Appalachia Music

Ramblin’ Man


Paul filmed the video of the old Hank Williams song I’m sharing today in September of 2017. Here’s what he had to say about it back then:

“I did this song on the spur of the moment from memory. I should have looked up the lyrics first because I left a couple of verses out. After I shot it, I searched for versions on Youtube. There aren’t that many, and it’s hard to find them given the many, many versions of the song by the same title by the Allman Brothers. You can listen to the original on YouTube and an interesting adaptation by a band called Moriarty. I’m assuming they might be British, given the name.”

According to Wikipedia Hank Williams wrote the song in 1951. The song was actually released in 1953 as the b-side to “Take These Chains from My Heart.”

I hope you enjoyed the song!



Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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  • Reply
    Miss Cindy
    February 24, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Good job, Paul, it really shows the range of your voice!

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    Ron Banks
    February 24, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Well done sir!! Love the lyrics to the song.
    Some folks are just born to ramble. I’ve known a few including a family member who were just restless most of the time. You never knew when they might just up a take off or as daddy would say, “pull a Hank Snow.” I guess Hank Snow was prone to not show up for shows.

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    February 24, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Nicely done. Hank was such a talented person, shame his day to day life turned out so bad. There have been some big trees fall to the pressures of that business and their families suffer right along with them and think they can overcome it, but never do.

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 24, 2019 at 6:31 am

    I absolutely love tjis version. Wonderful vocals

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