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American Originals Album


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American Originals CD Release:

11/16/2017


PRE-ORDER VOLUME 2

Volume 2 $13, Both Volume 1 & 2, $16. Volume 2 available Fall 2018. 


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The Queen City of the West

7/10/2015


Cincinnati, Ohio—where the Ohio River joins the West, South and Midwest—is an epicenter of American musical culture. Celtic and mountain traditions flowed down-river from the Appalachians and morphed into bluegrass and country styles in the Ohio Valley, and music of the spiritual, blues and jazz found its way upstream from the deep south and sowed the seeds of R&B, Gospel and Rock and Roll.

Cincinnati is also where Stephen Foster created the first pages of the American Songbook while working at his brother’s steamboat shipping company in the mid-1800s. Foster was baptized in the music of early America and his songs blossomed in the fertile musical environment he experienced on the bustling docks along the banks of the Ohio River. Inspired by work songs, spirituals, hymn tunes and Irish ballads, Foster created works of deep emotional veracity, with a dollop of whimsy and a melodic gift that comes around once every century. His heartfelt, evocative and often richly complex songs are as relevant today as they have ever been.

American Originals celebrates the remarkable legacy of Stephen Foster as well as the music of 19th-century America that established the foundation of our nation’s musical ethos. These songs are “classic” in every way; they have stood the test of time and are still sung in anthems, pop songs and covers across the country and around the world. Yet many of the composers of these songs are completely unknown, and the few we do know, like W.W. Fosdick, George Poulton, and George R. Root are on the outermost fringe of musical obscurity. Arguably the most prodigious of the lot, Stephen Foster, died unrecognized and penniless at the age of 37.

In the chill of late January 2015, on the stage of Cincinnati’s legendary Music Hall, the Cincinnati Pops brought together some of the most significant performers in the latest wave of Americana music sweeping the country, to give their own spin on these classics. We engaged a handful of North America’s most talented arrangers, to highlight the supreme virtuosity of the Pops and bring a new dimension to every song, and recorded it all with several thousand of our very best friends in attendance. We came together for a week of rehearsals and concerts, from the East and West coasts, the South and Midwest, yet by the time the last chord had sounded, we had all become brothers and sisters united in the music that defines us as Americans. It was sheer joy to create this wondrous moment in time, and we are all thrilled to share it with the world in this first live recording of the Cincinnati Pops. We dedicate this recording to Stephen Foster—not the legend, but the artist— whose extraordinary craft and brilliant ingenuity have inspired us all.

John Morris Russell
Conductor, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

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TRACK LIST


  1. O! SUSANNAH 3:50
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Chris Walden
    Joe Henry, Vocals
  2. JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR 4:41
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Rob Mounsey
    Aoife O’Donovan and Karin Bergquist, Vocals
  3. MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME 4:54
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Rebecca Pellett
    Rosanne Cash, Vocals
  4. AMAZING GRACE 5:04
    Traditional 
    Arr. Rebecca Pellett
    Aoife O’Donovan, Vocals
    Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, vocals, picking and strumming
  5. ROLLING RIVER: SKETCHES ON SHENANDOAH 4:54
    Peter Boyer 
    © Propulsive Music (BMI)
  6. WHY, NO ONE TO LOVE? 4:30
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Rebecca Pellett
    Over the Rhine (Karin Bergquist, vocals /
    Linford Detweiler, Rhodes keyboard)
  7. OLD FOLKS AT HOME 5:02
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Timothy Berens
    Dom Flemons, vocals and harmonica
    Timothy Berens, banjo
    Paul Patterson, fiddle
  8. KUMBAYA 3:36
    Traditional 
    Arr. Timothy Berens
    Timothy Lees, violin
    Kathryn Woolley, violin
    Gabriel Pegis, violin
    Scott Mozlin, violin
    Richard Jensen, djembe
  9. SLUMBER MY DARLING 4:54
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Chris Walden
    Aoife O’Donovan, vocals and guitar
  • AURA LEE 3:31
    Stephen Foster 
    Orch. Rebecca Pellett
    Joe Henry, vocals
    Ed Cunningham, vocals
  • FOSTER'S FOLLY 4:19
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Timothy Berens
  • RING, RING THE BANJO 3:19
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Chris Walden
    Dom Flemons, banjo and bones
    Ed Cunningham, fiddle
  • RED RIVER VALLEY 4:00
    Traditional
    Arr. Timothy Berens
    Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, vocals, picking and strumming
  • THE BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM 3:36
    George Frederick Root 
    Arr. Timothy Berens
  • BEAUTIFUL DREAMER 3:40
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Rob Mounsey
    Rosanne Cash, vocals
  • HARD TIMES COME AGAIN NO MORE 4:54
    Stephen Foster 
    Orch. Timothy Berens
    Over the Rhine (Karin Bergquist, vocals / Linford Detweiler, guitar)
  • CAMPTOWN RACES 4:45
    Stephen Foster 
    Arr. Rob Mounsey
    Rosanne Cash, vocals
    Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, vocals, picking and strumming
    Dom Flemons, vocals, harmonica
    Joe Henry, vocals
    Aoife O’Donovan, vocals
    Over the Rhine, vocals
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Artists

7/10/2015


 
Artists
 
JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL
Rosanne Cash
Joe Henry
Over The Rhine
Dom Flemons
Aoife O'Donovan
 
 
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