I have been spending a lot of time recently looking through old files and photos at my mother’s house. It has me thinking about where I came from. I’ll share a little of that with you this month, in “The Kitchen Musician.”
Photo: circa 1975
As the winter settles in to New England, I am taking a little break from active touring for six weeks. My next big show is on February 21st. Scroll down the page for details.
This Month’s Music
As sung by Hank Williams.
Find the lyrics in the comments section below.
I suppose it is normal to look back over the previous year as we replace the 2014 calendar with 2015. In my case, I have been looking even farther back as I clean up my childhood home to prepare it for sale. In my mother’s cellar was an old television set, like the one pictured on the left. This was the set on which I watched Gabby Haze, The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Gene Autry and many other cowboy-themed shows. I loved everything that had to do with cowboys, especially the music. My favorite singer was Hank Williams, who died on New Years Day in 1953. I would secretly stay up long after my bed time to listen to “hillbilly music” on The Jamboree show on WWVA radio from Wheeling, West Virginia.
Here is an example of the kind of old television broadcast that I remember watching with my family on weekend nights. (We’ll have to forgive June Carter for her stereotypically bad female hillbilly introduction.)
Anita Carter and Hank Williams singing
I Can’t Help it if I’m Still in Love With You
While rummaging through my old homestead, I stumbled upon a rare family treasure – a reel-to-reel tape from 1970 (or thereabouts) – a recording of an informal family singing session at my grandmother’s house is Scranton, PA.
I vividly remember the day we recorded. As a college student far from home, I missed the family singing sessions of my youth. I decided to record one to take back to school to help me fend off my homesickness. The video below combines one song from that recording session with a few photos to show you what some of the singers looked like.
Aunt Carrie, Gramma and me performing No Letter Today. Recorded circa 1970.
As sung by Hank Snow.
Memories are a precious gift.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015, Needham, MA
SAVE THE DATE. I am thrilled to co-headline with Chris Pahud at the Homegrown Coffeehouse, proudly celebrating their 30th anniversary of bringing the very best of local and touring folk artists. The carrot cake alone is worth the price of admission! Special guests: Seth Connelly and Bob Metzger.
Friday, March 13, 2015, Bridgewater, MA
I am proud to launch the 2015 series for Cherry Bridge House Concerts. Looking forward to doing two full sets, hosted by Andy and Judy Daigle.
Saturday & Sunday, April 25-26, 2015, Mansfield, MA
I return to the New England Folk Festival with two shows.
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