Corbin Hayslett | Spirit of Sweeney

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Spirit of Sweeney

by Corbin Hayslett

Early banjo, fiddle, bones and buckdancing sounds from old Virginia, in the spirit of 1800's stage performer and banjo purveyor, Joel W. Sweeney.
Genre: Folk: Minstrel
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1. The Boatman's Dance
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2. Jonny Boker
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3. Old Zip Coon (Aka Turkey in the Straw)
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4. Ole' Jim River
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5. Lynchburg Town / Grapevine Twist
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6. Blue-Tailed Fly
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7. Hop High Ladies
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8. The Cuckoo
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9. Old Virginny Breakdown
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10. Money Music
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11. Buckdancer's Choice
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12. Old King Crow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Outside Review / Liner Notes:

When I saw Corbin Hayslett perform "Old King Crow" at the first Early Banjo
Gathering at Antietam Battlefield in 2006, my wife, Frances, turned to me and said
"He's only 12? He's good!” And, as wives often are, she was right.
Corbin released his first CD in 2010, Pickin' My Path, at the Appalachian String Band
Festival at Clifftop, West Virginia where he took 2nd place in the adult old-time banjo
contest at the ripe old age of 16. Not only is he a fine banjo player, but he also sings
with a voice sensitive to the period, using subtle humor and a spirit well beyond his
years. Presently, he is a banjo-playing reenactor at the
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Virginia,
which is located near the birthplace of Joel Walker Sweeney.
As a maker of 19th century banjo replicas, I am completely
delighted that Corbin has chosen to perform some of this
collection of minstrel tunes on my Sweeney banjo model.
Sweeney was the Elvis Presley of the mid-19th Century, and Corbin's
renditions skillfully recall the original time, place and performance of the music. I'm
very proud that this talented young musician is making such fine music with one of
my banjos, and I hope you enjoy and appreciate his talent as much as I do.

James Hartel,
Franklin, NY - March 19, 2011


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Brian La Fountain

Emotions Run High
I had the distinct pleasure of being in a room with Corbin Hayslett two years ago as he regaled us, playing the most bittersweet/melancholy-sweet melodies I had ever heard coming from a banjo. I had never come to tears listening to a banjo player before, but I sure did that day. Corbin, as unassuming and quiet as he is, lit a fire in me that day which gave me a whole new concept of what a banjo and its master can accomplish. Nobody I've ever seen play can touch his confidence and passion. I told him that day that it was very clear that he was "chosen" and the levels he will achieve will astonish us all... even himself. I see it has begun.....