The Way It Was: 19th Century Fiddle & Banjo
by Martin Fox & Jeff Winegar
"The Way it Was" by Martin Fox and Jeff Winegar features the driving, primal sound of 19th century fiddle and banjo music. In the early days before the guitar made its way into the Southern Appalachians, the fiddle and banjo were the mainstay "band" for musical gatherings of all sorts, barn raisings, corn shuckings, making moonshine, and of course, dances and "frolics." These eighteen tunes will transport you back in time. Fox and Winegar play a wide variety of rare old tunes from Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina. There are breakdowns, played in the tight, cohesive and driving style, and slower, haunting pieces like "The Wounded Hoosier."
"This is a wonderful collection of old-time fiddle and banjo duets (18 of them) played by fiddler Fox and banjoist Winegar, The players have made it a point to feature tunes (and a style) of the 19th century, and the sources they cite--Emmett Lundy, William Stepp, John Salyer, and Marcus Martin are impressive indeed. The choice of tunes alone would make for an interesting record, but Fox & Winegar play these with feeling and skill, in a lovely collection that we heartily recommend!" David Freeman, County RecordsThe Rocky Road To Dublin, Old Horse & Buggy-O, The Old Hen, She Cackled, Wild Hog In The Woods, Morgan On The Railroad, The Wounded Hoosier, The Highlanders Farewell, Moonlight, The Lost Girl, Last Gold Dollar, Green Mountain, Evening Star Waltz, The Belles Of Lexington, Shove That Pigs Foot A Little Further In The Fire, Old Time Blackberry Blossom, Bonaparte’s Retreat , Cincinnati Hornpipe, The Last Of Callahan.