Wilkes – Willow Garden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWp8jxGNPHY Down in the Willow gardenWhere me and my love did meetAs we sat a-courtin'My love fell off to sleepI had a bottle of Burgundy wineMy love she did not knowSo I poisoned that dear little girlOn the banks belowI drew a saber through herIt was a bloody knifeI threw her in the riverWhich was … Continue reading Wilkes – Willow Garden


LYRICS: John Leland (1754-1841) "Rev. John Leland was born in Grafton, Mass., May 14, 1754. At the age of eighteen he passed through an experience not unlike that of John Bunyan, coming out gradually into the liberty of the gospel. Within a month after his conversion, in June, 1774, he made his first attempt at … Continue reading Ecstasy


Posting some videos of the old time tune Snowdrop seems appropriate considering how much snow we have been getting up here. It's such a pretty tune. The -20 degree temperatures is a nice kick to the shins of the global warmers!  Today's post includes three vids, the first is a 5 string banjo, the second … Continue reading Snowdrop

Deep Elm or Black Bottom Blues

A song I enjoy playing, Black Bottom Blues. Wiki: The "Deep Elm Blues" is an American traditional song. The title of the tune refers to historical African American neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas, known as Deep Ellum, and a home to music legends Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, Lead Belly, and Bill Neely. Sometimes … Continue reading Deep Elm or Black Bottom Blues

Poor Ellen Smith [gDGAE tuning]

Wiki: Poor Ellen Smith is a late 19th-century murder ballad recounting the shooting death of one Ellen Smith, and the trial and execution of her murderer. The song is based on real events in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1894, a ne'er-do-well named Peter DeGraff had a love affair with Ellen Smith, who may have been … Continue reading Poor Ellen Smith [gDGAE tuning]