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“Julie Ann Johnson” comes from the playing of fiddler Emmett Lundy, a farmer from
Grayson County, VA. He supported his fourteen children by blacksmithing, repairing
watches and pulling teeth. He learned much of his repertoire from his mentor, Green
Leonard, who lived a few miles north of the Lundy homestead. Emmett played for
community dances, log rollings and pumpkin peelings and is reputed to have won the
first ten-dollar gold piece ever presented at Galax Fiddler’s Convention in the early
The night before our final recording session, I suggested we might have time to do
one more tune. Bruce got that faraway look in his eye and then launched into this
rare-breed Cajun version of “Old Joe Clark.” I liked the idea of recording a tune I
didn’t know—it captures the spirit of a good and reckless old-time session. The tune
comes from Louisiana fiddler Wayne Perry who uses flatted thirds and sevenths
which distinguishes it from the brighter, more widely-known rendition.


from Jayme Stone's Lomax Project, released March 3, 2015
Bruce Molsky (fiddle), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Julian Lage (guitar), Joe Phillips (bass), Jayme Stone (banjo)


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