Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fields Ward-Bury me not on the prairie

Well, already a month passed without uploading a new lp... So, hoping that quality is better than quantity, i offer you today an out-of-print lp by Fields Ward, issued by Rounder in the 1970's.
Fields Ward was a superb singer and guitar player from Virgina (he could play the banjo too... Listen to "Cotton Blossom" on the lp) who was part of a talented musical family. His father was Crockett Ward, a fiddler who recorded in the 1920's and his uncle was Wade Ward, the famous old-time banjo and fiddle player. Fields recorded with his father Crockett, Wade and Uncle Eck Dunford as  The Bogtrotters, a great old-time band that was recorded by The Library of Congress in the 1930's. The present lp includes many fine songs and instrumentals and a moving acapella rendition of the cowboy song "Bury me not on the Lone Prairie". The fiddler on the disc is Jerry Lundy, grandson of the famous old-time fiddler Emmet Lundy and Fields's wife Nancy sings with her husband on a couple of tracks. I strongly recommmend that you read the liner notes on the back of the lp for more informations about the Ward Family and their music.
(On the back of the lp it says that side 2 has 7 tracks but in fact there's 8, they ommited the song "Alas my darling")