Friday Five: Rabbits

Juli Thanki | April 27th, 2012

Rabbits: cute, disapproving, and delicious. No wonder they’re featured in so many country and roots songs, including Bob Wills’ “The Bunny with the Powder Puff Tail,” The New Lost City Ramblers’ “Rabbit Chase,” and Lloyd Green’s “Funny Bunny.” So perk up those ears and listen to five more bunny tunes.

5. Bill Carlisle – “Dumb Bunny”

When he’s around his girl, this poor guy transforms into a dumb bunny with tangled tongue and rubbery legs.

 

4. Uncle Dave Macon – “Rabbit in the Pea Patch”

Macon recorded this tune back in 1927. From The Fiddler’s Companion: “Drew Besswenger (2008) notes that the title was connected to a play party game with a “Skip to My Lou” melody…‘Rabbit in the Pea Patch’ is a standard tune in a square dance fiddler’s repertoire, asserts A.B. Moore in his History of Alabama, 1934, and lending credence to this its being recorded in the Clarke County Democrat of May 6, 1926, as a definitive old‑time piece played for a contest in Jackson, Clark County, Alabama.”

 

3. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings – “White Rabbit”

Welch channels her inner Grace Slick during this Jefferson Airplane cover, which is often performed at her shows, but hasn’t found its way onto a record yet.

 

2. Hank Penny – “Rabbits Don’t Ever Get Married”

Unlike humans, rabbits can play all night, sleep all day, and mate with whoever they choose without ever having to explain their actions to a spouse. Sounds pretty great, except for that part about having to live in a hole in the ground.

 

1. Chris Thile & Michael Daves – “Rabbit in the Log”

Thile and Daves’ frenetic take on this traditional tune – which has been recorded by just about every bluegrass big gun — is irresistible.

  1. Jonathan Pappalardo
    April 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Gene Autry’s “Peter Cottontail” also comes to mind

  2. Ben Foster
    April 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Love Thile and Daves’ version of “Rabbit In a Log.”

  3. bob
    April 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Ya Wanna Buy A Bunny? – Spike Jones & His City Slickers

    found it on coolrain44 under songs about animals & pets.

  4. Barry Mazor
    April 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

    There’s the really REALLY country (and old, and rare) “Up Jumped the Rabbit’ by the Georgia Pot Lickers. (They knew what they liked to lick.)..and “Blues Jumped the Rabbit”..which you can find around in a rare video version by the late, sometimes great Karen Dalton, or on record, as “Blues Chase Up a Rabbit,” by Judy Henske.

  5. Paul W Dennis
    April 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Bashful Brother Oswald’s version of “Rabbit In A Log” and Merv Shiner’s version of “Here COmes Peter Cotton Tail”. Ray Anthony’s “Bunny Hop”.

    And of course, any number of songs by my favorite singing Rabbitt, Eddie.

  6. Rick
    April 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I’m so glad to see Hank Penny made the list! I listen to that particular song on a fairly regular basis as its on the “Crazy Rhythm” CD put out on the Bloodshot label’s “Soundies” series awhile back. Today I was playing another song off that album “Flamin’ Maimie” in my car and the guy sitting in the truck next to me at an intersection asked who the artist was. I told him Hank Penny but there wasn’t any name recognition on his part, proving Paul Dennis right that hank is a “Forgotten Artist!” (lol)

  7. Barry Mazor
    April 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Oh, I agree with that. Nobody much remembers Hank Penny any more. Of course, a lot of people don’t remember anybody from three years ago.

  8. Arlene
    May 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    FYI. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings’ in studio performance of White Rabbit on the NPR show, Fresh Air, is available for purchase as a digital download at both GillianWelch.com and iTunes. However, in my view, the Fresh Air performance doesn’t do justice to their live performances of it at various festivals and concerts.

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