The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #145383 Message #3362942
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
13-Jun-12 - 01:01 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Stack a Lee, Delia, Railroad Bill, etc.
Subject: RE: Folklore: Stack a Lee, Delia, Railroad Bill, etc.
They're all fun to play. And you have to be quite a good guitarist to get to grips with them in any meaningful way. You need to be able to pick C piedmont (east coast style) and you need to be able to roll into the E - Big Bill Broozy style.
The C to E change can be tackled in any one of half a hundred ways.
Also the tales of Morris Slater Bill and Stacker Lee and good time girl Delia - and their respective sad ends recalls a phrase of Kerouac - 'it was an age when America was full of all kinds of freedom for everyone'.
After the great bloodletting of world war one - the whole world - all of the the combatant states lost a period of comparative innocence. A pre-lapsarian America.