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WATCH: Hog-eyed Man, “Paddy on the Turnpike”

Jul 13, 2023

WATCH: Hog-eyed Man,

Artist: Hog-eyed Man
Hometown: Currently based in Athens, Georgia
Song: “Paddy on the Turnpike”
Album: Kicked Up a Devil of a Row
Release Date: July 14, 2023
Label: Tiki Parlour Recordings

In Their Words: “There are many great versions of ‘Paddy on the Turnpike,’ but this is the best one to blast with the car winows down when you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper inter­state traffic at 5:15 p.m. on a sweltering Friday. Jason got it from his Yancey County, North Carolina, neighbor Bruce Greene, who recorded it from Sammie Dyer of Macon County,Tennessee, in the early 1970s. Dyer was near 80 at the time and had a unique repertoire of regional tunes from the upper Cumberland Plateau. Reportedly, he lamented the commercialization of traditional music and loss of the old ways. This resonates with Howard Rains’ incredible cover art for our album, which depicts a rainbow dragon swarmed by modern aircraft.

“One of the joys of playing old-time music is forging and maintaining connections with the musicians and tunes of the past even as the contexts and communities around the music continue to evolve. We typically play as a duo or trio and rarely incorporate guitar, so it was fun to go for a slightly fuller string band sound on this one with Max on banjo and David joining on his 1959 Martin D-18.” – Hog-eyed Man

Photo Credit: David Bragger

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WATCH: Hog-eyed Man,
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