From the recording 5 MILES FROM TOWN
08. I'D RATHER BE A **** THAN A PO' WHITE MAN 2:28
Songwriter/Author: Traditional - Arr. by THE EH
Publishing: THE EBONY HILLBILLIES MUSIC INC
I first came upon this song in a book of old fiddle tunes. It always struck me that this was the type of tune Black players played for their own, and despite the controversy over the “N,” word, this period piece needs this language to give it a certain type of provenance. We don’t sing anything in this version, and the music is so powerful that we don’t need to. It feels like a creole mixture, a lil zydeco, an old-timey attitude but always Ebony Hillbillies in the end!