A few old favorites: Lee Highway Blues
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.
Just an observation: David Bromberg has titled his website "The New Lee Super Highway".