Friday Five: Rabbits
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.
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