Music Monday: That sorrowful bluegrass sound from Alison Kraus – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Catfish John” for the slew of bad news

Posted By on March 9, 2020

SuperWormMoonOverEFE200308There has always been a part of me that enjoyed looking at the night sky … perhaps it is the “want-to-be” sailor in me or just growing up with space exploration? Studying the night sky really was never a passion until Katelyn took an interest in space (Space Camp, NASA Sharp, Astronomy as a hobby) and was it something we did together in the backyard. Neither of us completely studied astronomy whole hog or anything, but we did enjoy the learning and observing the planets and stars (maybe it was just being together). I know she still has her “better quality” telescope that she saved for and bought on her own, but as a very busy mom nowadays, I doubt she’ll have time to get it out … that is until Annalyn or Ellerie show an interest.
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Last night was my first look at this year’s March Super Worm Moon (see below) and so I snapped a quick photo on my aging iPhone 7 while walking around the lake (I was taking the garbage out). It was impressive … even as an untouched photo!

The March full moon of 2020 is a worm moon and a true supermoon. … Every year, the March full moon is commonly called the “worm moon” — a reference to the earthworms that start appearing in early spring. But because of its close orbit to the Earth, this moon will also fit the billing of a supermoon.

Now for the Music Monday portion of this post:

As someone who grew up enjoying country music (listened often on Shortwave Radio as a young boy) and then the someone more crossover popular country sound as a teenager, I was a fan of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I just so happened that a PBS pledge segment celebrated the 50th Anniversary with a bunch of guests who had connections with the band during a sold-out concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on 3/3/2020. What a fantastic line-up including John Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas as well as former members, Jimmy Ibbotson (long-time member for decades) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and early NGDB member Jackson Browne.

But I’m only going to include one NGDB song that feature the sorrowful bluegrass voice of Alison Krauss since today is going to be a depressing day for the financial markets and the spread of the coronavirus (way too much fear going on). The song is Catfish John and I’m enjoying it, as I did the entire television special.

  Alison Krauss with Jerry Douglas, NGDB – “Catfish John”

“Catfish John”

Mama said: ‘Don’t go near that river’
‘Don’t be hanging around old Catfish John’
‘Come the morning, I’d always be there’
‘Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn’.

Born a slave in the town of Vicksburg, traded for a chestnut mare
Lord, he never spoke in anger though his load was hard to bear.

Mama said: ‘Don’t go near that river’
‘Don’t be hanging around old Catfish John’
‘Come the morning, I’d always be there’
‘Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn’.

Catfish John was a river hobo who lived and died by the river bed
Thinking back, I still remember I was proud to be his friend.

Mama said: ‘Don’t go near that river’
‘Don’t be hanging around old Catfish John’
‘Come the morning, I’d always be there’
‘Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn’.

Let me dream in another morning, to a time so long ago
When the sweet magnolia blossomed, cotton fields as white as snow.

Mama said: ‘Don’t go near that river’
‘Don’t be hanging around old Catfish John’
‘Come the morning, I’d always be there’
‘Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn’.

‘Come the morning, I’d always be there’
‘Walking in his footsteps in the sweet Delta dawn’.

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