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Angelina Baker

Posted by Tom Berghan, written by Stephen Foster


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Size: 5,272kb, uploaded 9/5/2014 10:37:05 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Angelina Baker as written by Stephen Foster. This was a minstrel show tune performed by Christy’s Minstrels. It is always touchy to perform a song whose subject matter deals with slavery. I offer it with the utmost respect and reverence. It is a chapter in the American story. As I interpret it, it is a touching story of an old slave, who, in his younger years fell in love with the beautiful Angelina Baker. At the story’s end she is sold to another plantation and he is left to weep, but taking solace in playing his old jawbone. Note: The jawbone, a popular percussion instrument, was made by drying the jawbone of a donkey. With the flesh gone the teeth rattle when struck with a stick, and the side of the mandible can be rubbed with the stick to produce a kind of snare like sound.

3 comments on “Angelina Baker”

jimifive Says:
Monday, September 8, 2014 @8:52:53 AM

This version is a real journey Tom
and i think it embodies the soul of the story
and leads to a liberation

i enjoy your vocals and picking!

Don Borchelt Says:
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @12:41:34 PM

This is a great performance, feels like this is how it's supposed to be done. This stuff's all older than dirt, I guess.

luvbanjo Says:
Monday, October 20, 2014 @4:13:06 PM


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