Maggie Parker – Hammons Family Songs & Music – FRC713

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Description

Maggie Parker (1899-1987), a sister of Burl and Sherman Hammons, was best known for her enormous repertory of songs, family legends and humorous stories. She played banjo with a wonderful, delicate touch, in two-finger and in “frailing” style. Locally, in the West Virginia counties of Pocahontas and Webster, she was also celebrated for her extensive knowledge of herbal cures.

The songs and tunes on this CD were recorded in eight different sessions, from December 12, 1973, to September 16, 1980. All the sessions took place at the home in Stillwell, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, where Maggie lived with her brother Burl and sisters Emma and Ruie. –Wayne Howard.

Additional Notes: Memories of the Hammons Family: Maggie Hammons Parker

Track List

Maggie Parker – Hammons Family Songs & Music – FRC713

  1. I’ll Tell You a Story, It Might Be a Sad One (3:13)
  2. Sam Gay (1:38)
  3. The Roving Gamblers (3:12)
  4. Little Tom Clark (2:21)
  5. Sam Gay, or The Hell Bound Train (0:50)
  6. Wicked Polly (2:50)
  7. I Wish I Was a Single GirlAgain (1:27)
  8. The Arkansas Bum (5:30)
  9. The Black-Eyed Irish Girl (3:11)
  10. The Little Miss (3:09)
  11. The Texas Rangers (3:12)
  12. The Blessings of Little Mary (4:55)
  13. Jack of Diamonds (2:40)
  14. The Rabbit Skipped (1:05)
  15. Uncle Ned (2:05)
  16. Betty Baker (0:31)
  17. The Young Man That Wouldn’t Raise Corn (1:49)
  18. First Come in Was a Bumblebee (1:30)
  19. The Railroad is Ended (2:15)
  20. The Blue-Eyed Gal (1:39)
  21. The Blue-Eyed Gal [banjo version] (1:40)
  22. The Falling of the Leaves (1:11)
  23. The Maid of the Mountain Brow (4:07)
  24. Joker Jess (2:09)
  25. The New River Shore (2:51)
  26. Brother Green (3:02)
  27. Crossing the Rocky Mountains (3:17)