Never a Pal Like Mother: Songs & Photographs of the One Who’s Always True
96 page hardback photo book with 2 CDs, Essay by Sarah Bryan; Foreword by Rosanne Cash, 65 sepia photographs. This release features 40 vintage recordings from 1927-1956. Compiled by April and Lance Ledbetter.
“We can feel our American past here: how we lived, how hard we worked, how we were a nation of travelers and wanderers, how we held fast to our faith, how great our losses were, how quickly death came, and how often our mothers were the rock and the lighthouse, the home inside our hearts. These songs could never be written in the age of jet travel, therapy, delayed adolescence, the internet, nor could they survive current popular ideas of human psychology. They are pristine and deeply wrought sonic images, unfiltered through modern expectations, and are all the more refreshing and thrilling for being so. Those of us who treasure American roots music are listening to the very center of its essence in this anthology: a nearly century-old collection of songs about the most important person in the entire lexicon.” — Rosanne Cash, from the introduction to Never a Pal Like Mother
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