Great Moments in Folk Music

If not for the dedication of the 1930’s WPA and its team of folk music collectors, many wandering troubadour’s songs would have been lost, including the team of Woofer Joe and the Hobo Kid, whose song “Big Rock Kibble Mountain” could be heard around many an evening campfire:

On the big rock kibble mountain,
Every dog gets thirty trees,
And all the cats are slow as snails
And there’s no such thing as fleas…

We sing for our supper!

My toes are a-tappin’, Sharon H.

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10 thoughts on “Great Moments in Folk Music

  1. Kar July 17, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Dang, I remember listening to some of those old tapes and the Smithsonian ones during my American music classes college.

    Have yet to hear a better rendition of “Little Pink.”

    Recommend watching the movie “Song Catcher” if this is your thing.

    • Smartypants July 17, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      They had a cool series on PBS recently – I think it’s called “American Epic” from T-Bone Burnett, about recordings of rural southern music from the early 20th Century, where they’d go around and record with the old wax cylinders and wax records. I haven’t seen the whole thing, but what I did see was fascinating – I bet it’s available online.

  2. Gigi the cat lady July 17, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    If the dog had his own banjo they could play Duelling banjo.
    Here’s my favourite, no not the one from the movie Deliverance, this one :

    • Ricky's Mom July 17, 2017 / 4:45 pm


    • allein ๐Ÿพ July 17, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Smartypants July 17, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Mike, I forgot to even say – I love the text – we need more verses!

    • Duckie ๐Ÿฅ July 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      THAT sounds like a challenge.

      “Where the bees they fly in slo-mo so
      That you can always snatch them.
      And the squirrels can’t climb the trees so well,
      It’s easier to catch them.”

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