Magic City stands for Kingsport, TN.
Texas Gladden [Lomax recording]
Estil C. Ball [Lomax recording; they first spotted him in the thirties]
Hobart Smith [Lomax recording, first appeared on Atlantic lp Blue Ridge Mountain Music, reissued on box set Sounds Of The South; Hobart was Texas Gladden's brother]
Vester Jones [lived near the murder site]
Murder ballad based on true facts: there was a Peter de Graff convicted for murdering an Ellen Smith in 1893. Melody set to the tune of Protestant hymn How Firm A Foundation. As the story is told in the first person, rumours circulated de Graff wrote his own song, smuggling the lyrics through the bars of his prison cell.