Yesterday the maillady brought a treasure: Barry Poss, founder of Sugar Hill Records, sent us the 4 CD (plus DVD) collection he recently produced: Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective
First of all, I have such fond memories of working with Barry–he was always warm, accessible and supportive. And if he said he’d do something, he did it. It was always as simple as that.
Second, many of the tracks included in the collection electrified our family in the 80’s when we discovered bluegrass-influenced music. In those days before internet shopping it was very hard to find recordings of this music, and we often taped the Friday evening radio program that reached up to our mountain home when the weather was right, and listened to the tapes on long car rides. We found a small guitar store in San Diego that stocked a few records, and a folk instrument/record store/venue in LA where the recordings could be bought, and plugged into the festival scene where you could buy albums directly from the musicians. How we had the money, I don’t know, but we amassed quite a collection. Much of it was pressed by Sugar Hill Records.
Tracks that especially bring back memories?
Moonshiner by Peter Rowan
Church Street Blues by Tony Rice
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning by Hot Rize
Forked Deer by Berline, Crary & Hickman
Father, I Stretch Out My Hand To Thee by the Nashville Bluegrass Band
Bury Me Beneath the Willow by Skaggs and Rice
On the Sea of Life by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Freeborn Man by The Almost Original New South
Senor by Tim O’brien
Rock Bottom Blues by The Nashville Bluegrass Band
Unwed Fathers by Tim and Mollie O’brien
That’s just selections from the first two discs that I’ve had time to listen to (out of 4). Many selections are new to my ears as well, and I’m enjoying those as well.
This has been fun!