Nighthoots & Morningsongs / Various
Nighthoots and Morningsongs is a compilation of twenty-three on location recordings made in peoples homes, living rooms, public meeting places and live concerts. The people on this compilation are from the mountains of southwestern North Carolina. The music is old-time Appalachian, bluegrass, Spiritual, love songs, one classical guitar masterpiece, one showtune ('Over the Rainbow') and some old standards like 'we'll Meet Again' (Some Happy Day). The recordings were made by a professional folklorist with thirty-five years of experience using state of the art audio equipment. Covering a true diversity of musical styles, this CD does not strive to present a listless 'text book' look at an Appalachian community and it's music, but shows honestly what Appalachian folks are singing and performing in a digital age with mass communications. As such, the listener gets a full range of genres from Elizabethan balladry to traditional jazz, classical, Morris dance music and a local acoustic band 'Irons in the Fire' that writes songs of social protest and odd humor. This is a truly one of a kind release that is fun to hear while presenting a living musical snapshot of life in a contemporary Appalachian region.