Album Info

RELEASE
June 04, 2002
LABEL
Rounder
GENRES
Country, Old-Timey, Traditional Country, Bluegrass

Album Review

Norman Blake will never be known as a revolutionary. His starkly honest guitar picking and gently lulling voice have sounded almost exactly the same for the 30-some years that the Rounder release Old Ties encompasses. Often performing solo, occasionally accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and any of a number of bluegrass and neo-traditional folk musicians (Tut Taylor, Charlie Collins, Doc Watson), Blake's summery, porch-swing ballads and blues are perfectly performed and humbly executed. Working with the traditional themes of old-timey folk music, Blake re-creates the earthy feel of a timeworn classic the first time a song emerges from his guitar, and his unpretentious, reverent style delivers the music in an intimate environment. The compilation sticks to his more traditional-sounding compositions and interpretations, making for a wonderful afternoon listen and the perfect introduction to Blake's uniquely faithful style. Although his musical offerings may never be seen as revolutionary, his unwillingness to change to a more contemporary mode of folk music may be a kind of revolution...if anyone wanted to argue about it. Luckily, with music this pure, no one does.
Zac Johnson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Spanish Fandangohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Church St. Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Sleepy Eyed Joe/Indian Creekhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. O'Malley's Tune [#]http://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Fifty Miles of Elbow Roomhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Down Home Summertime Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Blind Doghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Fiddler's Dram/Whiskey Before Breakfasthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Old Tieshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Lost Indianhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Ginseng Sullivanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Obc, No. 3http://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Prettiest Little Girl in the Countryhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Unclehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Bristol in the Bottlehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Billy Grayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. The Fields of Novemberhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitarhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Randall Collins/Done Gonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/old-ties/id470817068?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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