The Black Mountain Rag
A favourite of fiddlers,banjo pickers and guitarists alike, the Black Mountain Rag has certainly stood the test of time. This is one of those songs that just gets stuck in my head. Usually getting something stuck in your head is bad, but this time it is a good thing.
If you want to hear a few versions of this song just check out YouTube and search – Black Mountain Rag. You’ll find a variety of different approaches to this song, and I’m sure one will inspire you. Most of the YouTube videos I found feature the guitar, even though this is actually a fiddle tune.Here are a few versions to get you started.
A little history of this song is in order. The Black Mountain Blues was the original name of this song, and it first appeared as The Black Mountain Rag in the 1947 recording by Curly Fox. This version has gone on to sell over 600,000 copies. The song was originally adapted in the 1940′s from “The Lost Child” by Leslie Keith, who played fiddle for the Stanley Brothers.I’ve also included a version played on the banjo to round things out – I hope you like it, rough edges and all.[audio:Black Mountain Rag.mp3]