YouTube - Mississippi John Hurt Make Me a Pallet on the Floor
YouTube - Gillian Welch - Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
YouTube - Doc Watson - Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor
YouTube - Mississippi John Hurt — Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
The blog titled Robert Frost’s Banjo got me wandering around on YouTube, starting with Taj Mahal and Dave von Ronk, which led to Mississippi John Hurt, which led to young Christine Pizzuti at I Play Banjo Now, and that connected to Gillian Welch’s YouTube version of “Make Me a Pallet.” She in turn credited Doc Watson as her link to the song. I’ve liked “Make Me a Pallet” since I first heard Hurt’s rendition in the sixties, but the fact that I enthusiastically like all four of these versions makes me wonder if I should . . . worship it.
I wonder too if Sarah Palin’s bus tour will . . . LISTEN . . . to all available versions of whatever. Taj Mahal (Harlem), Dave von Ronk (Brooklyn), and Christine Pizzuti (New Palz) are New Yorkers, but variety is the theme here, if I have one. Taj Mahal majored in animal husbandry at U. Mass. There is a John Hurt museum in Mississippi (which I learned at Robert Frost’s Banjo, located in Idaho). Doc Watson’s place sits somewhere in the mountains of western North Carolina, and Gillian Welch is a Californian whose beginnings included membership in a goth band. She performs with her partner, David Rawlings of Rhode Island, who does things on the guitar that strike me as original and terrific.
Sometimes I forget to be grateful to the U.S. and the world of music for such happy accidents. Yes, variety can be work; yes, it’s worth it.
(Biographical info is from Wikipedia).