Shenandoah

Shenandoah

(Traditional)
Fiddle, cello, acoustic guitar: Danny Levin
Lead Fiddle: Dennis Ludiker
Dobro: Cindy Cashdollar
Bass: Tony Garnier
Acoustic guitar: Don Margraf
Ukulele: Steven Strauss

I was listening to Charlie Haden’s gorgeous version of this when Chris walked in, caught about two bars and started bawling. “That melody is primal.”  When things settled down, we rooted around the web and found a surprising thing: of the dozens of recordings, almost all are groups or choirs, very few solo vocals.

We tinkered with several ideas for recording it, including a cappella, or just vocal and bass. Bits of those ideas actually made the final cut, but this arrangement is all Danny. Chris came up with the little dubbed harmony vocal accent that still gives me fantods every time the third verse comes around.
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