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.
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
Recorded and mixed by John Block at:
Mastered by David Shipley at:
Design and layout by Herman Brock Jr.
Many thanks to:
My wife to be Nina de Koeijer, Mama, my brother Larry, Ernst Levien
Cover Leo Belgicus map 1650 by C. J. Visser
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.
Benko – Sven van Bennekom