A Distant Land To Roam: Songs Of The Carter Family


A Distant Land To Roam: Songs Of The Carter Family by Sony Legacy at Your Free Album. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. On this release, Ralph Stanley presents a collection of songs made popular by one of the most influential groups in American music history, the Carter Family. Often referred to as ''the first family of country music,'' the Carter Family began recording in 1927 and created a sound that laid the foundation for country, folk and bluegrass music. Now, bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley pays tribute to the family that started it all. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand


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On this release, Ralph Stanley presents a collection of songs made popular by one of the most influential groups in American music history, the Carter Family. Often referred to as "the first family of country music," the Carter Family began recording in 1927 and created a sound that laid the foundation for country, folk and bluegrass music. Now, bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley pays tribute to the family that started it all. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand] Given the direct line of progression between the songs of the Carter Family and the mountain music of the Stanley Brothers, it's surprising that it's taken the venerable Ralph Stanley more than a hundred albums before releasing one devoted solely to the Carters. The wait was worth it, for the rough-hewn soulfulness of Stanley's vocals and the unvarnished production truly conjure a distant land--a musical expanse far removed from the present--of seminal songs suffused with faith and a strong sense of mortality. From train songs ("Engine 143") to seafaring songs ("Waves on the Sea") to prisoner songs (the oft-recorded "Worried Man Blues"), Stanley takes material written by A.P. Carter or popularized by the Carter Family and plumbs the emotional depths. Many of these songs are spirituals, with guest autoharp by Mike Seeger and call-and-response harmonies on the opening "God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign," while the uptempo "Keep on the Firing Line" suggests a soldier-like commitment to Christ and the harmony-laden hymn "On a Hill Lone and Grey" describes the Crucifixion. The most familiar song here, "Motherless Children," is also the most powerful, with Stanley's a cappella first verse joined by the mournful strains of a funereal fiddle for the rest of the song. With "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes," the album shows how the Carter Family inspired what we've since called country music. --Don McLeese More from Ralph Stanley and the Carter Family The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers The Stanley Brothers The Complete Mercury Recordings The Stanley Brothers Clinch Mountain Country Ralph Stanley & Friends Can the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music's First Family The Carter Family The Carter Family: 1927-1934 The Carter Family The Carter Family, Vol. 2: 1935-1941 The Carter Family

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Manufacturer:
Sony Legacy
Category:
Country & Bluegrass
Release Date:
2006-05-30
UPC:
827969362921
Genre:
Country
Artist:
Ralph Stanley
Publisher:
Sony Legacy
Publication Date:
2006-05-30
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.21 pounds
Item Size:
4.92 x 0.38 x 5.62 inches
Package Weight:
0.18 pounds
Package Size:
4.97 x 0.54 x 5.55 inches

 


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