His Folkways Years 1963 - 1968 cover

His Folkways Years 1963 - 1968 (SFW 40108)


His Folkways Years 1963 - 1968, a 2-CD 1998 Smithsonian Folkways release is a reissuing of three Folkways Records LPs recorded in the 1960s: Dock Boggs, Legendary Singer & Banjo Player (Folkways 2351, 1964), Dock Boggs, Volume 2 (Folkways 2392, 1965), and Dock Boggs, Volume 3 (Folkways 3903, 1970).

Tracks | Liner Notes | Recording Notes | Tunings

Tracks

Disc 1: Tracks 1 - 25

Disc 2: Tracks 25 - 50

1. Down South Blues
2. Country Blues
3. Pretty Polly
4. Coal Creek March
5. My Old Horse Died
6. Wild Bill Jones
7. Rowan County Crew
8. New Prisoner's Song
9. Oh, Death
10. Prodigal Son
11. Mother's Advice
12. Drunkard's Lone Child
13. Bright Sunny South
14. Mistreated Mama Blues
15. Harvey Logan
16. Mixed Blues
17. Old Joe's Barroom
18. Danville Girl
19. Cole Younger
20. Schottische Time
21. Papa, Build Me A Boat
22. Little Black Train
23. No Disappointment In Heaven
24. Glory Land
25. Banjo Clog
26. Wise County Jail
27. Sugar Baby
28. The Death of Jerry Damron
29. Railroad Tramp
30. Poor Boy In Jail
31. Brother Jim Got Shot
32. John Henry
33. Davenport
34. Dying Ranger
35. Little Omie Wise
36. Sugar Blues
37. Loving Nancy
38. Cuba
39. John Hardy
40. Peggy Walker
41. I Hope I Live A Few More Days
42. Turkey In The Straw
43. Calvary
44. Roses While I'm Living
45. Leave It There
46. Prayer Of A Miner's Child
47. Coke Oven March
48. Ruben's Train
49. Cumberland Gap
50. Careless Love

Liner Notes

The excellent liner notes contain a shortened essay written by Barry O'Connell, entitled "Down A Lonesome Road: Dock Boggs' Life In Music." Also included is individual song notes and a 1998 essay by Mike Seeger. The liner notes themselves are well-worth the cost of this specially-priced 2 CD album.

Recording & Release Notes

  • Tracks 1 - 15 comprise Dock Boggs (FA 2351, 1964), Legendary Singer & Banjo Player (Disc D-111, 1964), and The Legendary Dock Boggs (FV 9025, 1964) which were produced by Mike Seeger.
    • Track 3 recorded on 24 June 1963 at Asheville, North Carolina Civic Center.
    • Tracks 2, 9 recorded on 26 June 1963 at Asheville, North Carolina Civic Center.
    • Track 12 recorded on 30 June 1963 at Asheville, North Carolina Civic Center.
    • Tracks 4, 5, 7, 14 recorded on 23 September 1963 at Guest River home of Dock's sister, Laura Boggs Hunsucker.
    • Tracks 1, 8, 15 recorded on 24 September 1963 at Guest River home of Dock's sister, Laura Boggs Hunsucker.
    • Tracks 6, 10, 11, 13 recorded on 14 December 1963 at the home of Mike and Marj Seeger, Roosevelt, New Jersey.
  • Tracks 16 - 32 comprise Dock Boggs, Volume 2 (FA 2392, 1965), which was produced by Mike Seeger.
    • Tracks 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30 recorded on 3 June 1964 at the Guest River home of Laura Boggs Hunsucker.
    • Tracks 18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 32 recorded on 4 June 1964 at the Guest River home of Laura Boggs Hunsucker.
    • Track 31 recorded on 5 June 1964 at the Guest River home of Laura Boggs Hunsucker.
  • Tracks 33 - 50 comprise Dock Boggs, Volume 3 (FA 3903, 1970) , which was produced by Mike Seeger.
    • Track 39 recorded on 27 June 1963 at Asheville, North Carolina Civic Center.
    • Track 48 recorded on 3 June 1964 at the Guest River home of Laura Boggs Hunsucker.
    • Track 49 recorded on 5 June 1964 at the Guest River home of Laura Boggs Hunsucker.
    • Tracks 38, 40, 41, 46 recorded on 26 July 1966 at the home of Mike and Marj Seeger, Roosevelt, New Jersey.
    • Tracks 33, 44 recorded on 27 July 1966 at the home of Mike and Marj Seeger, Roosevelt, New Jersey.
    • Tracks 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 43, 47, 50 recorded on 10 February 1968 at the Canterbury House, a coffeehouse where he was playing for several days.
    • Track 45 recorded on 20 June 1968 at the home of Laura Boggs Hunsucker in Virginia.

Tunings

  • Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 16, 19, 21, 30, 32, 39, 40, 44, 45, 50 - gDGBD
  • Tracks 2, 9, 10, 12, 28, 37, 43 - f#CGAD
  • Tracks 3, 18, 24, 46 - f#DGAD
  • Tracks 7, 8, 14, 15, 17, 20, 23, 25, 26, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36, 41, 42 - gCGBD
    • Track 7, 23 - Sung in G
    • Track 17 - Played in G
  • Tracks 13, 27 - gDGCD
  • Track 22 - gCGAD
  • Track 33 - fCFCD
  • Track 38 - f#DEAD
  • Track 47, 48 - f#DF#AD
  • Track 49 - f#BEAD
Most of this information has been garnered thanks to the tireless efforts of Mike Seeger.


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