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Once Upon the Hudson: Four Hundred Years in Story and Song by The Hudson River Ramblers CD

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True tales and authentic folk songs depicting 400 years of historical heritage along The Hudson, "America's first river", from Native American legends to recently written songs about the river's glory and majesty.

With a cast of characters that includes a mythical giant, an explorer, an inventor, a general, a pirate, and imp, a "spitting devil", and a mule named Sal, storyteller Jonathan Kruk and folksinger Rich Bala have created a historically accurate, meticulously recorded CD about 400 years in the life of The Hudson, "America's first river".

Their first CD since the award-winning "Revolution on the River" (named "Best CD of 2001" by Hudson Valley Magazine), they carefully researched and methodically selected authentic stories and both traditional and contemporary folk songs that capture some of the more significant "highlights" in the river's magnificent history. Jon and Rich carefully sifted through volumes of material in order to tell as complete a story as possible. The result is this "labor of love".

Assisting them on this project were some of the best musicians and studio personnel they could find. The producer, Al Hemberger, has worked on projects with Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Taj Mahal, Guy Davis, and RIchard Shindell. One of the engineers, Matt Noble, Received an Emmy for his outstanding studio work. Tom White, a versatile virtuoso on some halk-dozen instruments (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, concertina, pennywhistle, hammered dulcimer) has been playing with Rich since 1993, when they formed "The Barefoot Boys", and has performed with Emmy Lou Harris, The Woods Tea Co., and Pete Sutherland. Art Labriola has been awarded both a Grammy and an Emmy for his music compositions and studio work, and Peter Rundquist has recorded with Corey Harris, Taj Mahal, and BB King. Andy Revkin performs in the group Uncle Wade with Art and Peter, and has also performed with Pete Seeger and Dar Williams.

Genre: Kids/Family: Kid Friendly
Release Date: 2010

ITEM NUMBER: 9320