Terry Tucker, Ardyth Gilbertson & Ralph Gordon
Terry Tucker, Ardyth Gilbertson and Ralph Gordon bring Appalachian music live to The Black Box, featuring traditional, Carter family and Terry's own mountain songs. Autoharp, Piano, Bass, Strong Vocals and Harmony, Percussion, Sass and Wit.
Appalachian Summer was recorded live at The Black Box Arts Center in Shepherdstown, WV by Matt Robinson, Earth Vibe Productions with sound by John Bloomquist. The cover photo is by John Bloomquist.
The concert features some very old songs like “Barbara Allen”, mentioned in 1666 by Samuel Pepys (London, England) in his famous diary; Terry’s version is one she heard her grandmother sing. “Wraggle Taggle Gypsies” comes from Scotland, “Sail Away Ladies” is a fiddle tune Terry has adapted to the autoharp, “Far From Home” is Terry’s own memories and longing for her grandmother’s Appalachian holler home. Ardyth sings a version of "John Riley” she remembers from Odetta, Sally Schmidt joins Terry and Ardyth to sing some of the Carter family songs. "Sacred Ground" is Terry's tribute to wilderness throughout the world and particularly WV State Parks. Ralph’s stand-up bass paired with Terry’s autoharp and occasional percussion from Ardyth makes a good frame for these songs and Ralph’s bowed bass and Terry’s piano underpin some of the more soulful ballads. Performed in a small theatre to a lively audience, this concert brims over with beautiful tunes and stories.