American Folk Anthologies Mountain Music Played on the Autoharp with Stoneman, Snow, Ward, Seeger (1962) CD
"This item is part of the Folkways archives. The original liner notes from the LP are included."
First patented in 1881 by German instrument repairman Charles Zimmerman, the autoharp first reached popularity as a novelty instrument. By 1900, while that fad had passed, the autoharp found an enduring home in the southern mountains. This compilation features a variety of performers, as well as extensive biographical notes about each contributor.
101 Stoney's Waltz Ernest V. Stoneman 2:09 102 Sweet Marie Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 2:04 103 May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister? Kilby Snow 1:41 104 She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain Kilby Snow and Wade Ward 1:15 105 Flop-Eared Mule Kilby Snow 2:01 106 Bile Them Cabbage Down Ernest V. Stoneman 2:40 107 All I Got's Gone Ernest Stoneman 2:40 108 Ella's Grave Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 1:50 109 Shortenin' Bread Kenneth Benfield 1:18 110 Old Joe Clark Kenneth Benfield 1:30 111 Waltz Neriah Benfield 1:24 112 Precious Jewel Kilby Snow 3:38 113 Ain't Going to Work Tomorrow Kilby Snow 1:56 201 Muleskinner Blues Kilby Snow 2:22 202 John Henry Kilby Snow 3:35 203 Weeping Willow Tree Neriah and Kenneth Benfield 2:00 204 Wreck of Number Nine Ernest V. Stoneman 2:52 205 Red River Valley Kilby Snow 2:15 206 The Great Reaping Day Ernest V. Stoneman 2:06 207 I'm Alone, All Alone Ernest V. Stoneman 2:50 208 Jacob's Ladder Kenneth Benfield 1:12 209 Way Down in the Country Kenneth Benfield 1:00 210 Benfield Hoedown (Idaho Girl) Neriah Benfield 1:12 211 Wildwood Flower Kilby Snow 1:27 212 Tragic Romance Kilby Snow 1:33