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Liner Notes

Mike Compton & Joe Newberry LIVE

Compton & Newberry Live

  1. East Tennessee Blues: Originally recorded by Charlie Bowman and the Hillbillies in 1926. There are a number of old-time instrumentals that follow this basic melodic structure.
  2. Righteous Pathway: Recorded by the Stanley Brothers as "Let Me Walk Lord, by Your Side", this song tells a wonderful story of redemption and acceptance. Not bad for three verses with no chorus!
  3. Sittin' On Top of the World: Credited to the Mississippi Sheiks whose version is represented here. It is one of the most popular blues songs ever recorded.
  4. Lazy John: From sources from all over, including Clyde Davenport, Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, and Johnnie Lee Wills. Apologies to all people names John! Joe added the verse about the girl "who lives in town. Her hair is curly and her eyes are brown."
  5. Rocky Road Blues: Written by Bill Monroe in 1945. Recorded by everyone from Monroe himself to Brian Setzer. More likely a collection of floating verses along the same line as "Sittin' on Top." but with Monroe's name on 'em. Clearly country blues format.
  6. How Long Blues: From a duet recording by blues greats Frank Stokes and Dan Sane. Their style dates back to blues before it went to town.
  7. Evening Prayer Blues: This instrumental is by the great harmonica wizard Deford Bailey. The song represents a gospel choir singing hallelujahs. This version has a bit of Bailey's rendition and a bit of Bill Monroe's.
  8. Kentucky Waltz: Waltzes with states in the name were all the rage in the country and bluegrass world of the 1940's and 1950's. Bill Monroe wrote the Kentucky Waltz in 1946 in honor of his home state.
  9. Rocky Island: Martin Young and Corbett Grigsby are the sources for "Rocky Island." John Cohen recorded the high-energy duo for his landmark collection "Mountain Music of Kentucky." Mike and Joe's version comes complete with the harmony laughing that marked the original.
  10. I Know Whose Tears: (Joe Newberry, Newberry Songs): Joe wrote this piece after learning of the three line Rudyard Kipling poem "Mother O'Mine" that was read at Sarah Carter's funeral. Joe added three more couplets and a chorus. The song has been recorded by artists around the US and Europe, including the Gibson Brothers, Val Mindel and Emily Miller, Big Medicine, Italy's Bonoia Grass, and Sweden's Sofia Nornsater.
  11. Raleigh and Spencer: This song could be about two towns or two men. But one thing is for certain."there ain't no more whiskey in the town." Joe based his version on that of famed Surry County, N.C. fiddler Tommy Jarrell, and added the verse about being "born alone in this old wide world."
  12. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss: also known as "Susannah Gal" and "Western Country", "Fly Around" is an old-time music standard recorded by everyone from the Skillet Lickers to Bascom Lamar Lunsford.