31 July 2012

Dust Busters' debut release on Smithsonian Folkways, 14 Aug. 2012

All who recall the tours in Ireland by the Dust Busters (USA), culminating in last year's Westport festival, will be glad to hear that on 14 August Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Old man below, a collaboration between the Dust Busters and their mentor, John Cohen of the legendary New Lost City Ramblers. Thanks to John Murrell of Smithsonian Folkways for the news.

The 20-song collection features old-time American folk, jug-band blues, fiddle tunes, and ballads passed down through earlier generations of folk musicians and learned from 1920s and ’30s recordings. John Cohen has helped guide the Dust Busters since the band formed in 2008 and began visiting his home in Putnam Valley, New York, to jam, cook, and soak up as much of the music and its history as possible. He is quoted as saying: 'The Dust Busters start where the New Lost City Ramblers left off, evoking the golden age of the 1920s and 1930s.'

Listen to a sneak preview of the CD here; you can watch a YouTube performance of 'Two soldiers' live from the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, here, and one of 'Roving gambler' live from the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour here.

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