Bob Webb, Craig Edwards & Helen Richmond Webb | Cluck Old Hen: Celebrating 150 Years Of The Rhode Island Red

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Cluck Old Hen: Celebrating 150 Years Of The Rhode Island Red

by Bob Webb, Craig Edwards & Helen Richmond Webb

Southern Appalachian old time string band music and country blues with fiddle, banjo and guitar. Sweet and charming, intimate folk music.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cacklin' Hen
4:56 $0.99
2. Who Broke the Lock (on the Henhouse Door)
2:16 $0.99
3. I'll Rise When the Rooster Crows
1:57 $0.99
4. Waterbound
4:10 $0.99
5. Cluck Old Hen
3:51 $0.99
6. Banty Rooster
2:23 $0.99
7. Banty Rooster Blues
5:17 $0.99
8. Ragtime Joe
2:22 $0.99
9. Mornin' Blues
3:27 $0.99
10. Soldier's Joy
3:24 $0.99
11. Pullet Surprise (Chicken Reel)
3:01 $0.99
12. Pretty Crowing Chicken
3:06 $0.99
13. Mister Chicken
2:32 $0.99
14. Crow Black Chicken
2:41 $0.99
15. Free Little Bird
2:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
It's a birthday party . . . for a chicken! And these old-timey songs performed by Bob Webb, Craig Edwards and Helen Richmond Webb celebrate them: chickens real, chickens metaphorical, chickens symbolic, even an inferred chicken. They've all gathered to wish the Rhode Island Red a happy 150th!

The Rhode Island Red breed began in Little Compton, a seaward-turned village on the eastern shore of the Sakonnet River between Newport, Rhode Island and New Bedford, Massachusetts: a portion of the sales of this CD supports the Little Compton Historical Society, incorporated in 1937 to preserve landmarks and identify historical sites in the town.

The song list of "Cluck Old Hen" include old-time fiddle & banjo favorites like "Cacklin' Hen," "Crow Black Chicken" and "Soldier's Joy," as well as country-roots songs first made famous by regional 78rpm phonograph records in the 1920s: "Mornin' Blues," "Ragtime Joe (C-H-I-C-K-E-N)," and "Who Broke The Lock (on the Henhouse Door)?" There's also a fretless banjo solo by Bob Webb and an unique rendition of Charlie Patton's "Banty Rooster Blues" by Craig Edwards, accompanied on bottleneck-guitar and five-string banjo. And of course, the title track, "Cluck Old Hen," set in the old mountain-modal style.

Bob Webb picked up the banjo-a fretless banjer at that-in 1963. Later he owned The Heritage, a folk-music club in California; toured with Tom Waits; and played banjo with his True & Trembling String Band. In 1984 he developed the first museum exhibition about the banjo: the accompanying publication, "Ring the Banjar!: The Banjo in America from Folklore to Factory" is still in print (Centerstream Press, 1996). His sea-music CD, "Bank Trollers" is also available at CD Baby.

Craig Edwards' childhood memories include the fiddling at square dances where his father was caller, walking in civil rights marches in the South, and the gospel music in Black churches. He began to sing folk songs at age 11 and has played everything from Southern rock to bluegrass on fiddle, banjo and button-accordion. He performs solo and with Wild Goose Nation, the Zydecats, Grand Bois (a Cajun band) and Forebitter.

Helen Richmond Webb is a freelance graphic designer and former museum educator. Her family arrived in Sakonnet (Little Compton) a century and a half before Tripp's red cockerel. She has accompanied Bob and other musicians as a guitarist and vocalist for two decades.



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Janet Lisle

What a great CD!
It's the best! My favorite is Who Unlocked the Henhouse Door, but all the songs are wonderful. String playing par excellance.

Inland Salt

Cluck, Old Hands!
There is little on this CD about Little Compton or Rhode Island folklore, but there is an awful lot of good old-time music here. Bob's clarion singing and brisk plucking (strings, not feathers) offsets Craig's grumbling foghorn of a voice and scrapes (on fiddle, not at chickenseed). If there is anything these two guys lack, it is pretension, and I don't know two other musicians who could have pulled off a collection of chicken songs. How Helen got mixed up with them is a mystery, but she holds her own with these two great musical personalities. In its excellent musicality and musical scholarship, this CD could have been recorded seventy years ago, but I'm very grateful that I got to know these guys in my lifetime--and that they got together to do this collection. I look forward to the Narragansett Pacer CD, headed off perhaps by "Flop Eared Mule."