Black is the Color
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Audio CD, February 28, 2011
This is a set of eight American traditional songs:
Poor and Ramblin' Boy (trad. arr. Rathje) 5:38
Loosely adapted from "The Ramblin' Boy," Alan Lomax's Folk Songs of North America. He says this song has been found in southern and western England, and in the US as far south as Mississippi.
That'll Never Happen No More (trad. arr. Rathje) 2:51
Loosely adapted from the singing and playing of early American blues artist Arthur "Blind" Blake.
Black is the Color (trad. arr. Rathje) 3:49
Another very old ballad. Loosely adapted from Lomax.
Bricks in My Pillow (trad. arr. Rathje) 4:50
An early American blues song, performed by Bumble Bee Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk, and others. References are to hoodoo, the American version of voodoo.
Little Ball of Yarn (trad. arr. Rathje) 2:47
Very old ballad about a man and a maid.
Shuckin' Sugar Blues (trad. arr. Rathje) 4:00
Learned from the singing and playing of early American blues artist Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Poor Girl's Lament (trad. arr. Rathje) 3:21
Loosely adapted from "The Bad Girl" in Alan Lomax's Folk Songs of North America (Doubleday and Company, 1960), who notes that it bears some resemblance to an earlier song, "The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime." Also seems similar to "The Streets of Laredo." Not sure what is meant by "my body's salivated."
Traditional Medley (trad. arr. Rathje) 3:56
West Fork Gals/Rock the Cradle, Joe/Briarpicker Brown. Banjo, guitar, bodhran, bass.
Total running time, 31:14
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