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Editorial Reviews

Pal of Mine (3:38)
Curly Headed Woman (2:40)
Chicken Roost Behind the Moon (4:41)
How You Want It Done? (3:16)
What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? (4:15)
Milwaukee Blues (4:44)
Shorty George (3:49)
Man of Constant Sorrow (2:29)
Wandering (2:24)
Hotwire (3:26)
Total running time, 35:23

“Hotwire” consists of my new arrangements of nine traditional songs and one original.

“Pal of Mine” is an early blues tune, recorded by Willie McTell in 1949. Song composition is credited to Harold Dixon of the Dixon Brothers.

“Curly Headed Woman” is also called “Hesitation Blues.” It was recorded in 1928 by Dick Burnett and Leonard Rutherford, a banjo player and fiddler, who played throughout the South from 1914 to 1950. The song was written by Smythe, Middleton, and Gilham, three music publishers, during a train trip to Los Angeles.

“Chicken Roost Behind the Moon” originates with Frank Stokes and Dan Sane, collectively known as the Beale Street Sheiks. They recorded 38 sides for Paramount and Victor Records between 1927 and 1929.

“How You Want It Done?” was recorded by Big Bill Broonzy in 1932. Between 1927 and 1942, he recorded 224 songs, making him one of the most prolific recording artists of that era.

“What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?” was written and recorded by Texas gospel singer and preacher Washington Phillips (1880-1954). Phillips recorded 18 songs between 1927 and 1929.

“Milwaukee Blues” is identified with Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers, who recorded many popular songs between 1925 and 1930. Poole bought his first banjo, an Orpheum #3 Special, with profits from his moonshine still.

“Shorty George” was recorded by Leadbelly in 1935, though the lyrics I’ve used here are somewhat different from his. Shorty George was a short train that ran out of a farm from Houston. On Sundays, it brought wives, families, and lovers to the men at Sugarland (Central State Prison near Sugarland, Texas).

“Man of Constant Sorrow” was written by Burnett and Rutherford, prolific Southern recording artists during the 1920s and 30s.

“Wandering” has been a popular song through the years, but its origins are distant and dim. It appears in Carl Sandburg’s "American Songbag," and it was recorded in 1928 by Vernon Dalhart.

I wrote the song “Hotwire” in 1975 or 1976.

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pal of Mine
  2. Curly Headed Woman
  3. Chicken Roost Behind the Moon
  4. How You Want It Done?
  5. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
  6. Milwaukee Blues
  7. Shorty George
  8. Man of Constant Sorrow
  9. Wandering
  10. Hotwire


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: August 30, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Leaf Media, Inc.
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B009CF4HY4
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