In the Smithy of the Soul
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Audio CD, May 31, 2011
In the Smithy of the Soul features several new light rock and country tunes, interspersed with traditional blues and folk. New original works include ?Small Town Girl,? ?Shooting from the Rough,? and ?In the Smithy of the Soul.?
I learned ?Railroad Blues? from the work of Sam McGee. ?Leavin? Trunk? is adapted from the work of Sleepy John Estes. ?Ain?t That Trouble in Mind? comes from the Grayson County Railsplitters, and resembles ?Ain?t That Skippin? and a-Flyin? ? by the Allen Brothers of Chattanooga.
?Old Timbrook,? from John ?Thunder? Bird, is a version of a song also called ?Molly and Tenbrooks,? about an 1878 match race between the Kentucky horse Ten Broeck and California mare Mollie McCarty at the Louisville Jockey Club (now Churchill Downs). The song is also related to the folk standard ?Stewball.?
?Pick Poor Robin Clean? was recorded by folk minstrel Luke Jordan, and also by Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas. ?Fair and Tender Ladies? is a folk standard.
The quote for the title of this CD comes from the last words of Stephen Daedalus in James Joyce?s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:
O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
Small Town Girl (3:27)
Railroad Blues (2:48)
Leavin? Trunk (3:11)
Ain?t That Trouble in Mind (2:40)
Shooting from the Rough (3:56)
Old Timbrook (4:03)
In the Smithy of the Soul (4:14)
Pick Poor Robin Clean (2:34)
Fair & Tender Ladies (3:30)
Total running time, 30:23
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