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Blackest Crow (an Ozark love song)

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Size: 3,103kb, uploaded 1/4/2011 11:23:47 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Max Hunter collected hundreds of folk songs in the Ozark region. He collected this version of Blackest Crow from an elderly couple, Benton and Fleecie Fox who lived near Leslie, Ark. They sang it together, as for each other, acapella. The call/response thing is our idea. The melody and time signature is nothing like Tommy Jarrell's great and well travelled version. The reknowned Missouri duo, Kim and Jim Lansford have recorded this as "As Time Draws Near". They sing it more upbeat than we do. We try for bittersweet but theirs has great energy and emotion. The original field recording is now part of the huge Max Hunter collection at Mo. State Univ., Springfield.



6 comments on “Blackest Crow (an Ozark love song)”

gailg64 Says:
Monday, September 5, 2011 @4:14:23 PM

Great job--I love this. It's so moving, so sweet and home-y --- not slick & sickly sweet as so many modern renditions are.

I also have found some really charming things on that Max Hunter site. My parents & their friends (from TN & TX) recorded a song on a little paper-backed record in a booth in the late 40s when I was a child. I remember the record & love the song, which was called "Good Old Turnip Greens" . And 50 years later after the little record had disappeared I found it again -- online in the Hunter collection.

Don Huber Says:
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @7:17:32 AM

Thanks for the kind words. We werte very moved by the performance of Mr. and Mrs. Fox. The Max Hunter collection at Missouri State is a treasure trove for the traditional song collector.

snowbirdbanjo Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @6:35:39 AM

I have Jim and Kim's version of it. I Love it!

JanetB Says:
Monday, March 5, 2012 @5:56:55 PM

It sounds like you've found a treasure. Lovely duet!

Don Huber Says:
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 @10:41:14 PM

Thank you Jeremy and Janet for your kind words. Yes, this song is very special to Linda Jo and I. I have seen the Lansfords perform this song live several times, and it's amazing the emotional energy that they bring this song. They are two of the most under-rated musicians in the country.

Don Borchelt Says:
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @9:30:42 AM

Wonderful duet singing. Life is bittersweet, and our music shadows it closely.

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