what he sounded like, but it looked promising.  When Flowery Girls played on side one, cut one, I was floored by the beauty of the tune. It sounded made-up, maybe not in the “tradition” but it didn’t matter. The unique finger picking (two finger) gives it a great, syncopated feel. It is a lyrical masterpiece. Give it a listen: (from Michael Donahue)

FLOWERY GIRLS – Omer Forster, banjo
Featuring Houston Daniel and The Highland Rim Boy

Spring Fed Records SFR-DU-33037.  Available here.

Review of Omer Forster’s “Flowery Girls” by Charles Wolfe

“There’s not many old-time musicians left up here in Humphries County,” said Houston Daniel during a break in this session. “Those of us that do still play it all know each other and keep in touch.” Humphries County, lying due west of Nashville in an arm of the Tennessee River, was once the stomping ground of musicians like Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith and Floyd Ethridge; these and other lesser-known musicians have left their mark in the music of the region though, and a small but devoted band of local musicians have kept the region’s distinctive styles and tunes alive. Two of the finest of these musicians are banjoist Omer Forester (from McEwen) and fiddler Houston Daniel (from Waverly).

76 year old Omer Forster has, through the years, quietly developed one of the most distinctive styles and repertoires of any old-time banjo player in the country. All his life Omer has played in an archaic two-finger style (thumb and index finger) which he can’t remember learning from anyone; “it’s always been natural with me.” Nor has he during his life been aware that his style was all that unusual; apparently his friends and neighbors in rural Humphries County accepted the style without much comment. But distinctive it is: soft, graceful, complex, different both from the classic three-finger vaudeville styles of the other middle Tennessee artists like Uncle Dave Macon, and different from the claw-hammer style of the eastern mountains. Rick Good of the Hotmud Family has called Omer’s banjo playing “mystic,” and Harper van Hoy, the founder of Fiddlers’ Grove, has called Omer “the best old-time banjo player in the country.” (more…)