Jon Hogan : Go Lightning

CD [Cover Art for Jon Hogan / Go Lightning] Your Price: $29.05
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Sell date: 4/2011
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5638316
CDC Part#: 1844485
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Jon Hogan's arrangements of the 14 old-time country songs on this album are based on recordings made between 1927 and 1958, though the songs themselves are much older. The album is named for the African American banjoist who mentored trailblazing banjo player and singer Dock Boggs in the early 1900s in the West Virginia coal country near Norton. 'Go Lightning' the album is a scorching, raw take on songs that are cornerstones of American roots music. It pays homage to well-known artists who performed this primitive 'Country' music (the Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, co-founder of the Grand Old Opry,) and also to lesser-known players of old-time mountain music (Rutherford & Burnett, Grayson & Whittier, and Clarence Ashley). As a work, 'Go Lightning' moves with broad strides across the hills and hollers, taking us from the murderous rounder of 'Little Sadie'--part Clarence Ashley, part Johnny Cash---to the glint-eyed pre-punk nihilistic wisdom of Uncle Dave Macon. There's the 300-year-old mournful tragedy of 'Willie Moore,' as told by fiddle and banjo duo Rutherford & Burnett, perhaps the most overlooked of the pioneers of the early commercial country period. The use of two important lo-fi technologies give 'Go Lightning' the feel and soul of the original live studio recordings of old-time string bands: the electric (ribbon) microphone and rell-to-reel magnetic tape. The album was recorded on half-inch tape around an old-style ribbon microphone, in single day at EAR Studios in East Austin. The ribbon mic was invented in 1926; almost all subsequent important commercial recordings, well into the 1960s, were made using it. By contrast, commercial recordings of rural musicians prior to the invention of the ribbon mic were made on wax-cylinder mechanical recorders. These allowed only a narrow range of sound capture, and were wholly impractical to the mass-production of music. Similarly, the reel-to-reel electromagnetic tape (first used in the very early 1940s) was how almost all commercial recordings were captured in the U.S. for nearly three decades after it's appearance in the film sound-studios of Hollywood. The players: Jon Hogan, guitar and vocals, Maria Moss, guitar and vocals, Eric Gerber, mandolin and vocals, Richard Bowden, fiddle, Sean Andrews, washtub bass. Produced by Stephen Doster. Co-Produced by Jon Hogan and Maria Moss.