IN THE HILLS OF ROANE COUNTY

Latest update on 07/11/2005

Artist: Blue Sky Boys
Author: traditional
Label: Bluebird
Year: 1940

Prison ballad of Irish origin. Lyrics based on Willis Maberry's poem The Roane County Prisoner (circa 1915) who served time there for murder. When they finally let him go he was nurtured for the rest of his life by his victim's family. The song was first cut as Willis Mabry by Andy Patterson and Warren Caplinger for Gennett in 1929 and 1930, but both versions were shelved.

Covers:

1940:

Roy Acuff [as The Precious Jewel, same melody, new lyrics]

1941:

Wade Mainer's Mountaineers [idem]

1941:

Elton Britt [idem]

1948:

Delmore Brothers [idem]

1953:

Jimmie Osborne

1957:

Osborne Brothers

1958:

Bill Monroe

1960:

Stanley Brothers

1962:

Hank Locklin [all as The Precious Jewel]

1962:

George Jones

1964:

Grandpa Jones [as Willis Mayberry]

1967:

Louvin Brothers [as Precious Jewel]

1969:

Carl Smith [idem]

1972:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band [idem]

1997:

Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny [idem; instrumental]

1999:

Holy Modal Rounders [idem]

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