October 30, 2006
Johnson City’s Carroll Reece Museum, on the campus of East Tennessee State University, has opened its doors to new exhibit space and spiffed-up exhibits.
The Museum focuses on art and Appalachian culture. It has the best collection of musical instruments on this end of the state. The Reece Museum, along with the Mountain Home Museum, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance museum, and the upcoming Gray Fossil Museum, will force museum-goers to spend several days on this end of the state to see them all.
:: Johnson City Press – Entertainment ::
October 30, 2006
Marijohn Wilkin, who wrote the classic “Long Black Veil,” died at the age of 86. She also wrote “One Day at a Time” and co-wrote “Waterloo.”
“Long Black Veil” tells an interesting story from a very unusual point of view. The story is about two lovers who were having a tryst while someone was killed “neath the town hall light.” The man is tried for the murder and asked if he has an alibi. He does, but doing so would reveal that his paramour is his best friend’s wife, so the accused goes to his death on the scaffold without giving up their secret. His lover wears a long black veil and visits his grave “while the night winds wail.” See the complete lyrics at the link below.
It’s a chilling story, all the more so because the song is sung from the point of view of the deceased. “Long Black Veil” has leaped the bounds of country music and has been recorded by artists as diverse as Joan Baez, Barry White, Johnny Cash, and the Kingston Trio. My favorite version is by Mick Jagger backed by the Chieftans.
Long Black Veil
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