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Dark as a Dungeon – Songs of the Mines

Rebel Records has announced that the latest in their Vault Series, Dark As A Dungeon – Songs Of The Mines, will be released at the end of March. The CD will include mining songs from 14 Rebel artists including Blue Highway, Seldom Scene, Larry Sparks, The Country Gentlemen in the mix.

The Vault Series is Rebel’s budget-minded reissue inventory, offering material from their deep bluegrass catalog. Some of these tracks date back 25 years or more, some are fairly new, and one track has never been previously released.

Frank Godbey gives a taste of the theme this project presents in the conclusion to his liner notes.

“Through these songs we can picture the world’s largest shovel overseeing an open-pit landscape, imagine trying to peer through the darkness at the bottom of a deep shaft where daylight never reaches, visualize wives and sweethearts waiting at a mine’s entrance for news of loved ones trapped below, and listen to labored breathing caused by black lung disease—is it any wonder that people sing about the hardships and hazards associated with mining?

Despite the tragic nature of many of these songs, the impact is enhanced immeasurably by their quiet yet undeniable eloquence. These performances give us powerful glimpses into the lives and innermost feelings of miners and their families.”

Perhaps some of these are familiar?

* Green Rolling Hills – Bill Harrell & The Virginians
* A Miner’s Life – The Country Gentlemen
* Paradise – Seldom Scene
* Call The Captain – Steep Canyon Rangers
* Dream Of A Miner’s Child – Whitley & Skaggs
* Black Dust Fever – Wildwood Valley Boys
* In Those Mines – Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
* Daddy’s Dinner Bucket – Ralph Stanley II
* Digging In The Ground – Larry Sparks
* Coaltown Saturday Night – Randall Hylton
* The River Ran Black – David Davis & The Warrior River Boys
* West Virginia’s Last Hand Loader – Blue Highway
* The Hermit Miner – Perfect Strangers
* Dark As A Dungeon – James Alan Shelton

Dark As A Dungeon – Songs Of The Mines is set for a March 30 release.

Hey y’all, the Hackensaw Boys are headed your way!

WHEN: April 10 / 9 PM
VENUE: 123 Pleasant Street
WHERE: Morgantown, WV.

One of the hardest playing and most exciting groups on the newgrass scene. Do yourself a favor and pay the bargain price of $15 (they’re giving it away) and go see the show. You can thank me later.

http://www.123pleasantstreet.com/calendar/2010/04

Avett Brothers in Athens


Avett Brothers Concert 2/24/10 Review
Via our Appalachian Correspondent, Amy Jones

The Avett Brothers concert on February 24, 2010 in Athens, Ohio was packed with their ever- enthusiastic fans. Coming back from an almost two month break, the bands expected high-energy level wasn’t fully felt until the second half when “I killed Sally’s Lover” was played. With that song, the Brothers were back.

The Ohio University Memorial Auditorium worked well for the Avett Brothers. The sound was cohesive and enjoyable from almost anywhere in the auditorium. A house drummer was used in lieu of Scott or Seth Avett. This kept them from scurry between songs. Aside from the new face at the drums, the focus remained on the music.

The set list was lightly peppered with new material: Four in all from their latest album, “I and Love and You”. Despite the lack of new material the fans were gifted with a rarely performed favorite “November Blue”. The choices for set list set the tone from the beginning as almost melancholy. I did say, almost. The sincerity of the Avett Brothers lyrics pulls us back from the brink by reminding us that the humanity that took us there can save us. This talent is probably a big reason the group appeals to so many. I know it’s why I count myself a fan.

Patty Loveless on the Mountain Stage with the Grascals.

March 21, 2010 at 7 pm
Doors 6:30pm
Advance Tickets $15.00
At the Door $20.00

-ON SALE NOW-
http://www.mountainstage.org/mtnstageevent.aspx?id=12717