Roots Song of the Week- How about some Tom T. Hall?   Leave a comment


It has been more than a month since I posted a Fervor Coulee Roots Song of the Week. It hasn’t been that there haven’t been many worthy candidates- every song on Robbie Fulks’ Gone Away Backward is deserving of attention, and one will likely be called up for consideration soon. And Noam Pikelny’s new instrumental album is three kinds of stout.

Tonight my thoughts turned to Tom T. Hall for a couple different reasons. One, several years ago and in attendance at my only IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, I had the pleasure of very briefly meeting Tom T. and Dixie Hall, and asked him to sign the copy of Magnificent Music Machine I had brought along entirely on the off-chance that the opportunity would present itself. With the IBMA’s very successful first Raleigh rendition making news for the past week, that pleasant exchange has been at the fore of my wee brain several times recently.

But, what cemented “Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine” for me this evening was that I caught a commercial on the television for the new Blair Underwood series Ironside. Those of us of a particular age know that Blair Underwood ain’t no part of nothing when it comes to Ironside- that role is already taken, indeed. The line from “OD,C,&WW” where the bartender is watching ‘Ironsides’ on TV came to mind, and I decided to search YouTube for a good version of Tom T. Hall singing one of his signature songs.

I believe there are more important, deeper, and creative Hall songs than this one- “Ballad of Forty Dollars,” “Don’t Forget the Coffee, Billy Joe,” “Turn It On, Turn It On, Turn It On,” and “The Year Clayton Delaney Died” to name four- but it has always been one of my favourites. It may have been the first song of his I heard, either his version or George Burns’, and it is a might sentimental, certainly. He does paint a scene with this one.

Here it is on the YouTube machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FU_TuwM2Dw

Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee. Donald

On Twitter @FervorCoulee ; I won’t bug you too much.

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Posted 2013 October 1 by Donald Teplyske in Uncategorized

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