This beautiful performance was recorded in Richmond, Indiana, for the Gennett label in March of 1929. Ward recorded 15 sides in two sessions. All were rejected. Fortunately for us, however, the recordings survived, and most have been reissued on LP and CD.
Fields Ward was a Virginian who had a long and varied career as a performer, which continued through the folk revival of the 1960s up to his death in 1987. He hailed from Buck Mountain in Grayson County, in the state’s Appalachian southwestern tip. Grayson County produced a remarkable number of outstanding old-time country musicians. The backing band on the track, the Grayson County Railsplitters, includes legendary old-time country musician (and prolific procreator) Ernest Stoneman on harmonica and Eck Dunford on fiddle.
This song (albeit the Frank Blevins version) was the musical inspiration for the Tangleweed song Hard Times, from our second CD.
Courtesy of Archive.org