Jeremy Kammerer has a very long history as a musician in the San Francisco Bay Area and later in Seattle. His friend Sarah Wilson set out to produce this CD on which Jeremy backs up some of his long-time fiddler friends on guitar. Jeremy is also known for his Irish accordion playing and collected the tunes of the Irish accordion player in the Bay Area in the 1970s. These recordings are available here.
Here’s what you will hear and who is playing on this CD:
- Kathrine Gardner plays “Big Dipper” and “Going to Jail.”
- Judy Stavely does “Gone Indian” and “Calico” with Maxine Gerber on banjo.
- Jerry Berger fiddles “Magnolia One Step” and “Amos Johnson Rag,” with Cary Lung on mandolin.
- Linda Wilson plays “Duck River” and “Lost Indian.”
- Claudia Anastasio plays “Bitter Creek” and “Logan County Blues” with Linda on banjo.
- Forrest Carroll plays “J.P. Fraley’s Sail Away Ladies” and “Little Sadie” with Cary on mandolin.
- Sarah contributes “Betty Baker” and “Soppin’ the Gravy.”
- Adam Rose rounds out the collection with “Roses in the Morning” with Maxine Gerber on banjo and “Turkey Gobbler” with Brendan Doyle on banjo.
“Big Dipper” was written by Seattle fiddler David Kahn. “Going to Jail” is from a 1930 recording of Ted Gossett’s String Band. “Gone Indian” is from Bob Wills. “Calico” comes from Kentucky fiddler Jim Bowles. “Magnolia One Step” is from the Mississippi band the Nations Brothers who recorded it in 1936. “Amos Johnson Rag” is from Sam McGee. “Duck River” is a John Salyer tune. “Lost Indian” is from many sources. “Bitter Creek” comes from Oscar add Doc Harper. “Logan County Blues” is from Fred Cockerham. “Little Sadie” is from Cary Lung and the Canote Brothers. “Betty Baker” is from Clyde Davenport. “Soppin’ the Gravy” is from Benton Flippen. “Roses in the Morning” is also from Clyde Davenport. “Turkey Gobbler” comes from Buddy Thomas from Emerson, KY.
These are all strong musicians (I have played with most of them), and the music is very enjoyable. Jeremy’s health is failing now, and this CD makes a fine tribute to his musical career.
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