Chased Old Satan (aka Starry Crown)

19 Mar

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[gDBGD tuning]

From the playing of the Woodie Brothers.

Here’s the story:

In the spring of 1931, Lawton Woodie heard that Victor was holding sessions in Charlotte, NorthCarolina, and wrote the company to arrange a recording date. On May 29th, the Woodie Brothers (Lawton & Ephraim) arrived in Charlotte with two songs they had written especially for the occasion. Likes Likker Better than Me, the lament of a whiskey drinker’s wife,featured Ephraim’s mountain tenor complemented by his brother’s rich bass harmonies. Their second selection was called Chased Old Satan Through the Door, a composite that borrowed motifs from several songs, including Satan’s A Liar and Shortnin’ Bread. Like most musicians from the ‘Lost Provinces’, the Woodies never made music a full time pursuit.



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