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Jimmy Driftwood

Jimmy Driftwood was born James Corbitt Morris in 1907. He lived until 1998 and in that time he is said to have written over 6000 songs, over 300 of which were recorded by various people. Among the tunes he wrote was Battle of New Orleans, made famous by Johnny Horton.

Another well known Jimmy Driftwood tune is Tennessee Stud.

Tennessee Stud was well covered. Here is a great version by Johnny Cash….

The first time I heard Tennessee Stud was from a recording by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. The next time it was Doc Watson. Here’s Doc with Merle and friends.

Finally, here are Chuck Anton and Jim Shroka playing the Jimmy Driftwood / Ramona Jones version of Valley Forge.


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Some days I just need to hear the banjo

Here are Cathy Barton and Dave Para performing Shirley’s Reel into John Stenson’s #2. I was in the audience for this performance at the 2014 Midwest Banjo Camp. I’m looking forward to more of Cathy’s great workshops at the 2017 MBC at the beginning of June.

If you’re wondering why I like the banjo so much, this video says it all.

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Keep your eye on the sparrow

A colony of sparrows is populating the community housing unit atop a flagpole above our back deck.


They’ve got it pretty good back there, with plenty of available food (we provide) and loads of handy nesting materials.


This unit has 10 apartments and as near as I can tell all are occupied.

Yesterday, in an effort to persuade the local goldfinches to drop by I put up a tube finch feeder filled with nyjer seeds.


Hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll see goldfinches and other finches too around the front of the house. I’ve put this feeder up front so the finches don’t have to compete with the sparrows, which love it out back.

I added a second feeder out back too. This time I tried a squirrel-proof feeder (sorry guys). If too much weight sits on any of the perches, the food slides out of reach. Very clever. This feeder has U-shaped perches, which are comfortable for the cardinals in the crowd.

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Every picture tells a story

My friend Barb has started a wee photo challenge over at Bad Tempered Zombie. Her challenge to herself and to others who would like to join her is to post a photo a day for the remainder of the month – a photo that hints at having a story to tell. No other rules, no boundaries.

I’m in. Here is my first photo.