After yesterday’s post about being lonesome I thought I’d share a song about being lonesome with you today. I posted about the song several years ago, so parts of this post were originally published here on the Blind Pig in 2008.
Paul and Pap’s repertoire includes many songs written by the The Delmore Brothers, they are among Pap’s favorite musicians. He enjoys their playing and singing, but as a songwriter himself he is totally blown away by their song writing skills.
The Delmore Brothers were farm boys from Alabama. Their heyday was in the 1930s and 40s but their songs are still popular today-especially in bluegrass/old time circles.
The Delmores played radio shows, were members of the Grand Ole Opry, and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Even though I’ve been familiar with The Delmore Brothers my entire life, as I began to research their songs I was amazed at how many famous standards they wrote.
A few I have on the radio player; Blow Your Whistle, Southern Moon, , Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar and Blues Stay Away from Me. Others include Browns Ferry Blues, When It’s Time For The Whipporwill, I Won’t Be Worried Long, Sandmountain Blues, She Left Me Standing On The Mountain, Happy On The Mississippi Shore, Put Me On The Trail To Carolina, I’ve Got The Big River Blues, and tons more!
John Delmore, a great nephew of the brothers, requested Pap and Paul do the Delmore’s Weary Lonesome Blues for this week’s Pickin’ and Grinnin’ in the Kitchen Spot.
Hope you enjoyed the video! Hearing their smooth harmony, Paul’s flat-top picking, and Pap’s tapping foot make it pretty hard to be lonesome while listening even if that’s what the song is about.