Up on Cripple Creek

April 22, 2012


  • Comment by Torotopo — Apr 24,2012 at 1:56 pm

    Outstanding, Phil. Not sure if it’s a tribute or a song pulled from your catalog for the occasion, but it was a Levon favorite of mine even before that misspent summer in a certain funky Colorado mountain mining/gambling town–which is still funky, by the way. The shock is dragging along teenage sons taller than I and realizing I shouldn’t say too much. But, should you decide to edit, you open with one too many syllables in Looziana. C’mon, embrace your inner Coonass.

  • Comment by Philip Martin — Apr 24,2012 at 1:59 pm

    Thank ye. It’s a new, first take recording. And as a former Shreveport denizen, I can lay claim to the Far East Texas pronounciation. Besides, the extra syllable is a phrasing choice.

  • Comment by Torotopo — Apr 24,2012 at 2:10 pm

    I knew you’d say that, which is kinda weird. But I’m a passive fanboy/stalker. The only thing I’d add, re Levon, and it’s surely not an orignal thought, is that
    he sang the blues with joy–and spread joy in doing so.

  • Comment by tngibson — Apr 24,2012 at 5:56 pm

    Enjoyed the recording! As a Shreveport native myself, I am well acquainted with this long-running battle of the tongues and have sympathies for those who may turn west and salute in the direction of Waskom or Marshall, and those who choose to honor the language spoken south of Alexandria. One of the charms of Shreveport is that these choices do and did exist. I will quote fellow Shreveport denizen–and legendary record promotion man Noble Womble–who would chide those who slipped into the East Texas drawl: “Louisiana was named for King Louis, NOT Queen Louise.”

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