When I was at my folks’ house for Christmas, my Dad spent a morning playing some of his vinyl. I have that effect on people.
One of the records which had survived the great cull that three house moves in the space of 15 years inevitably brings, was this one, which I had completely forgotten about, and really enjoyed listening to again for the first time in…God knows how many years.
As we head towards 2018, times when the President of the United States can say things as idiotic as this:
…there’s an important message in this morning’s song.
And that message is not that Johnny Cash was really good at impersonating various musical instruments, though this is made all the finer for his efforts:
The Carter Family – The World Needs A Melody
This morning, a Country staple, although actually a folk song (the line between Country and Traditional American Folk is often quite blurred), performed by one of the great Country family bands:
The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower
It’s a song I’ve known since I was a kid, since it appears on a triple album my Dad owns. Credited to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a cursory look at the album sleeve tells you it’s an album which features collaborations with a whole host of country, bluegrass and folk folks:
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Wildwood Flower
And that was the unmistakable (I hope, or I’m going to look pretty stoopid) sound of Mother Maybelle Carter singing the lead vocal.
As you can imagine with a triple album, there’s plenty more quality songs to choose from, so expect this to feature again, quite a bit, on this thread.
Or, to put it another way: More Soon.