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Lena Hughes // Queen of the Flat Top Guitar LP

Lena Hughes // Queen of the Flat Top Guitar LP

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Lena Hughes (1904-1998), an unknown American primitive writer in Missouri, USA, has reissued a phantom album that was quietly released independently in the 60s by Tomkins Square, a label specializing in playing guitar in the country.

Contains 11 pastoral country folk songs.Includes liner notes.

Tompkins Square Other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Tompkins Square releases available at Tobira. 

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12 "black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Pearly Dew 02:16
  2. Under the Double Eagle 01:37
  3. Letter Edged in Black 02:02
  4. Blue Heaven 01:30
  5. Galloway Bay 02:01
  6. You Are The Only Star of My Blue Heaven 01:58
  7. Spanish Fan-Dango 03:19
  8. Kentucky Moon Waltz 02:10
  9. Silver Threads Among the Gold 02:03
  10. What A Friend We Have in Jesus 03:04
  11. Cedar Brook Waltz 01:50

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Tompkins Square:

" A musical'amateur' who best schematically true artistry, Lena Hughes was born in Grape Grove Township, Missouri, in 1904. Though she never recorded any 78s and only one LP, Hughes was most influential through her steady performances at various fiddler conventions and folk She was an excellent fiddler, banjoist and guitar picker who retained the largely extinct repertoire of parlor pieces and the variety of specialized tunings that were necessary to play them. She lived most of her life in Ludlow, Missouri and passed away. in 1998.

Lena Hughes' repertoire can be divided roughly in half: finger-picked numbers adapted from fiddle tunes and recast parlor guitar pieces gleaned from popular sentimental songs, hymns, and 19th century airs. guitar-playing husband, Jake. Her most mesmerizing performances, such as Pearly Dew, Spanish Fandango, and Kentucky Moon Waltz, depend heavily upon the resonance of the open chord as it relates to the picking of the melodic line, primarily on one string. This tonal reliance is most similar to the "celestial octave" that Washington Phillips employs, with similar effect, on his Train Your Child. This ethereal harmonic technique, which seems so natural in Hughes' playing, is the holy grail for most finger-picking guitarists. Her lack of pretense and her mastery of this repertoire is what defines her legendary status.

These recordings were made in the early 60's in Arkansas and released in very limited fashion as a private press LP. Remastered by Chris King. Designed by Susan Archie.
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Artist: Lena Hughes

Label: Label: Tompkins square

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Lena Hughes (1904-1998), an unknown American primitive writer in Missouri, USA, has reissued a phantom album that was quietly released independently in the 60s by Tomkins Square, a label specializing in playing guitar in the country.

Contains 11 pastoral country folk songs.Includes liner notes.

Tompkins Square Other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more Tompkins Square releases available at Tobira. 

----------------------

12 "black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Pearly Dew 02:16
  2. Under the Double Eagle 01:37
  3. Letter Edged in Black 02:02
  4. Blue Heaven 01:30
  5. Galloway Bay 02:01
  6. You Are The Only Star of My Blue Heaven 01:58
  7. Spanish Fan-Dango 03:19
  8. Kentucky Moon Waltz 02:10
  9. Silver Threads Among the Gold 02:03
  10. What A Friend We Have in Jesus 03:04
  11. Cedar Brook Waltz 01:50

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Tompkins Square:

" A musical'amateur' who best schematically true artistry, Lena Hughes was born in Grape Grove Township, Missouri, in 1904. Though she never recorded any 78s and only one LP, Hughes was most influential through her steady performances at various fiddler conventions and folk She was an excellent fiddler, banjoist and guitar picker who retained the largely extinct repertoire of parlor pieces and the variety of specialized tunings that were necessary to play them. She lived most of her life in Ludlow, Missouri and passed away. in 1998.

Lena Hughes' repertoire can be divided roughly in half: finger-picked numbers adapted from fiddle tunes and recast parlor guitar pieces gleaned from popular sentimental songs, hymns, and 19th century airs. guitar-playing husband, Jake. Her most mesmerizing performances, such as Pearly Dew, Spanish Fandango, and Kentucky Moon Waltz, depend heavily upon the resonance of the open chord as it relates to the picking of the melodic line, primarily on one string. This tonal reliance is most similar to the "celestial octave" that Washington Phillips employs, with similar effect, on his Train Your Child. This ethereal harmonic technique, which seems so natural in Hughes' playing, is the holy grail for most finger-picking guitarists. Her lack of pretense and her mastery of this repertoire is what defines her legendary status.

These recordings were made in the early 60's in Arkansas and released in very limited fashion as a private press LP. Remastered by Chris King. Designed by Susan Archie.
 "

Artist: Lena Hughes

Label: Label: Tompkins square