Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History (book)
by Wayne Erbsen
Rural Roots of Bluegrass is a songbook and history book that takes a deep at the roots of bluegrass music: ballads and fiddle tunes of Scots-Irish pioneers, black spirituals, plantation melodies, blues, murder ballads, sentimental parlor songs from Tin Pan Alley, North Carolina banjo styles and gospel songs. This book is richly illustrated with 107 vintage photos and includes history, lyrics to 94 songs, musical notation, chords, playing tips, and historical sources for each song. Includes profiles on the Bill Clifton, Bill Monroe, the Blue Sky Boys, Bradley Kincaid, the Callahan Brothers, Carolina Tar Heels, the Carter Family, Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, the Coon Creek Girls, Earl Scruggs, Eck Robertson, Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, Fiddlin’ John Carson, G. B. Grayson & Henry Whitter, Jimmie Rodgers, Karl and Harty, the Lilly Brothers, Monroe Brothers, the Morris Brothers, Riley Puckett, Samantha Bumgarner, Vernon Dalhart, Snuffy Jenkins and Wade & J. E. Mainer. 6" x 9", 180 pages. The perfect companion to the CD "Rural Roots of Bluegrass."
Includes words, music and history of: A Beautiful Life, All the Good Times Are Passed And Gone, Amazing Grace, Angel Band, Are You Tired of Me My Darling?, Banjo Pickin’ Girl, Banks of the Ohio, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Careless Love, Columbus Stockade, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, Darling Cory, Dig a Hole in the Meadow, Don’t Go Out Tonight, My Darling, Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down, Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky, Down in the Willow Garden , Dream of the Miner’s Child, Drifting Too Far From the Shore, East Virginia, Footmarks in the Snow, Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee, Give Me the Roses, Going to Georgia, Handsome Molly, He Will Set Your Fields On Fire, I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home, I’ll be All Smiles Tonight, In the Pines, Jealous Lover, Jesse James, Jimmie Brown the Paper Boy, John Hardy, Johnson Boys , Just Over in the Glory Land, Katy Cline, Katy Dear, Knoxville Girl, , Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Leather Britches, Life’s Railway to Heaven, Little Bessie, Little Log Cabin in the Lane, Little Maggie, Little Rosewood Casket, Little White Washed Chimney, Lonesome Road Blues, Long Journey Home, Lord, I’m Coming Home, Man of Constant Sorrow, Maple on the Hill, Mary of the Wild Moor, Midnight on the Storm Deep , My Homes Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, My Old Cottage Home, New River Train, Nine Pound Hammer, Oh Those Tombs, Old Joe Clark, Poor Ellen Smith, Precious Memories, Pretty Polly, Put My Little Shoes Away, Rabbit in the Log, Red Rocking Chair, Red Wing, Reuben’s Train, Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Roll On Buddy, Roving Gambler, Sally Goodin, Seeing Nelly Home, Shady Grove, Shake Hands With Mother Again, Short Life of Trouble, Sweet Sunny South, They’re at Rest Together, Unclouded Day, The, Wabash Cannonball, Wait Till The Clouds Roll By, Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John, What Would You Give In Exchange?, When the Bees Are in the Hive, When You And I Were Young, Maggie, Where the Soul Never Dies, White House Blues, Whoa Mule, Wild Bill Jones, Wildwood Flower.
"Wayne did a good job! He certainly knows how to tell a story." Wade Mainer, 97 year old music legend
Rural Roots of Bluegrass is one of the best bluegrass books I've read in my life." Robert Duncan
"Wayne Erbsen has done a lot for bluegrass music." Jim Shumate, fiddler with Bill Monroe & Flatt & Scruggs
"Wayne Erbsen is a widely recognized authority on the history of old-time and bluegrass music." Bluegrass Unlimited
"I've got to say, I LOVE this book! The loving detail, the photos, the song selection, I could go on and on, but I spend a lot of time with this book, trying to absorb it all. What a treasure! What a huge amount of work it must have taken, yet it's so down home and friendly and un-laborious sounding. I recommend the book heartily." Pete Wernick, Dr. Banjo.
"Rural Roots of Bluegrass is simply magnificent, one of the most interesting and surprisingly thorough works ever written about the genre." Dave Higgs, Nashville Public Radio
Wayne Erbsen's Rural Roots of Bluegrass is a great book. It's the first to really translate this history to the fan level." Fritz Schuler, Golden Ring Music
"...such a wonderful account of the development of rural music." Michael B. Toney, Utah State University
"I just want to let you know that Rural Roots is one of the best bluegrass songbooks out there." Luke Abbott
"Your detailed and historical approach to early country music is very much appreciated by those of us who still treasure that period of time. You evidently have a great love and respect for those entertainers who paved the way to bluegrass music of today. My hat is off to you." Al Hawkes, Event Records
"Just a quick email to let you know how much I enjoy your Rural Roots of Bluegrass book. I love early music and history and you do a great job putting so many great songs and the historical information about them in this book. Your music theory and instruction is terrific. Thank you for sharing your research, knowledge and sense of humor. Your contributions to old time and bluegrass music are much appreciated." Sincerely, J. Jorge