Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie

March 20, 2018 7:41 PM

An original arrangement of an old cowboy song, from the new album High on the Hog by Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts.

"Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie", as it turns out, is a reworking of an earlier poem called "Ocean Burial" that was set to music around 1850.

There are a lot of versions of this song, but none of them can really agree on how it's supposed to go. My personal favorites are Bruce Molsky's haunting solo fiddle and voice, and the cowboy charm of the 1926 Carl T. Sprague recording.

Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts are: 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. "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie" features Jeff Donovan on backing vocals, Jeremy Wegner on mandolin, and Nanci McDonald on cello. Recorded by Sean Shanahan in Eugene, OR.

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

This is gorgeous, thank you. I like that the vocals are not perfectly aligned all the time, has an aspect of being an improvised performance and not overly rehearsed. Beautiful.
posted by Corduroy at 1:46 AM on March 24


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