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Keep your eye upon the sparrow

Out in the Cold World - Music CD by Kim & Jim Lansford

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1. Single Girl
Cousin Emmy, Roscoe Holcomb and a few Missouri verses thrown in for good measure...

When a feller comes a-courtin' and sets you on his knee - Keep your eye upon the sparrow that goes from tree to tree.

If ever I am single, single I'll remain - Never be controlled by a drunken man again.

Words a girl just might want to live by ...


2. My Texas Girl
(Sara, Maybelle & A.P. Carter/Peer International Corporation)
Despite the huge volume of traditional songs collected and then "reworked" by A.P. Carter, he actually wrote this one, recorded by the Carters in 1935.

3. TB Blues
From the start, Jim and I have been drawn to those rarest of duet singers who have an uncontrived, hard-edged sound. After hearing the early recordings of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard on Pioneering Women of Bluegrass, we began seeing the two of them as properly placed among the great country duet singers. "TB Blues" was written by Walter Callahan and recorded by The Callahan Brothers in the 1930s. Hazel and Alice's version is way different - and clearly continues to ring in our ears. Ah...that old consumption.

4. Sal's Got a Meatskin
Recorded by the Carlisle Brothers in the 1930s. The song is probably traditional and fits just right up the Carlisles' double entendre alley.

5. Bear Creek Sally Goodin
While gathering his monumental collection of Ozark Folksongs, Vance Randolph also made some aluminum discs of fiddle players from the area including Bill Bilyeu from Walnut Shade in Taney County, Missouri. Bill's version of "Sally Goodin" is named after the same Bear Creek whose watersed joins the White River at nearby Rockaway Beach, Missouri. Randolph collected 20 tunes with Bill Bilyeu on fiddle & Dee Allen on guitar, in Day, Missouri in 1943. It sounds like that were having a really good time that day in Day.

6. Purty Polly
There are so many versions of "Pretty Polly", but to my mind John Hammond's ominous eastern Kentucky version is the best. It's been moldering away in my mind for a long time. Speaking of moldering away, it's a good thing that John Hammond, before completely fading away himself, made those few stunning recordings for Genett in the twenties.

7. Two White Horses in a Line
Joe Evans and Arthur McClain, calling themselves Two Poor Boys, recorded the song in 1931. The Boys were probably from east Tennessee and probably busked on the streets of Chattanooga and Knoxville.

8. Gray Eagle in C
From Cyril Stinnet (1912 - 1986) of Anderson County in northwest Missouri. He is considered to be one of the most accomplished of the Missouri style fiddlers having learned many tunes in his vast repertoire from the great Nebraska fiddler Bob Walter. Oddly enough, Cyril played a regularly strung fiddle left-handed. "across the bass."

9. Dupree's Blues 
A blues ballad about Frank Dupree, a white man who stole a diamond ring for his woman Betty from an Atlanta jewelry store in 1921. During the course of the robbery, Dupree killed a policeman, yet remained at large until he was finally captured in Detroit. Dupree was hanged for his crimes in 1922, despite the fact that he had won the public's sympathy during his trial. Our version of the Betty and Dupree story comes from Willie Walker and Sam Brooks who recorded the ballad in Atlanta in 1930. Walker's accomplished ragtime guitar playing influenced a great many musicians, including Gary Davis and Josh White.


10. The Orphan Girl
In many folksong collections from the Ozarks and beyond. This one is from Ralph and Carter Stanley.



11. Your Saddle is Empty Old Pal
A sad cowboy's lament to his dead horse. From Ralph and Carter Stanley.

12. Rare Up
We learned this tune from a home recording of George Reves, a fiddler who lived somewhere along the border between southwestern Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. That's about all we know about him, except that he played many very interesting old tunes.

13. Sinner, You Better Get Ready
(Charles Monroe/Venus Music Corporation/BMI)
From the 1934 Monroe Brothers recording.

14. The Peddler and His Wife
Hayes Shepherd was another eastern Kentucky banjo player whose rare 78 recordings didn't exactly result in lifting him out of complete obscurity. Actually, even before we were able to decipher all of the words to the song, we had found Hayes Shepherd's take of the ballad to be pretty unforgettable. Rough...but good. These days, old-timers in Stone County, Missouri commonly recall how isolated they were because of rugged terrain, bad roads, and poor newspapers. Thus when the local peddler came calling, it was a memorable event. About the turn of the century, Ped Miller traveled around Galena and Hurley (near where we live) and sold his goods throughout the countryside, traveling with one big horse, one small mule, a wagon full of pots and pans and all the news he could carry. The events in "The Peddler and His Wife" actually took place near Hazard, KY around the turn of the century.

15. Look On and Cry  Recorded by Wade Mainer and the Sons of the Mountaineers in 1939.

16. What's the Matter With the Mill?
(Minnie McCoyl/Univeral Music Corporation)
Memphis Minnie (1897-1973) wrote this song in 1931. Minnie (born Lizzie Douglas) was a very accomplished guitar player who, over the course of a long career, was married three times to three very accomplished guitar players. As a result, in much of her music, very inventive guitar duiets predominate. A remarkable, flamboyant woman - you can tell.

17. Natchez Under the Hill
James Madison "Skeeter Jim" Walden was a fiddler from Busch in the Arkansas Ozarks, just south of the Missouri line. In 1951, Mary Celestia Parler, wife of Vance Randolph traveled to Busch and made a delightful recording of Skeeter Jim, including this unique version of "Natchez Under the Hill" - not the tune usually associated with this name.

18. The House Carpenter's Wife
From the singing of Noble Cowden
(b. 1906) who was from Cushman in the Arkansas Ozarks. Cowden learned many songs and ballads from her parents, Arthur and Saphronia Bullard. Though the text of this ballad is similar to many versions collected throughout the United States, Mrs. Cowden's guitar accompaniment is very bluesy, and very much her own. Noble Cowden was an important source of Ozark songs and stories for the eminent, deeply missed folklorist, editor and author W.K. McNeil (1940-2005) who was associated with the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. McNeil's collection Sourthern Folk Ballads is dedicated to Noble Cowden.

19. Lost Indian
From Max Collins, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. The Collins Family of fiddlers (W.S., Uncle Elsie, Earl, Willie and Max) had family roots around Douglas, Ozark & Howell Counties in the Missouri Ozarks prior to migrating further west. Several tunes commonly played in the Ozarks - "Lost Indian", "Walk Along John", "Bear Creek Sally Goodin", "White River", "Wolves A-Howlin", "Natchex Under the Hill" and others contributed by members of the Collins Family - were included in Marion Thede's collection The Fiddle Book. The author motes that many of the above tunes were "brought from Missouri" by Collins Family fiddlers.


Recorded by: Rick Davidson at
The Sound Farm in Nixa, MO
Contact Rick at soundfarm@msn.com
Cover Photo: "Miss Birdle Mannon's Mansion"
taken near Brownbranch, MO
by Jim Mayfield, Springfield, MO


Jim and Kim Lansford
521 First Street - Galena, MO  65656
jim@kimandjim.com    -    kim@kimandjim.com