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FOUR AND A HALF    OLD BLUE CD-704
The New North Carolina Ramblers
Kinney Rorrer, Kirk Sutphin, Jeremy Stephens, Darren Moore

Four And A Half"Well folks, we're the New North Carolina Ramblers and we're going to play you some old timey dance music, the kind of thing that sets people's feet to dancing up on Shooting Creek. We're going to do Posey Rorer’s RAGTIME ANNIE...let her go boys." Thus might begin a typical concert of the Ramblers: Kinney Rorrer, Kirk Sutphin, Jeremy Stephens and Darren Moore. And that is what you’ll hear on this, their second Old Blue CD.

"These talented and dedicated musicians do more than preserve the great Charlie Poole legacy—they extend and expand it, and in the process reassure us that old-time music can be renewed and revitalized in our day without...departing from the richness of the old repertoire."
–Art Rosenbaum, THE OLD-TIME HERALD
(This was from the review of OB-703, the Ramblers first CD. It is still true.)

“The New North Carolina Ramblers are a long-established old-time string band that derives their name from the late Charlie Poole’s early group. In fact, the band was founded in 1960 by Kinney and Doug Rorrer. The current group consists of Kinney Rorrer, Kirk Sutphin, Jeremy Stephens, and Darren Moore all whom are proficient on several instruments. The latest pair of compact discs features a whopping 59 musical performances. Live and Lively [OB-706] starts off with a live recording where various band members (and assorted guests) pop in and out from time to time. The bulk of the recordings are studio versions of such traditional pieces as “Lost Indian,” “Baltimore Fire,” “After the Ball,” “Weary Prodigal Son,” others. Four and a Half [OB-704] is similar in scope with performance of such classics as “Golden Slippers,” “The Great Reaping Day,” “The Murder of the Lawson Family,” “No Depression in Heaven,” and 21 others. The music of the New North Carolina Ramblers is truly a national treasure, and both of these collections should be part of any serious old-time music collection.”

– BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED, MAY 2011

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1 Ragtime Annie (752K) 2:44 Personnel: Kirk Sutphin-f; Jeremy Stephens-f; Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Darren Moore-g (Key of D)
2 Golden Slippers 2:07 Personnel: Kirk Sutphin-f; Jeremy Stephens-f; Kinney Rorrer-b; Darren Moore-g (Key of C)
3 Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party 2:42 Personnel: Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Kirk Sutphin-f; Jeremy Stephens-f; Darren Moore-g (Key of A)
4 Faded Coat Of Blue (968K) 2:59 Personnel: Darren Moore-v, g; Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Kirk Sutphin-v (Key of E flat: Lead guitar - capo on 6th fret; guitar tuned down 1 and a half steps (3 frets low); rhythm guitar - tuned 2 whole steps low (4 frets down) playing in G position)
5 Back To The Blue Ridge 2:55 Personnel: Jeremy Stephens-g; Kirk Sutphin-g (Key of C)
6 Great Reaping Day 2:59 Personnel: Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Darren Moore-v, a; Kirk Sutphin-f (Key of G)
7 There's A Mother Old And Grey Who Needs Me Now 2:51 Personnel: Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Darren Moore-v, a; Kinney Rorrer-b; Kirk Sutphin-f (Key of D)
8 Fanny Hill 2:33 Personnel: Kirk Sutphin-f; Kinney Rorrer-b; Jeremy Stephens-g; Darren Moore-a (Key of G)
9 Leaving Home 3:42 Personnel: Kirk Sutphin-f; Kinney Rorrer-b; Jeremy Stephens-g; Darren Moore-a (Key of C/Key of G)
10 Hello Stranger 2:42 Personnel: Darren Moore-v, g; Jeremy Stephens-v, g (Key of A)
11 Stony Fork 2:10 Personnel: Sutphin-f; Kinney Rorrer-b; Jeremy Stephens-g; Darren Moore-g (Key of A)
12 You Ain't Talking To Me 2:48 Personnel: Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Kirk Sutphin-f; Jeremy Stephens-g; Darren Moore-a (Key of D)
13 Murder Of The Lawson Family (796K) 2:41 Personnel: Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Darren Moore-v, a: Kirk Sutphin-f (Key of G)
14 No Depression In Heaven 2:44 Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Darren Moore-v, a: Kirk Sutphin-f (Key of ??)
15 Brooksie 2:23 Personnel:  Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Darren Moore-v, a: Kirk Sutphin-f (Key of G)
16 Goodbye Maggie, Goodbye Darling 4:11 Personnel: Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Darren Moore-v, a; Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Kirk Sutphin--f (Key of D)
17 When The World's On Fire (792K) 3:02 Personnel: Jeremy Stephens-v, sl g; Darren Moore-v, a (Key of Key of D: slide guitar tuned EAEAC#E; autoharp - tuned 1 step and a half low (3 frets down) playing in F)
18 Good Night Waltz 2:56 Personnel: Kirk Sutphin-f; Kinney Rorrer-b; Jeremy Stephens-g; Darren Moore-g (Key of C)
19 Young Freda Bolt 2:53 Personnel: Darren Moore-v, g, Jeremy Stephens-v, g (Key of A)
20 Chinese Breakdown 2:59 Personnel: Kirk Sutphin-f; Jeremy Stephens-f; Kinney Rorrer-b; Darren Moore-g (Key of C)
21 Gypsy Girl 3:01 Personnel: Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Kirk Sutphin-f; Jeremy Stephens-g; Darren Moore-g (Key of D)
22 Mother's Farewell Kiss 2:57 Personnel: Jeremy Stephens-v, g; Kirk Sutphin-f (Key of F)
23 The Fun Is All Over 1:53 Personnel: Jeremy Stephens-f; Kirk Stuphin-b (Key of C)
24 Sad And Lonesome Day 2:43 Personnel: Darren Moore-v, g; Jeremy Stephens-v, g (Key of E)
24 Devilish Mary 2:54 Personnel: Kinney Rorrer-v, b; Jeremy Stephens-v, f; Kirk Sutphin-f; Darren Moore-g (Key of G)

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