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Saturday Night
(Bristol Mountain Bluegrass)

featuring The Bristol Brothers

Saturday Night - 2210 CD

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Song List/Times

1. Saturday Night (R. Hood-BMI) 2:08
2. Sharecropper's Son (R. Stanky-BMI) 2:12
3. Cold Gray Walls (R. Hood-BMI) 2:42
4. My Lord, My Savior (D. Bartlett-BMI) 2:59
5. Patti Lynn (R. Hood-BMi) 2:15
6. Bluegrass Lullaby (R. Hood-BMI) 2:27 MP3
7. Walking With You (R. Hood-BMI) 3:30 MP3
8. Somebody's Waiting For Me (Trad.) 2:55
9. Flood of '72 (R. Hood-BMI) 2:43 MP3
10. Riding That Midnight Train (C. Stanley-BMI) 2:25
11. Two Wrongs (R. Hood-BMI) 2:44
12. Gone Home (Trad.) 1:49

Saturday Night
Bristol Mountain Bluegrass

        When I came North to Rochester, NY, from Virginia,
in January, 1981, I came armed ---armed with records and
tapes of the Stanleys, Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and dozens
of other bluegrass greats.  I believed what the bluegrass society
of Washington, D.C. believes:  Blue grass doesn't exist north
of the Mason & Dixon.  I was wrong.  I found that, if anything,
bluegrass music was more "real" in upstate New York; at least
it was not commercialized.  There are many fine musicians who 
give themselves to the music with little or no reward save
        I, also, found that bluegrass was not recent phenomenon.
There are many second and third generation performers whose
families lived and experienced the same things the folks of the
Southern Appalachians did.  (indeed, many northern pickers 
are first-generation "yankees";  their parents have moved north 
with the post-WWII migration from the mountains ---and, so, they
are really more "legitimate" heirs to the tradition than many of
the urbanized Washingtonians who scoff at northern bluegrass.)
They sat by their radios at night tuning in the Grand Ole Opry and
the Wheeling Jamboree, and the WLS Barn Dance.  They sang
and picked on their porches, in their parlors, in their churches.  
The music has developed a little differently away from the uptown 
glare of Washington or Nashville.  I think it has developed beautifully.  
There are a lot of hot bands stashed up in the cold country.
        The best of these are the performers on this album.  Imagine
my pleasant surprise when I heard about a bluegrass jamboree
near Syracuse, NY a few weeks after my arrival.  I didn't expect much; 
after all, New York is a long way from Virginia.  Imagine my happy 
response when Bristol Mountain Bluegrass walked on stage and
proceeded to knock 'em dead with traditional pickin' and singing
that rivalled the best of the Birchmere.  To further the thrill, they
weren't derivative; they had a sound alll their own and a lot of their
material was original ---and it was good!
        This album is representative of what I heard that day.  These
boys feel the music.  They know from whence (and of what) they sing.  
They are a close knit group, creating their unique sound from a synthesis 
of individual strengths and a realization of their own limitations.  They
are self-taught in the best sense of the term; like all fine bluegrass 
musicians, they learned their music at home and their sound is far more
than slick, fast, technically brilliant -- it is deeply human.  And, that is the
quintessence of all great bluegrass, north as well as south.

J. Taylor Monfort
Oakton, Virginia
September 21, 1983

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