Little Sadie – Old Time, Bluegrass, and Beyond

Clarence "Tom" Ashley - ca. early 1960's

Note: This is Part 3 of a three part series on “Little Sadie” – See also Part 1 and Part 2 Introduction I went out one night for to make a little round I met Little Sadie and I shot her down Went back home, got into bed Forty-four smokeless … → read more

VARIOUS: The Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929

        VARIOUS The Johnson City Sessions: 1928-1929 “Can You Sing or Play Old-Time Music?” Bear Family BCD16083 www.bear-family.de   The Big Bang of American folk music is said to have been the 1927 Bristol Sessions – a talent search for Victor Records in the Tennessee/Virginia border-straddling town … → read more

The Demon Lover (The House Carpenter)

This is the first of four posts on Child Ballad 243. The next three installments can be found here, here, and here. Well Met, Well Met What lengths will a singer go to in changing the song’s “facts” to keep closer to the song’s “truth”?  While I generally believe that … → read more