Steel Pony Blues
Oohee…..how exciting is this?
Dom Flemons, founding member of the legendary Carolina Chocolate Drops has a new album ; the first album of its kind in fact, Flemons new release ‘Black Cowboys’ (March 23rd release) takes the listener on an illuminating journey “from the trails to the rails” of the Old West. The 18-song set traverses a varied soundscape featuring string blues, old-time square dance music, and cowboy poetry. Flemons is joined by a celebrated group of backing musicians throughout the record, such as GRAMMY-winning bluesman Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers), and decorated folklorist and Folkways’ director emeritus Dan Sheehy, who co-produced the album.
This song from the album is about Nat Love, aka Deadwood Dick. Born a slave, who travelled out to Arizona as a rancher and later worked on the railroad.