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Lead Belly’s uncle drove oxen for a living and would come to stay with his family from
time to time. Rather than share a bed, Lead Belly opted to sleep on the floor because
the old man would curse and shout all night while dreaming of unruly oxen.27 Lead
Belly would never forget his uncle’s ox-driving song and salty language and recorded
“Whoa, Back, Buck” for the Library of Congress in 1935. The chorus is a jumble of oxdriving
commands: whoa means “stop,” gee means “turn right,” and haw means “turn
left.” Eli created the lush and contemporary guitar setting for the piece.


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


tags: folk world Denver


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