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The Lost Child

by Brad Leftwich & Linda Higginbotham

"A must-have for fans of Brad and Linda's, and any student or person interested in old time fiddle. Brad set the standard for all who follow in his footsteps, and this is a great way to hear how it all began." Jonny A, Fiddle Hangout
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1. Jack of Diamonds/the Lost Child
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2. Up Jumped the Devil/Ragtime Annie
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3. No One to Bring Home Tonight
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4. Step Back Cindy
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5. Buffalo Gals
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6. Fate's Medley
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7. Deep Elm Blues
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8. Ninety Degrees
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9. Back to School Blues
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10. Boot Heel Drag
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11. The Blackest Crow
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12. Hell Broke Loose in Georgia
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13. Old Bunch of Keys
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14. Poor Girl's Story
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15. Stone's Rag
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16. Dry and Dusty/Bonaparte's Retreat
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Live performances of their "greatest hits" from the 1980s featuring Brad Leftwich and Linda Higginbotham with Kenny Jackson, Mark Ritchie and Bob Herring.
"All the characteristics of the great old-timers, complexity delivered with the illusion of ease" (Kerry Blech, Seattle Weekly)
"More than any other young musicians I have heard, Leftwich & Higginbotham capture the subtlety and excitement of an authentic traditional style." (Miles Krassen, author of Appalachian Fiddle, Oak Publications)
"When I heard them, it was the sound that I'd been looking for, for years." (Bonny Williams, The Williams Family)

Brad Leftwich: fiddle, banjo (9, 14), vocals; Linda Higginbotham: banjo-uke, banjo (4, 8, 13), vocals; Mark Ritchie: guitar (1, 3, 10, 12, 14); Kenny Jackson: guitar (2, 7, 8, 9), harmony vocal (7); Bob Herring: guitar (5, 15), harmony vocal (5)

1. Jack of Diamonds / The Lost Child – The first tune owes a lot to North Carolina fiddler Tommy Jarrell and a little to Texas fiddler Eck Robertson. The second is from the Stripling Brothers of Alabama.
2. Up Jumped the Devil / Ragtime Annie – The first tune is inspired by the fiddling of Homer "Pappy" Sherrill with Byron Parker and His Mountaineers, although it was our idea to change keys. The second is a mongrel, with bits and pieces from all over.
3. No One to Bring Home Tonight – Linda wrote this song, inspired by a friend's comment at a party long ago.
4. Step Back Cindy – This tune from the Round Peak area of North Carolina evolved from the older "Holly Ding." We learned it from Tommy Jarrell.
5. Buffalo Gals* – Brad learned a number of tunes from Oklahoma fiddler Tom Fuller, the grandfather of a high school friend. Tom created this delightfully fresh setting of an old tune by moving it to the key of F.
6. Fate's Medley* – Fate Morrison was a noted fiddler from the Arkansas Ozarks. His treasury of family tunes was carefully guarded, but he liked Brad's fiddling enough to show him several, and gave him permission to use these two on our first LP.
7. Deep Elm Blues – Our version of a perennial favorite. We first heard it from a Swedish old-time band, the Steamboat Entertainers.
8. Ninety Degrees – One of the few fiddle tunes Brad has written.
9. Back to School Blues – Another of Linda's original songs, reflecting lived experience.
10. The Boot Heel Drag – We learned this tune from Cliff Trisler at his home in Barnsdall, Oklahoma (a tiny town notable for the oil well in the middle of Main Street).
11. The Blackest Crow* – We sang this ancient ballad at our wedding in 1982. Brad worked out the fiddle part from Tommy Jarrell, who played it only on banjo. Tommy told us he learned the tune from a neighbor, Jake Norman, and the words from his mother.
12. Hell Broke Loose in Georgia – From the Skillet Lickers.
13. Old Bunch of Keys– A classic from Brad's mentor, Tommy Jarrell. Tommy learned it from John Rector, who in turn learned it from "old man Marcus Hanks" of Carroll County, Va. Tommy said it was "the best tune for them old-timey reels" that used to be danced in that area.
14. Poor Girl's Story– From Moonshine Kate, the inimitable daughter of Georgia's Fiddlin' John Carson.
15. Stone’s Rag * – We learned the low third part from Cotton Combs, a noted Arkansas fiddler we met at the Mountain Folks Music Festival in Branson, Missouri.
16. Dry and Dusty / Bonaparte's Retreat – Both these tunes are widely known and played in many different versions. Brad originally learned the first one from Fate Morrison and the second from Tommy Jarrell.

