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  • Loving, Leaving, Liquor, and the LordSongs in the Southern Vernacular
  • Compiled by Aaron Smithers

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. 1. | “Salvation Song” the avett brothers 4:48

    Mignonette, Ramseur Records,,

  2. 2. | “This Is Everybody’s Song” bishop manning and the manning family 3:10

    Converted Mind: The Early Recordings, Big Legal Mess,

  3. 3. | “Red Rocking Chair” doc and merle watson 2:07

    Red Rocking Chair, Flying Fish,,

  4. 4. | “These August Days” the small ponds 5:38

    The Small Ponds, Last Chance Records, courtesy of Matt Douglas and Caitlin Cary,,

  5. 5. | “Cricket on the Hearth” benton flippen & the smokey valley boys 3:11

    Fiddler’s Dream, Music Maker Relief Foundation,

  6. 6. | “Campanitas de Amor” retoño 2:45

    Campanitas de Amor, Tex-Mex Records,,

  7. 7. | “Alabama Jubilee” ben hall 2:16

    Ben Hall!, Tompkins Square,,

  8. 8. | “I Can’t Believe You Gone” david lee 2:16

    45 rpm recording, scop Records, courtesy of Paradise of Bachelors,

  9. 9. | “Bearsville 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. 10. | “Web in Front” archers of loaf 2:05

    Icky Mettle (Remastered), courtesy of Merge Records,,

  11. 11. | “Sought & Hidden” nathan salsburg 3:12

    Affirmed, CD / LP available November 2011 on No Quarter Records,

  12. 12. | “Midnight 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,

  13. 13. | “Down in the Willow Garden” bessie rabb 2:08

    Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 historic songs, ballads, and instrumentals recorded in the Great Smoky Mountains by “Song Catcher” Joseph S. Hall, Great Smoky Mountains Association,

  14. 14. | “Can I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister?” spencer moore 3:33

    Spencer Moore, Tompkins Square,

  15. 15. | “Baby Please Don’t Go” kenny brown 4:16

    Can’t Stay Long [Disc 1], Devil Down Records,

  16. 16. | “Father, I Stretch My Hand to Thee” union chapel community baptist church congregation, led by pastor jimmy strickland and sister flora jones 4:01

    Lumbee sacred music recorded by James Finnegan, July 17, 2011, Pembroke, North Carolina, Sounds of the South Award for Undergraduate Research, Center for the Study of the American South,

  17. 17. | “The World that Died” strategy featuring ivan r. sturdivant 3:35

    45 rpm recording, Strategy Records, courtesy of Carolina Soul,

  18. 18. | “The Saddest Affair” felix obelix 4:14

    The Tick of the Clock, The Beat in the Chest, Pox World Empire,,

  19. 19. | “Devil of Love” curt moore 2:52

    45 rpm recording, Curt’s Records, courtesy of Curt Moore and Carolina Soul,

  20. 20. | “A Little Bit of Mercy” caroline herring 3:58

    Golden Apples of the Sun, Signature Sounds,,

  21. 21. | “Old Corn Liquor” carolina chocolate drops with joe thompson and bob carlin 4:01

    Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson, Music Maker Relief Foundation,,

  22. 22. | “I’ll Be Gone” last year’s men 1:53

    Sunny Down Snuff, Churchkey Records,,

    running time 70:46

    mastered by Aaron Smithers and John Loy at the Southern Folklife Collection

    Special thanks to Steve Weiss, Head, UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection [End Page 121]

Aaron Smithers

Aaron Smithers is a folklorist living in Carrboro, North Carolina. He works as the assistant to the curator in the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as an instructor of continuing studies at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and as programs coordinator for the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, Texas.



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