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Friday fanfare: "Alabama Bound" - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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Friday fanfare: "Alabama Bound"
One of my favorite Leadbelly songs is "Alabama Bound." Here's Leadbelly himself doing it:




The first time I heard the song was Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie duetting on it, and while I can't find a video of that duet on the Tube of You, there is this early recording of Pete singing it from Smithsonian Folkways:




Arlo does the song solo pretty regularly, and there's a story he tells before it about how his first memory is of Leadbelly and the pilgrimage he made to Leadbelly's grave. Here he is telling that story and singing the song in a live performance in 2011:




And here's a fascinating cover by the 60s group the Charlatans. It's very much a version that is informed by the psychedelic era.......

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Current Music: "Alabama Bound" by Pete Seeger

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