Shady Grove (feat. Jean Ritchie)

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Another song from A Long Way From Shady Grove. I remixed this with Jean Ritchie samples for Dulcimer Players News magazine after Jean passed away. Jean brought the dulcimer out of the mountains and most likely saved it from extinction. Every single one of us who play owe her a debt of gratitude for that. I know I do. While I consider this song and what I do in general to be an extension of what she did, I’m pretty sure she would’ve hated it. But that’s okay too. Like she says, “I guess this is a fragment of an old ballad, but it’s just a love song now.”


from Found Objects, released May 13, 2017
Traditional arr: Butch Ross
Dulcimer, bass, guitar, synthesizer, sample manipulation: BR
Drums: Josh Green
Jean Ritchie: vocals, dulcimer
Jean Ritchie recordings retrieved from The Digital Library of Appalachia



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Butch Ross Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga multi-instrumentalist and mountain dulcimer maestro Butch Ross has tackled everything from Radiohead to Bach and come away with a renewed appreciation for what the humble dulcimer is capable of. His music is born from his respect for its abilities, a respect born from the years he's spent prying apart its pieces and discovering new sounds where none existed before. ... more

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