Boomkat Product Review:
"Whilst companion set Bluegrass Big Three 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. harmingly 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".