Song of the Mountains

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Eli Cook / Scott Fore / Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Ashev

Eli Cook has been hailed as the best blues singer of his generation. Scott Fore is an internationally recognized guitarist having won the National Flatpicking Championships held in Winfield Kansas each year. Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks & Asheville Bluegrass have strong instrumental skills and a real grasp of the intricacies of the sound of the early years of bluegrass.

AIRED: August 31, 2019 | 0:56:46
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- [Female Announcer]: This program is made possible in part by

the town of Marion,

home of the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts,

celebrating 21 years as a certified

Virginia Main Street community.

The historic General Francis Marion Hotel

and The Speakeasy Restaurant and Lounge,

providing accommodations and casual fine dining

in downtown Marion, Virginia.

The Bank of Marion, technology-powered, service-driven.

WBRF, 98.1 FM.

And Bryant Label, a proud supporter

of our region's musical heritage.

["Cherokee Shuffle" by Gerald Anderson]

- Hello and welcome to Song of the Mountains.

I'm your host, Tim White, a truly great lineup

of musicians on our stage tonight so let's get started.

Now up first we have Eli Cook, a blues singer,

songwriter, guitarist and record producer,

Eli Cook has been hailed as the best blues singer

of his generation.

His honest, unique blend of contemporary and old school

style guitar playing and songwriting

combined with his raw, robust vocals

have put him at the forefront of modern blues.

We're pleased to bring his sound to our audience

here on Song of the Mountains.

On the stage we bring you Eli Cook.

[blues music]

♪ Well my flooded floor so long ♪

♪ Not sure it's over

♪ I'm on my flooded floor so long ♪

♪ Lord, I'm not sure it's over

♪ Enough this morning

♪ Rolls around my door

♪ Yeah

♪ Feeling

♪ Mad this morning

♪ I don't know where to go

♪ Feeling so mad this morning, yeah yeah yeah ♪

♪ And I don't know where to go

♪ I lost my money, yeah, singing ♪

♪ Twirling my pistols and run

♪ I got away from your city

♪ On that southbound train

♪ Yeah yeah yeah

♪ Got away from your city, yeah yeah ♪

♪ On that southbound train

♪ Yes I did

♪ I said, couldn't ride no farther ♪

♪ Just to drive these blues

♪ Blues away

♪ Yeah yeah yeah yeah

♪ Said I woke up this morning, oh ♪

♪ Blues around my door

♪ Yeah

♪ Woke up this morning, Lord

♪ Blues around

♪ Around my door

♪ Mmm

[audience applauds]

- Thank y'all so much.

[blues music]

Let me introduce my rhythm section here.

[blues music]

♪ Every woman I know

♪ Crazy about an automobile

♪ Every woman I know

♪ Crazy about an automobile

♪ Amateur city with nothing but rubber heels ♪

♪ Rock the women when this thing goes past ♪

♪ Women wanna ride it

♪ Wanna ride it class

♪ Some may like Cadillac and some like Ford ♪

♪ Some may like anything as long as she rode ♪

♪ Every woman I know crazy about an automobile, yeah ♪

♪ Every woman I know

♪ They're crazy about an automobile ♪

♪ Yeah yeah

♪ I'm amateur city with nothing but a rubber heel ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah

♪ Just play with the radio

♪ Shift the gears

♪ Grinding on the belly of an auto here ♪

♪ Flip on the heat, baby

♪ Flip on the back

♪ There's nothing wrong

♪ With as fast as you can

♪ Every woman I know

♪ Crazy about an automobile

♪ Every woman I know

♪ They're crazy about an automobile ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah

♪ I'm amateur city with nothing but a rubber heel ♪

♪ Get an automobile

♪ Yeah

[Eli scats]

♪ Women want to ride

♪ They want to ride in class

♪ Some, they like Cadillac

♪ Some like Ford

♪ Some, they like Cadillac

♪ Some like Ford

♪ Some may like Cadillac but some like Ford ♪

♪ Some like anything as long as she balls ♪

♪ And every woman I know

♪ They're crazy about an automobile ♪

♪ Every woman I know

♪ Crazy about an automobile

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah

♪ Amateur city with nothing but a rubber heel ♪

♪ And if I get some money, man

♪ I gotta get an automobile

♪ Sing if I get some money, Lord ♪

♪ I got to get an automobile

♪ Yeah yeah yeah yeah

♪ Get an automobile

♪ So get an automobile

[audience applauds]

- Hey y'all.

I grew up on a road named Bear Creek Road

and it wasn't til very recently I learned

or have heard for the very first time

an old Carter family tune, Bear Creek, and so I say,

well, I must learn this song.

