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Influences and references

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    February 16, 2012 6:43 AM PST
    Just noticing how much "Lawman" seems inspired by "Cold Rain & Snow".
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    May 31, 2012 3:43 PM PDT
    Kelly Harrell's "My Name Is John Johannah" contains the line "I'll be looking through a telescope from home to Arkansas."
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    November 28, 2012 6:31 AM PST
    Over at Banjohangout, someone caught the reference to Olde Joe Clark in Scarlet Town; pretty neat. Scroll down his mp3 list until you see Old Joe Clark, Scarlet Town.
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    November 28, 2012 11:30 AM PST
    Oh yeah, that's the tune. Huge references to Barbry Allen in the lyrics of Scarlet Town.
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    December 11, 2012 6:14 PM PST

    Yes, for sure.lThat's the version of Olde Joe that I play, too; it's the one Dan Gellert taught me.

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    November 23, 2013 1:56 PM PST

    Tennessee definitely inspired by CSN&Y's Country Girl which Gill & Dave covered a few times rather well.

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    July 21, 2014 9:14 PM PDT
    sarahct said:
    On The Band's "Music From the Big Pink," they have a song "Let Me Lose," which reminds me of the chorus from the unreleased "Gambin' Man."

    I wasn't aware of The Band's version, but the Stanley Brothers recorded this song, too. I'm sure that Gillian and David are aware of both, and I'm sure you're right about this being the source for the lines from "Gamblin' Man," which is essentially a retelling of "Roving Gambler" (also recorded by the Stanleys) told from the female's perspective.

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    July 21, 2014 9:36 PM PDT
    sarahct said:
    Also in this article, they talk about the work of roots blues musician Dock Boggs, whose work is featured in Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Music."  One of his best known songs is a piece called "Country Blues"(or "Hustling Gamblers").  The version of that song that I have on "Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings) was a 78 containing the lyrics:


    "Give me corn bread when I'm hungry, good people;
    Corn whiskey when I'm dry;
    Pretty women a-standing around me;
    Sweet heaven when I die."


    -Clearly referenced in "Tennessee"



    Somewhere in between "Country Blues" and "Tennessee" is Tex Ritter's "Rye Whiskey," the second verse of which begins:


    "It's beefsteak when I'm hungry

    Rye whiskey when I'm dry

    A greenback when I'm hard-up

    It's heaven when I die"


    The next verse continues with lines used in DRM's "Bubbles In The Bourbon:"


    "If the ocean was whiskey

    And I was a duck

    I'd dive to the bottom

    And never come up"