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Krack Fiddler Produces Smithsonian Compilation

BC's fiddling virtuoso, Jake Krack, has co-produced an album on the Smithsonian Folkways Label that features classic old-time fiddlers.

Jake Krack is also an accomplished fiddler.

Krack worked with the Classic Series, which is an introduction to the diverse genres of American music. Each CD explores a different area of Classic American music. Examples of Cd's that are already for sale include Classic Railroad Songs, Bluegrass, and Southern Gospel. Krack was to assemble the Classic Old Time Fiddle disc, as well as work on the liner notes, using thousands of recordings to choose from. His first step was sorting through a lot of music which included about 50 to 60 albums. After finding the most interesting songs and artists, he narrowed the collection down to two discs.

Next came the hardest part for Krack; he had to reduce the two discs down to one. After re-listening to the tracks to make sure that nothing extraordinary was missed, Krack decided on the 39 tracks that are currently on tap to be on the CD. The collection includes several little known artists or versions of songs that have rarely been heard. All but one artist on the CD came from the Appalachian region.

The Classic Old Time Fiddle CD is slated for a June or July release, and will cost around $10. Please visit the Classic Series Homepage below for more information. Krack is being attributed as co-producer of the CD, as well as the compiler for the extensive liner notes.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. They are committed to supporting cultural diversity and increasing understanding among people through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. They are bringing diverse forms of music to people who wouldn't normally pick up a CD outside of their normal genre. They seek to strengthen the public's engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultures of others.

Moses Asch founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the legacy of commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound.

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