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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Been


  • 1. Cotton-Eyed Joe
    2. Sail Away Ladies
    3. Acres of Clams
    4. Black Dog
    5. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
    6. Old Chisholm Trail, The
    7. Leather-Winged Bat, The
    8. Red Apple Juice
    9. Worried Rambler
    10. What's a Matter with the Mill
    11. Shenandoah
    12. Roving Gambler, The
    13. St. James Infirmary
    14. Irene
    15. Cotton-Eyed Joe (Reprise)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 12

  • Credits
    ProducerDakota Dave Hull
    EngineerSteve Wiese

    Personnel: Spider John Koerner (vocal, guitar, harmonica); Dakota Dave Hull (guitar); Peter Ostroushko (mandolin); "Chip" Taylor Smith (fiddle); Tony Glover (harmonica); Butch Thompson (piano); Willie Murphy (bass); John "Mr. Bones" Burril (bones).
    Personnel: John "Spider John" Koerner (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Dakota Dave Hull (guitar); Peter Ostroushko (mandolin); Chip Taylor Smith (fiddle); Tony Glover (harmonica); Butch Thompson (piano); John "Mr. Bones" Burrell (percussion).
    Recording information: Creation Audio, Minneapolis, MN.
    Photographers: Dan Corrigan; Gregg Vershay.
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Been contains classics from the American Songbook like "Cotton-Eyed Joe," "The Leather-Winged Bat," "Froggy Went A-Courting" and "Shenandoah." Spider John Koerner sings and plays (12-string guitar) with a knowing but commanding casual authority that brings this material to life brilliantly. The music jumps out of the speaker so effortlessly you can appreciate the fun and dark side of these old songs. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Been is an excellent example of contemporary interpretations that don't treat the songs like academic artifacts. "The Leather-Winged Bat," for example, is a courting song that sounds cute and innocent in most interpretations. Koerner brings out, and seems to delight in, the licentious innuendo as each verse leads to the advice that for a girl to catch the boy she should keep him up both day and night. Blood, love and murder are at the heart of many songs so familiar that we have forgotten to even listen anymore while we sing along. A record like this is a wake-up call to all interpreters. The fact that it was impeccably recorded live to two-track in one day with killer musicians only adds to its reputation. ~ Richard Meyer

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