Constant Sorrow: Bluegrass From Root To Flower

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 18 Oct 2010

Bluegrass collection does exactly what it says on the tin... adding a variety that's often missing from bluegrass collections. - 5/5  RECORD COLLECTOR

"This three- disc set provides rich pickings for fans of what the sleeve affectionately calls Old Time Music" - 4/5   UNCUT

CAT No: FVTD073UPC TEXT: 5055311000732

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Whilst companion set Bluegrass Big Three (FVTD064) explores the giants of the bluegrass explosion in the decade from the late 1940s to the late 1950s, Constant Sorrow takes a more studied overview of the whole scene from its roots in the 1920s and 1930s, through the growth between 1940 and 1950 to the flowering of the music and its mainstream acceptance in the late 1950s.

Charmingly known as “Old Time Music” or just “Old Timey”, the hillbilly precursor of bluegrass did indeed have a long history stretching back across the Atlantic to the pre-record folk music of Britain and Victorian parlour songs. As a direct result of the enormous growth of the recording industry in America in the 1920s and 1930s, many rural markets were exploited by the early phonograph companies. It was out of this music that bluegrass evolved.

Brother acts were immensely important among the roots of bluegrass. Living, playing and singing together day after day produced recordings that feature the most intricate musical interplay and vocal harmonies ever heard. A notable brother act was The Monroes. Charlie and Bill would ultimately form their own groups, with Bill being acknowledged as the father of bluegrass for his recordings with The Blue Grass Boys.

The Stanley Brothers (Ralph and Carter) formed their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946 in emulation of Monroe’s new Blue Grass Boys. The brothers’ legacy has been acknowledged by Emmylou Harris, and Ralph continues to inspire at the age of 83, reaching a whole new audience through his involvement with the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

Other notable contributors to Constant Sorrow include Uncle Dave Macon, Mainer’s Mountaineers, The Delmore Brothers, The Carlisle Brothers, Roy Hall’s Blue Ridge Entertainers, Jimmie Skinner, The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys, Mac Wiseman, The McCormick Brothers, Joe Maphis and Jimmy Martin. Classic bluegrass numbers include “I’m A Man Of Constant Sorrow”, “Footprints In The Snow”, “Orange Blossom Special”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Angel Band” and “Feudin’ Banjos”.



  1. I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Emry Arthur)
  2. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues (Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers)
  3. Going Back To Jericho (Dock Walsh)
  4. Backwater Blues (Uncle Dave Macon & Sam McGee)
  5. Hard For To Love (Hayes Shepherd (The Appalachia Vagabond))
  6. Sail Away Ladies (Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers)
  7. Carolina Stompdown (Aiken County String Band)
  8. Train 45 (G B Grayson & Henry Whitter)
  9. Go Along Mule (Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers)
  10. Little Maggie With A Dram Glass In Her Hand (G B Grayson & Henry Whitter)
  11. All Night Long (Earl Johnson & His Clodhoppers)
  12. Three Men Went A'Hunting (Byrd Moore & His Hot Shots)
  13. I'll Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms (Buster Carter & Preston Young)
  14. Seven And A Half (J E Mainer's Mountaineers)
  15. New River Train (The Monroe Brothers (Charlie & Bill))
  16. Short Life And It's Trouble (Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris)
  17. I'm Bound To Ride (Arthur Smith & The Delmore Brothers)
  18. Medley
  19. I Won't Be Worried (Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers)
  20. Big At The Little, Bottom At The Top (Bill Carlisle's Kentucky Home Boys)
  21. Let Me Be Your Salty Dog (The Morris Brothers (Wiley & Zeke))
  22. Footprints In The Snow (Cliff Carlisle's Buckle Busters)
  23. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues (J E Mainer's Mountaineers)
  24. When I Lay My Burden Down (Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys)
  25. Orange Blossom Special (The Rouse Brothers)


  1. Dog House Blues (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  2. Cryin' Holy Unto My Lord (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  3. C & N W Railroad Blues (Byron Parker & His Mountaineers)
  4. Tennessee Blues (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  5. Loving You Too Well (Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers)
  6. Six White Horses (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  7. Blue Yodel #7 (Anniversary Blue Yodel) (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  8. Polecat Blues (Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers)
  9. Back Up And Push (Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys)
  10. Going Back To Old Kentucky (Hobo Jack Adkins)
  11. Ida Red (Curly Parker & The Blue Sky Boys)
  12. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (Byron Parker & His Mountaineers)
  13. Rattlesnake Daddy (The Bailey Brothers)
  14. Little Maggie (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  15. Let Me Be Your Friend (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  16. Pretty Polly (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  17. Doin' My Time (Jimmie Skinner)
  18. Hey! Hey! Hey! (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  19. Five String Banjo Boogie (Grandpa Jones)
  20. Don't Forget Me (The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers)
  21. I'm On My Way To The Old Home (Sonny Osborne)
  22. Pain In My Heart (The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers)
  23. Long Time, No See (Frank Hunter & His Black Mountain Boys)
  24. Leave Well Enough Alone (Frank Wakefield & Buster Turner)
  25. Roll On Blues (Connie & Babe with The Black Mountain Boys)


  1. Blue Yodel #1 (T For Texas) (Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys)
  2. Shake, Rattle And Roll (Carl Butler & The Lonesome Pine Boys)
  3. Holston Valley Breakdown (Ronnie Knittel & The Holston Valley Ramblers)
  4. I'll Fly Away (Jim & Jesse McReynolds)
  5. Blue Bonnet Lane (The Colwell Brothers)
  6. Florida Blues (Jim Eanes & The Shenandoah Valley Boys)
  7. Dirty Dishes Blues (The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers)
  8. Radio Boogie (L C Smith & Ralph Mayo with The Southern Mountain Boys)
  9. Crazy Blues (Mac Wiseman & The Country Boys)
  10. Lonesome Pine Breakdown (The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers)
  11. Air Mail Special (Jim & Jesse with The Virginia Boys)
  12. Red Hen Boogie (The McCormick Brothers)
  13. Too Hot To Handle (Jimmie Skinner)
  14. Jesse James (Toby Stroud & The Blue Mountain Boys)
  15. CNR Special (The McCormick Brothers)
  16. Angel Band (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  17. Billy Goat Boogie (The McCormick Brothers)
  18. Feudin' Banjos (Arthur Smith & Don Reno)
  19. Twin Banjo Special (Joe Maphis)
  20. Bugle Call Rag (The McCormick Brothers)
  21. Train 45 (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  22. Clinch Mountain Backstep (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  23. Ruby, Are You Mad? (The Osborne Brothers & Red Allen)
  24. Hit Parade Of Love (Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys)
  25. Wild Horse (aka Holiday Pickin') (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)
  26. I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow (The Stanley Brothers with The Clinch Mountain Boys)