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Carve That Possum

by Tom, Brad & Alice

"The fourth CD from this 'super group' (Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, & Alice Gerrard) takes an emotional quantum leap; it rocks, but also reaches deep into the heart, with both sweetness and grit." (Suzy Rothfield Thompson, The Old-Time Herald)
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Carve That Possum
3:48 $0.99
2. The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake
3:07 $0.99
3. Glory in the Meeting House
3:38 $0.99
4. Lost Love
3:31 $0.99
5. Whoa Back, Buck
3:59 $0.99
6. White House Blues
2:43 $0.99
7. O & K Train
2:51 $0.99
8. Paddy, Won't You Drink Some Good Old Cider
2:18 $0.99
9. Sewing Machine Blues
2:23 $0.99
10. Fair Beauty Bright
3:36 $0.99
11. Killema Cranky
2:50 $0.99
12. Snagtooth Sal
2:52 $0.99
13. Little Bessie
4:55 $0.99
14. Bell's Waltz
3:15 $0.99
15. The House Carpenter
4:05 $0.99
16. Stormy Waters
3:13 $0.99
17. I'll See You Tonight in My Dreams
2:29 $0.99
18. Hold to God's Unchanging Hand
3:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, and Alice Gerrard are all musicians' musicians, known and respected by their peers for their skill, taste, and lifelong devotion to the old-time and early bluegrass music they clearly love so well. Their stunning vocal harmonies over the bedrock of their instrumental work cover a range of emotion that can move you by turns to smiles, to dance, or to tears.

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Track notes
(Except as noted, Tom plays banjo, Brad fiddle, and Alice guitar)

1. Carve that Possum (Tom: lead vocal)
Our thanks to Clarke Buehling for introducing us to this gem.

2. The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake (Tom: lead vocal)
Our arrangement of this classic is the result of one of those mythical jam sessions in Tom's head, this one involving Dock Boggs and Bill Monroe.

3. Glory in the Meeting House
From Kentucky fiddler Luther Strong.

4. Lost Love (Alice: lead vocal)
Alice first heard Craig Johnson sing this beautiful song. He learned it from a recording of Asa Martin with Doc Roberts on fiddle.

5. Whoa Back, Buck (Brad: lead vocal)
Our take on Leadbelly's muleskinning song. "Gee, by the Lamb!" is a direction to the mule along with a mild oath, and the back band is part of the harness.

6. White House Blues (Brad: lead vocal)
The Buck Mountain Band (Charlie Higgins, Wade Ward, Dale Poe) and Flatt & Scruggs are foremost among our myriad sources of inspiration for this classic song about the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

7. O & K Train (Tom: lead guitar, octave vocal; Brad: banjo, harmony vocal; Alice lead vocal)
From Addie Graham, the great Kentucky singer.

8. Paddy, Won't You Drink Some Good Old Cider (Tom and Brad: fiddles)
Thanks to Rick and Marvin Morrison, whose version of this well-known tune comes from their grandfather, Arkansas fiddler Fate Morrison.

9. Sewing Machine Blues (Brad: lead vocal)
From a recording of Jimmie Davis. He first recorded the song in 1932 with two African American guitarists, Ed Schafer (on bottleneck lead) and Oscar Woods.

10. Fair Beauty Bright (Brad: lead vocal)
This is an old ballad, although Tom got the verses from a 1963 recording of Kathy (Larisch) & Carol (McComb).

11. Killema Cranky
Our thanks to Marynell Young for giving us a copy of a 1942 field recording of fiddler Peter T. Bell (b. 1869), Carrizo Springs, Texas. The name probably comes from Killiecrankie, the site of a 1689 battle during the Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland.

12. Snagtooth Sal (Tom: lead vocal)
A lack of comprehensive dental care is not a deterrent in this cowboy love song, which Tom learned from Skip Gorman.

13. Little Bessie (Alice: vocal)
Says Alice, "This has always been a favorite of mine. I first heard Hazel Dickens sing it, and then her father, H. N. Dickens. It's always felt mysterious to me, the imagery, the visions; and the incredible sadness of a mother for her dying child."

14. Bell's Waltz (Tom & Brad: fiddles)
Another tune from the repertoire of Peter Bell, probably from the 19th century. We can easily imagine this played by Cajuns, Mexicans, Germans, Swedes....

15. The House Carpenter (Tom: lead vocal)
Clarence Ashley's early recording of this Child ballad was a major inspiration.

16. Stormy Waters
As a teenager, Leslie Keith (b. 1906) was learning from fiddlers like Jim Montgomery and the Stripling Brothers in Birmingham, Alabama. By 1935 his playing of the Striplings' "Lost Child" had morphed into the "Black Mountain Blues" and earned him widespread popularity. He's also known for his fiddling on the Stanley Brothers' earliest Rich-R-Tone recordings. Tom met him in 1969, living in southern California, and they played music together for several years. "Stormy Waters," composed in 1959 and titled by Ralph Stanley, features Brad doing a great job of Leslie's "fiddle-picking."

17. I'll See You Tonight in My Dreams (Brad: lead vocal)
From the repertoire of Jim and Jesse McReynolds.

18. Hold to God's Unchanging Hand (Tom: guitar, lead vocal)



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