Loving, Leaving, Liquor, and the Lord: Songs in the Southern Vernacular

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Loving, Leaving, Liquor, and the Lord: Songs in the Southern Vernacular


Smithers, Aaron, Southern Cultures


Spanning a century, and offered by musicians from Texas to Tennessee, these are songs about murder and memory, songs asking for mercy. In short, these are songs about living.

Track List

1| "Salvation Song" THE AVETT BROTHERS 4:48 Mignonette, Ramseur Records, theavetthrothers.com, ramseurrecords.net

2| "This Is Everybody's Song" BISHOF MANNING AND THE MANNING FAMILY 3:10

Converted Mind: The Early Recordings, Big Legal Mess, biglegalmessrecotds.com

3| "Red Rocking Chair" DOC AND MERLE WATSON 2:07 Red Rocking Chair, Flying Fish, docsguitar.com, folldoreproductions.com

4| "These August Days" THE SMALL PONDS 5:38 The Small Ponds, Last Chance Records, courtesy of Matt Douglas and Caitlin Cary, thesmallponds.com, lastchancerecords.com

"Cricket on the Hearth" BENTON FLIPPEN &

THE SMOKEY VALLEY BOYS 3:11 Fiddler's Dream, Music Maker Relief Foundation, musicmaker.org

6| "Campanitas de Amor" RETONO 2:45 Campanitas de Amor, Tex-Mex Records, myspace.com/gruporetono, texmexrecords.net

7| "Alabama Jubilee" BEN HALL 2:16 Ben Hall, Tompkins Square, benhallmusic.net, tompkinssquare.com

8| "I Can't Believe You Gone" DAVID LEE 2:16 45 RPM recording, SCOP Records, courtesy of Paradise of Bachelors, paradiseofbachelors.com

9| "Bearsvilie Rock" NOTHING AND THE NO NAMES 1:45 45 RPM recording, Brenda Records, courtesy of Manford Harper and Harley Lyles of Indigo and Iodine Records

10| "Web in Front" ARCHERS OF LOAF 2:05 Icky Mettle (Remastercd), courtesy of Merge Records, archersofloaf.net, mergerecords.com

11| "Sought & Hidden" NATHAN SALSBURG 3:12 Affirmed, CD/LP available November 2011 on No Quarter Records, noquarter.net

12| "Mountain on the Stormy Deep" ERNEST STONEMAN AND MISS IRMA FROST 3:13 The Bristol Sessions 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music, 5-CD boxed set with 120-page hardcover book, Bear Family Records, bear-family.com

13| "Down in the Willow Garden" BESSIE RABB 2:08 Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 historic gongs, ballads, and instrumentals recorded in the Great Smoky Mountains by "Song Catcher" Joseph S.

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