[blues music]

♪ Way up on Bear Creek

♪ And I'm watching the sun go down ♪

♪ Way up on Bear Creek

♪ The sun goes down

♪ And it makes me feel

♪ Like I'm on my last go round

♪ Now water up on Bear Creek

♪ Tastes just like cherry wine

♪ Up on Bear Creek

♪ Like cherry wine

♪ You take one drink from that water ♪

♪ And you'll stay drunk all the time ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ If you stay up on Bear Creek

♪ You'll get just like Jesse James ♪

♪ Stay up on Bear Creek

♪ Oh, like Jesse James, yeah yeah yeah ♪

♪ You'll take two pistols

♪ And rob that Bear Creek train, oh ♪

♪ Well now I'm going high

♪ Way up on Sun Dog Ridge

♪ Going up high

♪ On Sun Dog Ridge

♪ And when I look down Bear Creek ♪

♪ Where my good girl used to live ♪

♪ Well, it makes me feel

♪ Like I'm on my last go round

♪ Yeah it makes me feel

♪ Like I'm on my last go round

♪ Yeah

[audience applauds]

[blues music]

- This is an old one. [laughs]

♪ Well I wish

♪ I was a catfish

♪ Swimming, yeah yeah yeah

♪ Deep blue sea

♪ If all you pretty women

♪ Yeah yeah

♪ Fishing yeah yeah yeah

♪ After me

♪ Fishing after me

♪ Well I went down

♪ To my best friend's house

♪ I saw Deplin's girlfriend instead ♪

♪ She said come on inside

♪ Yeah yeah yeah

♪ My husband just now left

♪ Just now left

♪ Just now left

♪ Just now left

♪ Well there's two trains

♪ Leave this place

♪ Only one that

♪ Bears my name

♪ The first one, it leaves

♪ Yeah yeah yeah yeah

♪ He's just 14

♪ He's just 14

♪ And I wish

♪ I was a catfish

♪ Swimming, yeah yeah yeah

♪ The deep blue sea, yeah

♪ I'd have all you pretty women ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah

♪ Fishing, yeah yeah yeah

♪ After me

♪ And I'd have all you pretty women ♪

♪ Yeah yeah yeah

♪ Fishing, yeah yeah yeah

♪ Yeah hey yeah

♪ Yeah hey yeah

♪ Hey yeah

♪ Fishing after me

♪ Whoa whoa yeah hey

[audience applauds]

- Thank you.

[blues music]

Anyway, this is one of the first songs I ever wrote

way back in the day.

[blues music]

♪ Well now Old Man Death

♪ Gonna ride one day

♪ Snatch his ribbon from my hand, oh yeah ♪

♪ Old Man Death

♪ Won't you take me down easy

♪ Won't you take me down easy

♪ Lord, take me away

♪ Take me away

♪ Take me away

♪ Take me away

♪ Don't you ride my pony

♪ Don't you ride my mare

♪ Steal my blind horse, no

♪ Don't you take my share

♪ Don't you ride my pony, no

♪ Don't you ride my mare

♪ Steal my blind horse, boy

♪ Take my share

♪ I said

♪ Well I'm going down

♪ Where the river bends

♪ Then I see where the bottom is ♪

♪ Got no end

♪ Old Man Death won't you take me down easy ♪

♪ Won't you take me down easy

♪ Oh Lord, take me away

♪ Take me away yeah yeah yeah

♪ Take me away yeah

♪ Take me away

♪ Don't you ride my pony

♪ Don't you ride my mare

♪ Steal my blind horse, boys

♪ Don't you take my share

♪ Ride my pony

♪ No, don't you ride my mare

♪ Or my blind horse, boys

♪ Don't you take my share

♪ Mmm

♪ Mr. Undertaker

♪ When you lay me in that clay

♪ These are the words

♪ You're gonna hear me say

♪ Old Man Death won't you take me down easy ♪

♪ Won't you take me down easy

♪ Won't you take me away

♪ Take me away

♪ Don't you ride my pony

♪ Don't you ride my mare

♪ Or steal my blind horse, boys ♪

♪ Don't you take my share

♪ Ride my pony, no

♪ Ride my mare

♪ Steal my blind horse, boys

♪ Take my share

♪ Mmm

♪ Yeah yeah yeah

♪ Say now

♪ Whoa whoa whoa now

♪ Whoa whoa whoa whoa

♪ Yeah yeah

[audience applauds]

- Thank y'all so much.

- Eli Cook here on Song of the Mountains.

Now up next we bring back Scott Fore.

Scott is an internationally recognized guitarist,

having won the national flatpicking championships

held in Winfield, Kansas each year.

He's also the Doc Watson guitar champion

and the Wayne Henderson champion of champions.

Scott brings with him a great group of musicians

and we're pleased to have him back

on the stage this evening.

