Country music week: Day 6

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Why Evolution Is True

One more day to go.

Man of Constant Sorrow” is an old country song, which, according to Wikipedia, was first recorded by Dick Burnett, a “partially blind fiddler from Kentucky.” A later version, recorded in 1928 by Emry Arthur, can be heard here.

The song has changed a lot over the years, and the most familiar version is the one appearing in the 2009 Coen brothers movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” In that movie it was called “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” supposedly recorded by the “Soggy Bottom Boys,” who were, in reality, Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen, and Pat Enright. That version won a Grammy and a Country Music Award.  I find it immensely more appealing than the original version.

Here are Tyminski (b. 1967) and some others, whom I can’t identify, singing the version you may have heard. If you know of  Alison…

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