FRC 109 - Round Peak Volume 1: Recordings from the collection of Ray Alden

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about

1968 changed my life when I heard Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham and Oscar Jenkins play at a house concert. The following summer, and for 15 consecutive summers, I traveled south to record, study and spend time with the many musicians of Round Peak. In these two CD volumes, I will try to give you some idea of the treasures I found among my 15 years of recordings. Volume 1 focuses on what may be viewed as the “big four” of Round Peak music: Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, Earnest East and Kyle Creed, including a special appearance by Charlie Lowe on track 9. All of us who visited these mesmerizing musicians never thought this paradise would end, but Fred Cockerham was first to pass away in 1978 and by January 1985, all of the older generation musicians of Round Peak were gone. I still make the pilgrimage south every summer to Mt. Airy, NC to visit Mac and Nellie Snow. Listen to Volume 2 for more surprises. – Ray Alden

credits

released November 11, 2015

Tommy Jarrell (fiddle, banjo, vocals tracks 1-4,6-23), Fred Cockerham (banjo, tracks 1-8, 10-19, vocal 5), Kyle Creed (banjo tracks 24-34), Charlie Lowe (banjo, track 9), Lawrence Lowe (fiddle, track 5), Earnest East (fiddle 20-23), Mac Snow (guitar 20-23), Dave Spilkia (guitar tracks 24-34)

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