Written (so they say) by Charlie Monroe, Bill’s brother, circa 1935, this country/bluegrass standard is a lot of fun to play. Performed by Bumbas and Maybank a couple of days ago. Click play to hear. I’ve been enjoying the Ken Burns Country Music Documentaries on PBS. Also enjoying, and highly recommend the NOVA series they’re broadcasting on The Planets. It’s just amazing how much … Continue reading Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
I came across this quote. I am fully aware that its message might rain on the parade of the aspiring writers out there, dampen their spirits, discourage them. But it’s too pithy and sardonic for me to resist posting. Besides, I’ve never posted a quote before. Everybody else does. It’s from the book of Ecclesiastes, written in the second or third century B.C. or thereabouts, … Continue reading Moron Writing
Every Day Another Story hasn’t posted anything on Woody Guthrie in nearly a year, a serious omission. So, to rectify and make amends, here’s Going Down the Road Feeling Bad. Woody added lyrics to this traditional folksong, and Maybank and Bumba added some of their own, but, as in all of these “roots music”songs, there is a strength and optimism that shines through. So, as … Continue reading Here’s to Woody!
To continue to post – ah, a noble quest. It seems that the half-life of a blogger is about a year. After two years they’re done, their likes dwindling, they pick up their things and move their tents to a different medium or platform. Indeed, I believe fewer people go on WordPress as a few years ago. Twitter, Facebook etc carry most the traffic currently. … Continue reading To posting: Another Song
Folk music or roots music is a marginal musical category in today’s commercial world. Every couple of years a movie like O Brother, Where Art Thou? or Llewyn Davis comes along to spark some interest in bluegrass and folk music, but generally the music industry doesn’t “push” the old stuff. Au contraire here at Bumbastories! We love the old songs, and we keep singing ’em! … Continue reading More Folk Music
Here’s to “laying around the shack till the mail train gets back” and other noble ambitions. I’ve posted this heart-felt tribute to ambition once or twice before, but it’s great song and Maybank and I did it again the other day. It’s just a fun song to play. So much for ambition. Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms is a traditional American folk song of … Continue reading Until the Mail Train Gets Back
“Ain’t nothin like a train” So spoke Francis McDermont, better known as Big Mackie or “Macky D” by those of us who had the pleasure to know him. May ol’ Macky D rest in peace. Click to hear Maybank and Bumba do some fancy frettin’ on Choo Choo She Boogie. Continue reading Another Train of Thought
We come on the Sloop John B My grandfather and me…… I gave this folk classic another try. It’s a great song to sing along with. Many know it as a Beach Boys hit, and the Beach Boys do it pretty nicely. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing personal against the Beach Boys. But it’s a much older folk song, a calypso song from … Continue reading Sloop John B.
“Ten years ago on a cold dark night”… Bumba and Maybank give this song, Long Black Veil, – written in 1959 by Danny Dill and M.J. Wilkins expressly to sound like a traditional folk ballad and to become an instant folk classic, which it did – well we give it another go. Click to hear it and join in on the choruses. Continue reading Long Black Veil