|In The Pines - Song list
1. Rye Straw (trad., arr. Anger)
Darol learned this from Matt Glaser. The day we recorded it we altered the form to try to get the sections to fit and flow together. This melody sounds like it may be a hybrid someone created by assembling ideas from four different tunes.
2. Train on the Island
Tony knew one version, Scott knew another. We just slapped them together - now there is yet another!
3. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
This one sounds a little more western, probably just from the way we did it. It was originally a folk ballad about burial at sea.
4. Liza Jane (trad., arr. Nygaard)
We all know a few versions of this, but Scott found us this one; it's the same only different.
5. Midnight on the Stormy Deep (trad., arr. Anger, Marshall, Phillips)
We all knew this through Bill Monroe, and it seemed like a perfect candidate for reinterpretation.
6. Sugar in the Gourd (trad., arr. O'Brien)
Tim's show piece with Tony: fiddle and banjo, the old-time staple.
7. Down in the Valley to Pray
This is a traditional spiritual. I wanted to make it almost chant-like, gritty.
8. In The Pines (T. Phillips, based on trad.)
I adapted this version based on the traditional melody. Because we do it as an instrumental, I wrote the intro and bridge sections to vary the form and to expand the melody some.
9. untitled (trad., arr. Trischka)
Tony reports this as being the first transcribed and published banjo piece, taken from an unknown black street musician from Elmira, NY, by Frank Converse in (or before) the 1850s.
10. Spotted Pony
Laurie tried to describe this tune and the chords onto my answering machine. I remember she said "D-D-D" a lot.
11. I Truly Understand
Scott brought this one to the recording. We heard a version of just fiddle and vocal. The tune goes back to someone named Short Buckle Roark, also Bruce Molsky.
12. Whistlin' Rufus
Another Darol selection, obviously! He tears it up. And check out Mike's mandolin style rhythm guitar.
13. In the Willow Garden
I wanted to do this because I love minor chords and 3/4 time.
14. Sally Ann
This features the Big Old-Time Band, or the Big-Old Time Band. This is the two fiddle extravaganza finale, with harmonies by Darol Anger, and everyone having a good ol' time.
Arranged and produced by Todd Phillips
Executive producer: Neal Hellman
Tim O'Brien and Todd Phillips use Fishman Transducers.
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