The Willow Tree
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Audio CD, October 5, 2010
This CD combines old-time country arrangements, blues tunes, a capella numbers, and a lyric by 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns.
"In a Village Churchyard," "Loving Nancy," and "The Willow Tree" are old-time country tunes with banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and vocal harmonies. They're loose interpretations of works by Doc Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb. The Carter family also performed "Village Churchyard," but with a much different arrangement.
"Long Black Train" is an adaptation of a 1930 Lonnie Johnson tune. "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues" is an up-tempo blues tune originally performed by Barbecue Bob and the Spareribs. "Louis Collins" is a murder ballad originally performed by Mississippi John Hurt. "Lovin' Spoonful" is an adaptation of a Mississippi John Hurt's "Coffee Blues."
"Daniel Prayed" and "Blood Red Roses" are a capella songs with vocal harmonies.
"For All That" is an anthem for poor poets by Scottish bard Robert Burns. (The full title is "A Man's a Man for a' That.")
Dean Rathje: voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass, piano.
In a Village Churchyard (trad. arr. Rathje) 3:15
Long Black Train (Johnson arr. Rathje) 4:19
Blood Red Roses (trad. arr. Rathje) 1:48
Loving Nancy (trad. arr. Rathje) 3:43
Mississippi Heavy Water Blues (trad. arr. Rathje) 2:49
Daniel Prayed (trad. arr. Rathje) 2:06
Lovin' Spoonful (Hurt arr. Rathje) 2:21
The Willow Tree (trad. arr. Rathje) 1:42
Louis Collins (Hurt arr. Rathje) 4:21
For All That (Burns arr. Rathje) 4:09
Total running time: 30:36
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