- Ways That Are Dark -
I wish to dedicate this song cycle to my mother, the loving guide of our family; and to my Dad, who taught me the shape note songs in the little mountain churches, and whose life, as Kephart's, found sustenance and truth in the library. This is for the librarian, everywhere.
Produced by Daniel Gore and Jerry Brown
Cover artwork hand coloring by Barbara C. Chase, layout by Meg Benkel
Graphics design/layout by Meg Benkel
Recorded and mixed by Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, Chapel Hill,N.C.
Mastered by Jerry Brown
Liner notes by Daniel Gore
Photographs of snakestick by Rick Singer, Singer Studios, Spokane, Wa.; Kephart's headstone by sister Anne Miller; all others courtesy of Hunter Library, WCU, at Cullowhee, N.C.
Thanks to George Frizzell and the Hunter Library at WCU in Cullowhee for access to the Kephart collection, the Library of Congress American Folklife Room in Washington, D.C., North Carolina Collection in the UNC Library at Chapel Hill, N.C. Thanks, also, to O'mom Gore for her support, sister Anne for her assistance with photographic reproductions, brother Ed for help with web-page design, brother Milton for making my first banjo and for all his help with the production. And Norman Amos for his fearsome reproduction of the Snakestick Man's snakestick, and my wife Mary Miller for her input and guiding judgement. More thanks to Tom Carnegie and Ken Glastre for their studio assistance, and Tony Ellis, Kenney Rorrer, and Barry Brower for their helpful advice.