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Mike Seeger

  • Music from the True Vine [Mercury, 1972] B+
  • The Second Annual Farewell Reunion [Mercury, 1973] A-
  • Solo -- Oldtime Country Music [Rounder, 1991] **
  • Third Annual Farewell Reunion [Rounder, 1994] **

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Music from the True Vine [Mercury, 1972]
In which the great folkie socks fourteen weird old mountain songs into the archives. Seeger sings with spunk and authenticity, plays eight acoustic instruments, and taps his foot pretty good, and even if you (and I) can't dance to it, I guarantee you somebody can. B+

The Second Annual Farewell Reunion [Mercury, 1973]
This distinguishes itself from Seeger's solo Music from the True Vine by gathering famous folk into makeshift supersessions, and from the Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken by singling out less surefire songs and musicians. Taught me that I prefer sister Peggy's mournful harmonies ("Texas Ranger") to Maria Muldaur's dulcet ones ("Take Me Back to the Sunny South"), and Mike's acerbic baritone to brother Peter's avuncular pick-'em-up. A-

Solo -- Oldtime Country Music [Rounder, 1991]
18 salty tunes, 11 acoustic instruments, no overdubs ("Ground Hog," "Tennessee Dog") **

Third Annual Farewell Reunion [Rounder, 1994]
old-timey all-stars ("Shaking Off the Acorns," "Brown's Ferry Blues") **