Of course the Martin went with me – I never go anywhere without it. This was my second time living on acreage bushland – the last property was very much larger, in the same area but I needed a Caterpillar D6 bulldozer to keep it in shape. To replay the track, you have to rewind it instead of just skipping right to it to hear it again. Featuring photos of miners and etc that are semi connected to the song. I remember "The Fields Of November – Old And New" – a really great CD by Norman Blake – perhaps the greatest flat-picking exponent of the acoustic steel-string guitar. The record’s title track, Last Train from Poor Valley, is tight and subtly arranged to display wonderful trading back and forth between fiddle and guitar parts. There’s just one problem, though. I was given regular whiskey refills but aware enough not to overdo it as I certainly needed to be on my toes when I got to BKK. In fact, his light and airy arrangement of the classic tune Tennessee Waltz is one of the best I’ve heard in quite some time. My motivation for buying it in the first place must have been during a state of temporary insanity. It really was great to clear out all of the stuff I had kept for so long – taking old clothes (and memories associated) to the Industrial bins in town, was like being set free. One particular song grabbed me – "Last Train From Poor Valley" – and it seems strange because it was to play such a large part in my life as it was to unfold. Missing audio was normalized to fit better. "Keep on the sunny side" – as Mother Maybelle Carter always said. I had been playing his songs for 30 years – but this was a new CD that was filled with material that I was really keen to get on top of. It really was great to clear out all of the stuff I had kept for so long – taking old clothes (and memories associated) to the Industrial bins in town, was like being set free. We got snow in the winter in some years there – and frost was an everyday occurrence in winter, causing the taps to freeze up until a couple of hours of sunshine thawed them out. Then you said to me "Things are bad at home, you see? Placeholders.enable(); I gave her a contact of mine at Australian National University – a high-profile Professor, holding a Doctorate in Environmental Science, who was much in demand by Universities in US and Canada. Asia had always been on my mind so I bought the LP Guides to Vietnam and to Thailand. She always had her expenses paid to go there to lecture several times each year. "Keep on the sunny side" – as Mother Maybelle Carter always said. Norman Blake [US] originally did Blackberry Blossom, Salt Creek, Georgie, Molly Bloom and other songs. The house in the city was sold and I had this steel Titan shed built on the 3 hectares of bushland that I had bought several months prior in the mountains to the west. My motivation for buying it in the first place must have been during a state of temporary insanity. Last Train From Poor Valley - Tony Rice & Norman Blake. The coal tipples roared day and night 2,657 190 1. Saw that last train from Poor Valley My baby’s left me she even took my shoes Enough to give a man these doggone worried blues She’s gone she’s solid gone Dear Mr. Lunsford,1. She worked as a waitress at one of the venues where I played regularly and she would often slip me drinks "on the house" and would sit chatting with me before work. V3 Norman went home that evening and wrote this song in about 30-45 minutes sitting in the kitchen on Richland Ave" (notes by Lee Blake).]. One particular song grabbed me – "Last Train From Poor Valley" – and it seems strange because it was to play such a large part in my life as it was to unfold. Wait A Minute Seldom Scene. A bonus track performed in what Bennett calls “Head On Style” appears just before the album comes to a close.
- In his Allmusic review, critic Jim Smith wrote of the album "There is some exceptional flatpicking here, but even the more manic passages are tempered by a softness that is striking, and perhaps even a little disappointing, in its modesty. Staff concessions are always regarded as "standby".