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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