Monday Music Moves Me!
Last Monday of the month means it's a freebie!
Looking boldly into October with all the spookiness that it ushers in I thought I'd share a stranger side of bluegrass; those folk ballads that make the hair upon your arm stand on up and the chills run down your neck.
I'm no sure if it's the simplicity in the music or the fact that so many of these songs are just true stories put to music.
I'm starting my musical mix with Bringing Home Mary.
I heard this one Saturday morning. I listen to bluegrass most Sunday mornings as I'm cooking breakfast and when this one came on I thought what an eerie song to go with eggs and grits.
This next song isn't a bluegrass version but it surely is eerie
Ballad of the Harp Weaver
This next song proves itself to be haunting and morbid
Poor Ellen Smith
No one voice musters up that chilling feeling like Ralph Stanley.
Many of you will recognize this song from Old Brother Where Art Thou
but this is a older version a little more simple,Oh, Death.
Tom Dooley is one of those bluegrass songs
that most everyone has heard of so many toes are tapped too
but I find it to be another sad ballad.
The Lawson Family Murder is a haunting story
that actually happened just a few miles down the road
and oddly enough is a regional favorite.
The next song is not so murderous but is quite a ghostly tale as people claim today
to see those Brown Mountain Lights.
Lefty Frizzell sings about the woman in the Long Black Veil.
Down In the Willow Garden performed by The Lonesome River Band
If you're still here and can't take anymore of these gruesome song
you'd like to hear some old-time Ghost Tellin'
Thank for Dropping by.