The Old-Time Herald Volume 9, Number 4

Close Harmonies: Ann & Phil Case
By A.V. Shirk

In the decade since their introduction to traditional music at the Augusta Heritage Center, Ann and Phil Case have gone from being almost innocent of old-time music to standing among its most skilled crafters. When Ann and Phil work out their arrangements, the goal is not to exactly recreate earlier performances. “I think how the song feels when you hear it is what we want to recreate,” says Phil. "If we attempt to sound exactly like the Blue Sky Boys or the Carter Family—well, there already were Blue Sky Boys and the Carter Family. And I recommend those recordings to anyone; there are plenty of them available. They don’t need us being just clones or copycats. But, if people hear us and like the sound…then they will become interested in where the songs came from..."


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