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.