Song of the Week: Henry Burr & Albert Campbell, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1913)

I adore the popular songs of the beginning of the 20th century, whether English, French, or American. (There’s probably a great deal more from the rest of the world, with regard to which I must alas plead shameful ignorance.)

Some of the songs from America’s ‘Gilded Age’ are especially engaging and memorable, in particular the close harmonies of the ‘barbershop quartet’ ensembles such as the Premier Quartet (e.g. “Moonlight Bay”) and the Peerless Quartet (e.g. “By the Light of the Silvery Moon”). One of the lesser known ensembles was Al Hopkins’ delightful Hill Billies, who with their more folksy style connect to the Irish-Scots ‘hillbilly’ music of the Appalachians with songs such as ‘The Trail of the Lonesome Pine’.

But a more mainstream rendition of the song is this 1913 recording by two greats of the era, Henry Burr and Albert Campbell.

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