Bald Headed End Of the Broom

15 Mar

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[gDGBD tuning]

From the singing of Olen Suits, collected by D.S. McIntosh in Elizabethtown, IL in 1950.

This traditional song has a performance history stretching from the Ozarks to the British Isles and has been recorded by artists such as Charlie Poole (Legend of Charlie Poole, County 516), Mike Seeger (Old Time Country Music, Folkways FA 2325), and perhaps most famously: Grandpa Jones (24 Great Country Songs, King 967).

The version upon which the above tablature is based comes a field recording of a fella by the name of Olen Suits from Elizabethtown, IL. His version is an unaccompanied vocal performance. It is included in the Dear Old Illinois collection (song #14).

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