Black and White Rag

February 10, 2018 12:47 PM

I've always known "Black and White" as a fiddle rag, but it turns out it was composed for piano in 1908. When I was a kid, it was one of about a dozen tunes my dad and I played together (over, and over, and over) with him on guitar and me on fiddle. In a total coincidence (no, really) my band decided to record it for our upcoming album “High on the Hog”. I never played it quite like that with my dad, but looking back it's fun to imagine I was practicing for this.

Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts are a four-or-more-piece playing total mind folk and weird Americana and making ragtime dangerous again in Eugene, OR: Corwin Bolt on resophonic guitar, Metafilter's Own Jeremy Sher on fiddle, the upstanding Josh Britten on standup bass, and Tim "Eugene Jeans Guy" Long on washboard. Black and White Rag features Jeremy Wegner (Klezmonauts, Sugar Beets) on mandolin.

For more from the upcoming album, check out our brand new original digital single “One Day/Kingdom”, now streaming on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Recorded by Sean Shanahan in Eugene, OR. Rough master by LANDR.

posted by OverlappingElvis (1 comment total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Wow, terrific.
Great recording.
posted by chococat at 7:36 PM on February 13


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