Clifton Hicks

Is censorship the best way to handle America's musical heritage?

Dust-to-Digital was kind enough to mail me a complimentary copy of their latest box set, "The Harry Smith B-Sides," a newly-remastered compilation of music omitted from Smith's famous Anthology of American Folk Music.

"Leaving the censor out of the equation allows a more honest view of the music of the past and the musicians we've admired, for better or worse." - Pete Ross, The Harry Smith B-Sides (p. 127)

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George Gibson plays "Black Bottom Blues" (gCGCD), a song he learned from his neighbor, Gran Hudson, in Knott County, Kentucky, about 1950.

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I learned "Swannanoa Tunnel" from several Library of Congress recordings of Reta Spradlin (The Pea Fowl), Roscoe Holcomb (Swanno Mountain), and Bascam Lunsford. gCGCC

"When you hear my pistol firing
Another man's gone, honey, another man's gone,
When you hear my pea fowl calling
Somebody died, honey, somebody died."

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I learned "O, Death" (aka "Oh Death" and "Conversation With Death") from the Smithsonian Folkways recording of Dock Boggs. It was also recorded by Nimrod Workman and, later, by Ralph Stanley. Baptist preacher Lloyd Chandler is thought to have composed the song in 1916.

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I learned "Swannanoa Tunnel" from a recording of Retta Spradlin titled "The Pea Fowl." Roscoe Holcomb, who learned his version directly from western Carolina railroad workers, recorded it as "Swanno Mountain." Several more recordings exist under the title "Swannanoa Town." While Bascam Lunsford's is probably the most well-known, the _oldest_ recording was made in 1939 by Will "Shorty" Love under the title "Asheville Junction." You can listen to that recording here: https://idn.duke.edu/ark:/87924/r4ff3qm6c

Filmed & directed in Polk County, Tennessee by Jayce Hill: https://www.instagram.com/jaycemichaelhill/

My instrument is an 1890s Thompson & Odell "Luscomb" banjo tuned fB♭FB♭B♭. Aquila Nylgut strings; 1960s vintage Remo frosted head; bridge by Joel Hooks: https://www.banjothimble.com/

When you hear my
Pistol firing,
Another man's gone, honey
Another man's gone.

When you hear
That pea fowl calling,
Somebody died, honey
Somebody died.

Little girl
Lost forty-one dollars,
All in gold, honey
All in gold!

Asheville Junction
Swannanoa Tunnel,
All caved in, babe
All caved in.

Last December,
I remember,
Wind blowed cold, babe
Wind blowed cold.

When you hear my
Watchdog howling,
Somebody’s ‘round, babe
Somebody’s ‘round.

When you hear that
Hoot owl squawling,
Somebody died, babe
Somebody’s dead.

I’m going back to
Swannanoa Tunnel,
That’s my home, babe
That’s my home.

Hammer falling
From my shoulder,
All day long, babe
All day long.

This old hammer
Killed John Henry,
It won't kill me, babe
It won't kill me!

This old hammer
rings like silver,
Shines like gold, babe
Shines like gold.

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