Following in the success of it’s last album, In the Pines (which we wrote about here), Old Hat Records has released another compilation of remastered hits from the 20s and 30s. The new release, Gastonia Gallop: Cotton Mill Songs & Hillbilly Blues, highlights the traditional music from Piedmont textile working string bands in Gaston County from 1927-1931.
Singing songs of difficult times, hard work, and a few good times mixed in there is well, artists like David McCarn and the Carolina Twins help you get a small peek into the tough lives of these men. There is a little bit of everything on this album from satires to ballads, and for those with an appreciation of good old string band music, it does not disappoint. Made a big pot of stew last night while listening to it, and it couldn’t have made for a better soundtrack.
Just like Marshall Wyatt’s other albums, which have been nominated for 2 Grammys, this one also has meticulous attention to detail in the liner notes, and has one of the most interesting booklets I have seen come with a release (behind Good For What Ails You, of course). They just don’t make ‘em like these anymore.
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