Back Porch Hounds
11/04/2013
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the Back Porch Hounds
11/04/2013
Richard M. Jones, 1924

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Recorded at the Mill Creek ReCreation event, Sharonville, Ohio, September 2013.  

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Jimmie Rodgers

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All of the songs here were one time first takes at a rehearsal and will likely be replaced with tighter versions as we find the time.   Dennis brought Train Whistle Blues as a new song to try out that day.  We went through it once to map out our arrangement and solos and then turned on the recorder for what became the recording you hear here.  There's something magic about that first time you play a song together that can never quite be captured again.  There are sour notes here and there and the song will eventually evolve and become much more polished and better in many ways, creating a whole new energy and magic.  But that first time is something special.   Sometimes those unintentional notes become pleasant surprises and part of the band's signature so it will be interesting to see what happens with it down the road.  We hope Jimmie Rodgers would have approved of the Hound's interpretation of this great old song.  

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Dale Farmer

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This is a tune Dale wrote while reminiscing about drinking lemon aid on a porch swing in Johnson Hollow, Tennessee a long time ago.  It was on a warm fall evening with a good friend and all was right with the world.  

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Traditional

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Loch Leven Castle is a ruined castle on an island in Loch Leven, in the Perth and Kinross local authority area of Scotland. Possibly built around 1300, the castle was the location military action during the Wars of Scottish Independence (1296–1357). In the later part of the 14th century, the castle was granted by his uncle toWilliam Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, and remained in Douglas' hands for the next 300 years. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1567–1568, and forced to abdicate as queen, before escaping with the help of her gaoler's family. In 1588, the Queen's gaoler inherited the title Earl of Morton, and moved away from the castle. It was bought, in 1675, by Sir William Bruce, who used the castle as a focal point in his garden; it was never again used as a residence.  (article from Wiki)

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Dennis Henderson

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Dennis Henderson

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Frank Fitch

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This is a good example of one of Frank's many original jazzy, dawg inspired tunes that he and Fred are so good at playing.  It brings a new dimension to the Hounds' sound.  Frank is always encouraging the band to explore new directions, always a fun challenge.  

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Traditional, African American Spiritual, New Jubilee Songs (1901)

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One of our funnest songs.  We thought Frank was a little "out there" wanting to put his calypso rhythm to this spiritual that Dennis happened to know.  Dale laughed when Frank asked him to play it on the banjo... in the key of Dm in open G tuning.  But, it all comes together somehow.  

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Traditional, prison work song collected by Alan Lomax

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The first time we played this tune was toward the end of our second gig at Pit to Plate.  We'd not rehearsed it but Dennis just took off on it and we all joined in.  Its become one of our signature songs. The song was featured in the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou but you'd never know it was the same song by our version.  

Very interesting article about this song and Oh Brother Where Art Thou

http://www.mustrad.org.uk/obrother.htm