Welcome to the Arthritis Brothers third CD "Ride An Old Paint" . We play old time music. Stuff that was popular in the early 1900's; music that postdated the minstrel era and preceded bluegrass. Banjo picker John Clabourne was raised rural Sussex County, Virginia. Fiddler John Beland was raised on a Mitchell County, Iowa farm. Earl Rigg was born in the mountains of Virginia and grew up in Eastern North Carolina on a tobacco farm. Clabourne is retired from both the U.S. Army and the Sierra Vista police force. Beland is a retired electrical engineer and contractor. Earl Rigg spent 30 years as a technical expert for a Wisconsin phone company.
The Arthritis Brothers are located in rural Sierra Vista Arizona where the weather is always sunny and the plants are mostly thirsty. Technically, we may not be Hill Billies, but we do live among the mountains and have pickup trucks and dogs. Check our web site at http://members.epowerc.net/ arthritisbrothers/ for our schedule and contact information. Stop by and jam with us.
1 Cumberland Gap D Cumberland Gap is a pass in the Appalachians between Tennessee and Kentucky. Daniel Boone led pioneers through this passage in the 1770s. The tune has a long life and has been recorded dozens, perhaps hundreds of times including once by Allen Sisson on an Edison cylinder. It is a great tune for singing, make up your own lyrics.
Me and my wife and seventeen chaps,
Walked all the way to Cumberland Gap.
Lay down, boys, and take a little nap.
Ten more miles to the Cumberland Gap
Me and my wife and my wife's pap.
We all live down in the Cumberland Gap.
chorus: Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Gap.
We all live in the Cumberland Gap.
2 Green River Waltz G This tune was probably composed and recorded by fiddler Clifford Gross in the late 1930s. Clifford replaced Bob Wills in the Light Crust Doughboys at the radio program’s sponsor’s insistence. Big pair of shoes to fill. We learned our version from Betty Vornbrock of the Reed Island Rounders.
7 Duck River D This is in the family of tunes with Dubuque and Muddy Road to Ducktown, The seminal version came from John Salyer; our version is adapted from field recording of Bruce Greene playing Salyer.
8 Ride an Old Paint G This tune has been recorded by a herd of performers including Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, Johnny Cash, Burl Ives, and Linda Ronstadt. It was likely first documented by Jess Morris of Dalhart TX who said he learned it in the 1880s from a black cowboy named Charlie Willis.
Buffalo gals, ain't you comin' out tonight,
Ain't you comin' out tonight, ain't you comin' out tonight;
Buffalo gals, won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon.
11 Sandy River Belle G We learned this tune from the playing of Henry Reed. There is some great Henry Reed music at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/reed/
14 Margaret’s Waltz A This was composed in the 1950’s by English collector Pat Shuldham Shaw and was dedicated to Margaret Grant, an employee of the English Folk Dance and Song Society on the occasion of her retirement. We play it in AEAE cross tuned.
16 Bill Cheatum A This tune is commonly played by Old Time, Bluegrass and Contest style musicians. It is robust enough for our AEAE crosstuned playing.
20 Yew Piney Mountain A We listened to Wilson Douglas and this is what we remembered. No one can play it like Wilson except Wilson! We play the tune with the fiddle in AEAE cross tuning and the banjo in double D tuning.
21 Home Sweet Home C Home Sweet Home was composed by Sir Henry Bishop and appeared in the 1823 play "The Maid of Milan" by John Howard. It is now widespread in many cultures. Early Northern Arizona fiddler Kenner Kartchner played it as the closing tune. New Mexico fiddler Cleofes Ortiz traditionally played it as the last tune of the evening; first played as a waltz and then in 6/8 time.