About

The Old World – A Bluegrass revue

A bluegrass album about “The Old World”, with “Old World” Musicians. I started thinking or better, dreaming about recording this album some years ago.
Inspired by the bluegrass masters and above all “The Mountain” by Steve Earle and the Del Mccoury band.

Being a Dutch boy from the Southwestern part of The Netherlands a.k.a. Holland, called “Zeeland” (The “Old Zealand”), I heard many stories and legends from our region Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen, the Flemish part of Zeeland. My 12th century hometown “Terneuzen” has had a port since 1460 so many of these stories were about traveling.

Once I got all the songs finished, I knew I wanted to record this album with The Blue Grass Boogiemen, my own bands, The Brockettes and The Bluegrass Bunch a.k.a. The Revenuers, and some specific guests; Joost van Es (fiddle), Janos Koolen (mandolin), Jeroen Schmohl (dobro), Laurens Joensen (mandolin), David Buyle (fiddle), Peter de Smet (dobro) and my dad, Herman Brock Sr. (vocals). All the people I wanted to play with are on this album.

I am extremely grateful to have worked with so many talented players.

This project has truly been a milestone in my life, I am both happy and sad that part of this journey has come to an end. I can honestly say that this is the best I can do to contribute to bluegrass music. It is the way my daddy tought me. In honor of The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Flat & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, Del Mccoury and all the great bluegrass musicians, I hope I did them some justice. I would be honored if one of these songs would some day find it’s way to a bluegrass jam somewhere on this earth.

Herman Brock Jr.

 

The Old World – Credits

Produced by:
Herman Brock Jr. & Sr., Bart van Strien & John Blok

Recorded and mixed by John Block at:
Goodnight John Boy Studios – Woerden

Mastered by David Shipley at:
Foxwood Mastering – Nashville

Design and layout by Herman Brock Jr.

Many thanks to:
All the players who have chosen to join me on this journey
Especially Lizz Sprangers and Geertje van den Berg
Hans Wolters & Henk Van der Sypt, John Blok, Bart van Strien
Arnold Lasseur, Aart Schroevers, Robert-Jan Kanis, Joost van Es
Janos Koolen, Jeroen Schmohl, Laurens Joensen, Peter de Smet & David Buyle
My dad Herman Sr. for his wisdom, criticism and teachings

My wife to be Nina de Koeijer, Mama, my brother Larry, Ernst Levien
Martijn Heida, Pieter Cras, Annemie Van Daele, Marnix Ruben, Diederike de Koeijer
Heemkundige Vereniging Terneuzen,Tommy & Femke, Whitney Huybrechts, Sirrah van der Linde
Margriet & Elke, Porgy & Bess, Den Engel, Luwak, De Stadsherberg

Cover Leo Belgicus map 1650 by C. J. Visser
Flying Dutchman painting by Vrouw Van Rinus
Photos Herman Brock Jr.: Diederike de Koeijer
Photo Horses Harvesting: Hans Koert – slikopdeweg.blogspot.nl

All the contributors to the crowdfunding campaign:

 

The Old World – Crowdfunding

The ‘Old World’ project has been made possible through Crowdfunding with Voor De Kunst.

I would like to thank all the contributors to my ‘Old World” project from the bottom of my heart for helping me reach this milestone in my life.

Aap Fierens
Adinda de Zeeuw
Angelface Pete
Anja Bakker
Annemiek v. d. Velde
Antoon de Graef
Arijan van Wijngaarden & Angela Groosman
Bert Mengerink
Carl Everaert
Carolien de Feijter
Dominique Verlinden
Dylan Nützmann & Angelique de Block
Elco Weitering
Elke Levien
Els Pasques
Enric Batista
Eric Vonck
Ernst Levien
Familie Sprangers
Fons van Buyten
Frank Vos
Giacomo
Hedwig Rovers – Sunny Salalah
Herman Brock Sr.
Jeroen Schmohl
Johnny Trash
Joris Scheepers
Jos van Hutten
Klaas Bevers
Larry de Brock
Loes van Schaijk
Margriet Levien
Marije van de Langkruis
Marius Joensen
Marnix Peper van Acker
Marta Pri
Martin den Doelder
Mirjam van Beijsterveld
Monique Aerssens
Nils Bruijel
Nina de Koeijer
Pedro Batista
Piet Dieleman
Piet van Houcke
Redski
Rina Verbrugge
Rocus de Boer
Rop Rietveld
Rudi Minnaert
Ruud Smets
Sean Mulvey
Sjoerd Heeringa
Stefan Martens
Thijs, Eva & Noortje
Tommy & Femke
Tony Lemarinel
Velvet Joe & the Bluegrass Diamonds
Volker Vienken
Walter Brinkman
Wesley Van Puymbroeck
Wil de Wolf
Willem de Zeeuw
Wouter Scheele

Benko – Sven van Bennekom
Den Engel – Jelle & Roos
De Stadsherberg – Jannie & Willem
Luwak – Gilles & Rose
Porgy & Bess
Stichting Cleanplease
Stichting Langspeelplaat

Omroep Zeeland
Bluesy – Radio Ridderkerk
Terneuzen FM