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Hi, this is my educational research site dedicated mainly to traditional music. Currently I'm working on US and Canadian versions of the Child Ballads (click Bluegrass Lyrics>Ballads> 305 Child Ballads). The Child Ballad section (the 305 Child ballads) is way over 10,000 pages! Also check out my books and articles (Click Roots> Roots; Old-time Folk & Bluegrass and related Books- it's near the bottom of left hand column). Anyone who wants to help do research on this site; edit; or just comment please- contact me: Richiematt7@gmail.com I do this research for you! If you want to help me please do; you can make a donation or a suggestion, share some lyrics. I want to thank you for using and sharing this research - this site is dedicated to you and all who have shared their songs through the ages. Carry on!

Richard L. Matteson Jr. 2014

   [Below is my painting of Tenbrooks and Molly: which is exhibited at the Country Music Hall-of-Fame Museum in Kentucky]



Painting by Richard L. Matteson Jr. of Molly and Tenbrooks, the song that created the bluegrass genre. To see all of Richard's "Bluegrass Series" Paintings: http://www.mattesonart.com/bluegrass-series.aspx Comments, donations, or to contact Richard: Richiematt7@gmail.com
 


Richard Matteson, Earl Skruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs before a concert in Winston-Salem NC

Above is Richard Matteson's new book, Acoustic Music Source Book, published in October 2010. Available now from Mel Bay Publications 1-800-863-5229 or Amazon.com The book has the melody, history (origin), lyrics and chords of over 200 bluegrass and old-time songs.


 

Richard Matteson's Bluegrass Picker's Tunebook. Matteson is the founder and current guitarist of the Bluegrass Messengers, now in Port St. Lucie, FL. Bluegrass Picker's Tunebook, still in print, was published by Mel Bay in May 2006. It features the melody, history (origin), lyrics and chords of 213 bluegrass songs. Also has an introduction detailing the bluegrass style and history. Available still from Mel Bay Publications 1-800-863-5229


    
Bluegrass Messengers Play with Doc Watson in Eden NC

 

Blackjack Daisy- Harmon (NC-AR) c.1924 Burton

Blackjack Daisy- Harmon (NC-AR) c.1924 Burton

[My date. From: Some Ballad Folks; Burton 1978.

Hattie Presnell, Lena's friend, relative,  and wife of Lena's second husband, moved to Arkansas around 1926. Lena Harmon, the sister of Dewey Prenell, Hattie's first husband, went to school in Arkansas (she moved there around 1913 with her father and left around 1926). Dewy Presnell and both women learned songs from their Arkansas neighbor-- Ida McIntyre.

R. Matteson 2015]

"Blackjack Daisy" ("The Gypsy Laddie," Child 200) as sung by  Lena Harmon; learned from her neighbor in Arkansas, Ida McIntyre

1. Young Jack went whistlin' o'er the hills; he sings so loud and merry.
Sings so loud, he sings so sweet; he charmed the heart of a lady,
Charmed the heart of a lady.

2. "How old are you, my pretty little miss;how old are you, my honey?"
Smilingly, she answered him; "I'll be sixteen next Sunday,
Be sixteen next Sunday."