Musical Selections

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One of the best things about playing music is the relationships you build as you meet new musicians and singers and share in their own personal expressions of their craft.
Most people I have played with are amateurs like me, but some are true professional song writers/singers/musicians. However, I have learned something from each one of them.

Some may be deceased, but those living are still affected by their influences. Everyone has a way of telling their story and punctuating it with their own personal style.
The favorite part of my job is trying to understand their personal view and trying to help them re-tell it in their own way, with sort of an "amen" back-up. They are sometimes trying to deliver a message, or sometimes just creating a mood.

Most of the music was never recorded and so has subsequently "gone with the wind".
When Larry asked me to put this list together, I reached back in my mind for the songs that we did happen to capture, and I picked several that I have especially enjoyed.
I hope that you find something in this eclectic mix that you too will also enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to give them a listen.
    Mike

 
 
Foggy Mountain Breakdown Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Song written by Earl Scruggs, done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in the mid 1980's - Joe Carmack - mandolin, Eugene Cowart - Rhythm Guitar, John Breshears - Bass, Dan Curtis -Rhythm Guitar, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Mr. Bojangles Mr. Bojangles
Written by Jerry Jeff Walker, done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in the late 1980's - Joe Carmack - vocals, bass and mandolin, Chad Lybrand - Rhythm Guitar, Doug Carmack - harp, Melissa Carmack - vocals, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Streets of London Streets of London
A popular pub song by Ralph McTell, done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in the late 1990's - Kerry Cox - Vocals and Guitar, Quinn Martin - Bass, Sherman Bush - Vocals and Mandolin, Paul DeWeber - Fiddle, G.W.Johnson - Guitar, Jerry Robertson - Guitar, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Randy Lynn Rag Randy Lynn Rag
Written by Earl Scruggs, done here by the Cook Mountain Boys in the mid 1970's - Bill Jones - Guitar, Don Wright - Lead Guitar, Darrell Wallace - Mandolin, Ed Skelton - Bass, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Oh Shenandoah Oh Shenandoah
An American Folk Song, done here by the Cook Mountain Boys in the mid 1970's - Bill Jones - Vocals, Guitar and Harp, Charlotte Battles - Vocals and Guitar, Don Wright - Lead Guitar, Darrell Wallace - Mandolin, Ed Skelton - Bass, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Star of the County Down Star of the County Down
An Old Irish Folk Song, done here by Vali Talbot on Vocals and Guitar and Mike Adams on Banjo. This was recorded in Mikes living room on a home recorder as a practice CD and they liked the mix. It was in October, 2009.
 
Nashville Blues Nashville Blues
Written by Earl Scruggs, done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in the mid 1980's - Joe Carmack - Mandolin, Eugene Cowart - Rhythm Guitar, John Breshears - Bass, Dan Curtis - Rhythm Guitar, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Over the Rainbow Over the Rainbow
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Yes, our version of "The Wizard of Oz". Done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in 2002. Sherman Bush - Mandolin, Paul DeWeber - Fiddle, Quinn Martin - Bass Jerry Robertson - Guitar, G.W. Johnson - Guitar, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Wayfaring Stranger Wayfaring Stranger
A traditional spiritual/folk song done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in 2003 or so. Jerry Robertson - Vocals and Guitar, Sherman Bush - Vocals and Mandolin, Quinn Martin - Bass, G. W. Johnson - Guitar, James Holmes - Dobro, Helen Martin - Fiddle and Vocals, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
The River The River
Written by band member Jerry Robertson and done by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in 2003. Jerry Robertson - Vocals and Guitar, Sherman Bush - Mandolin and Vocals, James Holmes - Dobro and Vocals, Helen Martin - Fiddle and Vocals, Quinn Martin - Bass and Vocals, G. W. Johnson - Guitar, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Possum Trot Possum Trot
Written by Mike Adams and done by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in 2003. Mike Adams - Banjo, Sherman Bush - Mandolin, James Holmes - Dobro, Quinn Martin - Bass, G. W. Johnson - Guitar.
 
Joanne Joanne
Written by Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, done here by my friend John Talley, singer/musician/songwriter. John called me one day and said he had written a song that needed some banjo in it. I had always admired John’s work and we got together and had so much fun that we've played steady for about three years in restaurants and pubs and front porches. Very talented friend. John Talley - Vocals and Guitar, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
Manhattan Island Serenade Manhattan Island Serenade
Written by Leon Russell. This was a live recording at "The Big Chill" in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Sung by the late Rick (Uncle Rick) Dicus. He was a wonderful friend and I still miss him and his music. Rick Dicus - Vocals and Guitar, John Talley - Guitar and Harmonica, Mark Neito (Levon Walkin’) - Guitar, Jennifer Evans - Vocals, Mike Adams - Banjo.
 
The Weight The Weight
This song was written by Robbie Robertson of "The Band" and is the first song on their "Music from Big Pink" album. This is also a live recording at the "Big Chill"(Feb 2008, I think). To me, the ambient sounds of the crowd in a live recording actually adds to the mystique of the occasion. It was a thrill for me to be included in this group of musicians. They come in and out with their unique expressions as they are inspired by the music. The result is a mulligan, reminiscent of an Irish Pub where friends meet for Craic (Fun) and Porter Black (Dark Guinness). I am so glad Rick had this session recorded. Since he has passed, it has become a poignant remembrance. Sung here by the late Rick Dicus - guitar and vocals, John Talley - guitar and harmonica and vocals, Jennifer Evans - vocals, Erica Jones - vocals, Mark Neito (Levon Walkin’) - guitar, Greg Batterton - harmonica, Mike Adams - banjo.
Long Hard Road

Long Hard Road
Written by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and performed here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in 1994. The late Eugene Cowart - bass & vocals, Joe Carmack - mandolin & vocals, Chad Lybrand - rhythm guitar, Melissa Carmack - vocals, Doug Carmack - harmonica, Mike Adams - Banjo.

Highway 40 Blues Highway 40 Blues
Written by Larry E. Cordle and performed here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in 1994. The late Eugene Cowart - bass & vocals, Joe Carmack - mandolin & vocals, Chad Lybrand - rhythm guitar, Melissa Carmack - vocals, Doug Carmack - harmonica, Mike Adams - Banjo.
Ghost Riders in the Sky Ghost Riders in the Sky
Written by Stan Jones and recorded here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys in 1994. The late Eugene Cowart - bass & vocals, Joe Carmack - mandolin & vocals, Chad Lybrand - rhythm guitar, Melissa Carmack - vocals, Doug Carmack - harmonica, Mike Adams - Banjo.
To Old To Die Young To Old To Die Young
Written by John R. Hadley, Kevin S. Welch and Scott Dooley and done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys. Joe Carmack - vocals & mandolin, the late Eugene Cowart - vocals & guitar, Dan Curtis - rhythm guitar, John Breashears - bass & vocals, Mike Adams - Banjo.
Fox on the Run Fox on the Run
Written by Manfred Mann and copyrighted in London. First released as a bluegrass song by Tom T. Hall on the Magnificent Music Machine album. Done here by the Ouachita Mountain Boys. Joe Carmack - vocals & mandolin, the late Eugene Cowart - vocals & guitar, Dan Curtis - rhythm guitar, John Breashears - bass & vocals, Mike Adams - Banjo.
We drink to your coffin!
May it be built from the wood
of a hundred year old oak
that I shall plant
tomorrow.
- Old Irish Toast

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