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Three Old Men At a Crossing (an Ozark family tale)

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Size: 3,104kb, uploaded 1/7/2011 12:38:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My partner, Linda Jo Webb (Bassora) wrote this song. The two branches of her family, the Webbs and Dowdens trace their roots to the first whyte settlers in what is now Reynolds and Wright counties in Missouri. She likes to joke they were killing each other before the Civil War made it fashionable. As the 20th century got under way, the Ozarks found itself peaceable if not entirely prosperous. Young men found new ways of seeking adventure; Bassora's dad and uncles would hop the freight trains struggling up the grade at Camel's Hump. On a good day they could make it all the way to the big city of Joplin. This song asks questions. Had these three men lived to old age, would they have have tried to relive their youth by attempting one last dangerous hobo journey? And what about those of us not yet old? Will we be willing to "take that one last ride"? The song is in key of F. I'm playing G with the whyte ladye banjo down a step. Linda Jo is using a C structure on her parlor guitar capoed 5 frets up.



1 comment on “Three Old Men At a Crossing (an Ozark family tale)”

Linda Jo Says:
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @3:45:37 PM

Looking at the possibility of doing the song in a different key. "Age" seems to be straining my high voice but, in turn, is making my low voice stronger.
I seem to sound more and more like Sarah Carter everyday (without the use of cigarettes).

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