I'm On My Journey Home: Vocal Styles and Resources in Folk Music
Essential listening for lovers of American folk music!

This album is a loosely structured survey of different types of vocal styles and resources found in rural Anglo-American lower- and middle-class communities. Some of the modes of performance, such as hollering and solo ballad singing, have almost died out; others, such as Sacred Harp singing, formal duet singing, and square-dance calling, continue to flourish. The album is divided into three major sections: a survey of nonstandard vocal effects that shows how much music infuses the everyday communication, instruction, and recreation of the folk community; a survey of solo singing; and a survey of various forms of ensemble singing, from duets to quartets to larger groups. Most have never before been issued on CD, and the performances deserve wider exposure. The small miracle of vocal pyrotechnics that is Jimmy Riddle's Eephing, not to mention the staggering virtuosity of Tobacco Auctioneering simply must be heard to be believed. Included in the slipcase is a 52-page booklet with extensive, excellent notes and song lyrics. This impeccably chosen and beautifully sequenced program is further proof of the extraordinarily rich musical legacy of the "old, weird America."

Various Artists

I'm On My Journey Home: Vocal Styles and Resources in Folk Music

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Track Listing

Hollerin'
Traditional
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Whooping
Traditional
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Eephing
Traditional
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Ringing the Pig
Traditional
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Spelling from the Old Blue-Black Speller
Traditional
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Tobacco Auctioneering
Traditional
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Turkey in the Straw
Traditional
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Risselty Rosselty
Traditional
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Bold McCarthy, or The City of Baltimore
Traditional
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Sweet Wine
Traditional
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Barbara Allen
Traditional
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Late One Evening
Traditional
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Hanging Johnny
Traditional
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Bright and Morning Star
Traditional
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The Black Sheep
Traditional
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Hey, Hey I'm Memphis Bound
Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore
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Don't Put Off Salvation Too Long
Traditional
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Been A Long Time Traveling Here Below
Traditional
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I'm On My Journey Home
Traditional
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I Am O'ershadowed by Love
J. R. "Pap" Baxter
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