On Song of the Mountains, we have Scott Fore.

[bluegrass music]

[audience applauds]

- [Scott] Thank you.

[bluegrass music]

♪ With these highway 40 blues

♪ Put my toes above my shoes

♪ Count the days since I've been gone ♪

♪ I love to see the lights of home ♪

♪ Wait for time and money too

♪ Swallow the tears and suck up too ♪

♪ In the end I had to lose

♪ Have to pay my dues

♪ Got the Highway 40 blues

♪ The highway called when I was young ♪

♪ Told me lots of things to come ♪

♪ Fame and fortune lies ahead

♪ Just like the lighted billboard said ♪

♪ Shiny dreams of mine lift up

♪ Midas comes, stick out his tongue ♪

♪ How's it feel with bitter tears ♪

♪ Lord, I ain't been home in years ♪

♪ Got the Highway 40 blues

♪ You know I'd ramble, run around ♪

♪ Like rolling stones and out of town ♪

♪ The pretty girls, I'd have to say ♪

♪ But none of them could make me stay ♪

♪ Play the music hall and bars

♪ Fancy clothes and big fine cars ♪

♪ Things a country boy can't use ♪

♪ Dixieland, I sure miss you

♪ Got the Highway 40 blues

[audience applauds]

- [Scott] Thank you.

[bluegrass music]

[audience applauds]

Thank you.

[bluegrass music]

[audience applauds]

Thank you.

- Scott Fore here on Song of the Mountains,

now wrapping up the show tonight

we have Mark Kuvkendall, Bobby Hicks

and Asheville Bluegrass.

All five members have strong instrumental skills

and a real grasp of the sound

of the early years of bluegrass.

They're not a cover band or a tribute band by any means.

They've got their own style.

They've got Hicks's truly epic fiddle playing,

they've got unique vocals that are at a different end

of the spectrum than the country style favored

by many male bluegrass vocalists today.

Mark and Bobby have graced the stage before

and we're pleased to have them back.

On Song of the Mountains, we have Mark Kuvkendall,

Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass.

[bluegrass music]

♪ For many years I've been a rolling stone, my darling ♪

♪ Like a gypsy I have roamed from place to place ♪

♪ Fortune never came to be

♪ How happy I would be

♪ Just to look again upon your smiling face ♪

♪ Now if I should wander back tonight ♪

♪ Would you be waiting

♪ Would your eyes be filled with love's own tender light ♪

♪ Would your arms be empty dear ♪

♪ Would you thrill to find me near ♪

♪ Would you love me if I wandered back tonight ♪

♪ Last night I dreamed that you and I ♪

♪ Were back together

♪ I held your hand so gently in my own ♪

♪ Heard you say we'd never part ♪

♪ As I pressed you to my heart

♪ Then I woke in tears to find myself alone ♪

♪ Now if I should wander back tonight ♪

♪ Would you be waiting

♪ Would your eyes be filled with love's own tender light ♪

♪ Would your arms be empty dear ♪

♪ Would you thrill to find me there ♪

♪ Would you love me if I wandered back tonight ♪

♪ When budding flowers lend their fragrance ♪

♪ In the springtime

♪ I recall the roses twining round your door ♪

♪ Fancy then I homeward strain

♪ As I seem to hear you say

♪ That you loved me as you did in days of yore ♪

♪ Now if I should wander back tonight ♪

♪ Would you be waiting

♪ Would your eyes be filled with love's own tender light ♪

♪ Would your arms be empty, dear ♪

♪ Would you thrill to find me near ♪

♪ Would you love me if I wandered back tonight ♪

- How 'bout it for Bobby Hicks, there.

[audience applauds]

♪ Now if I should wander back tonight ♪

♪ Would you be waiting

♪ Would your eyes be filled with love's own tender light ♪

♪ Would your arms be empty, dear ♪

♪ Would you thrill to find me near ♪

♪ Would you love me if I wandered back tonight ♪

[audience applauds]

- Thank you very much.

We're gonna give Bobby a round to play one of his tunes.

We had some people asking about Maiden's Prayer,

so we're gonna give you a little bit of that.

One, two, three.

[bluegrass music]

[audience applauds]

[bluegrass music]

♪ Now the time has come to say goodbye ♪

♪ I'm asking you to please don't cry ♪

♪ The time for me won't be so long ♪

♪ To know you're happy back at home ♪

♪ Someday we'll meet again, sweetheart ♪

♪ We'll meet and never more to part ♪

♪ Someday we'll meet again sweetheart ♪

♪ Don't cry so please don't break my heart ♪

♪ Yes, sweetheart, I'm leaving now ♪

♪ And I'll soon be on my way

♪ Each night upon my knees I'll pray ♪

♪ Sweetheart, we'll meet again someday ♪

♪ Someday, we'll meet again sweetheart ♪

♪ We'll meet and never more to part ♪

♪ Someday we'll meet again sweetheart ♪

♪ Don't cry so please don't break my heart ♪

- Get it, Michael.

