June 15, 2012 – 4:40 am

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Picnic music in Tom Dooley’s hometown.

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Merlefest 2005 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Watson Stage, Wilkesboro, NC, USA, May 1, 2005. Ex XM stereo broadcast. A couple of times, you can hear static.

You’ll walk unscathed through musket fire
No ploughman’s blade will cut thee down
No cutlass wound will mark thy face
And you will be my ain true love

- You Will Be My Ain True Love

This is country picnic music at Merlefest, an annual bluegrass gathering that was started by the late Doc Watson and Bill Young in 1988. In this part of America, the music is always relaxed and amiable. People go about their lives hiking in the hills, fishing by the river, or sipping whiskey as the evening sun sets and listen to country picnic music.

The only hiccup to spoil this idylic setting are matters of the heart, betrayal by a spouse or lover. That’s how poor Tom Dooley got his neck stretched. He was found guilty and hanged for the alleged murder of his fiancee. Apparently disputed to this day if you care to listen to Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley.

Who would end a concert in Wilkesboro without Christian songs? Krauss and Union Station choose two - Down To The River To Pray and A Living Prayer. Wilkesboro is populated with Southern Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Episcopalians. The Dixie Chicks would not be invited to a town gathering.

So it was ironic that the encores started with You Will Be My Ain True Love. The lyrics would just as well fit a terrorist prepared to blow himself up for the “cause”. Faith if not tempered with common sense can be frightening.
- The Little Chicken

Thanks to maxpower7 for sharing the tracks on Demonoid.

Cover art from drtunesfrombrooklyn - Thanks!

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1
Restless (5.0MB)
This Sad Song (3.5MB)
Choctaw Hayride (3.9MB)
stage banter (2.2MB)
Goodbye Is All We Have (5.7MB)
Wouldn’t Be So Bad (4.2MB)
stage banter (4.0MB)
Rain Please Go Away (3.7MB)
Everytime You Say Goodbye (4.3MB)
Bright Sunny South (4.1MB)
Unionhouse Branch (1.6MB)
stage banter (3.3MB)
It Don’t Matter Now (4.2MB)
Forget About It (5.9MB)
Gravity (6.9MB)
Pastures Of Plenty (6.3MB)
My Poor Old Heart (5.3MB)

Disc 2
Man Of Constant Sorrow (6.4MB)
We Hide And Seek (7.3MB)
stage banter (2.0MB)
The Lucky One (4.3MB)
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You (5.4MB)
stage banter (3.2MB)
When You Say Nothing At All (5.5MB)
If I Didn’t Know Any Better (5.6MB)
Oh Atlanta (9.0MB)
XM DJ chatter (1.3MB)
You Will Be My Ain True Love (4.9MB)
Down To The River To Pray (4.4MB)
A Living Prayer (7.1MB)

Probable Lineup:
Alison Krauss - vocals, fiddle
Larry Atamanuik - drums
Barry Bales - bass
Ron Block - guitar, banjo
Jerry Douglas - dobro
Dan Tyminski - guitar, mandolin, vocals

A Hundred Miles Or More is a nice collection of Krauss and Union Station’s recordings up to 2007 including a couple of brand new superstar duets with Sting, James Taylor and others. Buy it here.

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  1. 6 Responses to “OUT IN THE COUNTRY”

  2. Thanks for the great tunes, but I hope that description of Wilkesboro was supposed to be satire. They have TV and everything up in the mountains these days, and every kind of music you can imagine - Mayberry was a long time ago. If they were still active, the Dixie Chicks would be as welcome as anyone else at Merlefest.

    By drkrick on Jun 16, 2012

  3. Great to see something from the Merlefest from Alison Krauss and Union Station, but with the death in the past month of the master, Doc Watson, I am surprised you haven’t posted any of his music as a tribute. As far as the Dixie Chicks are considered, you would find just as many fans of them in this part of the Appalachian mountains as those who would have been upset by the anti-Bush sentiments.

    By David on Jun 21, 2012

  4. Thanks so much BigO. Alison Krauss & Union Station are an American treasure. Great sound quality, Jerry Douglas….. what more needs be said?

    By Hudson Valley Slim on Jun 21, 2012

  5. I saw Alison Krauss and Union Station play at Massey Hall in toronto one time.
    It might very well have been the nicest sounding concert I`ve ever heard.
    You ever get a chance to catch a show at Massey, run don`t walk..it is a treasure of a concert hall.

    By sluggo on Jun 21, 2012

  6. Jerry, Ron and Dan… What a lineup! Thanks for sharing this.

    By Rintesh Roy on Jan 10, 2014

  7. Can you repost this links?!
    Thanks so much

    By Ninki on Jun 20, 2019

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