Burnett & Rutherford

The blog at All Music Guide highlights Burnett & Rutherford, a string duo I have only passing familiarity with.

This would be reason enough to buy their record:

Burnett composed a sad tune in 1913 called “Farewell Song” which, after a few small moderations, morphed into the Appalachian standard “A Man of Constant Sorrow.”

But this is why I have to:

The bizarre murder ballad “Pearl Bryan” certainly sticks out, given its improbable plot line (apparently based on a true event) which tells the story of two dentists who behead a woman after a botched abortion in order to escape detection, only to be caught in the end because she has, believe it or not, webbed feet.

There is simply no way I can go through life never having heard that song.


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