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The Wandering Boy

By: Roscoe Holcomb (Artist)


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Roscoe Holcomb Artist Snapshot:

One of the true treasures of Appalachian music, Roscoe Holcomb played banjo and guitar and sang like no one else. A coal miner and farmer for much of his life, Holcomb was discovered in 1959 by New Lost City Rambler John Cohen. By then, Holcomb was a fully formed musical island with an off-kilter two-fingered picking technique and an eerie voice that, even in high falsetto, had a forceful, reedy quality that Cohen described as "the high, lonesome sound." While that phrase has become synonymous with bluegrass singing, Holcomb is too rough around the edges for that genre's strict dictates and occupies instead an Appalachian hollow between bluegrass and the blues. Heralded by Bob Dylan, Holcomb became a fixture of the '60s folk revival and also toured with the Stanley Brothers. He died in 1981 after a long struggle with emphysema.


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1   Moonshiner Buy Buy
2   On Top of Old Smoky Buy Buy
3   Little Birdie Buy Buy
4   House in New Orleans (House of the Rising Sun) Buy Buy
5   Trouble in Mind Buy Buy
6   The Wandering Boy Buy Buy
7   Hook and Line Buy Buy
8   Married Life Blues Buy Buy
9   Omie Wise Buy Buy
10   Willow Tree Buy Buy
11   Boat's Up the River Buy Buy
12   In the Pines Buy Buy
13   Fox Chase Buy Buy
14   Little Gray Mule Buy Buy
15   Free Little Bird Buy Buy
16   Little Bessie Buy  
17   Motherless Children Buy Buy
18   Darling Corey Buy Buy
19   Roll on Buddy Buy Buy
20   A Village Churchyard Buy Buy

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Album Description

The legendary Roscoe Holcomb performs 21 powerful songs shaped by the hard times and conflict between old and new that marked his life in the Kentucky mountains. A hard-hitting singer and banjo-player, he also performs unaccompanied ballads, banjo and harmonica solos, and with a guitar. These recordings from 1961, 1964, and 1974 were previously released on three different Folkways LP records and had a powerful influence on the folk music revival. Accompanied by extensive new notes and photographs by John Cohen. 71 minutes. "Roscoe Holcomb is a true genius." -San Francisco Chronicle

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With a voice that could crack the same cement he worked all his adult life, Roscoe Holcomb, along with Dock Boggs, Wade Ward, and Banjo Bill Cornett, was one of the most searing singers and pickers of the Appalachian banjo style. He performed mostly in Holiness Church services and impromptu square dances, and his style was never polished by an extensive professional career. His banjo playing is distinguished by speedy, irregular meter, and seems to mimic his vocal approach (or vice versa). First released in 1965, this John Cohen edited collection includes the well-known traditional cuts "Moonshiner" and "House of the Rising Sun," and is fleshed out by the guitar playing of Mike Seeger. --Roy Francis Kasten



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