Heywood Blevins – FRC508

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Description

This recording is an infrequent glimpse into Appalachian Mountain piano playing. Oddly enough, there were more than just a sprinkling of pianos in the mountains, a fact corroborated by Virginia pianists such as Hobart Smith, Clarice Shelor of Meadows of Dan and Mabel Dalton of Galax. John Hoffman, writing about Peter Hoover’s recording trips, described Heywood’s style: “Mr. Blevins, from Baywood, VA, said that he played piano the way that his father played the banjo. The tunes have that banjo bounce bearing some resemblance, or feel, to Hobart Smith’s piano playing. What is interesting about Heywood’s playing is the fact that many of the tunes are played in atypical mountain music tunings, F, E, G#, etc. Peter noted how often Heywood was playing on the black keys.” These recordings come from two other sources beside Peter Hoover, including those of the late Blanton Owen and Carol Holcomb, whose father Howard Joines plays fiddle with Heywood on several tracks of this CD. – Ray Alden

Track List

FRC508 – Heywood Blevins

  1. Cacklin Hen (4:12)
  2. Listen to the Mockingbird (2:18)
  3. Old Molly Hare (2:04)
  4. Fishers Hornpipe (2:10)
  5. Sourwood Mountain (0:43)
  6. Goodbye Liza Jane (1:33)
  7. Wildwood Flower (1:49)
  8. Down Yonder (1:53)
  9. Lonesome Road Blues (1:39)
  10. Molly Put the Kettle on (0:52)
  11. The Old Marine Hymn (1:49)
  12. Sally Ann (1:15)
  13. Sally Goodin (1:06)
  14. In the Sweet Bye and Bye (1:52)
  15. Precious Memory (1:10)
  16. Sweet Hour of Prayer (1:40)
  17. What a Friend We Have in Jesus (1:18)
  18. Lonesome Road Blues (1:59)
  19. Wildwood Flower (1:30)
  20. Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand (2:53)
  21. Old Jimmy Sutton (1:17)
  22. Molly put the Kettle on (1:02)
  23. Cacklin Hen (2:05)
  24. Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down (1:35)
  25. Old Joe Clark (1:19)
  26. Girl I left Behind Me (1:19)
  27. Casey Jones (1:18)
  28. Flop Eared Mule (1:58)
  29. The Preacher and the Bear (1:46)
  30. Little Liza Jane (1:39)
  31. Fishers Hornpipe (1:35)
  32. Roundtown Gals (1:26)
  33. Sally Goodin (1:17)
  34. Cripple Creek (1:09)
  35. Wildwood Flower (1:29)
  36. Wabash Cannonball (1:34)
  37. Cacklin Hen (2:35)
  38. Sally Ann (1:38)
  39. Liza Jane (1:58)
  40. Alabama Gals (2:09)