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GSMNP: carroll best and the white oak string band

Four years after the release of their Grammy-nominated “Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music,” GSMA producers follow up now with “Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band: Old-time Bluegrass from the Great Smoky Mountains, 1956 and 1959.” The new collection features more than 30 tracks, including such old-time favorites as “Tennessee Wagoner,” “Arkansas Traveler,” “Old Joe Clark,” “Soldier’s Joy,” as well as such modern tunes as “Banjo Boogie” and “Smoky Mountain Melody.” It was the summer of 1956 when linguist and song catcher Joseph Hall made a second trip to the Smoky Mountains after having visited some 20 years earlier. This time he traveled to his friend Teague Williams’ house in the White Oak community of Haywood County (near the Cataloochee entrance to the park), toting a heavy reel-to-reel tape recorder. Gathered in Williams’ living room that July evening was a loose confederation of musicians, most of them relatives or close friends, calling themselves, spontaneously, the White Oak String Band. For more about the new CD, click HERE.


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