Information from Home Remedy’s old web site and CDs!
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Released in 2005, our third CD, New Harmony, includes some foot tapping fiddle tunes as well as sweet songs that will invoke memories of happy places and loved ones dear. Both traditional and contemporary, the selections include:
Barefoot Nellie, Black Waters, Come Home and Marry Me, Eight More Miles to Louisville, Hills of Ohio, I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight, Miss McLeod’s Reel, New Five Cents, New Harmony, Pass Me Not O’ Gentle Savior, Roseville Fair, Someday My Ship Will Sail, Streets of Gold, The Fox, West Virginia My Home, and Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?
Released in 2001, our second CD, The Road Back Home, is another great mix of Appalachian tunes and songs. The addition of Bea and John Hollback to the band added a bright new sound. This CD is again a mix of songs including traditional, Gospel, Bluegrass, fiddle tunes, one original song, “Over Yon Mountain” written by the band’s own Mike Thieken. Other songs are: “All The Good Times”, “Angeline the Baker”, “Are You Teasin Me?”, “Bright Morning Stars”, “Dear Brother”, “Goin’ To The West”, “He Will Set Your Fields On Fire”, “High Atmosphere”, “Home Place”, “Jerusalem Ridge”, Lover’s Return”, “Stream of Time”, “Sweet Sally Brown”, and “Boil Them Cabbage Down.”
Our first CD, Goin’ Up On The Mountain,was funded in part by The Ohio Arts Council. It is a varied mix of tunes, including Gospel. Bluegrass, traditional songs and fiddle tunes. The list of tunes include: “True Blue Love”, “Sally Ann/Up Jumped the Devil”, “Goin’Up On The Mountain”, “Oh Susanna”, “Shawnee Town”, “The Rabbit Song”, “Ashokan’s Farewell”, “Where the Soul Never Dies”, “Cotton Mill Girls”, “Who Will Sing for Me?”, “Shenandoah”, “Aragon Mill”, “Waterbound”, and “Hard Times.”
In addition to our two recordings, John has an excellent CD of fiddle tunes, Dancers Delight. In addition to playing the fiddle, John also accompanies himself on most of the songs playing bass, mandolin, and guitar. Guaranteed to keep your toes tapping, this recording is a great buy as it contains 20 tunes, including: “Soldiers Joy”, “Joys of Quebec”, “Portsmouth Airs”, “Golden Slippers”, “Red Apple Rag”, “The Carpet Baggers”, “Too Young to Marry”, “Chinese Breakdown”, Wake Up Susan”, “Liberty”, “Jerusalem Ridge”, “Maple Sugar”, “Mississippi Sawyer”, “Up Jumped the Devil”, “Going Up Pine Creek”, “Bully of the Town”, “Lady of the Lake”, “Melinda”, “Lost Indian”, and “Back Up And Push.”
Only a few generations ago, Appalachian folk music wasn’t something to be preserved, but enjoyed. When the day’s work was done, mandolins and fiddles came off shelves and the old songs united everyone: hymns of old Appalachia, folk songs of England and Scotland brought to America by mountaineer ancestors and carried down through generations, played on homemade dulcimers and guitars, rhythm coming from tapping on bones or flat-foot dancing. Those ways are almost gone now. Southeast Ohio mountains hide their secrets, and were it not for musical groups like Home Remedy, it might all slip into history, never heard again.With a name that hearkens to the therapeutic beginnings of the group – how the three founding women would gather to sing in a kitchen as a way of recovering from the stresses of their day. Home Remedy’s members do credit to the human realness of Appalachian folk music while also simply sounding beautiful. One listen to their version of “Oh Susanna” (from their 1999 disc Goin’ Up On The Mountain) illustrates the line they ride, capturing the easy pop flavor of James Taylor’s 1970 version without sacrificing any integrity from Stephen Foster’s original, displaying how there wouldn’t be much point to keeping a folk tradition alive if it wasn’t great fun to listen to.With the bell-clear harmonies of Jeanie Creamer, Mike Thieken, Karen Bump, Jamie Tevis, and Bea and John Hollback, Home Remedy took traditional mountain material and make something at once as old as the hills (literally) immediately contemporary. Home Remedy was as much a folk music group as a gathering, or a preservation society, or simply a “happening” with music, fun and as much berry cobbler as can be eaten between songs. Everyone sang, a full half the band played fiddle or guitar, and all switched up as need be from song to song, with a sprinkling of autoharp, dulcimer, mandolin, standup bass and traditional percussions as need be.In addition to a steady run of live performances in the Midwest, they were all active in the pursuit of preserving the music they love, in remembrance of what it should always be: beautiful to listen to, and fun. Always a fun time live, Home Remedy brought the spirit of the front porch and the magic of the old mountain ways to listeners far and wide, with a joyous burst of country harmony, fellowship and good times the way things used to be. For more information about the band, please contact Jeanie Creamer.
Karen Bump took up guitar when she was 30, and then began working on fiddle in her 40’s, studying with old-time fiddlers in West Virginia. Karen is also learning the autoharp.As the band’s manger, Karen handled our correspondence and bookings. After her retirement, she decided to start a project to record and preserve old-time traditional music for future generations.A mother and grandmother, Karen and her husband, Duane, live in Athens.
Jeanie Creamer has been playing guitar and singing for over 20 years. As lead singer for the band, Jeanie’s repertoire includes old-time, bluegrass, country,folk music, and more. She also plays mountain dulcimer and mandolin from time to time.
Jeanie teaches elementary school and lives in Athens with her husband Tim.
Bea and John Hollback live in South Webster, Ohio. Both of them have pursued music their entire lives. John was a traditional fiddler who learned to play from his father, and enjoyed playing both Bluegrass and old-time songs. An accomplished mandolin player, John also played guitar, bass, and harmonica.Bea’s main instrument is the upright bass, but she also plays mountain dulcimer, auto harp and the bird house banjo. Bea can often be persuaded to put her bass down and do a little flat-footing.John passed away in 2012. He was a master musician who will not be forgotten. Bea lives in Scioto County and continues to play music with friends and family.
Jamie Tevis was the band’s living encyclopedia of music, and has enjoyed music her entire life.Jamie sings, plays the guitar and also plays rhythm of the “dancing Dan.” Jamie specializes in singing lovely old songs of the early 1900’s.A retired school teacher, Jamie had many hobbies, including writing and publishing several books about her life.”My Life With The Hustler” 2002
“Stitch By Stitch” 2005
Jamie passed away in 2004. Her stories are missed.
Mike Thieken is a talented traditional musician, who has been playing music since he was about six, learning to play the fiddle, mandolin and guitar from his father. He played all of these instruments in the band. Mike also did lead and harmony vocals, and kept the band’s sound system up and running.He and his wife Bonnie live in Glenford, Ohio. They have children and grandchildren, and enjoy traveling when they can get away.