Thursday, March 29, 2007

A few old favorites: Move It On Over

"Came in last night at half past ten
That baby of mine wouldn’t let me in"


I’d be willing to bet that many a rider on the Bus has been able to sympathize
with the sentiment of Move It On Over a time or two, your humble driver included.

Move It On Over was the first major hit for Hank Williams. He recorded it in 1947 and it went straight to #4 on the country charts. From the start this song had all of the makings of a good rock ‘n roll song.

Hank Williams - Move It On Over.mp3

Maddox Brothers and Rose - Move It On Over.mp3

George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers - Move It On Over.mp3

I learned many years ago to avoid the doghouse by taking my better half with me for a night on the town. As it turns out, we have twice as much fun!

Y’all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A few old favorites: Lee Highway Blues

The songs of G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter are amongst the most widely known of the Old Time genre and some of my favorites.

I’ve featured Grayson & Whitter in the past so I won’t go into the incredible influence these two had on American music (see the original post here). One song in particular has long been one of my all time favorite tunes. G.B. Grayson was a champion fiddler and this fun little tune showcases his mastery. Grayson & Whiiter called this little ditty Going Down The Lee High Way, but it has come to be known as Lee Highway Blues. I don’t know why it has acquired the “Blues” moniker; I see it as more of a late 1920s cruisin’ tune. Henry Whitter says on their recording "Right on down the Lee Highway" To which Grayson replies "I’m makin’ a sixty".

Lee Highway Blues is one of my all-time favorite tunes. I don't recommend holding back. It may cause bodily injury to sit still while this song is playing! So, set that toe to tapping and let go!

Fiddlers in these parts still play this tune as a showcase for their artistry and skill. One of the most heart-felt new versions of Lee Highway Blues that I have heard is played by Eddie Bond of the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters. The New Bogtrotters have taken their name in honor of the great Ballards Branch Bogtrotters that were favorites at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia in the 1930s. I have searched for a source for the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters CDs and tried to contact them. All I have been able to find is a couple of earlier CDs at County Sales. This cut is from my autographed copy of The Old Green Truck. I'm sure I will run into the Bogtrotters sometime during the spring festival season, I'll post an address where their CDs can be purchased then.

Grayson & Whitter - Going Down The Lee High Way.mp3

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard - Lee Highway Blues.mp3

New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters - Lee Highway Blues.mp3

Just an observation: David Bromberg has titled his website "The New Lee Super Highway".

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A few old favorites: Jolie Blonde

If Cajun music has an anthem it is Jolie Blonde (My Pretty Blonde). The lament of a man who’s ‘pretty blonde’ has left him for another man.

Breaux Frères (the Breaux Brothers) were a very popular Cajun band of the mid 1920s. The family band consisted of Cléoma Breaux on guitar, and her brothers, Amédé on accordion, Ophé on guitar, and Cléopha on the fiddle. On April 18, 1929 Breaux Frères recorded Ma Blonde Est Partie (My Blonde Left) in Atlanta, Georgia. The record was an overwhelming hit in Louisiana and got the attention of the major recording companies. I have posted on this recording session in the past; original post here.

In 1935 Leo Soileau and the Hackberry Ramblers resurrected the song and recorded it for the Bluebird label under the title Jolie Blonde (My Pretty Blonde). The remake was a huge regional hit.

Sometime around 1946 renowned Cajun fiddler Harry Choates re-wrote the now classic Cajun waltz and entitled his version Jole Blon. Once again the song was a hit, but it was a Texas singer and piano player by the name of Aubrey "Moon" Mullican who would give the song a slight Western Swing sound and took it to a national audience in 1947.

1947 was the year of Jole Blon, with recordings by Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Johnny Bond, and a host of others hitting the airwaves and store shelves. More recently Jole Blon has been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Hank Snow, Waylon Jennings, and Bruce Springsteen.

Breaux Frères - Ma Blonde Est Partie.mp3

Hackberry Ramblers - Jolie Blonde.mp3

Harry Choates - Jole Blon.mp3

Moon Mullican - New Pretty Blonde (Jole Blon).mp3

Roy Acuff - (Our Own) Jole Blon.mp3

Monday, March 26, 2007

A few old favorites: Old Molly Hare

Autoharp legend, Bryan Bowers, wrote in the liner notes of his Friend for Life CD (buy it here): "Some songs I view as friends for life. Only a few notes need ring out before my mind’s eye conjures up when, where, and who I was with when I heard 'that one'."

