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Run Around and I'll Smack You Down

by Rabbit Foot Old Time Stringband

Raging crooked fiddle tunes, traditional songs in tight 3-part harmony about death, love and hell, and an all around really fun dance band.
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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1. Camp Chase
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2. Golden Willow Tree
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3. Muddy Creek
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4. Wandering Boy
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5. Billy in the Low Ground
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6. Sarah's Gone
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7. Chadwell Station
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8. Walking Back to Texas
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9. Farewell Trion
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10. Cookhouse Joe
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11. When I Loved You
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Album Notes
This album was recorded with a single audio technica 4033 microphone in March of 2010 in Lynne's backyard shack in Portland, Oregon. We are mainly a square dance band, but we play a lot of squirrelly crooked tunes, and we like to play them fast! We are also strongly influenced by traditional bluegrass as well as old country songs. "When I Loved You" was written by the Louvin Brothers, although we got our version mainly from Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard. "Golden Willow Tree" came from the Carter Family. The fiddle tunes come from various sources, many of them Sally learned from Greg Canote. The album covers were designed and hand-printed by Pilar McCracken. The front is a woodcut, the back is silk-screened with the text added by letterpress.

"The Northwest's hot square dance scene has multiple generations of old-time music fans bumping shoulders and spinning around the dance floor. It's exhilarating and exciting and just great to know that the old fiddle tunes are finding new life. We're especially excited about Rabbit Foot. This mostly-grrrl stringband absolutely rips on their instruments, with high-0ctane fiddle/banjo tunes played with surprising ferocity. Great stuff!"


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Bill Martin

A true Portland old-time band: potent and powerful, but sweet when its time to b
Rabbit Foot is in the Foghorn league. They represent what I think of as the Portland old-time sound: They are influenced by Foghorn, they use strident two-part harmonies reminiscent of 1920s-30s country music and early bluegrass, and they play some mighty powerful, motivating square dance tunes. In fact, a primary indication that a band is from Portland is how kickass their square dance music is, and Rabbit Foot, with thier strong beat, is among the best, if not THE best working dance band in Portland.

I also love the way Rabbit Foot harvests their songs and fiddle tunes from a broad field of American folk and popular culture. That's exactly what the recording hillbilly bands of the early twentieht century were doing, pulling in music from beyond their home and making it distinctly their own. This is a bonafide, working old-time band just like the old guys'.