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Thursday, July 1, 2010
WV Sen. Byrd’s Mountain Fiddler Album Now Available as CD in Wide Release
Byrd's 1978 vinyl album, "Mountain Fiddler," featuring the senator performing 14 of his favorite old-time and bluegrass songs and tunes has been reissued on CD by County Records of Charlottesville, VA and is available from a wide variety of outlets now.
Charlottesville, VA,-- Fans of old-time and bluegrass music will be glad to know that the music of West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd is now widely available on CD.
County Records has reissued WV Senator Robert C. Byrd’s 1978 album of 14 favorite old-time and bluegrass songs and tunes as a CD. The collection, County Records CD 2743, is available through a wide variety of outlets. Byrd died on Monday, June 28. (Cover art courtesy of County Records, Charlottesville, VA.) The CD is a reissue of Byrd’s 1978 album, “Mountain Fiddler,” 14 selections that feature the senator performing his favorite old-time and bluegrass fiddle tunes and songs. The 1977 recording sessions included Doyle Lawson on guitar, James Bailey on banjo, and Spider Gilliam on bass, three of traditional music’s most well-respected talents who were all members of the Country Gentlemen band at the time of Grammy-award-winning Bill McElroy’s original recording.
"We're glad we can offer this recording of him playing in his musical prime. His joy in the music is evident." --Dave Freeman, Owner, County Records
“We’ve had this CD reissue project in the works for about 18 months,” said County Records owner Dave Freeman. “We were hoping that the senator’s health would permit him to be present for the CD reissue debut. We’re mourning his passing on June 28 with West Virginians and traditional music lovers everywhere, and we’re glad that we can offer this recording of him playing in his musical prime. His joy in the music is evident.”
The CD, County CD 2743, is available through County Records, Charlottesville, VA, and other distributers.