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Too Old to be Controlled

by Big Medicine

String band music of the rural South: old-time melodies and mountain harmonies, ancient ballads and archaic fiddle tunes, heart songs, hollers, hymns, and a touch of early bluegrass music.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Wild Bill Jones
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2. Black Jack Grove
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3. Bear Creek Blues
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4. Ida Red
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5. Pretty Little Miss Out in the Garden
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6. My Old Cottage Home
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7. Pretty Little Shoes
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8. Susananna Gal
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9. Short Life of Trouble
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10. My Ozark Mountain Home
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11. Christmas Eve
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12. Last of Harris
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13. East Virginia Blues
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14. Flower from the Fields of Alabama
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15. Who Killed Poor Robin
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16. Brushy Fork of John's Creek
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17. Sit Down
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18. Two Brothers
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19. Let Me Fall
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20. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Named BEST ALBUM in the bluegrass category at the 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards!

Big Medicine plays string band music of the rural South: old-time melodies and mountain harmonies, ancient ballads and archaic fiddle tunes, heart songs, hollers, hymns, and a touch of early bluegrass music-it's a kind of music capable of remarkable power, nuance, and timeless appeal, balm for the modern maladies of the soul.

Members of this award-winning band are of the best-known and most exciting musicians on the contemporary old-time music scene: Kenny Jackson (fiddle, guitar, banjo, and vocals), Jim Collier (mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and vocals), Joe Newberry (banjo, guitar, and vocals, and LaNelle Davis (bass, guitar, vocals).

These folks have learned by ear and by heart at the wellspring of old-time music, from elder masters, relatives and friends, field recordings, and old 78 rpm records of so-called "hillbilly" music-yet their music comes out sounding like nobody but Big Medicine, whether they're playing traditional material or a newly composed song or tune. Deeply rooted, musically compelling, and from the heart!

Since its release, Big Medicine's debut CD Too Old To Be Controlled has been praised by reviewers, fans, and colleagues--AND Too Old to be Controlled was awarded Best Album honors in the Bluegrass Category at the 2004 Just Plain Folks awards ceremony!

"The combination of their instrumental talents, considerable as they are individually, add up to a whole that's greater than the sum...Too Old to Be Controlled radiates good times and the joy of sharing music for no other reason than the sheer fun of it." John Lupton, Sing Out!

" This band is an example of experienced players who have learned the music, its shapes, colors, and forms, and, not being content to just play it, have taken these shapes and colors to form their own music within the genre...They nail the fiddle tunes, they sing and play a wide range of songs, and do it all equally well." Bob Buckingham, Old-Time Herald

"Big Medicine does it all, and they do it well." Jim Nelson, No Depression

"These four North Carolina musicians join together their impressive individual talents to brew up some of the most spirited old time and classic style bluegrass being played today. If you need a lift, a pick me up, friends, this is the tonic that'll do ya. Keith Weston, WUNC-FM Radio

"Played with precision and joy by one of North Carolina's most accomplished old-time string quartets." Jack Bernhardt, Raleigh News & Observer

"Their competent musicianship and obvious love and respect of old time music shines through on every cut. This band has the capability of opening new musical doors to folks who may be unfamiliar with traditional southern rural music.." B.J. Weikert, Rockzilla

"These folks play old-time country music that is right on the money - vocally, instrumentally, and emotionally. Listening to the cuts on their recent CD gives me the same feeling of satisfied elation as I get from those great, inspirational performances of 60 and 70 years ago."
Mac Benford, Highwoods String Band, Woodshed All Stars

"The quality of musicianship, the choice of tunes, the amazingly tight band energy, the authenticity of styles, the glorious harmonies, all impeccable." Fan email


Reviews


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Dolores Tubbs

We enjoyed the CD very much and would like to get the second CD Big Med. made.

Richard


I don't usually listen to this type of music, but this CD has really grown on me, particularly the dance tunes. Infectious stuff!