This week I’d like to take a look at some special songs that I view as friends for life.

Old Molly Hare is another of the many American folk songs that has its roots deep in the British Isles. The tune can be followed back to an old Scottish reel known as The Fairies' Dance. I have selected three distinct versions of Old Molly Hare to share with riders on the Bus.

Clayton McMichen & Riley Puckett with their version on fiddle and guitar, is the version that introduced me to this song, and still a favorite.

Tom Joad is a UK-based collector, performer, and teacher of Appalachian Old Time banjo.

Haywood Blevins of Sparta, North Carolina learned to mimic his father’s banjo picking on the family piano.

Clayton McMichen & Riley Puckett - Old Molly Hare.mp3

Tom Joad - Old Molly Hare.mp3

Haywood Blevins - Old Molly Hare.mp3

Sunday, March 25, 2007

A few old favorites: Springtime and good tunes


Ah, the first weekend of spring, and what a wonderful weekend it was! The weather was perfect; just a taste of what’s to come.

The fresh spring air and the buds on the trees were incentive to get the gardens ready for planting. How good it was to till under the winter cover crop of clover and rapeseed and feel the soft, rich earth beneath my feet.

After the chores were all done I grabbed a cold beer and an Autoharp and headed for my rocking chair on the back porch. My daughter fetched her fiddle and joined me for a celebration of spring with some of our favorite old tunes.

There are few things in life as rejuvenating as springtime and good music.

The Seldom Scene - Grandpa Get Your Guitar.mp3

Tut Taylor & Norman Blake - Picking on Josh.mp3

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Songs of the Workers: Truckin'


The truck driver has been a favorite subject of country songs since the first big rig took to the road. I have posted plenty of truck drivin’ songs in the past, so I thought I’d post something a bit different to end out this week's look at a few songs of workin' folks.

Trout Fishing In America - 18 Wheels On A Big Rig.mp3

Townes Van Zandt - White Freightliner Blues.mp3

Junior Brown - Broke Down South Of Dallas.mp3
visit juniorbrown.com for more.

Y'all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Songs of the Workers: The Farmer


Many years ago my good friend Jim Bob had a dream of a little farm on his native Sand Mountain in north Alabama. Jim Bob and I worked together on a few jobs in Alabama, Louisiana, Indiana, and Georgia, and after half a dozen years on the road, he announced that he was settling down to live his dream. When asked how he could leave the big money and fast times for life on the farm, Jim Bob’s reply was “On the farm I have to work long, hard hours... twice a year.”

Fiddlin' John Carson - The Farmer Is The Man That Feeds Them All.mp3

Buster Carter & Preston Young - A Lazy Farmer Boy.mp3

Stan Rogers - The Field Behind the Plow.mp3
from northwest Passage. No music collection is complete without the music of Stan Rogers. Visit stanrogers.net.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Song of the Workers: Mill and Factory


The industrial revolution changed the way many folks put food on the table. Until the mill and factory opened, the local economies were largely agrarian. Except for a few artisans, craftsmen, and merchants, most folks worked the farms. From the grand plantations of the Piedmont to the subsistence farmers of the hills, work was a seasonal affair.

At the end of the Civil War cotton mills were built in all parts of the American South. The mills provided a steady, year-round income. The work was hard and dangerous and the hours long.

David McCarn - Poor Man, Rich Man.mp3

Jim & Jesse McReynolds - Cotton Mill Man.mp3

- I am keeping the posts short this week. I can hear the collective sigh of relief. You will have less of my rambling nonsense to wade through. The past few weeks I have been extra busy. Along with the long hours I am putting in at work, and this daily Bus ride, I have taken on a few other tasks, perhaps too many.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Songs of the Workers: Miners


Of all occupations, the job of the miner is one of the most dangerous.

For the people of the Appalachians, coal mining has brought both prosperity and sorrow. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the demand for coal has provided a living for many people deep in the mountains.

For most of the region’s history coal was dug underground and brought to the surface. Few of us would tolerate the dangers of working underground, but for many it is the only option for a steady paycheck.

