Masters of Old-Time Country Autoharp ()


The autoharp was invented in the 1870s as a sort of automated zither and initially was popular as a parlor instrument. It took hold in the Appalachians in the early 1900s thanks to its mail-order affordability, and local musicians quickly adapted it to an assortment of hymns, ballads, and fiddle tunes. The autoharp required frequent retunings, however, which kept it from being featured very prominently in the string band tradition of the Southern mountains, although Sara Carter played one on several of the early Carter ...

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  1. Stoney's Waltz
  2. Sweet Marie
  3. John Henry
  4. May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister?
  5. She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
  6. Sweet Sunny South
  7. Bile 'Em Cabbage Down
  8. Marching Through Georgia
  9. Wreck of Number Nine
  10. Ella's Grave
  11. Waltz
  12. Old Joe Clark
  13. Shortening Bread
  14. Cindy
  15. Budded Roses
  16. Flop-Eared Mule
  17. Home Sweet Home
  18. Springtime Again Little Annie
  19. Great Reaping Day
  20. Weeping Willow Tree
  21. I'm Alone, All Alone
  22. All I Got's Gone
  23. Benfield Hoedown (Idaho Girl)
  24. Bonaparte's Retreat
  25. Chinese Breakdown
  26. Wildwood Flower
  27. Tragic Romance
  28. Close By
  29. Way Down in the Country
  30. Golden Slippers
  31. Lights in the Valley
  32. Chicken Reel
  33. Precious Jewel
  34. Muleskinner Blues
  35. Red River Valley
  36. Hallelujah Slide
  37. Jacob's Ladder
  38. Ain't Going to Work Tomorrow
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Masters of Old-Time Country Autoharp
2006, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

UPC: 093074011522


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