rarities from Appalachia and beyond. It is performed by three artists: Alan Jabbour on fiddle, Ken Perlman on clawhammer
banjo, and Jim Watson on guitar and vocals. Classic tunes are inherently worthwhile musically, or they would not have
become classics. Certain tunes also seemed worth revisiting because fresh versions might stir up renewed interest. We hope
a number of wonderful tunes never released before.

Ken Perlman and I have been playing music together for fifteen years, and ten years ago we released a CD of fiddle-banjo
duets, Southern Summits. You Can’t Beat the Classics sounds more “band-like” thanks to a third musician, Jim Watson, who
joined me on the second Hollow Rock String Band LP in the early 1970s and occasionally has played with Ken and me in
recent years. We hope our threesome brings a fresh sound to this posy of classics and rarities. As always, we owe special
tribute to the musicians from whom we learned our tunes. Our debt is first to Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, my main fiddle
mentor and an extraordinary source for the old 19th-century Virginia-West Virginia repertory. Other splendid fiddlers like Burl
Hammons, Doc White, Snake Chapman, and John R. Griffin contributed tunes as well; we thank all who generously shared
their music.

You Can’t Beat the Classics may be purchased from Alan Jabbour for $15 plus $3.50 shipping/handling:

By credit card using PayPal, ordered through my website, which also gives you the option of ordering multiple items for the
flat shipping/handling rate of $3.50 per order –;

Or by check made out to Alan Jabbour and mailed to 3107 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008-3420

List of tunes and sources

1. Rye Straw (Henry Reed)
2. Ragged Bill (Henry Reed)
3. Fire on the Mountain / Christmas Morning (Henry Reed)
4. Dixie Doodle
5. Grover Jones’s Waltz (Henry Reed)
6. Old Joe Clark (Henry Reed)
7. Love Somebody / Shoo Fly (Henry Reed)
8. Henry Reed’s Schottische (Henry Reed)
9. Rocky Road to Dublin (Burl Hammons)
10. Turkey in the Straw (Henry Reed)
11. When You and I Were Young, Maggie
12. New Castle, or Texas (Henry Reed)
13. Mississippi Sawyer
14. Red Fox (Henry Reed)
15. Newcastle (Iain Bain)
16. Casey Jones
17. Sally Ann / John R. Griffin’s Tune (Snake Chapman / John R. Griffin)
18. Hell among the Yearlings (Henry Reed / Doc White)
19. The Old Churchyard (Sanford Kelly)