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Hog Went Through The Fence Yoke And All

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Alan Lomax returned to eastern Kentucky in the fall of 1937. In a letter to Harold
Spivacke, the new chief of the music division at the Library of Congress, he says
“Here the mountains have formed culture eddies where one can find the music of the
American pioneer, in all degrees of purity.”12 Though beset by a flu, problems with the
disc cutter and “fearsome” road conditions, he managed to make a monumental 859
recordings for the Archive of American Folk Song.13 Among those were songs he
collected from Luther Callahan Strong who Alan described as “lanky and shy and our
favorite fiddler.” In The Beautiful Music All Around Us, Stephen Wade writes,
“When Luther Strong awoke on October 18, 1937, he was in jail. Arrested on a charge
of public drunkenness, he had spent the night in Hazard, Kentucky, lockup. He didn’t
know it yet, but in a few hours and with a borrowed fiddle, he would record his
Library of Congress discs, the most celebrated documents he made in his lifetime.”14
Late one night, while playing knee-to-knee on the fairgrounds of the Ossipee Music
Festival in rural Maine, I played Luther’s recording of the quirky “Hog Went Through
the Fence, Yoke and All” for Brittany and Eli. We spontaneously recorded it a week
later with Greg, without ever discussing an arrangement. What you hear here is our
playful conversation.


from Jayme Stone's Lomax Project, released March 3, 2015
Brittany Haas (fiddle), Eli West (guitar), Greg Garrison (bass), Jayme Stone (banjo)


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