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Pretty Polly (from my album Put On the Skillet)

Posted by Hilarie Burhans


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Size: 3,791kb, uploaded 2/26/2008 3:18:52 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

On the way to the studio a few years back, this song popped into my head; I hadn't thought of it for years. My friends Al and Emily Cantrell were with me as we were recording some stuff together. After I played and sang this song, I came out to listen to it and Emily Cantrell was sort of hooo-hooo-ing along, harmonizing. It sounded really cool and spooky and I asked her to go in and record it, which she did. We listened and she decided she wanted to redo it; her husband urged her to stay off the root of the chords. We listened and it was better. I had the brainstorm to put both her vocal tracks on. Way cool and spooky! As a side note: this track was purchased by HBO for use over the closing credits of an episode of Deadwood.

7 comments on “Pretty Polly (from my album Put On the Skillet)”

Debbielee Says:
Thursday, February 28, 2008 @6:58:11 AM

Thats one of my favorites.  Haunting!  I love the hooo-hooo-ing!

gmohrs Says:
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @10:59:30 PM

Hauntingly Beautiful! Loved it.

john fincher Says:
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @4:53:01 AM

Very nice indeed - I'd forgotten what a beautiful song it is.

lcedars Says:
Friday, October 24, 2008 @6:57:00 AM

I heard this song over the closing credits on an episode of Deadwood, and it knocked off my feet.

I can't stop listening to it.

Great work

French Says:
Saturday, March 28, 2009 @8:43:58 PM

I remember this when i watched the show years ago! Congrats, and thanks for bringing it to such scary life! I hope to learn to play it one day. It's the version that sticks in my mind the most. thanks!

stringbeaner Says:
Thursday, October 22, 2009 @4:03:33 PM

Really fine rendition! I've been playin' the banjo fer a long time and that's one of the (many) versions which stays with me. I must have heard this tune at least 3.5 million times and I think I can count on part of 1 hand the ones that made me stop and listen again. Thanks for the ear smile!

stringbeaner Says:
Thursday, October 22, 2009 @4:08:25 PM

Hmmmmmm! I think I said that wrong! Try this: --- and that's one of the few versions of the many I versions I have heard which stays with me. Yup, that's what I meant!

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