Clarence Ashley Dark Holler Blues The Coo Coo Bird
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As he was raised by the parents of his mother, the name "McCurry" was dropped in favor of "Ashley". From infancy, Tom was acquainted with musicians. His grandfather bought him a banjo when he was eight years old, and his mother and aunts taught him to play traditional Appalachian folk songs and ballads. He learned a number of songs and techniques from itinerant lumberjacks and railroad workers lodging at his grandfather's boarding house.
In , Tom joined a medicine show that happened to be passing through Mountain City. He played banjo and guitar, and performed blackface comedy. During winters, he organized local concerts at rural schools. He would also play for money at coal camps and rayon mills, often accompanied by influential Johnson County fiddler G. If you like Clarence Ashley, you may also like:. I highly recommend his Banjo Heritage Commons project. Great banjo instruction and historic information.
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His mother's two older sister taught him songs and instructed him on the banjo. Joining his first medicine show in , Ashley traveled by horse and buggy through the southern Appalachian region, playing songs while "the doc" sold his elixirs. Although he supplemented his income as a musician by farming and working at a sawmill, Ashley continued to perform.
By , Ashley was performing with numerous string bands, including the Blue Ridge Entertainers. Little Sadie. The Coo-Coo Bird feat. Doc Watson. Naomi Wise. Dark Holler Blues.
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Brian Guy. Ian Alexander. Matt Smith. Aaron Anderson. John Salmon. Jim Ryan. Ken White. Fred H. Doc Elliott. Timothy Jones. Adam Kiesling. Marc B Allen. He learned a number of songs and techniques from itinerant lumberjacks and railroad workers lodging at his grandfather's boarding house. In , Tom joined a medicine show that happened to be passing through Mountain City.
He played banjo and guitar, and performed blackface comedy. During winters, he organized local concerts at rural schools. He would also play for money at coal camps and rayon mills, often accompanied by influential Johnson County fiddler G.
The final recordings from his early era were a series of duets with harmonica player Gwen Foster in The effects of the Great Depression made money scarce throughout the early s. Not only was Ashley no longer recruited to make records, it was virtually impossible to earn money playing at coal camps or on street corners.
The Depression along with government regulations also greatly reduced the crowds that attended medicine shows. Ashley worked briefly as a coal miner in West Virginia , and did odd jobs back in Shouns to support his wife, Hettie, and their two children. Footprints in the Snow feat. East Virginia Blues feat. Gwen Foster. Fire on the Mountain feat. Crawdad Song feat. Shady Grove feat. Sitting on Top of the World feat.
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|Clarence Ashley Live and In Person (vinyl only), released 28 April 1. Dark Holler Blues 2. Wreck of the Old 97 3. Omie Wise 4. Bully of the Town 5. Wild Bill Jones 6. Rude and Rambling Man 7. I'm the Man That Rode the Mule Around the Wovrld 8. The Coo Coo Bird 9. I Had But Fifty Cents The House Carpenter Shout Little Lulu Lyrics to 'The Coo Coo Bird' by Clarence Ashley. Gonna build me log cabin / On a mountain so high / So I can see Willie / As he goes passing by. / Oh, the coo-coo, she’s a pretty bird. Ashley’s famous solo recordings are probably “Dark Holler Blues” and its flip-side, “The Coo-Coo Bird,” both eerie clawhammer banjo performances recorded in late October of In the s Ashley and his friends began to record with the addition of Doc Watson, then at the beginning of his career.