On Top Of Old Smoky New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music CD

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This is the real Smoky Mountain Music! GSMA worked with more than a dozen internationally acclaimed old-time musicians to create this CD, featuring new recordings of traditional songs, ballads and tunes. This is a wonderful collection of 23 previously unreleased roots music recordings from the Appalachian repertoire. On this album, great contemporary roots musicians (some well-known, the rest deserving of being more widely heard) reinterpret fascinating old field recordings from the Great Smoky Mountains made before the national park was created there. The same record label that released this album issued two acclaimed albums compiling those field recordings (Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music and Old-Time Bluegrass from the Great Smoky Mountains). On Top of Old Smoky, while paying tribute to traditional mountain music, offers state-of-the-art sound and showcases fresh approaches to performing older folk music. This album and its two predecessors are well worth seeking out--particularly in the CD format because of the inclusion with all three releases of beautifully designed booklets featuring extensive and interesting liner notes, transcribed lyrics, and photographs. A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable listening experience.