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12/27/2008

New MP3 download from Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals

There’s a new downloadable track from Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals on our music page for your downloading pleasure. It’s called ‘Pick Poor Robin Clean’, an old raggy blues tune that we like a lot. It’s also up on Tangleweed’s MySpace page for your streaming pleasure.

I learned it from an old Luke Jordan record, but Geeshie Wiley also recorded an excellent version of the tune for Paramount Records, which I featured on the blog a while back.

The tune is a fairly straightforward circle of fifths ragtime progression, except that it aborts the progression midway when it repeats, resulting in this:

F#7 | F# 7 | B7 | B7 | E7 | E7 | A | A
F#7 | F# 7 | B7 | B7 | A | E7 | A | A

For the solos, we split the progression in half, with the first soloist taking the front eight bars, the second soloist the back eight bars. There are two mandolin solos on the recording, and they give a pretty good sense of the tone of the resonator mandolin I used on the recording. The resonator tone works well on this kind of tune — it’s louder, fatter, and raunchier than what one gets from a traditional mandolin.

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Apropos of nothing, I slipped a gratuitous Ohio reference into the tune, replacing an off-color lyric in the original with a reference to the endemic poisonous nut of my home state.

Visit our music page for a download link.

TweedRadio IV: new MP3 stream

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: Audio, TweedBlog. Tags: , , ,

Here’s another handy condensed stream of some of the MP3 files that’ve been posted to this site over the past few months. They should play in the Flash dealie below. If you want to know more about the songs or find download links, visit the links below to read the original posts.

  1. Tangleweed: Sandy River Belle, from Most Folk Heroes Started Out As Criminals
  2. Sweed and Stoneman: John Hardy, from the original 78rpm recording
  3. Tangleweed: Summertime, from a December, 2004 show at Martyr’s in Chicago
  4. Bob Dunn’s Vagabonds: You Don’t Know My Mind, from the original 78rpm recording
  5. The Kennett Brothers: One of You in Every Size, from Santa is Real
  6. Tangleweed: Dead Flowers, from a November, 2008 show at the Hideout in Chicago
  7. Blind Alfred Reed: How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live, from the original 78rpm recording
  8. Mike Shaw’s Alabama Entertainers: Tennessee River Bottom Blues, from the original 78rpm recording
  9. Tangleweed: Listen to the Mockingbird, from a November, 2008 show at the Hideout in Chicago
  10. The Kennett Brothers: A Shutin at Christmas, from Santa is Real

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Listen to previous installments of TweedRadio.