Carmen Seese

I loved the music
I heard one of the songs from this cd on NPR. I fell in love with it so I immediately called the station to find out about it. I went online to buy it and I was so pleased to find that all the songs are great. I have really enjoyed listening to it. Thanx so much!

Bill Martin

Some of the finest traditional hillbilly music you'll ever hear
Posted on the Nwbluegrass Yahoogroup: I stumbled across this web site, www.bigmedmusic.com, and bit the bait. We rushed over to CDBaby and ordered a copy. What a fantastic find! I've heard since that they got a good review from that picky Old-Time Herald magazine, which I haven't read.

Big Medicine, out of North Carolina, plays old-time like a bluegrass band, or maybe its bluegrass like an old-time band. They can't be pigeon-holed. The album has 20 cuts of the finest traditional hillbilly music you'll ever hear. Between four members they play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bass. The singing is not the polished and buttery smooth saccharine we've come to expect from contemporary bluegrass. It has grit and believability, and is sometimes moving. The band constantly trades around the instruments, yet maintains a solid sound. Their music is definitely in the traditional old-time vein, but they bring each piece to life as though it is their own original creation. And they do rock!

I judge a CD by the number of times it raises the hair on the back of my neck. Hair-raisers on this one include the Carter Family's "Bear Creek Blues", which has some wonderful guitar playing. My oh my.. And their "Wild Bill Jones" is the hottest, and fastest, I've heard yet. I've been buckdancing to it in my underwear every morning this week! They sing a gospel song from Wade Mainer called "Sit Down" that will have you standing up and shoutin' along. They sing "Pretty Little Miss Out In The Garden" in a very Stanley Brothers-esque way. The fiddle tunes will make your fat jiggle, I said so.
The ratio of instrumentals to songs is just right. With three men and one woman they get a nice variety on the vocals, with lots of harmony singing. In fact the whole dang collection is great, lots of variety and nice surprises. As the liner notes state, "It is music that can move the heart, lift the spirits, make you cry, or tickle your feet." I give Big Medicine 5-1/2 stars out of 5 stars. (Bill Martin)

CD Baby


If you're one of the 3.25 out of 288,175,783 people in the U.S. who HASN'T seen "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?" and still has no clue who the heck the "Soggy Bottom Boys" are, then first, where are you hiding and how do I get there; second, WAKE UP and smell the bluegrass! If your traditional folk collection still isn't quite saucy enough, I reckon this fine, fine specimen is lookin' fer a home with you! You WILL enjoy this album.

Matt Brown

an excellent recording of a powerhouse stringband
This is a fine recording. Big Medicine manages to convey their mastery of traditional subtleties as well as their collective love of mountain culture. They are consummate musicians, weaving strong vocal harmonies over a pulsing foundation of instrumentals. This is music without the frills. Too Old To Be Controlled tells tales of murder, drunkards, and true love. Slip it in your cd player...you just might get addicted!

james black

great old time mountain bluegrass. would buy their next cd.
i really loved a lot of their song especially wild bill jones and east virginia. they had a good mixture of vocals and instrumental songs which is what i like in a cd. i would definitely buy their next music cd if they keep this type of music and don`t change their style. this cd to me was worth what i paid and i am glad cd baby is offering this type of old time and bluegrass music which you can`t find in stores.

David

This belongs in your CD library.
No matter where you listen to this, if you close your eyes you will be back in the heart of bluegrass country. Authentic and enjoyable, you need to have this CD.

Tamara Turner

WAKE UP and smell the bluegrass!
If you're one of the 3.25 out of 288,175,783 people in the U.S. who HASN'T seen "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?" and still has no clue who the heck the "Soggy Bottom Boys" are, then first, where are you hiding and how do I get there; second, WAKE UP and smell the bluegrass! If your traditional folk collection still isn't quite saucy enough, I reckon this fine, fine specimen is lookin' fer a home with you! You WILL enjoy this album.

jim lansford


this is a good'n.....