Hollow Rock Legacy CD

The following note was sent out by Alan Jabbour on 3/24/04 announcing the reissue of The Hollow Rock String Band and Sandy's Fancy as a double-CD set titled Hollow Rock Legacy.

Dear friends,

I’m happy to announce the release of Hollow Rock Legacy, a double-CD package reissuing two LP recordings on which I played fiddle back in the later 20th century. The LPs thus rescued from oblivion (or from fifth-generation dubs) are The Hollow Rock String Band (the second Hollow Rock album, originally released on Rounder in 1974) and Sandy’s Fancy (originally released on Flying Fish in 1981). Rounder Records has licensed me to do this reissue project as my own release. Charlie Pilzer of Airshow Mastering worked with me to remaster both recordings for CD reissue, using the original tape masters from Rounder. In my opinion, both CD reissues sound superior to the original LPs.

The artists
I am playing fiddle and Tommy Thompson is playing banjo on both CDs. On the Hollow Rock String Band album, Jim Watson joins us on guitar, mandolin, and autoharp, and on Sandy’s Fancy, Sandy Bradley joins us on piano and guitar. I’m reissuing these albums because of the performances of these wonderful artists who played with me. In particular, there is no better collection anywhere of the oldtime banjo playing of Tommy Thompson, who passed away in 2003.

The music
The two CDs are made up entirely of oldtime instrumental tunes. Most are from my mentor Henry Reed, but several are from other oldtime fiddlers. Here is a list of all 39 tunes:


  1. Shelvin’ Rock (Henry Reed)
  2. The Route (Henry Reed)
  3. Jenny Lind Polka / The Year of Jubilo (Various)
  4. Sally Ann (Henry Reed and others)
  5. Isom Waltz (John Lewis)
  6. West Fork Gals (Lee Triplett)
  7. Leather Britches (Henry Reed and others)
  8. Red Fox (Henry Reed) 9. Shady Grove (Henry Reed)
  9. West Virginia Rag (Henry Reed)
  10. Boatin’ Up Sandy (Frank "Doc" White)
  11. Billy in the Low Land (Henry Reed)
  12. Granny (Henry Reed) 14. Rose Division (John Lewis)
  13. Schottische (Henry Reed)
  14. West Virginia Gals (Henry Reed)
  15. Shootin’ Creek (Henry Reed)
  16. British Field March (Henry Reed)
  17. Peekaboo Waltz (Henry Reed and others)
  18. Sandy River Belle (Henry Reed and others)
  19. Birdie (Henry Reed)
  1. Johnny Lover’s Gone (Taylor Kimble and others)
  2. Shoes and Stockings (Henry Reed)
  3. Sally Ann Johnson (Henry Reed)
  4. Ducks in the Pond (Henry Reed)
  5. Schottische (Henry Reed)
  6. Liza Jane / Liza Jane (Romie Aiken/Glen Smith)
  7. Shortening Bread / Ebenezer (Henry Reed/ Frank George and Henry Reed)
  8. Paddy on the Turnpike (Henry Reed)
  9. Fire on the Mountain / Greenfield Cotillion (John Lewis/Gray Craig)
  10. Shooting Creek (Oscar Wright and others)
  11. Little Brown Hand (Armin Barnett)
  12. Indian Nation (Burl Hammons)
  13. Peekaboo Waltz (Henry Reed and others)
  14. Ragged Bill (Henry Reed)

How to order
The two-CD package costs $20, and we will mail it to you for $21.50, including $1.50 for postage and handling. What is more, till May 31st, if you add any or all of the following items to your order for Hollow Rock Legacy, there will be no additional shipping cost:

A Henry Reed Reunion (CD by Alan Jabbour, Bertram Levy, and James Reed, 2002) – $15 each

The Hollow Rock String Band: Traditional Dance Tunes (the band’s original 1968 LP, now reissued as a CD by County Records) – $15 each

Learning Old-Time Fiddle Appalachian Style with Alan Jabbour (instructional video, 2003) – DVD edition $35, VHS edition $30

Thus, for example, you may order Hollow Rock Legacy alone for $20 + $1.50 = $21.50, or you may add the VHS edition of the instructional video for $20 + $30 + $1.50 = $51.50. Please make checks out to Alan Jabbour and mail to the address below my signature line. Be sure to enclose a listing of the items you want. Thanks!

Alan Jabbour
3107 Cathedral Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008-3420

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Last updated 03/31/04