Bluegrass from the Gold Country
CAT # 11661-0131-2
1. Cabin on a Mountain 2:53 2. Come Back to Me in My Dreams 3:00 3. When Springtime Comes Again 2:49 4. Cowboy Jack 3:38 5. Til the Day I Die 2:32 6. Field of Flowers 2:37 7. Oh Susannah 2:42 8. Down Among the Budded Roses 3:34 9. Darling Nellie 2:24 10. The Old Home Town 2:51 11. Old Kentucky Home 2:45 12. Clinch Mountain Home 4:19 13. Black Eyed Susie 2:02 14. I'm Walking the Dog 2:47 15. Foggy Mountain Top 2:56 16. Who's Going Down to Town 2:01 17. Thinking of Home 2:48 18. Picture on the Wall 3:08 19. Old Black Joe 3:42 20. Arkansas Traveler 2:26 21. You'd Better Get Right 1:48 22. Old Folks at Home 4:07
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In a just world, Vern Williams would have been a star. He would be hailed as one of the great bluegrass singers, his name a household word among those who love the traditional style. The sheer power of a Vern Williams performance has been likened to an unforgettable force of nature; people still talk today about shows they saw fifteen or twenty years ago. And no wonder. Williams is the kind of singer who lays it on the line every single time, the kind who earns bluegrass its well-deserved renown for the unbridled display of honest and authentic emotions. He forged his reputation in the '60s and '70s as half of Vern & Ray, but it was this album, Bluegrass from the Gold Country, that most clearly displayed the many sides of this under-appreciated pioneer. His music may have been too raw or too emotional for some listeners, but for those who wanted it straight, Vern Williams could deliver the goods, as soulfully as anyone who ever stepped up to a microphone. This is his best work, presented here for the first time on compact disc. If you missed it the first time around, think of this reissue as one of life's rare second chances.' --Jon Hartley Fox '. . . one of the best bluegrass albums I have ever heard.' --Rose Maddox Contains 10 previously unissued cuts.
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