[bluegrass music]

♪ Hush now, cry, don't be blue

♪ Try to be happy and be true

♪ But remember what I say

♪ Sweetheart, we'll meet again someday ♪

♪ Someday we'll meet again sweetheart ♪

♪ We'll meet and never more to part ♪

♪ Someday we'll meet again sweetheart ♪

♪ Don't cry so, please don't break my heart ♪

♪ Pick it, Sam

♪ Someday we'll meet again sweetheart ♪

♪ We'll meet and never more to part ♪

♪ Someday we'll meet again sweetheart ♪

♪ Don't cry so, please don't break my heart ♪

[audience applauds]

- [Singer] Thank you so much.

[bluegrass music]

♪ Tonight I'm alone without you, my dear ♪

♪ It seems there's longing for you still ♪

♪ All I have to do now is sit alone and cry ♪

♪ In our little cabin home on the hill ♪

♪ Oh someone has taken you from me ♪

♪ And left me here all alone

♪ Just listen to the rain beat on my windowpane ♪

♪ In our little cabin up on the hill ♪

♪ I hope you are happy tonight as you are ♪

♪ For it's in my heart a longing for you still ♪

♪ I'll just keep it there so I won't be alone ♪

♪ In our little cabin up on the hill ♪

♪ Oh someone has taken you from me ♪

♪ And left me here all alone

♪ Yes listen to the rain

♪ Beat on my windowpane

♪ In our little cabin up on the hill ♪

♪ And when you have come

♪ To the end of the way

♪ And you find there's no more happiness for you ♪

♪ Just let your thoughts turn back ♪

♪ Once more if you will

♪ To that little cabin up on the hill ♪

♪ Oh someone has taken you from me ♪

♪ And left me here all alone

♪ Just listen to the rain

♪ Beat on my windowpane

♪ In our little cabin up on the hill ♪

- Get it, Bobby!

How 'bout it for Bobby Hicks again?

[audience applauds]

♪ Oh someone has taken you from me ♪

♪ And left me here all alone

♪ Just listen to the rain

♪ Beat on my windowpane

♪ In our little cabin up on the hill ♪

[audience applauds]

- [Singer] Thank you so much.

[bluegrass music]

[audience applauds]

[bluegrass music]

♪ When she bloomed for me

♪ Those little lilies

♪ In a cabin on the hill

♪ We made our vows

♪ We'd love each other

♪ And I know

♪ We always will

♪ She's my rose of old Kentucky ♪

♪ And I watched her bloom

♪ As the years roll by

♪ And for me there'll never be another ♪

♪ I'll love her til the day I die ♪

♪ Well in dreams I see my darling ♪

♪ In a gingham dress she looks so sweet ♪

♪ How I long for old Kentucky

♪ And my darling once more to meet ♪

♪ She's my rose of old Kentucky ♪

♪ And I watched her bloom as the years roll by ♪

♪ And for me there'll never be another ♪

♪ I'll love her til the day I die ♪

♪ Many times I often wonder

♪ So I'll tell you the reason why ♪

♪ She's my rose of old Kentucky ♪

♪ And I know she would never lie ♪

♪ She's my rose of old Kentucky ♪

♪ And I watched her bloom as the years roll by ♪

♪ And to me there'll never be another ♪

♪ I'll love her til the day I die ♪

♪ Get it, fellas

♪ She's my rose of old Kentucky ♪

♪ And I watched her bloom as the years roll by ♪

♪ And to me there'll never be another ♪

♪ I'll love her til the day I die ♪

- Thank y'all so much, you're a blessing.

We appreciate you so much.

Wanna thank the good Lord, we couldn't do without him.

Thank you.

[audience applauds]

- Mark Kuvkendall, Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass

closing out tonight's program.

Well, that wraps up another great hour of entertainment

and thanks for watching and join us next time

for some more great music

out of the region where it all started.

For more information on Song of the Mountains

and our region, visit songofthemountains.org.

I'm Tim White, I'll see you next time.

["Cherokee Shuffle" by Gerald Anderson]

- [Female Announcer]: This program is made possible in part by

the town of Marion,

home of the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts,

celebrating 21 years as a certified

Virginia Main Street community.

The historic General Francis Marion Hotel

and the Speakeasy Restaurant and Lounge,

providing accommodations and casual fine dining

in downtown Marion, Virginia.

The Bank of Marion, technology-powered, service-driven.

WBRF, 98.1 FM.

And Bryant Label, a proud supporter

of our region's musical heritage.

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