posted on Jul, 7 2013 @ 07:14 AM
Bluegrass is as real as it gets in bringing the harsh realities of life to a melody. That is one of many reasons I love bluegrass.
Musical tales of lost dogs, lost children, a dying loved one, horrible tragedies contrast with proclamations of love for mamas, memories of daddy
working in the field, found recounts of a cabin home or a first love... even songs about food, church, and even ghosts.
Oh, don't forget the killing songs... the mortality rate in bluegrass is overwhelming... such songs as "Pretty Polly"... "the Knoxville Girl"...
"By the Waterfall"... would challenge the most devoted serial killer...
One of my favorite artists is James King. Very traditional with the "high lonesome sound." His songs can make you smile one moment and literally
crying like a baby the next.
"Long Black Veil" by The Country Gentlwemen will send chills down your spine... "Lonesome Ol' Home" from the super group Longview is just plain
awesome... and if you grew up in the rolling hills and loved your mama and actually have eaten corn bread fried in a cast iron skillet and hoed corn
till the sun went down... like me... it will make you homesick.
One of the best compilations of "sad mama songs" is "Memories of Mother."
I bought this at a bluegrass festival years ago... from Rounder Records.. and is now out of print...I have yet to meet the man that can listen to this
album and not breakdown. Sometimes in a sadistic twisted joking way.I will slip this in while riding with a friend and after a few songs, they want to
know why am I doing this to them with tears in their eyes.
And if you really want to cry.. play "Slippers With Wings" from Charlie Waller... a little cripple girl is adopted and given a puppy, but being
sickly and weak.. she dreams of running and playing like the other children... only to die on Christmas Eve when she finally sees jesus who gives her
slippers with wings so she can walk...
starting to tear up even now... sad, sad, sad.