February 12, 2010

Bascom Lamar Lunsford

This "Minstrel of the Appalachians" performed hundreds of traditional songs and tunes that he learned from family members, neighbors, and other residents of western North Carolina. The breadth of Lunsford’s huge repertoire is represented, including ballads, folk songs, spirituals, 19th-century popular songs, and banjo and fiddle tunes. All tracks were recorded by Brunswick Records in the 1920s or the Library of Congress in 1949. Includes Old Mountain Dew, an original composition which found its way into both oral tradition and popular culture, Swing Low, and To the Pines, To the Pines. 55 minutes. "Hits faster and sweeter than a jug of corn liquor." (New York Post)