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Elk River Feb 05, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
The story of Elk River Blues
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The link isn't working properly for some reason.
Try this: http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/blogs.detail/display/508.html
Thanks Mr Payne!Great story and a great tune as well!!
Great stuff Dave!. . .How but the fella play'n salt shaker.?? That's right on!
Thanks Bubba... soon to be from Elk River Harmonicas, customized salt shakers.
I really enjoyed the "PETA VS the Mayberry Gang" What would this world be without them telling us what to eat, wear, and what sports to undertake without them. Pleasant?
That is probably my favorite column of all time. I mean, when do you get to mention the Robert E. Lee Natural Bridge, the only suitable place for crossing Old Man Kelsey's Creek, in the newspaper?
Is it saved anywhere? It says unavailable.
Oh, that would be because I no longer work there, but I did when I posted that.
Here is PETA vs. the Mayberry Gang
I'll write the story later on, but I haven't time right now. Here's the song:
Elk River Blues
Elk River Blues by Ernie Carpenter, who wrote the song while depressed about his lifelong-home on the Elk River (in West Virginia, same river as my Elk) being flooded when Sutton Lake was made in the 1950s... his family had lived there since the 1700s. He hadhired a lobbyist, sued, takenevery road he could to save his home and couldn't... sofor several years, while the dam was constructed, he played this cat-and-mouse game with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after the area was closed off. After they closed the main roads, he came via backroad, and as the feds found his backroads in, they closed them offone by one. After his homeplace was forever underwater, he wrote "Elk River Blues" as Ernie said:“I was sittin’ here one day, and I had the blues. I reckon as bad as anybody could, thinking about my old homeplace up on the Elk River. I started sawing on the fiddle and that’s what I came up with.”
I get a lot from this song, I grew right on the riverbank of that same river and understand its mystique, and, how you miss it. I've been up here in the heart of Yankeedom in Parkersburg, for 10 years, about 70 miles from the Elk.
That`s one thing I like about you.You have such a thing from the past and where you came from.
I don`t see that often in the younger generations.
At work the other day when a lady offered her teenage daughter her cellphone and said"gramma wants to talk to you"I actually heard a teen age girl say with a disgusted look on her face" I don`t wanna talk to her,,,,,she OLD!"
Even I,Mr. good customer service with a smile could not hide my look of shock.
I just realized I killed this whole thread!