Blind Alfred Reed - Explosion in the Fairmount Mines.mp3

Phyllis Boyens - Blue Diamond Mines.mp3

Flatt & Scruggs - Miner Blues.mp3

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Work your fingers to the bone

What a lazy weekend!
I didn’t have any plans for this past weekend, and I was determined to stick to that.

It was a sweatpants, T-shirt, and whiskey in my coffee kind of weekend. Since the first of this year we have been working overtime at the plant. I suppose all of those extra hours have caught up with me. We have been warned that the overtime will increase soon and continue for several more months.

Work. It’s the curse of the drinking class. A necessary part of life for those of us not fortunate enough to have been born into money.

Smothers Brothers - My Old Man.mp3

Hoyt Axton - Boney Fingers.mp3

David Bromberg - I Like To Sleep Late In The Morning.mp3
from: Midnight On The Water available at Amazon.com
David Bromberg is touring again! He closed out last year's FloydFest with an amazing show that left everyone on their feet. His first new release in over two decades is entitled Try Me One More Time and is available at CD Baby. Check his website, davidbromberg.net, for tour info and more.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Dulcimer and Sweet Harmony

It’s been fun getting reacquainted with some good dulcimer music, and especially good to find that so many riders on the Bus enjoy the dulcimer.

To wrap up the week, fellow rider Rich suggested a few cuts from the classic Pacific Rim Dulcimer Project. That would have been a great way to close out the week. Unfortunately, my copy is in horrible condition: I bought it many years ago in a used record shop. Not a problem, I thought, I have albums by nearly all of the artists that were on the PRDP (Bonnie Carol, Force & d’Ossché, Neal Hellman, Michael Rugg, and Michael Hubbert.)

I have already posted Bonnie Carol, who initiated and organized the recording. I’ve also posted Robert Force and Albert d’Ossché. I have an early album by Neal Hellman, but when I went to pull it from my collection it wasn’t on the shelf where it was supposed to be. The only other recording I have with Michael Rugg is a “Festival” album and poorly recorded. To top it all off, I don’t have any other recordings by Michael Hubbert.

Not to despair, I have plenty of dulcimer music to choose from.

Sally Rogers - I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me.mp3

Sally Rogers - The Kissing Song.mp3

Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers - I Had an Old Coat.mp3

Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers - Tree of Life.mp3

Sally Rogers has been a favorite of mine since her Circle of the Sun album was Best Folk Record of 1982. Her beautiful voice is accompanied by her guitar, banjo, or dulcimer on her solo albums, but it is when she is joined by the wonderful voice and dulcimer of Caudia Schmidt that near perfection is reached.


- I missed a few links in yesterday's list of performers, teachers, and resources.

Neal Hellman is the founder of Gourd Music, and independant label of great acoustic recordings.

I have mentioned Karen Mueller on the Bus before. She is one of the most amazing Autoharp players I've ever heard, but she started her career playing the dulcimer and still plays and teaches it as well as the Autoharp.

Tune up that old dulcimer and make some music this weekend.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Dust off that Dulcimer


I must admit that I am a bit surprised and very pleased that so many of you good folks have enjoyed the dulcimer music that I have posted this week.

There are lots of good sources of dulcimer info on the web, including the complete text to Robert Force and Albert d’Ossché’s In Search of the Wild Dulcimer .

Below I have listed a few of the best sources of information on the dulcimer:

Robert Force has an incredible amount of information, songs, playing tips, and more at:
Robert Force

Mary Z. Cox is best known for her wonderful Old Time banjo, but she also plays and teaches dulcimer. Check out her wonderful Dulcimer Fandango CD (scroll down, about halfway down the page):
Mary Z. Cox

Bonnie Carol has combined two of my interests with a “Rivers and Dulcimers” trip. Bonnie also teaches and her partner, Max Krimmel, is a luthier of fine dulcimers.
Bonnie Carol

Luthier Jerry Rockwell builds dulcimers as beautiful to look at as to hear. His website offers a wealth of information on improving the sound of your instrument and discussions on modal music theory:
Jerry Rockwell

The journal for everything dulcimer, Dulcimer Player News, has long been the source for news and information on instruments, lessons, musicians, and more. Subscriptions now include a sampler CD.
Dulcimer Player News

Homespun offers several video dulcimer lessons, including an excellent tape by the late David Schnauffer.
Homespun Tapes

The dulcimer offers an easy-to-learn and inexpensive way to make your own music. I’d be willing to bet that a few riders on the Bus may have a dulcimer tucked away that they bought years ago with the intention of learning to play one day. It may be time to dust it off, tune it up, and start making some wonderful music.

