(2008) Family Tradition: The Stoneman Legacy

The Stoneman Family

... read moreDespite recording dozens of albums and scoring a number of minor hits in the '60s, Family Tradition: The Stoneman Legacy is one of the few collections available that documents the achievements of the stoic Pops Stoneman and his clan. After gaining attention as purveyors of old-timey/bluegrass music...

53′:38″ 20 Songs

1
The Stoneman Family
Watermelon On The Vine
2:40
2
The Stoneman Family
Under The Double Eagle
1:47
3
The Stoneman Family
Muleskinner Blues
3:44
4
The Stoneman Family
Wreck Of The Old '97
2:40
5
The Stoneman Family
Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane
2:44
6
The Stoneman Family
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
2:03
7
The Stoneman Family
Cripple Creek
2:18
8
The Stoneman Family
Let's All Go Down To The River
1:57
9
The Stoneman Family
Soldier's Joy
2:06
10
The Stoneman Family
I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
2:05
11
The Stoneman Family
Whippoorwill Song
2:13
12
The Stoneman Family
Tecumseh Valley
3:26
13
The Stoneman Family
Old Joe Clark
2:22
14
The Stoneman Family
Little Maggie
2:48
15
The Stoneman Family
Tupelo County Jail
2:03
16
The Stoneman Family
I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew
3:15
17
The Stoneman Family
Steel Guitar Rag
3:11
18
The Stoneman Family
Life's Railway To Heaven
3:46
19
The Stoneman Family
Orange Blossom Special
3:33
20
The Stoneman Family
Mama Don't Allow
2:57
Released 02 June 2008, ℗ CMH Records

Review

Despite recording dozens of albums and scoring a number of minor hits in the '60s, Family Tradition: The Stoneman Legacy is one of the few collections available that documents the achievements of the stoic Pops Stoneman and his clan. After gaining attention as purveyors of old-timey/bluegrass music through their releases on the Folkways and King record labels, the Stoneman Family made a move to the much larger MGM in the mid-'60s. They didn't really change their style, and their songs were still rough-hewn portraits of Southern life drawn from the same musical well that fueled Bill Monroe and countless other country/ bluegrass stars. Having a major-label budget, however, did lead to a change in the Stonemans' overall sound and that is the period which Family Tradition covers. The result of their barely polished hillbilly pop was a Top 40 hit in 1966 with "Tupelo County Jail," which is naturally featured here. The rest of the collection's generous 20 cuts include Stoneman renditions of classics like "Orange Blossom Special," "Little Maggie," and "Mule Skinner Blues." There are a few omissions from the set, most notably the other chart hits, "Christopher Robin" and "Five Little Johnson Girls," but Family Tradition fills a big gap in bluegrass history and does a fine job at that. ~ Wade Kergan