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CD Review: Red Clay Country

Posted by Stev187 on Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Red Clay Country
Paul Brown (2006)

There's nothing like a great record to provide needed distraction, and today I found one in Paul Brown's awesome Red Clay Country.  I came to this record in a roundabout way.  I have heard of Paul Brown over the years.  I learned that the banjo on the cover of Tommy Jarrell's "Come and Go With Me" belongs to him.  Then last night I qued up a record by Mike Seeger and Paul Brown as I fell asleep.  It was great.  Then I checked this one out.  Whoa!

I really love his playing.  The opening track, "Black Annie," must be played on nylon or gut.  Fantastic. There's also a great version of "Buck Eyed Rabbits" here with fiddle, banjo, guitar.  This is my ideal old-time sound.  I think Mike Seeger is playing one of the instruments here.

So far, my favorite is "Lazy John."  Gotta learn that song.  Now.

I got a gal
She lives by the road
Her teeth are crooked
And her legs are bowed
But she sure is a lot of fun
Why don't you get away, Lazy John?

Lazy John, Lazy John
Why don't you get your day's work all done?
Here in the shade
Out in the sun
Why don't you get away, Lazy John?

I will probably work on it tonight after work. 

Another great one is "Summer's Almost Gone," which is exactly like (and shares some verses with) "Lights in the Valley," which is a great tune I like by Joe & Odell Thompson.  I like these new secular words. 

A great solo banjo tune to learn here is "Old Man's and Old Woman's Quarrel."  This would be a good one to use with The Amazing Slowdowner, a piece of software Mike Seeger recommended.  It's like a master class in fantastic clawhammer.

After a few more listens, I will write more.

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