Pretty nice looking guitar uh? This is the Vintage Ibanez Classical Guitar that will be given away at the end of the Blind Pig & the Acorn's Spotlight on Music in Appalachia. Of course how it sounds means a whole lot more than how it looks-so Paul picked out an old tune for you to hear. East Virginia Blues-its what you call a traditional song-meaning it's so old no one really knows who wrote it. The song has many variations-which is typical with songs that have been preserved literally by word of mouth-or maybe I should say word of singing.
It's easy to imagine how the various verses and chords came about-for example: Say-Uncle Gaylord heard the song played in a tavern he visited on his way back from working down in the flatlands. Once he was home-he couldn't remember exactly what the words were-or exactly every chord-but he remembered the jist of it-and he adjusted the words as he picked out the song sitting on the front porch after a hard days work.
A few of the songs Paul and Pap sing-have been added to or changed by them. One that comes to mind is Early One Morning. It's a song Pap remembered from his childhood-even with today's technology no amount of searching found the exact lyrics-so Paul made up what Pap couldn't remember.
Everyone from the Country Gentlemen to the Carter Family has sung East Virginia Blues. The version we like-comes by way of Flatt and Scruggs. The words are slightly different-and the tune is as well-kinda like a slowed down version of Little Maggie. See what you think about this version-and see how good the giveaway guitar sounds. (don't forget to stop the player in the top right hand of this page before you start the video)
Now that you've heard the sound-and the song-here are the giveaway details-it's only open to residents of the USA:
- to be entered in the guitar giveaway-all you have to do is comment on a Spotlight On Music in Appalachia post-if you commented on the first one-you've already been entered once
- each time you post a comment on a spotlight post-you're entered in the giveaway again-the spotlight posts will run through out the coming weeks-basically if the post is about music in any way-it's a spotlight post and a comment on it will get your name entered again (there is also a link under categories in the the right sidebar of this page-just click on Spotlight on Music in Appalachia 2010-and it'll take you to all the spotlight posts)
- if you're interested in additional entries-10 to be exact-you can help me spread the word about the Spotlight on Music in Appalachia-take this button-copy the code in the scroll box-making sure you scroll down to get it all and and put the button in your blog sidebar or on your website-just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you posted the button on your site and I'll make sure to add in your extra entries-you can also email me if you need help adding the button
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