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Banjer On My Knee

by Curt Bouterse

Traditional American Old-Time Tunes and Songs.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Gold Watch and Chain Waltz
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2. Rocky Hill
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3. Jennie Jenkins
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4. Early in the Morning
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5. Life's Railway to Heaven
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6. Froggy Went a-Courtin'
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7. Hey, Ben!
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8. Hills of Mexico
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9. Good Old Chicken Pie
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10. Oh, Death
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11. Gold Rush Medley
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12. Little Birdie/Glory in the Meeting House
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13. Brother Green
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14. Felicita
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15. Yonder's Gallows Tree
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16. Ducks on the Pond
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17. Lone Prairie
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18. Promised Land
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Album Notes
Curt Bouterse: Vocals, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, spoons, kubing, fife, drum, and banjos.
L. Lee Davis: Vocals.
Ray Bierl: Vocals, fiddle, and guitar.
Larry Hanks: Vocals and guitar.

This album is dedicated to my two traditional music fathers and gurus, now both departed, Robert Stuart “Stu” Jamieson (1922-2009) and Sam Duffie Hinton (1917-2009).
Even more than my previous recordings, this is a tribute to the folk process and my small part in it. In the world of traditional music, it’s not just a poetic truth that "no man is an island." The creation, shaping, and ultimate acceptance of any tune is the effort of families, villages, and nations of listeners and performers.
This is a collection of favorite songs transmitted and inspired by some of the wonderful people I have met over the past half century. Many of them were learned in the oral tradition from these great singers and players while others were created "under the influence." In all cases, I owe a great debt to those who have gone before me and hope my efforts help keep both their memories and the traditions of these songs alive.
Once again, I am joined by my favorite singing partner, my sister, L. Lee Davis. I am proud to be able to work with my old friend of some 40 years, Ray Bierl, a fantastic fiddler, as well as Larry Hanks, an excellent musician, all-around nice guy, and best traditional bass voice in the nation.
-Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
April 2010

Produced by George Winston and Adam Miller.
All songs arranged and adapted by Curt Carlise Bouterse.
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Dan de la Isla, DLI Studios, Pacific Beach, California, except: “Gold Watch and Chain,” “Life’s Railway to Heaven,” “Hey, Ben!” “Good Old Chicken Pie,” “Felicita,” and “Lone Prairie” recorded April 13, 2009 by Howard Johnson, Broken Radio Studio, San Francisco, California.
Photography by Virginia Curtiss, San Diego, California (Circa 1978).
Graphic Design by Ivan Stiles Graphic Design / Illustration, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Manufactured by Media Technology Services, Inc., Calabasas, California.
© 2010 Dancing Cat Records. All Rights Reserved. Made in the USA.


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Sing Out! Magazine, Vol. 54, #3 - Summer 2011

"...Chock full of wonderous American traditional music."
Bouterse was born in to a Kentucky musical family. He grew up as part of a Navy family and lived all over the US. While in high school he began to play the hammered dulcimer, and in 1961 he met his mentors Sam Hinton and Stu Jamieson. Since then he has had a long and varied musical "career" alongside his day job as an anthropologist, historian, and musicologist. Probably his most "high profile" musical credit was his involvement with Ry Cooder on the classic movie soundtrack for "The Long Riders."

Curt's new recording, "Banjer on My Knee!" features him performing on a variety of instruments including both mountain and hammered dulcimer, banjo, autoharp, fife, drum and the kubing, a Philippine bamboo jaws harp. The CD is dedicated to his two mentors and is chock full of wonderous American traditional music.

The recording opens with "Gold Watch and Chain" from the Carter Family. Curt has rearranged it as a waltz and the song takes on a wholly different character. He is joined by L. Lee Davis on vocals, Ray Bierl on fiddle and Larry Hanks on guitar and vocals. "Rocky Hill" follows from the playing of Stu Jamieson. Curt accompanies his vocal on banjo tuned to a low A tuning. It's an especially rich sound with lots of slides. The popular "Jennie Jenkins" is up next, from the playing of E.C. and Orna Ball. The call and response answer vocals with L. Lee and the mountain dulcimer accompaniment are especially lovely. Curt comments that "Early in the Morning" was the first tune he heard on the hammered dulcimer. It was played by an unknown West Virginia musician and collected by the Library of Congress.

This is just a taste of the eighteen tracks of wonderful American traditional music to be found on "Banjer on My Knee!" Don't pass this one by. -- TD