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Raleigh and Spencer (TOTW)

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Size: 1,019kb, uploaded 7/26/2019 5:18:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the fiddle and vocals of Tommy Jarrell for the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/26/19. Tommy says in his recording that he first heard a colored man come on Sundays and sit under his window quietly picking and singing. Tommy's brother-in-law learned it on guitar and then taught it to Tommy. There's more than one theory about the origins and meaning of the song. I mostly like the bluesy melody.



5 comments on “Raleigh and Spencer (TOTW)”

rickhayes Says:
Friday, July 26, 2019 @5:49:24 PM

Reminds me of Darling Cora a little. Also like the bluesy melody.

stratovarious520 Says:
Sunday, July 28, 2019 @12:17:16 AM

Tommy was also a mentor to a hero picker of mine, Jimmy Arnold. I’ve never heard the original, but I’m sure you did it justice. Lovely job!

JanetB Says:
Sunday, July 28, 2019 @4:38:34 PM

Yeah, Rick, I can hear some resemblance now. Tommy sang it with power. Not my cup of tea, but his fiddle solo is vintage Tommy. Thanks, Greg!

RG Says:
Monday, July 29, 2019 @7:29:41 PM

Love the blue notes you use in this Janet, REALLY nice version!!!!

JanetB Says:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @12:48:09 PM

Thanks, RG. The fiddle is so expressive. I’m just a copycat! :)

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