Release date 19th January 2018
...Old Jack’s Bones is our 4th studio album capturing our passion and telling the tale of Old Time String-band Music and Appalachian Folk. This isolated music evolved up in the Blue Ridge Mountains as waves of settlers seeking their own land came down the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania into SW Virginia between 1730 & 1830. These Scotch-Irish and Germans met with English and African families that were heading west from the older coastal Tidewater settlements making the Blue Ridge the first American Frontier. This saw a blending of culture, rhythms and religion creating a new American sound with fiddle, banjo, dulcimer, ballads and tunes.
After touring these immigrant songs and stories to you over the last 7 years, we recently spent 5 weeks in the Blue Ridge Mountains rifling through museums, archives, venues, towns and universities for inspiration and confirmation that the tales we tell are true…. And we’re glad to report that YES, 99.9% of our gathered knowledge is fact. It’s evident our passion and thirst for seeking out the history and reviving these old timey songs is gaining momentum as we release this to you, our latest album, Old Jack’s Bones. Hope you enjoy this as much as we’re enjoying our journey! xxx
DOWN FOGGY MOUNTAIN … is our 3rd record following on from Out of the Mountains Show & Still in the Mountains Show. Recorded at Foggy Mountain Studios in the Hunter Valley, we’ve pushed our boundaries and handed our arrangements of old timey, traditional folk music over to the legendary Nash Chambers to twist and produce these 12 songs into an album. With his knowledge and influences combined with our passion for keeping real music alive, this one sets itself apart from the first 2, continuing to progress through the ages of roots music we love to explore.
Venturing “out of the mountains” a bit more, we’re touching on the Hokum Blues/Minstrelsy era that saw music combined with humour, dance and dialogue, which created an “all round entertainment” factor that we embrace in our live performance today. Its’ influences of Irish and Scottish folk music fused with African rhythms, are the same main influences of Appalachian Mountain Music, yet this music was formed in lowland areas east of the ranges. Due to most of the old time music being recorded in the Appalachian region in the 1920’s, the genre of “old time” has been pinned to Appalachia, contrary to its’ origins.
The material on this record has been collected from different areas and eras, yet there is a common thread that weaves the album together. Rhythms, harmony, passion and a sense of family all recorded live and captured down Foggy Mountain.
Still In The Mountains is the follow up album to 2012's Out Of The Mountains Show. Due to the success and demand of the show, our concept and the album we have put together a part two. These recordings have captured our passion for traditional Appalachian mountain music combined with our desire to present this music in a unique, modern and quirky way. Track listing 1. Sugar Baby 2. I Truly Understand 3. Don't Get Trouble In Your Mind 4. Old Fashioned Morphine 5. Run Mountain 6. Cindy 7. A Married Man's Blues 8. Rain And Snow 9. John Henry 10. Ruby, Are You Mad 11. Shady Grove 12. Greasy Coat / Cripple Creek
Released in 2012 and featuring special guest Bill Chambers, Out Of The Mountains Show is the first of two album collection by The Hillbilly Goats. Track Listing: 1. Blackberry Blossom / Raise A Ruckus 2. Black Eyed Suzie 3. Jump Jim Crow 4. Dev'lish Mary 5. Oh Susanna 6. Reuben's Train 7. INTERVAL - Dill Pickles Rag 8. Mule Skinner Blues 9. Single Girl / Married Girl 10. The Fishin' Blues 11. Minnie The Moocher 12. Say Darlin' Say / Old Dan Tucker 13. Tell It To Me
This album was recorded live in late 2013 and features songs we love to play but never got around to recording (alongside a few favourites from the Still in the Mountains Show LP)
Track list... 1. Caleb Meyer 2. Sweet Tooth 3. Follow Me 4. Can't Get That Stuff no More 5. Soldiers Joy 6. Old Fashioned Morphine 7. I Wish I Was a Single Girl Again 8. Reuben's Train (revised version) 9. Ruby, Are You Mad? 10. Good in the Kitchen / Mary's Kitchen 11. Run Mountain 12. The Littlest Birds 13. Do the Stomp