Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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about

During the middle decades of the 20th century, the factories of southwestern Ohio drew hundreds of thousands of migrants from Appalachia, including innumerable musicians. Industrial Strength Bluegrass celebrates the music that these migrants made and loved, and explores a pivotal moment in the history of bluegrass and country music at large. Produced by beloved performer and radio personality Joe Mullins, the collection features many modern legends like Lee Ann Womack, Mo Pitney, and Vince Gill, plus a stellar lineup of bluegrass stalwarts including Rhonda Vincent, Bobby Osborne, and Mullins himself, taking on tunes that have echoed across Ohio for decades. This group of some of the biggest names in bluegrass today pays tribute to the jubilant highs and lonesome lows of life amongst the factories and warehouses, reflecting the region’s rich culture and resilient people.

credits

released March 26, 2021

CREDITS
Joe Mullins, producer
Daniel Mullins, associate producer

Recording engineers:
Readin’, Rightin’, Route 23: Rickey Wasson, engineer, Rick’s Main Street Studio, Clay City, KY; additional recording by Jerry Douglas, Jerry Douglas Studio, Nashville, TN, and Dennis Hensley, Jordan Recording Studio, Taylor Mill, KY
20/20 Vision: Mark Capps, engineer, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Rickey Wasson, Rick’s Main Street Studio, Clay City, KY
Suzanne: Mark Capps, engineer, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Jim Price, Hat Creek Recording Company, Jonesborough, TN
From Life’s Other Side: Mark Capps, engineer, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Jason Barie, Jason Barie Studio, Portland, TN
Larry Sparks Medley (Dark Hollow/A Face in the Crowd /These Old Blues): Mark Capps and Ben Isaacs, engineers, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Mark Mundy, Flossy Monk Studio, Cumming, GA
When He Blessed My Soul: Josh Swift, engineer; Cowbell Fever Studio, Sparta, TN
The Rolling Mills of Middletown: Mark Capps, engineer, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Chris Latham, Gorilla’s Nest Studio, Ashland City, TN, and Josh Swift, Cowbell Fever Studio, Sparta, TN
Family Reunion: Paul Harrigill, engineer, Skaggs Place Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Rickey Wasson, Rick’s Main Street Studio, Clay City, KY, and Joey Crawford, Upper Management Studio, Hermitage, TN Mountain Strings: Mark Capps, engineer, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Van Atkins, Crossroads Studios, Arden, NC, and Dennis Hensley, Jordan Recording Studio, Taylor Mill, KY
Stone Walls and Steel Bars: Mark Capps, engineer, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Rickey Wasson, Rick’s Main Street Studio, Clay City, KY
Are You Missing Me: Paul Harrigill, engineer, Skaggs Place Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Dennis Hensley, Jordan Recording Studio, Taylor Mill, KY
Once More: Van Atkins, engineer, Crossroads Studios, Arden, NC; additional recording by Adam Haynes, FiddleSnoop Studio, Portland, TN Barefoot Nellie: Brad Benge, engineer, Tunesmith Studio, Goodlettsville, TN; additional recording by Jason Barie, Jason Barie Studio, Portland, TN
Garden Tomb: Ben Isaacs and Mark Capps, engineers, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN
Baby Blue Eyes: Mark Capps, engineer, Ben’s Den Studio, Hendersonville, TN; additional recording by Matthew J. Rausch, Vince Gill Studio, Nashville, TN, and Jerry Douglas, Jerry Douglas Studio, Nashville, TN
We’ll Head Back to Harlan: Rickey Wasson, engineer, Rick’s Main Street Studio, Clay City, KY; additional recording by Bobby Osborne Jr., Osborne Studio, Portland, TN, and Jerry Douglas, Jerry Douglas Studio, Nashville, TN

Mixed and edited by Ben Isaacs, Mark Capps, and Paul Harrigill
Mastered by Andrew Mendelson at Georgetown Masters, Nashville, TN. Assisted by Andrew Darby, Bobbi Giel, Taylor Chadwick, and Luke Armentrout.
Annotated by Joe Mullins, Fred Bartenstein, and Daniel Mullins
Front cover of booklet: Blast Furnace, Armco Steel Corporation, c.1963; back cover booklet and inside digipak: Sheet mill workers, American Rolling Mill Company, c.1915; all courtesy of Middletown Historical Society
Executive producers: Daniel E. Sheehy and John Smith
Production manager: Mary Monseur
Production assistant: Kate Harrington
Editorial assistance by Carla Borden
Art direction, design, and layout by Cooley Design Lab

Related book available from University of Illinois Press: Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio’s Musical Legacy, ISBN978-0-252-08560-4, press.uillinois.edu.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers appear courtesy of Billy Blue Records
Jerry Douglas appears courtesy of Rounder Records
Mo Pitney appears courtesy of Curb Records
Merle Monroe appears courtesy of Pinecastle Records
Lee Ann Womack appears courtesy of ATO Records
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver appear courtesy of Billy Blue Records
Caleb Daughtery appears courtesy of KDM Records
The Grascals appear courtesy of Mountain Home Music Company
Jim Lauderdale appears courtesy of Yep Roc Records
High Fidelity appears courtesy of Rebel Records
Vince Gill appears courtesy of Universal Music

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