* Remastered cut from Buffalo Gal (Redbud Records, 1983)
All songs and tunes traditional except "No One to Bring Home Tonight" and "Back to School Blues" (Linda Higginbotham/Gordon Rush Music, BMI) and "Ninety Degrees" (Brad Leftwich/Gordon Rush Music, BMI)
Mastered and edited by Grey Larsen Mastering, Bloomington, IN
Layout and printing: Stumptown Printers, Portland, OR
Photography: Christine Haack

Song Lyrics:

NO ONE TO BRING HOME TONIGHT (L. HIGGINBOTHAM)

1. I WAS SO YOUNG WHEN MY FIRST LOVE, A NEW WORLD OPENED TO VIEW,
IF I’D KNOWN THEN, WHAT I KNOW NOW, TO THAT LOVE I WOULD HAVE STAYED TRUE.
‘CAUSE ROMANCE, IT FADED, AND WHEN IT WAS GONE FROM SIGHT,
ANOTHER WAS NEEDED TO HOLD CLOSE, AND KEEP THE DESIRE BURNING BRIGHT.

CHORUS:
NOW ALL OF THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN, THERE’S NOBODY LEFT FOR ME.
MY POOR OLD BONES ARE ACHIN’, IT’S NO LONGER FUN TO BE FREE.
THERE USED TO BE HEARTS FOR THE BREAKIN’, WHEN THE MOON WAS SHINING BRIGHT,
NOW ALL OF THE GOOD ONES ARE TAKEN AND THERE’S NO ONE TO BRING HOME TONIGHT.

2. THERE USED TO BE MANY TO CHOOSE FROM, WHEN I WAS TWENTY-FOUR,
AND PLENTY OF PARTIES TO CRUISE FROM, THE KIND THEY DON’T GIVE ANY MORE.
I USED TO THINK PEOPLE WERE CRAZY TO SETTLE FOR LOVING JUST ONE, WHEN EVERYDAY, COULD BRING YOUR WAY, THE PRIZE OF A NEW HEART WON.

3. LOOKIN’ FOR LOVERS AIN’T EASY, WHEN YOU WANT TO BE HOME BY TEN,
IF I’D BEEN SMART I’D ’A USED MY HEART, AND NOT GONE LOOKIN’ AGAIN.
’CAUSE EACH TIME I’VE HAD TO LOOK HARDER, AND EACH TIME I’VE HAD TO SEARCH MORE,
TILL I SEE AT LAST, THE TIME IT’S PAST, TO FIND WHAT I’M LOOKIN’ FOR.


BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES (L. HIGGINBOTHAM)

1. LIVE A LITTLE, LAUGH A LITTLE, YOU GOT THE TIME
LEARN A LITTLE, LET YOUR LIFE BE BETTER THAN MINE,
NOW PEOPLE SAY, YOU TOOK TOO LONG TO GROW—
AND THERE WAS ONE TOO MANY, TRIPS TO MEXICO.

2. DRINK A LITTLE, DANCE A LITTLE, YOU GOT THE TIME
SING A LITTLE, SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND LET YOURSELF SHINE,
NOW PEOPLE SAY, YOUR TIME’S GONE DOWN THE SPOUT—
AND YOU CAN’T GET NO JOB, WITH A DEGREE IN HANGIN’ OUT.

3. I’VE PLANTED MY TOMATOES AND I’VE PLANTED MY CORN—
MY JEANS ARE ALWAYS FADED AND MY FLANNELS ARE TORN—
I’VE LIVED FOR LOVIN’, I’VE LIVED FOR GETTIN’ SMASHED,
I’VE LIVED FOR BEAUTY, BUT NOW I’LL LIVE FOR CASH.

4. I’M GETTIN’ TIRED OF SCRIMPIN’, HAD ENOUGH HAND-ME-DOWNS—
NOW I’M GONNA TAKE MY LIFE AND TURN IT AROUND,
THE DAY HAS COME, TO SHOW I AIN’T NO FOOL—
I’VE GOT THE ANSWER NOW, I MUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

5. LOOKS LIKE ONLY SACRIFICE AND HARD WORK WILL DO,
I’M SURE THAT MY MATURITY WILL HELP ME OUT, TOO,
IF I STUDY ALL SUMMER, AND PLAN MY STRATEGY,
I CAN STILL BE UNDER FORTY, WHEN I GET MY DEGREE—
YEAH, I’LL STILL BE UNDER FORTY, WHEN I GET MY DEGREE . . .

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