Norman Blake and Nancy Blake Old Time Country music, American music.


 
The Old Time Country Music Division of: Western Jubilee Recording Company
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Norman is now celebrating more than thirty years of not getting on an airplane and the sessions are generally tied to a Colorado festival appearance. As in the past, the Blakes along with their dog, Bascom, parked their 'home on the road' travel rig by the railroad tracks just outside the warehouse studio. This time, it took more trips than before to unload all the vintage string instruments carried from Rising Fawn in their new and much improved RV that "O Brother" paid for. As always, good friend and Recording Engineer Butch Hause had pre-set the room with their favorite old mics, no baffles and two straight back wooden chairs. The set up allows for recording upon impulse - morning, noon and night - and that they did. Norman suggested they "record without much playback for awhile". The Blakes effortlessly and eloquently recorded the 14 songs herein. They didn't know what the next selection would be until the previous one ended. A couple were penned by Norman, another made up by good friend, Patty Bryan. Nancy picked the "Star Spangled Banner" on her mandolin from an arrangement she learned from Patty's husband, James Bryan. The rest were dug up and dusted off from yesteryear. They sparingly and tastefully, but more so than in the past, went back and added other instruments.

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Tracks from Back Home In Sulphur Springs  
    1. More Good Women Gone Wrong - Traditional
    2. Columbus Stockade Blues - Traditional
    3. He's Coming To Us Dead - Traditional
    4. The Girl I left in Sunny Tennessee - Traditional Arr. Norman Blake - Blake & Blake Music / BMI
    5. We Parted by the Riverside - Traditional
    6. Ella Ree - Traditional Arr. Norman Blake - Blake & Blake Music / BMI
    7. Happy Little Home in Arkansas - Traditional
    8. Back Home in Sulphur Springs - by Norman Blake - Blake & Blake Music / BMI
    9. The Mermaid - Traditional
    10. Take Me Home Poor Julia - Traditional
    11. Seaboard Airline Rag - by Norman Blake - Blake & Blake Music / BMI
    12. Star Spangled Banner - Arr. James Bryan - Blake & Blake Music / BMI - mandolin by Nancy Blake
    13. The Empress of Ireland - by Patty Bryan - Blake & Blake Music / BMI
    14. Katy Cline - Traditional
    15. Bonus track - Don't Be Afraid of the Neo-Cons
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New Bonus Track from the record Back Home In Sulphur Springs Don't Be Afraid of the Neo-Cons

"Left Wing, chicken wing, it don't make no difference to me." - Woody Guthrie

If the iconic Woody Guthrie were still alive today, this is the kind of song he'd write... A stinging, honest song penned by a man who today, much like Woody Guthrie in the 20th cenury, dreams simply of a world where there is social, political and spiritual justice for everyone.
Norman & Nancy Blake
Don't Be Afraid of the Neo-Cons
And away down yonder in the Florida sand
Old Jeb Bush is a mighty man
He told little brother, don’t be blue
For I’ma gonna hand this thing to you

Katrina blew through the town
Black waters flooded all around
No money to raise the levees high
And so we watched New Orleans die

The churches all got on board
In the Holy name of our Lord
They took him for their favorite son
And they sent him away to Washington

Bill Clinton was a democrat
He saved us money in his hat
He fell from grace the story goes
Then Georgie put us in the hole

Now Georgie Bush, he is the man
He landed in Afghanistan
We’ll get Osama, was his crack
And now we’re stranded in Iraq

Now Casey was Cindy’s son
He marched away with his gun
For a noble cause he heard Bush say
He died in a war so far away

He told ole’ Rumsfeld on the green
Now you’re the best I’ve ever seen
Just heed my words and you’ll go far
And help me win my daddy’s war

Now Georgie is kind and meek
He kissed the king upon his cheek
They walked the garden hand in hand
As the oil and blood dripped on the sand

O’ Cheney lives away down town
By a cement bunker underground
No more he’ll roam Wyoming's hills
Halliburton is his thrill

And now my little song is done
'Bout the neo-cons in Washington
No more I’ll sing these words again
You can see it all on CNN

Don’t send your money to Washington
To fight a war that’s never done
Don’t play their games don’t be their pawns
And don’t be afraid of the neo-cons

Don’t send your money to Washington
To fight a war that’s never done
Don’t play their games don’t be their pawns
And don’t be afraid of the neo-cons

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