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

Cold Rain and Snow – Introduction

I first heard our subject ballad for the week from the same source I’m sure the majority of people who know it today did – the Grateful Dead.  It had been part of their repertoire since their start in 1965, and by the time I was going to Dead shows … → read more

This old hammer killed John Henry, won’t kill me

This is the second of three posts on “Swannanoa Tunnel.” You can read the first here and the third here. North Carolina-based musician and radio host Wayne Erbsen makes a curious claim in introducing his performance of “Swannanoa Tunnel” on the compilation album In the Land of the Sky:  Songs and Stories … → read more