ALBUM`````Frank Fairfield GENRE`````Neo Traditional Folk YEAR````````2009 Who?
Written by Rob Fitzpatrick Fairfield is a hardcore digger, someone who travels the swap-meets, thrift stores and junk shops across the country with a battery-powered record player, pulling out anything he considers remotely interesting looking, in particular, what he describes as "the stuff no one knows about". These are the test-pressings, spoken-word pieces, comedy routines and records by performers like Edward M Favor, Charlie Poole, Fiddlin' John Carson and the Coffer Brothers, who were usually passed over by the early 78 collectors, who focused almost entirely on blues and jazz. Thoughts and Reviews From New York Times: If you’re an American musician and want to claim lineage to Blind Blake or Uncle Dave Macon and perform as if not much happened after 1940, nothing’s stopping you. That’s what artifice is for. If you’re good enough, everything else falls into place.
From Clayton Kelly Walter: ...Another comment that really gets me is, “They/he/she sound/s just like they were ripped right out of a 78 R.P.M. record!” Well, anybody that’s reading the reviews on the wonderful Hearth Music blog probably has a cd(or twelve) of 78 R.P.M. transcriptions, so you tell me…is there, if you were alone and free to admit it unpunished, one such band that you can think of? I suspect not.The only musician today that I now feel accomplishes this in full is Frank Fairfield. His self-titled cd on the Tompkins Square label is the rarest of the rare; a new old time album that sounds profoundly old time. His guitar picking, his fiddling, his banjo playing, his singing…all are so genuine and so rustic, so raw and so…real. I had to stop everything that I was doing and sit, and stare, and listen. Frank Fairfield starts new label, releases rare gramophone recordings compilation Tracklist: 01 Nine Pound Hammer 02 Call Me a Dog When I'm Gone 03 The Blackberry Blossoms 04 Cumberland Gap 05 The Dying Cowboy 06 John Hardy 07 To the Sweet Sunny South 08 The Train that Took My Girl from 09 Hesitating Blues 10 Fair Margaret and Sweet William 11 Old Paint