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Soon One Morning

by Black Twig Pickers (VHF)

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Second album by this SW Virginia area trio. Soon One Morning is firmly planted in Old-Time Appalachian tradition, but concentrates mostly on original material. Standing out in particular is "Floyd Allen," Ralph Berrier Jr's masterful retelling of an area tragedy with a sweet and unexpected major/minor chorus change-up. Mike Gangloff's lengthy and elegiac instrumental "This War Is Killing Me" glides along on a sad melody passed around between resonator guitar, cello and fiddle. Many tracks are anchored by Gangloff's unusual gut-string baritone banjo. Two solo instrumentals on the CD add balance between the vocal numbers - Isak Howell's "Have You Been To Alabama?" is a subtle fingerpicked workout, while Gangloff's "Ironto Special" is a considerably more exotic-sounding modal construction on the big banjo. Elsewhere, there's an upbeat essay of "Pallet On The Floor," a relation to "Poor Boy Long Ways From Home," which appeared on the groups debut North Fork Flyer album. Among the traditional numbers, none is more striking than the group's charging and rough treatment of "Oh Death," with Gangloff and Berrier spitting out the call and response vocal which gives the album its title.


released March 14, 2017

The Black Twig Band is Isak Howell, guitar and harmonica; Ralph Berrier Jr., fiddle and vocals; and Mike Gangloff, baritone and Supertone banjos, resonator guitar, and vocals. With Mike Gayheart on bass on John Brown's Dream, Floyd Allen, and Lightning Strike. Erica-who-has-gone-to-Peru, cello on This War is Killing Me. Recorded 2002 in Fairlawn, Ironto, and Roanoke, and on the slopes of Bent Mountain. Thanks to Bill Kellum, to Tom Angleberger for artwork, layout and photos, to Ruth and Chris for photos, to Mikel Dimmick for helping with taping, to Steve Salay for doing the heavy lifting in building the big banjo, to Amy, Tycho, and Willa, to Chris and Elsa, to WBRF in Galax and WPAQ in Mount Airy, to Oddfellas, Floydfest, Steppin' Out, the Fishers Peak music center and the Floyd Jamboree. These performances copyright 2002 Black Apple. We'll take the blame for writing Ironto Special, Floyd Allen, 31 Week Blues, Lightning Stirke, Waiting on My Rider Back From Town, Have You Been to Alabama? and This War is Killing Me. The rest are traditional.



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