While not as big a sub-genre in Americana as train songs, murder ballads are big just the same. Since I took an interest in folk music in my teens, I’ve been listening to songs about Stack-O-Lee and Franky and Johnny, Pretty Polly and Tom Dooley. There are loads of them. On tonight’s Daily Dose, I’d like to explore a few takes on one of my favourites, Duncan and Brady.
Listen to the Johnson Mountain Boys…
Now here’s the wonderful Dave van Ronk
Finally check out this “killer” version by the Salford Sheiks