Little Sadie – Bad Lee Brown in Black and White

Note: This is Part 1 of a three part series on “Little Sadie” – See also Part 2 and Part 3 Introduction Our hiatus is over.  Hello and welcome back!  Or, if this is your first time with us, welcome! I have the honor of writing about the first song for … → read more

Stagolee: A Digital Compendium – “They give him the road…” The 1920’s

This is Chapter 4 of Stagolee: A Digital Compendium.   See also Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 5 Introduction Our online compendium celebrating the great American folk song and tale “Stagolee” has grown now and, though I’m not tired of the music, I’m ready to move on to … → read more

Stagolee: A Digital Compendium – “The Bucket of Blood”

This is Chapter 3 of Stagolee: A Digital Compendium.  See also Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 4, and Chapter 5 Caveat – While I will make every reasonable effort to maintain propriety and decorum in writing this post, the language and narrative content of the media herein is decidedly not appropriate … → read more

Twinkle, twinkle, little star…

Notation of “Duncan and Brady” from Lomax and Lomax, Our Singing Country. This is the second part of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 3. IntroductionIn my first post this week, I introduced the bad man ballad “Duncan and Brady” and explored the historical origin of the song.  We … → read more