Force & d’Ossché - Conversations with the River.mp3

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Wild Dulcimer

When I bought my first dulcimer in the early 1970s there were not many instruction books to be found. The dulcimer was going through a resurgence of popularity with the folk (Hippie?) crowd and dulcimers were found slung over shoulders and protruding from knapsacks and any gathering. Most folks played in a more or less traditional manner with quill and noter, but there were a few brave folks who pushed this pre-chromatic instrument out of the folkie realm into unexplored territory.

The most unique introduction to the unbound capabilities of the dulcimer was a book entitled In Search of the Wild Dulcimer by Robert Force and Albert d’Ossché (1971). This wonderful exploration of the dulcimer is still one of the best introductions to unlocking this simple instrument. I have passed my original copy of In Search of the Wild Dulcimer, now dog-eared and worn, to my son.

Beginning in the early 1970s, and playing together until Albert d’Ossché’s death in the late 1990s, Robert Force and Albert d’Ossché opened a whole new world of music for the dulcimer player. Force and d’Ossché played their instruments held against their body rather that flat on a lap or table. This allowed them to strum and fret similar to a guitar or mandolin. This method of playing was adopted by a few other dulcimer experimenters, including the late, great David Schnauffer.

I have chosen a small sampling of the magical dulcimer artistry of Force and d’Ossché to share with the riders on the Bus that may not be familiar with their work or with the versatility of the humble dulcimer.

Force & d’Ossché - Dixie's Land.mp3

Force & d’Ossché - Salvador do Bahia.mp3

Force & d’Ossché - Tabac Alegria (Happy Tobacco).mp3

Force & d’Ossché - Firenze (Melody for Richard and Mimi).mp3

Bonus video: Robert Force - On The Hard Drive Now.wmv (video)

Robert Force is still playing and teaching dulcimer. Visit robertforce.com for more info. about this pioneer and the instrument he has helped redefine.

Monday, March 12, 2007

A Dulcimer Prelude to Spring


Mention dulcimer music in a crowd and you are likely to get three distinct responses. About a third of the folks will admit that they enjoy dulcimer music on occasion and an equal number will (usually, loudly) let you know of their disdain for the instrument. The final third will respond with glazed eyes and a simple “Huh?”

There are some that toss off the dulcimer as a simplistic instrument. I would argue that the same can be said of the harmonica, ukulele, Autoharp, drum, guitar and a host of others. Pleasant sounds can be wrought from any of these instruments with a minimum of instruction, making them accessible to any would-be musician.

The dulcimer was the first instrument that I felt satisfied with playing. After failed attempts at the accordion and electric guitar as a young boy, the ease of making music on the dulcimer gave me the confidence to continue learning.

The dulcimer may not be for all tastes, but it sure suits mine just fine. Like any instrument, the magic held within can be released by skilled and caring hands

Bonnie Carol - The Cuckoo.mp3

Bonnie Carol - Cherokee Shuffle.mp3

Bonnie Carol has been drawing amazing music from the dulcimer since the 1970s. I first stumbled upon Bonnie's music in the early 1980s when I was an independant distributor for Kicking Mule Records. Ed Denson, co-founder of Kicking Mule, had sent me a bunch of KM's new releases and I was instantly taken with Fingerdances for Dulcimer, an album by Bonnie Carol (still available here.) Bonnie is accompanied on this album by an impressive group of friends including; Max Krimmel, Bonnie Phipps, and the late David Schnaufer.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sweet Dulcimer Music

Wow, what a weekend! Afternoon temperatures reached 67°F (20°C) with clear blue skies. Old man winter is loosing his grip and spring is just around the corner. I couldn’t let such a beautiful weekend pass without a little paddling. I slipped my canoe into Swift Creek and enjoyed a peaceful day on the water. Although I didn’t see another person the whole day, I wasn’t alone. A pair of osprey was riding the currents in the air above, snakes and turtles were sunning on the rocks, and a great blue heron drifted from the treetops to the marsh below. It was a rejuvenating day for all.

