Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms

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


“OK. You made your New Year’s resolutions. Good for you! Personally speaking, for myself, I don’t bother with no resolutions. No way. No way you’re gonna see me trotting off to the gym every morning at the crack of dawn. You know, you do that for maybe a week. Maybe two weeks. And then, gradually, you stop. You stay in bed. And then you feel … Continue reading Irresolute

Until the Mail Train Gets Back

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


Here’s to blind ambition! The desire to “get ahead”, “move up”, “make a mark in the world”, “be a success” Pretty boring stuff, ain’t it? Blind Ambition, now that I mention it, was a terrific book by John Dean about Watergate. More recently, John Dean Dean has written several other fine books. Nixon’s presidential counsel turned out to be hero, a diamond in the rough. … Continue reading Ambition

Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms is one of my favorite songs to sing and play – and I hope you can get into it too. The Monroe Brothers first recorded it in the 1930’s. In all likelihood it’s a traditional one. Supposedly, it was written by Charlie Monroe, Bill’s brother. Flatt and Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, Buck Owens and many others have recorded it. Click to hear … Continue reading Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms