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Audio CD, February 15, 2013
Old Mule (3:19)
Mule Get Up the Alley (2:18)
Fair Beauty Bright (3:02)
Fighting the War with Spain (4:26)
Peaches in the Springtime (2:59)”Old
High On a Mountaintop (2:53)
My Epitaph (3:18)
Wreck on the Highway (3:04)
Undone in Sorrow (3:36)
Nobody Loves You When You’re Down & Out (2:29)
Total running time, 31:26
“Old Mule” is a tribute to American folk and early jazz music.
“Old Mule,” also known as “Conversation with a Mule,” was written by one Bob Miller in 1935. It has been performed and recorded through the years by artists such as Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith, Andy Griffith, Walter Brennan, and Pete Seeger.
“Mule Get Up the Alley” is based on a 1929 recording by Gus Cannon and his Jug Band Stompers.
“Fair Beauty Bright” is a song I found in Lomax’s “Folk Songs of North America.” I also had reference to Jean Ritchie’s recording of this song.
“Fighting the War with Spain” is based on a 1929 recording by Wilmer Watts and His Lonely Eagles.
“Peaches in the Springtime” is based on a 1928 recording by the Memphis Jug Band.
“High on a Mountaintop,” “My Epitaph,” and “Undone in Sorrow” are songs written and recorded by the incomparable Ola Belle Reed.
“Wreck on the Highway” is based on the 1938 song by Dorsey Dixon.
“Nobody Loves You When You’re Down & Out” is a blues standard written by Jimmy Cox in 1923.
Dean Rathje: vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass.
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