Our good friend Walt has again loaned a few treasures from his record collection to share with the riders on the Bus. This time he has brought some great old time banjo and dulcimer.

I haven’t posted much dulcimer music on the Bus and that is a shame, because the dulcimer is such a simple pleasure suitable for a weekend such as the one just passed.

Paul Clayton (given name: Paul Clayton Worthington) was attending the graduate school at the University of Virginia in the early 1950s. He had a strong interest in the music of the area. He was a founding member of the local folk trio, the Dixie Mountain Boys. Clayton is best remembered for his collection of field recordings and for his influence on a young Bob Dylan.

Paul Clayton - Boil Them Cabbage Down.mp3

Paul Clayton - Cedar Mountain Breakdown.mp3

In the past I have featured the dulcimers of Edd Presnell, and the unique dulcimer artistry of David Schnaufer. After my post on Edd Presnell I heard from his granddaughter, who told me she has one of her grandfather's dulcimers and still plays it.

In the photo above is a dulcimer I built many years ago. I have passed it on to my son now, but I had to take it out on the back porch Sunday, after returning from Swift Creek. Some sweet music from the dulcimer seemed just the thing to top off a wonderful day.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Freight Train Friday


Main Street Station, Richmond, Virginia – circa 1971

If trains can be used as a metaphor for life, then...
“I don’t care what train I’m on
as long as it keeps rollin’ on”


Brownie McGhee - Freight Train Blues.mp3

Jack Guthrie - Freight Train Blues.mp3

Elizabeth Cotten - Freight Train.mp3

Rusty Draper - Freight Train.mp3

Y’all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Lost on the Rails

Tragic death and a departing lover are recurring themes in the genre of train songs.

Horrible train wrecks were an all too common occurrence in the days of steam locomotives. Many of the more spectacular wrecks have been remembered in song. The heroic actions of Casey Jones is said to have saved the lives of the passengers on the Illinois Central’s Cannonball. The wreck of the Southern Old 97 was caused by a combination of speed, a steep three-mile grade, and a curved trestle. These events are remembered today because of the songs that have survived long after the terrible events.

Another common theme in train songs is that of the departing lover. Of course, trains didn’t bring about the jilted lover or the spouse leaving home for greener pastures. That theme has probably been sung as long as people have been singing, but the train, like the ships before them and the buses after, provided a means of transportation that carried a loved one quickly out of sight to far off places.

J. E. Mainer and his brother Wade grew up in the rural mountains of western North Carolina. The train carried lots of their friends and kin off to the false promise of a better life in the textile mills. J. E. and Wade would make the trip themselves one day in search of a steady income.

Searching through the music of J. E. Mainer’s Mountaineers and Wade Mainer, I found a couple of songs that cover all of these themes. Songs of mountains, an abandoned lover, and gruesome death.

J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers - The Longest Train.mp3

Wade Mainer - Train Carry My Girl Back Home.mp3

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Rhythm of the Rails

There is something about the sounds of a train. The rhythmic beat of the ties, the lonesome cry of a whistle, these are sounds that stir one deep within and evoke strong emotions. Many musicians have been stirred by these sounds and tried to emulate them.

Bukka White introduced me to this musical interpretation of everyday sounds when I attended a workshop he gave in the early 1970s. As he played his classic The Panama Limited he not only kept the rhythm of the train, but embellished the movements of the old woman whom is the subject of the song. He went as far as to play his old National Tri-Cone bottle neck style while the “old soul” was standing or walking and lap style when she took her seat on the train. The total effect was simply stunning!

I have a cassette tape that I recorded at that workshop; unfortunately I have not been able to find it for several years. I’m sure it is safe in a box somewhere; I just wish I knew where. The effect must have been something he added after he had recorded the song, for it doesn’t appear on any of his released recordings of The Panama Limited.

Frank Hutchison - C&O Excursion.mp3

Roane County Ramblers - Southern No. 111.mp3

Bukka White - The Panama Limited.mp3

Monday, March 05, 2007

Good times here, but better down the road

The thought of hoppin’ a freight to adventure and freedom is a common fantasy for many of us, including me. During the hobo heydays of the 1930s many folk did just that. Today the trains are too fast.

