Anonymous 4: 1865

Want to hear something from the REAL American Songbook? Try out this collection of tunes published during the Civil War, used by both North and South. Bruce Molsky brings his fiddle and banjo along to join up with the Anonymous 4 vocal group to deliver a heavenly mix of vocal harmonies and instrumentation. You get material by Stephen Foster which includes “Hard Times” and “Home Sweet Home” as well as a Northern piece “Aura Lea” which became the melody for the popular Elvis Presley hit “Love Me Tender. “ Imagine, someone from Tupelo copying a YANKEE tune! Molsky’s fiddle and banjo sound rich and homey on”Rebel Raid” and “Polly Put the Kettle On” while the four part vocal harmony on the lovely hymn “Abide With Me” and “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground” will grab your soul with their verve. It’s fascinating to hear these songs delivered in the manner and style which they were originally composed; straightforward with no syncopation or swing. They rely on the simple ingredients of melody and harmony, and succeed exceedingly well because of it.

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