Album Review – Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go 50 years of Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go 50 years of The New Lost City Ramblers
The New Lost City Ramblers
Dan Evon | CountryMusicPride.com
The New Lost City Ramblers were not only musicians, they were historians. They searched the country for lost singers, and helped revive their music. Their most recent collection of music, Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go? is not only a celebration of a legendary folk group, but it is also an exploration of the history of America.
The songs come from as early as the 1900’s and tell tales of the depression, segregation, suffrage, the titanic and a slew of other social issues and historic events. The beautiful part of this collection is that it does not only demonstrate The New Lost City Ramblers ability to bring old folk songs to life, but it also puts the microphone, or field recorder up to the lips of storied folk singers like Elizabeth Cotten, and up to the soulful bounce of Reverend Gary Davis’ guitar stings.
There are three discs in the collection. The first two are previously released albums that divide the bands recording history along the lines of the induction of Tracy Schwarz, and the loss of Tom Paley.
The first disk is entitled The Early Years, and spans from the bands inception in 1958 by Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley, to 1962. This first album helped shed light on the dimming interest in folk music. The Ramblers toured colleges, and folk festivals and introduced a generation to the old traditional music that until The New Lost City Ramblers, stayed in old homes, far from public ears.
The second disk, Outstanding in Their Field, Vol. II, dives further into the American pasts…
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