Clarence Ashley appears on three Anthology songs: solo on "The House Carpenter" and "The Coo Coo Bird" and as a member of the Carolina Tar Heels (listed as Tom Ashley) for "Peg and Awl." He was one of a number of musicians whose Anthology performances inspired fans to seek them out, and Ralph Rinzler found Ashley in 1960. Mississippi John Hurt (see post below) was another such rediscovery.

This song is from The Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, which not only presented Ashley to a new generation, but introduced the incomparable Doc Watson, still going strong at 85 years of age. Every home should have a copy!


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