I’ve always had an urge to travel and have been fortunate to be able to make a good living on the road for many years. I was doubly fortunate to have married a woman who shares my wanderlust and enjoyed the mobility of living in an antique school bus. We raised three children on the road, settling down as the eldest child approached high school age. Our youngest will graduate next year and we have begun to talk about what we will do once she leaves home for college. Another bus, or perhaps a sailboat, are options we have discussed. I guess the urge to travel is still in our blood.

I suppose it is the lure of the open road and new horizons that partially account for my interest in railroad songs.

Sam & Kirk McGee - Railroad Blues.mp3

Delmore Brothers - Blow Your Whistle Freight Train.mp3

Barrier Brothers - Smoke Along The Track.mp3

UPDATE: Links fixed! (Thanks, Retank and John)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

You Can Hear the Whistle Blow a Hundred Miles


Awhile back I speculated that trains were perhaps the single most common subject of American folksong. The more I wander through my record collection, the more convinced I become.

The railroad played a major part in my youth, although I never realized it until I moved out on my own. I grew up along the tracks of the B&O. As a young boy I walked the path along the tracks to visit friends. We would often meet up on the tracks to get to our favorite fishing or swimming holes on the river. In high school I often walked the tracks to school rather than riding the school bus. At the age of fourteen I got my first job in town and the tracks were once again my path, this time to and from work.

My childhood home sat just past a sharp curve in the tracks where the trains had to slow just enough that a young boy could run along and grab hold. As the trains approached town they slowed once again, and I could make my jump before I reached the trestle over the river.

With the money I earned on that first job I bought a bicycle and my freight hopping days were over. I still used the right-of-way along the tracks to ride my bicycle to and from town; it was only six miles along the tracks, but nearly ten by road.

I’m not sure that trains are THE most sung-about subject in all of American folksong, but it sure seems to be in a large part of my collection. Perhaps I have subconsciously collected more songs about trains than other subjects. There is no doubt, though, that trains have played an important roll in the folksongs of North America.

Rouse Brothers - Orange Blosom Special.mp3

Roy Hall - Wabash Cannonball.mp3

Leadbelly - Rock Island Line.mp3

Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris - Riding On That Train Forty Five.mp3

Thursday, March 01, 2007

"I ain't had no lovin' since you've been gone": Corrine, Corrina

I can’t recall when I first heard the classic Corrine, Corrina. It is one of those songs that seem to have been in my memory forever.

It may have been Ray Peterson’s hit version in the early 1960s, or it could have been one of my Grandmother’s Bing Crosby records spinning on the old record player. However it got burned into my memory, Corrine, Corrina has remained a favorite.

Bo Carter (of the Mississippi Sheiks) is credited with writing Corrine, Corrina. It was during a session in New Orleans the first few weeks of December 1928 that Corrine, Corrina was first recorded. Bo Carter, whose given name was Armenter Chatmon, was accompanied by his older brother Lonnie Chatmon on fiddle and Charlie McCoy on mandolin and second vocals. On the 17th of that same December Bo Carter and Charlie McCoy returned to the studio, this time with Walter Vincson on guitar and calling themselves the Jackson Blue Boys. On that day the Jackson Blue Boys recorded Alberta, Alberta, the same song but substituting Alberta for Corrina.

Bo Carter, the Mississippi Sheiks, and most of the Chatmon family made a good living playing to both black and white audiences. They knew how to incorporate pop elements (including “hooks”) into their music. This made their music appealing to a much wider audience; black/white, city/country. You may remember another one of Bo Carter’s songs that has withstood the test of time, Sitting On Top of the World, which I have mentioned in a series of past posts (Intro, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Like Sitting on Top of the World, Corrine, Corrina has been recorded by a long list of artists over the years, and just as Bo Carter incorporated many elements of popular music in his original recording, the artists that have covered his songs have added their own touches, keeping these classic songs alive for generations to enjoy.

Bo Carter - Corrine, Corrina.mp3
1928
Jackson Blue Boys - Alberta Blues.mp3
1928
Red Nichols & His Five Pennies - Corrine, Corrina.mp3
1931
Bing Crosby - Corrine, Corrina.mp3
1936
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Corrine, Corrina.mp3
194? (I could not find an original issue date, anyone know?)
Big Joe Turner - Corrine, Corrina.mp3
1956
And a video of John Kay & Steppenwolf.