Skippin’ in the Mississippi Dew

To celebrate Nate and Jo making it to the Mississippi, I pulled together some river songs from the late great John Hartford. (Keep up with Nate and Jo’s adventures on Chasing 70.)

While I’ve been a big fan of the late great Hartford since I was a tot watching The Glen Campbell Show (faves include I’m still here, Aereo Plain, Tall Buildings, Joseph’s Dream and this reggae classic), it’s his river songs that always grabbed me and made me imagine that I’m on the trip that Nate and Jo are on today.

nate on the mississippiEnjoy:

Nate on the river (right).

Many thanks to Stan and Kathy and the regulars at the Pekin Boat Club for the hospitality (and warm shower) they provided Nathan and Jo.

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Doc Watson 1923 -2012

I’ll admit that I had never heard of Doc Watson until 1972’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken. I still have the 3-LP collection in the attic somewhere, though I bet the grooves in Tennessee Stud are worn smooth. Later I discovered some of his earlier work, and even had the blessing of hearing him live in 2006. So many notes so tastefully rendered. So many stories so lovingly told. You will be missed, Doc.

An early version of his signature song.

Though rare, I loved Doc on the banjo. Pretty sure this song was the inspiration for my daughter’s name.

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