Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hillbilly Music that Isn't

...Sung by a guy who wasn't a hillbilly:

He was a Brit. The late Lonnie Donegan, the King of Skiffle.

Donegan taking on "Rock Island Line" twice -- 1970s style and more traditionally. Either way, it's a long trip from the 1934 John Lomax prison recording.

(How is "Tom Dooley" not Hillbilly music? I suppose it is; skiffle isn't. While there was indeed a real Tom "Dooley" (Dula), who did indeed hang for a murder he either committed or deliberately took a fall for in North Carolina in the 1860s, the various forms of "doule" are Scots terms for a place of hanging, as in "Doule tree." Art, life, hillbillies and Scots/Irish/Gaels: small world.

5 comments:

jed said...

Well, that puts me in mind of one of my sources of good listening (YMMV), Soma FM, particularly, the Boot Liquor channel, described as "Americana Roots music for Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers". Latest fave from there is Down in the Cellar.

Dave H said...

Many hillbillies -are- Scots/Irish/Gaels. From Wikipedia:

"European migration into Appalachia began in the 18th century. [...] A relatively large proportion of the early backcountry immigrants were Ulster Scots— later known as "Scotch-Irish"— who were seeking cheaper land and freedom from Quaker leaders, many of whom considered the Scotch-Irish 'savages.'"

Roberta X said...

...Yes, that was my point...

Ken said...

I listen to iHeart now and again, and a couple of my stations (the Waylon Jennings and the Bob Wills, if memory serves) will set me up some Lonnie Donnegan when I crank the "variety" knob up a notch or two.

JC said...

That "70's version" is a lip-synch to the Lonnie Donogan and Friends album version with Rory Gallagher on the screamin' Strat.