The main idea behind the tunes chosen and written is that music is a constant living creation from many strands of human experience. Some of the most obvious would be the early African-American stringbands, the Round Peak playing of Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell, Kentucky fiddlers such as Clyde Davenport, Hiram and Art Stamer, Snake Chapman, early New Orleans jazz, Gospel, and even rock 'n roll. Old time music never was a retreat from other worlds of music, but part of the multi-cultural soup we swim in. The bottom line is we play music we like. We find these tunes incredibly fun, earthy and joyous. If anything we hope we're catching just some of the vitality and spirit we hear in those musicians we love - both those contemporary and those from an earlier age.
~ Tim Bergen
released March 27, 2003
Tracks 2,6,8,10, & 13 recorded by Grant Edmonds at the Dark Studio in Toronto, ON. Canada.
Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 12 recorded by Dave Vanderploeg at Naturally Digital.
Track 5 recorded by Luke Mercier at the cabin.
Produced by Dave Vanderploeg and Luke Mercier.
Copyright 2003 Luke Mercier & Rolling River.
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