“Dark Hollow” has always been a favorite in our family picking sessions, especially the Grateful Dead version from their 1988 Acoustic release, Reckoning. According to Wikipedia, this tune was made popular by the Grateful Dead’s early 70s recording. Originally written by Bill Browning in 1958, it has been recorded numerous times by other notable artist such as Jimmie Skinner, Mac Wiseman, Ralph Stanley, David Bromberg, and David Grisman.
Like many of these old songs, there are many different renditions and tempo variations depending on who is playing and singing them. Bud leads this version in a mid tempo fashion that has a nice foot stomping beat and is not too fast for the melody, giving the banjo and dobro breaks room to breath.
The initial tracks were recorded in March 2016 with Bud and Joe laying down the bass, guitar, and lead vocal tracks. All of the other tracks were done at various sessions later that year and early 2017 and include Bill Ledbetter on Guitar and Mandolin, Dale Sharp on Dobro and Harmony Vocals, and Matt Warwick on Banjo and Harmony Vocals.
We Hope you enjoy listening as much as we did creating this piece of music and as always, thanks for listening and stay tuned for more releases from this project!