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July 12, 2020

12 July. Remembering Jimmie Driftwood (20 June 1907 – 12 July 1998) schoolteacher and folklorist whose song writing catalogue eventually ran to over 6,000 songs, many with distant roots into early American folk tradition. Best known for his Battle Of New Orleans (Johnny Horton and, in the UK, Lonnie Donegan) and Tennessee Stud (Eddy Arnold), both of which became worldwide hits. BACM’s CD showcases Driftwood’s performing talents, both as a distinctive vocalist and as a talented multi-instrumentalist on a wide range of instruments including banjo and longbow (a curved wooden bow with a string attached to its ends) as well as guitar. Tasteful accompaniment from a group of top musicians on various sessions including Chet Atkins and John D. Loudermilk on guitar and the legendary Bob Moore on bass. http://country-music-archive.com/country-cds/jimmie-driftwood-battle-of-new-orleans-bacm-cd-627/

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