S1:E7 // She's Gone With The Gypsy Davy
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Season 1, Episode 7 // She's Gone With The Gypsy Davy

Featured in this Episode:

Traditional - “Gypsy Davy” (:20)

Son House - “Grinnin’ in your Face” (9:02)

Merle Travis - “Nine Pound Hammer” (24:07)

Dolly Parton - “Jolene” (40:30)

Sierra Ferrell - “Elk River Blues” (59:60)


Who were the original gypsies, and why are so many songs sung about them? Hear the man who inspired Robert Johnson and set the standard for the Delta blues slide guitar. A boy born out of the Kentucky coal mines and creating the epitome of guitar fingerpicking styles known today as “Travis Picking”. Perhaps the most decorated country singer, philanthropist and unifying voice, a woman who has led countless other country artists and musicians for 50 years, still going strong. A young troubadour who is changing the timbre of country music, mixing it with eclectic roots while transporting listeners to another time.

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#1 Contemplator | Mainly Norfolk | Lizlyle | History Today | Harvard magazine | Second hand Songs | Enacademic

#2 Louder Sound | MS Blues Trail | New World Encyclopedia | MS Writers & Musicians | Black Past | Democrat and Chronicle | George Lamplugh | Digital NEPR

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