"The Gathering has always been family-oriented, and its stage talent partially reflects this. More than a third of the tracks on this disc features married couples, brothers, sisters, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters."
"Young string bands remain the foundation of the Gathering. Their infectious energy and enthusiasm reflect the timeless vitality of acoustic music."
"Some of th performers on this collection are no longer with us. Ted Bogan, Jethro Burns, Red Rector and Rocky Stone. African-American fiddlers Claude Williams and Howard Armstrong, who first recorded on 1929 and 1939, reflect an endangered tradition. Who could ever take their places?"