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CD Review: Go Long Mule

Posted by Stev187 on Sunday, February 18, 2007

Go Long Mule
Uncle Dave Macon (1972)

Uncle Dave Macon is the man!  This is another one of those cassette tapes from the "my CD player is broken and I'm too broke to get another one" period.  So I've converted the cassette to mp3 and it sounds okay.  I love Uncle Dave's banjo playing, and his singing is fantastic.

The description on the County Sales web note:

This CD is partly a combination of County’s two fine Macon LP’s (County 521 & 545), containing 18 songs, a few of which were on neither of the LPs. Much of the material here is from Uncle Dave’s classic recordings with the Fruit Jar Drinkers (Maizi Todd & Sam & Kirk McGee)—some of the finest string band recordings of the “golden age” of old-time music.

This is a great place to start if you don't have any Uncle Dave Macon in the house.

Great tunes such as "She's Got the Money, Too" and "Buddy Won't You Roll Down The Line" make this anthology of Unca Dave tunes a keeper.  For me, the showstopper here is "Late Last Night When My Willie Come Home."  I've always loved this song, and Uncle Dave's slow, bouncy version is the definitive "Late Last Night" for me.

"Johnny Grey" is another one of my favorites here.  After playing this whole narrative song by himself on the banjo, the string band kicks in at the end for a very brief taste of some of the best string band groovin' you've ever heard.  Great fiddling--I wonder who that was.


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