Monday, March 20, 2006

Mountain philosopher

I met Mike Cross twenty-some years ago when I had traveled to Blowing Rock, North Carolina to attend a good friend's wedding. It was only a brief encounter, but his humor and unusual common sense left an impression.

Mike Cross grew up, and still lives in the Appalachian mountains around Boone, North Carolina and Johnson City, Tennessee, an area known for it's storytellers. Nearby Jonesborough, TN is home to the National Storytellers Convention. This rich heritage was not lost on Cross. A wonderful entertainer, his songs are usually about everyday life in the southern Appalachians and are often humorous, but always insightful. Buy them here

Mike Cross - Elma Turl.mp3

Mike Cross - The Lord'll Provide.mp3

Many of you may be aware that Mike Cross wrote "The Scotsman", a classic with near cult-like following as recorded by Bryan Bowers.


Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Elma Turl is one funny song. Paul St. Pierre taught me, a slow learner, that it is the twist at the end of a story that people like. Sounds like Mike Cross knows how to twist 'em.

March 21, 2006 12:23 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Good picks; I like his sound & his sense of humor, but I'm just warped that way ;)

March 21, 2006 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Hank said...

Elma Turl is a funny song indeed. Thanks for posting

March 27, 2006 1:21 PM  

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