For enthusiasts of early banjo
Written By James A. Bland, Published 1878
Very nice Tom, I do not think that I have heard that version before. I like the reference to the Dismal Swamp because I live just to the south of it. Thanks for posting it.
Thanks Scott! The verses are “mostly” as written by James Bland. I just altered a few lines to exclude the terms “darkey” and “massa.” I removed slavery from the song. My version is now about growing old, cherishing life and home, and missing those who have gone. I alter many of the songs that I perform in this way. I claim artistic license. I hope no one minds. Best Wishes, Tom
Hi Tom - thanks to Strumelia, I was lucky enough to record Bland's O Dem Golden Slippers with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and singer Edward Pleasant on the Black Manhattan Vol. 3 CD. Check it out! http://www.classicalmusiccommunications.com/artist.php?id=blackmanh...
That is awesome Paul! The the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is pretty much a national treasure! Right? Where else can we hear a lot of that repertoire?! And they found the right banjoist! That’s for certain. What a great gig! I’m a big fan of your playing. I’ll seek out this CD. Thanks Paul! Tom
That means a lot to me, Tom. Thanks!
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