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Bully of the Town


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Editorial Reviews

False True Love (3:11)
False-Hearted Lover (4:12)
Rough Neck Blues (2:37)
Nancy (1:53)
As I Went Out for a Ramble (4:15)
Banks of the Arkansas (2:46)
Bully of the Town (4:24)
Morgan Meaghan (1:56)
Green Willow (2:22)
Barbara Ellen (2:55)
Total running time, 30:31

“Bully of the Town” is a set of bluegrass, folk, and Celtic tunes culled from tradition and arranged for voice, guitar, banjo, dobro, and percussion.

“False True Love” is a traditional song depicting an encounter between a man and a woman who had once been lovers. “False-Hearted Lover,” or “False-Hearted Lover Blues” is a character portrait of a man who’s had a rough time in the love department, and is now at the end of his sad life, dispensing advice to those who are young and in love.

“Rough Neck Blues” is my interpretation of a song by the Allen Brothers, Austin and Lee, also known as the Chattanooga Boys. “Nancy” is a fiddle tune, here arranged for guitar and banjo. “As I Went Out for a Ramble” is a humorous lovelorn ballad. The relationship won’t work because she’s “just a pretty young flirt” and he’s “nothin’ but a hobo.”

“Banks of the Arkansas” is a traditional tune depicting life along that river. “Bully of the Town” was written by Charles Trevathan in 1895 for a stage show. The Skillet Lickers recorded it in 1926. It may have evolved from an earlier blues ballad called “Ella Speed.”

“Morgan Meagan” is my guitar-based interpretation of a tune by the blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738). “Green Willow” is one of those mournful bluegrass tunes, in which the singer vows to sleep just once a year, eat nothing but weeping willow, and drink nothing but his tears. “Barbara Ellen” is an ages-old English folk ballad.

Dean Rathje: vocals, guitars, banjo, dobro, bass.

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. False True Love
  2. False\x96Hearted Lover
  3. Rough Neck Blues
  4. Nancy
  5. As I Went Out for a Ramble
  6. Banks of the Arkansas
  7. Bully of the Town
  8. Morgan Meaghan
  9. Green Willow
  10. Barbara Ellen


Product details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: August 25, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Leaf Music
  • Run Time: 31 minutes
  • ASIN: B014QDU3GC
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