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James 'Sparky' Rucker - Heroes & Hard Times Black American Ballads And Story (2002)

6-12-2015, 20:54
Music | Blues | Folk

Title: Heroes & Hard Times Black American Ballads And Story
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: Tremont Productions
Genre: Blues Folk
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 56:24
Total Size: 135 MB

1. John Henry/Po' Boy (8:09)
2. Take This Hammer (1:47)
3. I've Been Working On The Railroad (1:08)
4. 900 Miles (3:39)
5. Stagger Lee (4:41)
6. Follow The Drinking Gourd (3:16)
7. John Hardy (6:15)
8. Delia Holmes (7:58)
9. Poor Lazarus (5:29)
10. Yellow Rose Of Texas (3:26)
11. Tribute To Harriet Tubman/Battle Hymn Of The Republic (2:06)
12. Go Down, Moses (4:11)
13. Jesse James (4:13)

Feat. John Davis & Rhonda H. Rucker.

Rucker is a folklorist who uses his research to add new life to songs that have become old and tired. From his new album, we learn of John Henry as a real man helping to build the C&O Railroad in 1875, of John Hardy as a real man hung in 1894 in West Virginia, and of a real woman slave named Emily Morgan West who was the "Yellow Rose of Texas." Rucker has a wonderfully gentle voice. but he can also belt out work songs. His guitar and banjo playing combined with fine harmonica playing by John Davis provide perfect setttings for Rucker’s singing of these songs. This is foIk music at its best. Rucker is such a good singer and storyteller that you listen. to every word even though you think you know the story, and then you discover it's a much richer story than you had thought. Sparky Rucker has released several albums to my knowledge [including “Cold & Lonesome on a Train (C TR001) which] is still available. It also is very good, though not this good.

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