Tracklist Reveal

9/18/20: "Little Mary Phagan" by Rosa Lee Carson (1925)

Little Mary Phagan by Rosa Lee Carson (1925)

CD 6, track 20

When she recorded “Little Mary Phagan” in 1925, Rosa Lee Carson (1911-1992) was 13 years old—the same age as the unfortunate historical protagonist of the ballad, which was written by her father, Fiddlin’ John Carson. Rosa Lee was still a few years away from being called “Moonshine Kate,” and in fact, this side (her first recording) was one of only three that billed her by her real name.


Rosa Lee and Fiddlin' John Carson


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