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Addie Graham – Been a Long Time Traveling

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Please visit the Addie Graham site for more about Addie Graham and the reissue of Been a Long Time Traveling.

Addie Graham, born before 1900 in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, was a masterful singer whose life and repertoire reflect both deep tradition and an era of social change in Appalachia. In Been a Long Time Traveling, Addie sings ballads which trace back to the British Isles, others composed in America, frolic songs and ditties, and religious songs in the Old Regular Baptist tradition. While the Baptist beliefs of her parents forbade the use of musical instruments during her childhood, Addie became an accomplished singer in the complex, highly ornamented style of Kentucky’s oral tradition.

Addie’s repertoire included several extremely rare lyrics, including We’re Stole and Sold From Africa an anti-slavery song which seems to have originated in the antebellum Abolitionist movement. She also sang a number of songs of African American origin, some learned from Black railroad builders.

Addie’s grandson Rich Kirby and folklorist Barbara (Edwards) Kunkle produced an LP of her singing, released in 1977. Since then her songs have been recorded by Mike Seeger, Alice Gerrard, Ginny Hawker, John McCutcheon, and others. Been A Long Time Traveling, presented here remastered with eight additional songs and extensive notes, brings Addie’s work to a new generation.

Download the full release notes. (6.5MB PDF)

Track Listing: (click song names for sample audio)

  1. Pretty Polly (2:19)
  2. Three Little Babes (2:36)
  3. The Lonesome Scenes of Winter (3:31)
  4. The Death of William Goebel* (1:57)
  5. Wouldn’t Mind Working from Sun to Sun (0:24)
  6. The Dummy (2:27)
  7. O&K Train Song (1:14)
  8. Omie Wise (3:26)
  9. Ida Red / Went Up on the Old Hillside (2:19)
  10. Battleship the Maine* (2:23)
  11. Long and a Country Jake (1:31)
  12. The Greenwood Sidey* (2:05)
  13. Three Grains of Corn* (1:52)
  14. The Indian Tribes of Tennessee (2:32)
  15. Darling Corey* (2:21)
  16. Darling Don’t You Know That’s Wrong (2:28)
  17. We’re Stole and Sold from Africa (2:09)
  18. Been a Long Time Traveling (0:38)
  19. Hungry and Faint and Poor (1:46)
  20. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (3:53)
  21. Sisters Thou Art Mild and Lovely (2:14)
  22. Our Cheerful Voices Let Us Raise* (3:43)
  23. Jesus Reigns (0:45)
  24. By the Grace of God I’ll Meet You* (2:17)
  25. I Am a Little Scholar (2:11)
  26. My Head and Stay is Called Away (3:28)
  27. When Moses and the Israelites (2:32)
  28. A Few More Years Shall Roll* (2:26)
  29. The Lord Will Provide 2:59
  30. Dear Friends Farewell (2:13)

* previously unreleased

Reviews

“It’s just as strong as I remember it from the LP issue–even gets better with age!” -Jeff Todd Titon, Ethnomusicologist, Brown University

“I was fortunate enough to meet Bascom Lunsford, Dee Hicks, Almeda Riddle and Cas Wallin, singers whose memory contributions enriched our nation. Mrs. Graham is of their caliber, and this collection of her signing from the 1970s is a blessing. Her singing of the abolitionist song, “We’re Stole and Sold from Africa,” will stand your hair on end.” -Joe Wilson, Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, VA

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Please visit the Addie Graham site for more about Addie Graham and the reissue of Been a Long Time Traveling.

Addie Graham, born before 1900 in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, was a masterful singer whose life and repertoire reflect both deep tradition and an era of social change in Appalachia. In Been a Long Time Traveling, Addie sings ballads which trace back to the British Isles, others composed in America, frolic songs and ditties, and religious songs in the Old Regular Baptist tradition. While the Baptist beliefs of her parents forbade the use of musical instruments during her childhood, Addie became an accomplished singer in the complex, highly ornamented style of Kentucky’s oral tradition.

Addie’s repertoire included several extremely rare lyrics, including We’re Stole and Sold From Africa an anti-slavery song which seems to have originated in the antebellum Abolitionist movement. She also sang a number of songs of African American origin, some learned from Black railroad builders.

Addie’s grandson Rich Kirby and folklorist Barbara (Edwards) Kunkle produced an LP of her singing, released in 1977. Since then her songs have been recorded by Mike Seeger, Alice Gerrard, Ginny Hawker, John McCutcheon, and others. Been A Long Time Traveling, presented here remastered with eight additional songs and extensive notes, brings Addie’s work to a new generation.

Download the full release notes. (6.5MB PDF)

Track Listing: (click song names for sample audio)

  1. Pretty Polly (2:19)
  2. Three Little Babes (2:36)
  3. The Lonesome Scenes of Winter (3:31)
  4. The Death of William Goebel* (1:57)
  5. Wouldn’t Mind Working from Sun to Sun (0:24)
  6. The Dummy (2:27)
  7. O&K Train Song (1:14)
  8. Omie Wise (3:26)
  9. Ida Red / Went Up on the Old Hillside (2:19)
  10. Battleship the Maine* (2:23)
  11. Long and a Country Jake (1:31)
  12. The Greenwood Sidey* (2:05)
  13. Three Grains of Corn* (1:52)
  14. The Indian Tribes of Tennessee (2:32)
  15. Darling Corey* (2:21)
  16. Darling Don’t You Know That’s Wrong (2:28)
  17. We’re Stole and Sold from Africa (2:09)
  18. Been a Long Time Traveling (0:38)
  19. Hungry and Faint and Poor (1:46)
  20. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (3:53)
  21. Sisters Thou Art Mild and Lovely (2:14)
  22. Our Cheerful Voices Let Us Raise* (3:43)
  23. Jesus Reigns (0:45)
  24. By the Grace of God I’ll Meet You* (2:17)
  25. I Am a Little Scholar (2:11)
  26. My Head and Stay is Called Away (3:28)
  27. When Moses and the Israelites (2:32)
  28. A Few More Years Shall Roll* (2:26)
  29. The Lord Will Provide 2:59
  30. Dear Friends Farewell (2:13)

* previously unreleased

Reviews

“It’s just as strong as I remember it from the LP issue–even gets better with age!” -Jeff Todd Titon, Ethnomusicologist, Brown University

“I was fortunate enough to meet Bascom Lunsford, Dee Hicks, Almeda Riddle and Cas Wallin, singers whose memory contributions enriched our nation. Mrs. Graham is of their caliber, and this collection of her signing from the 1970s is a blessing. Her singing of the abolitionist song, “We’re Stole and Sold from Africa,” will stand your hair on end.” -Joe Wilson, Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, VA

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