Southern Summits CD

The following note was sent out by Alan Jabbour on 2/15/05 announcing a new CD called Southern Summits.

Dear friends,
I am happy to announce the release of a new CD entitled SOUTHERN SUMMITS.  It is a gathering of 21 fiddle-banjo duets played by me on fiddle together with Ken Perlman on banjo.
Ken and I have been making music together since we met a few years ago at Rocky Mountain Music Camp.  Though he is known to many for his "melodic clawhammer" style of playing tunes from Prince Edward Island and other places in eastern Canada, I'm proud to say that I lured him back into the Southern repertory on which he had originally learned banjo in the 1970s.  We developed a way of presenting great old Southern tunes that could be called "duets," where the two instruments are balanced in conversation with each other.
All but one of the tunes on SOUTHERN SUMMITS are tunes I learned from older Southern fiddlers back in the 1960s and 1970s.  Fourteen are from my mentor Henry Reed.  Others are from Burl and Edden Hammons and various other fiddlers in both the Appalachians and the North Carolina Piedmont.  And one tune is from one of Ken's Prince Edward Island tutors, Archie Stewart.
The tunes:
  1. Billy in the Low Land (G) – Henry Reed
  2. Henry Reed’s Breakdown (A) – Henry Reed
  3. Rocky Mountain Goat (D) – Henry Reed
  4. Birdie (C) – Henry Reed
  5. Rocking the Babies to Sleep (D) – Henry Reed, Gene and James Reed
  6. Magpie / Greasy String (G) – Vaughn Marley & Earl Shatterly / Henry Reed
  7. Bonaparte’s Retreat (D) – Henry Reed
  8. Henry Reed’s Favorite (A) – Henry Reed
  9. Rose Division (C) – John Lewis
  10. Chapel Hill Serenade / Green Willis (D) -- Lonnie Corsbie & Tinsey Clapp / Taylor Kimble
  11.  Waynesboro (G) – Edden Hammons
  12. British Field March (A) – Henry Reed
  13. Sally Ann Johnson (D) – Henry Reed
  14. Lady of the Lake (G) – Henry Reed
  15. Hell up Cole Holler (C) – Henry Reed
  16. Sandy Boys (A) – Edden & Burl Hammons
  17. Rochester Schottische (D) – Henry Reed
  18. The Honeymoon (G) – Archie Stewart
  19. Henry Ford’s Waltz (C) – Henry Reed
  20. Washington’s March (D) – Edden & Burl Hammons
  21. Boatman (A) – Ross Miller and others
Hmmm.  I see you'll actually be getting 23 tunes on 21 tracks.  There is also an eight-page booklet with individual tune histories, banjo and fiddle tunings, and other information of interest.  And it's beautifully recorded and designed.
How to order. The CD costs $15, and I'll mail it to you for $16.50, including $1.50 for postage and handling.  What is more, till the end of May, if you add any or all of the following items to your order of Southern Summits, there will be no additional shipping cost:

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

Hollow Rock Legacy (double-CD set reissuing my 1974 Hollow Rock String Band LP and my 1981 Sandy's Fancy LP) -- $20 each set

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

Learning Old-Time Fiddle Appalachian Style with Alan Jabbour (instructional video, 2003) – DVD edition $35, VHS edition $20

Thus, for example, you may order Southern Summits alone for $15 + $1.50 = $16.50, or you may add A Henry Reed Reunion and the VHS edition of the instructional video for $15 + $15 + $20 + $1.50 = $51.50.  But shipping beyond U.S. borders will have to be at cost -- sorry!

Please make checks out to Alan Jabbour and mail to the address below my signature line.  Or if you prefer -- now that my daughter Hannah is dragging me into modernity -- pay by credit card through PayPal.  E-mail me with your order requesting it, and I'll e-mail you an invoice with a link to PayPal.  Whether you use check or PayPal, be sure to enclose a listing of the items you want. Thanks!


               Alan & Karen Jabbour
            3107 Cathedral Ave., NW
          Washington, DC 20008-3420
                  (202) 333-1089

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