Our goal is a performance at the Western Open Fiddle Championship in October. We've never placed in the highly-competitive (but very fun) Jukebox division -- but we are giving it our best shot this year. The competition is meant to feature songs from the Jukebox Era of American music, performed acoustically -- the campier, the better.
Annie -- the Shasta College music major -- is in charge of assigning parts and keeping us on track. We call her the "Harmony Nazi."
Craig, trooper that he is, is putting on his best lead-vocalist-falsetto voice.
I'm trying to blend with tenor Joe, and not dominate. "You're singing back-up, Mom -- tone it down."
Max will be a dancing animal.
There's a free, Hot-Off-the-Presses Sacramento River Whispers CD for the first person to tell me what song we're rehearsing.
Here are the clues:
The song was written in 1939, and the songwriter's heirs only recently were able to recover royalty payments. It was a pop hit in the 50s and early 60s, and a big hit for a band with a 14-year-old lead singer. The song has been covered by 150 different artists, including: The Weavers and REM.
Email me with your guess: erin at stillmarried dot net - or leave a comment.