Charlie Poole was a seminal early country banjo player and singer. The three-finger North Carolina picking style he used has become a defacto standard, and many of the tunes in his repertoire have endured in the country, old-time, and bluegrass canon. He was a restless hell-raiser who drank himself to death at the age of 39. Poole was recently the subject of a lavish box set from Sony, which is well worth picking up.
I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t recall the name of the fiddle tune they’re playing before the spoken segment. Shootin’ Creek is, of course, the old warhorse tune Cripple Creek. The verses are borrowed from another warhorse tune, Ida Red.
Poole handles the banjo and vocal, Roy Harvey is the guitarist, and the fiddler is probably Poole’s brother-in-law, Posey Rorer.
Shootin’ Creek (MP3)
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