I thought I'd build from last week's post on "new" fiddle tunes (here) by discussing "new" Old Time recordings. A lot of people prefer to listen to "source recordings" of tunes and there's definitely something magical about hearing how these tunes were played before youtube got a hold of them. However, there are some truly amazing players in the world today and modern technology allows us to hear every nuance of every note they make. I get a ton of inspiration from "new" Old Time and its hard to deny that these recordings don't make a splash when they come out; standout tunes on a new album quickly become over-represented in festival jam sessions and you can even hear people adopting the signature twists from a recording into their own playing.
Today I thought I'd point out 10 great albums that spend a lot of time piping through my speakers - this list is by no means exhaustive and things that have been omitted are either missing due to lack of space (stopped myself at 10) or perhaps even due to ignorance on my part - feel free to suggest some others in the comments below! To cull the list a bit I stuck to albums mostly populated by instrumental fiddle tunes that one might play at a jam (though most albums inevitably include a few "singing" tunes/songs). Here they are - listed in roughly chronological order of release date (so I don't appear to play favorites : )
Technically, that ends my top 10 list and I could stop here without too much guilt : ) However, theres one more album out there that I haven't actually gotten to hear yet, but that I'm crazy excited about!! This is the new offering by Molsky's Mountain Drifters:
Hope anyone reading this found at least one new album worth buying : )
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