The Shortest Day

by Kenny Jackson

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    The Shortest Day (Crow Hill Music CD-004) is the long-awaited sequel to Kenny Jackson’s 2004 solo album Over the Mountain, and it builds on that earlier album’s vision of what old-time mountain music might be: deeply rooted, undeniably present, and having branches interlaced with its neighbors like one of the big white oaks where Kenny lives. The Shortest Day is comprised of fifteen tracks, with accompaniment on many of the tunes provided by some of the finest players of American old-time music – Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, and Bobb Head. The Shortest Day includes several rare and beautiful old-time fiddle tunes, but also – and what is most striking in the contemporary old-time genre – nine gorgeous original pieces, including the title tune. Several tracks feature the beguiling sound of the unaccompanied fiddle – a sound as old as the hills. The Shortest Day also includes four nearly forgotten old songs of unusual beauty, with Kenny accompanying himself on fiddle or banjo, and with Rochelle Moser joining him for a vocal duet on Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still.

    Kenny Jackson’s decades immersion in American (especially Appalachian) old-time music, his influences from other musical traditions, and his collaborations with some of the genre’s leading musicians—all these inform the music on his first solo album in eleven years. Most essentially, while Jackson reveres musical traditions, he carves out a path that is lighted with personal vision.

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The Shortest Day is the long-awaited sequel to Kenny’s 2004 solo album Over the Mountain, and it builds on that record’s vision of what old-time music might be. Fifteen tracks, among them nine original pieces (including the title track), with accompaniment on many of the tunes by some of the best players of American old-time music - Carl Jones, Erynn Marshall, and Bobb Head.

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released June 6, 2015

Kenny Jackson on fiddle, banjo, vocals. Carl Jones on guitar, mandolin; Erynn Marshall on second fiddle; Bobb Head: guitar, banjo.

Produced by Kenny Jackson. Recording and mixing by Joe Dejarnette of Studio 808a in Floyd, VA; mastering by David Glasser of Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO. Graphic design is by David Lynch of Asheville, NC's Lynch Graphics. Kenny and his wife Rochelle Moser made the photographs used in the package design.

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Kenny Jackson Pittsboro, North Carolina

Kenny Jackson is a fiddler, banjoist, guitarist, singer, and tunesmith deeply rooted in old-time Southern Appalachian vernacular music. Not content to just re-enact the performances of the past, Kenny draws on the deep well of traditional music for his own inspired interpretations and original compositions, rendering the music anew with spirit, subtlety, and grace. ... more

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