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  Lynda Greer

Lost and THANK HEAVENS Found

I am a lover of folk music and have been for 50 (!) years. I am so thrilled to have found
this group. They have such beautiful, tight harmony and strong individual voices. The
instrumental work is prodigious…especially the banjo. I love the Beatles, but their arrival
was a disaster for lovers of folk music. Thank you, CD Baby, for giving us back the Cumberland Trio.

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  Robert Morgan Fisher

Found Treasure

The Cumberland Trio were one of the finest groups to emerge from the 60’s Folk Boom. This album was recorded at the zenith of that boom and its stillbirth (due to the Beatles tsunami) makes it a sort of “Lost City of Atlantis.” To finally have it released is a joy–we all owe the CT a great debt. This is a must-have for any collection.

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  Dennis Ray

“Just close your eyes..”

Just hit “play” on your remote, close your eyes, and within only a few seconds you’re transported back to that special time when clean cut young men with their guitars and banjos hovered around a single microphone and sang tight three part harmonies with vibrant energy. If you remember that time or want to experience it, this Cumberland Trio album is a “must have”. Especially noteworthy are Tom Kilpatrick’s soaring tenor voice and Jim Shuptrine’s sharp, staccato banjo playing. All tracks are great, but two standouts are “Wish I Were a Babe”, an original, and “Ride Up”. While a freshman at The University of Tennessee I was able to hear this group twice, the latter “In Concert” with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. How great that they still are making music 50 years later!

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  John S. Such


50 years later The Cumberland Trio are performing with their original line-up and have just released a new CD recorded live in 1964. If you want to revisit the folk era buy this CD to experience one of this eras finest acts. Tight vocals, harmonies and acoustic instrumentation along with traditional folk tunes will keep you humming and singing along song after song. Since I received my copy in the mail this CD has been in my CD player with the repeat button engaged. And that is the measure of an outstanding recording. Order your copy now!

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  Nick Noble

A Terrific “Find” — Music Epitomizing the Great Folk Revival of the 1960s 

If you want to capture the spirit of the 1960s Folk Revival, you should start with this wonderful CD. Sure, groups like the Kingston Trio and Peter-Paul-&-Mary were better known thanks to their huge chart success, but the fact is that the vast majority of those caught up in the magic of that era were ordinary folk: enthusiastic college kids, aspiring artists, terrific talents who got together and performed for the sheer musical joy of sharing songs both traditional and original. Circumstances conspired to keep the Cumberland Trio– extremely talented performers from the University of Tennessee– out of the record stores and off the charts. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t produce excellent music. Today the best of what was lost has been found: and what a terrific “find” it is. The Cumberland Trio’s work is worth hearing, and then you’ll want to hear it over and over again. Traditional songs like “Ride Up!” (which helped them win the National Intercollegiate Folk Music competition back in the day), full of energy and drive. Original songs like “Wish I Were a Babe” (a lovely, gentle protest song and quietly powerful Civil Rights anthem) and “A Lion Named Sam” (rivaling “Puff the Magic Dragon” as a perfect children’s song). Gorgeous harmonies, brilliant instrumental work, and an infectiously energetic enthusiasm which brings all these great songs to life: with all of this and more going for them, the Cumberland Trio epitomizes the Great Folk Revival of the early 60s.
It has been my privilege and pleasure to be able to play tracks from Cumberland Trio recordings on my weekly radio show– THE FOLK REVIVAL, Thursdays 7-11 PM est, wicn.org– and listeners can share in that privileged pleasure by getting hold of this CD and checking it out. You won’t be disappointed!

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  Alicia Grugett

Enjoyable for the whole family

Just sit back, relax and enjoy this timeless heartwarming music!

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  Barbara Shell

Back Where We Began

I LOVE THIS MUSIC!!! This feelgood CD reminds me of a simpler life with family and friends. Upbeat, warm and sincere dialog combined with talented solos and incredible vocal harmony make for great listening. These are truly gifted artists with a genuine love for their music! Highly recommended!!!

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  Jim G.

Great rebirth of music that should be kept ALIVE.

Realistic AWESOME concert. Relayed heartfelt love of the music they were performing and their love of doing it. Hope chance comes to see them in another “Live” third reunion soon. I got an appreciation letter and background letter from artists that was very SPECIAL and information filled relating to this concert on the album.

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  Harold Haskew

Toe-tapping music

This is a wonderful collection of timeless music. I can’t get “Old Dogs” out of my mind. The blend of the voices is wonderful. These CDs stay on the top of my stack!

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These will fill your room and you’ll be singing along with the Trio

Borne of the 60’s Folk scene this group remained True to the
music and kept it alive with their Local Live concerts- no studio mixing here just beautifully recorded music and awesome acoustic Instrumentation.

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  Cindy Hill/CD Reviews

Extraordinary recording, tight driving American folk at its populist roots

In the time of legends, Spring, 1963, four young fraternity brothers calling themselves the Cumberland Trio (math majors they ain’t)brought down the house at a University of Tennessee campus band showcase with their tight-driving all American blend of bluegrass, gospel, and seeds-of-rock, and landed a contract with RCA, where their 1964 Nashville recordings were produced by the legendary Chet Atkins. The group has re-released this extraordinary original recordings together with several self-produced tracks from the same era.
Reflecting the times is a sense of political courage, and an unwavering presumption that music belongs to the people who work the fields, sail the ships, and dig the mines, transforming “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya” into a universal plea for peace, and “John Henry” into a tribute to all men and woman who work by the sweat of their brow. The powerful sound The Cumberland Trio has not only survived the decades, but been reborn, emerging like a breath of fresh air into today’s folk-pop music scene that has drifted far from its populist roots.

Buy the disc for yourself, and one for your parents so they can remember, and one for your kids so they don’t forget. Read my complete review at www.cdreviews.com

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Dreaming of college folk

If you like the college folk of the sixties, this is a great album. Like the Brothers Four or Kingston Trio, but different. Nice balance between mellow and brightness. Relax and remember those lovely years at university.

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  CD Baby

a combination of 60s commercial and traditional acoustic folk music, with a bluegrass, blues and gospel style, as well as exceptional and unique solo and harmony vocals.

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  Larry Lowe

Great Music! Brings back fond memories of folk music in the 60’s.

Wonderful mix of funny, up-tempo and slow songs with great harmony.

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  Lynda Bullard

Great listening!

This CD brought back old memories. On Labor Day week-end we listened to it from Murfreesboro TN to Atlanta GA. It’s a great CD. I will buy more for gifts.

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Love the music. Lots of memories.

I wish I could hear more music like this everyday.

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