We couldn’t be more excited about Jayme Stone bringing his newest album to Evergreen this November. We were trying to come up with a list of reasons why you would love their new album and should see them in concert, but then it occurred to us that the songs alone are probably enough. So here we are: four reasons to see The Lomax Project on November 19.


1. Shenandoah (“Across the Wide Missouri”)

This song originated with voyageurs (18th and 19th century fur traders) who traveled down the Missouri River in canoes, interacting with the First Nations people that they met along the way. The lyrics tell the story of a trader who fell in love with the daughter of a Iroquois chief called Shenandoah.

Singing songs was a critical part of voyageur and North American culture in the early days of the fur trade, as it kept men motivated and occupied while rowing and portaging across the vast expanses of the continent. Songs would often tell histories or stories from their travels, forming an oral history that mirrored the First Nations’ cultures that they interacted with.

Oh Shenandoah,

I long to see you,

Away you rolling river.

Oh Shenandoah,

I long to see you,

Away, I’m bound away

Across the wide Missouri.

2. Goodbye Old Paint

This is an old Western song which was written by cowboys in the Southwest, originally collected by Jack Thorp in his 1921 book Songs of the Cowboys. According to Thorp, he heard the song being sung by a man who had taken a job as a sheep-rustler on a farm and had become ashamed of the job. The origin of the song seems to be from an African-American man named Charley Willis who learned to sing the song when he left Texas for Cheyenne, Wyoming and herded cattle in 1871 before returning to Texas.

In the middle of the ocean there grows a green tree,

But I’ll never prove false to the girl that loves me.

Old Paint, old Paint, I’m a-leaving Cheyenne,

Goodbye, old Paint, I’m leaving Cheyenne,

Old Paint’s a good pony, and she paces when she can.

3. Maids When You’re Young

This is an old Irish song that was likely shocking in its day. It tells the story of young woman who agreed to marry a much older man who has lost all his drive in the bedroom. It does seem fairly quaint to us today, but at the time, the very mention of impotence would have made it seem outrageously scandalous. This re-imagining of the song from Jayme Stone makes the song much more universal and turns it into a lament for the many generations of women who were forced to marry older men and ended up being quite unhappy.

Old men come courting me, me being young

Old man come courting me, fain he would marry me

Oh, maids if you’re young, never wed an old man

And when we went to our tea, me being young

When we went to our tea, he started teasing me

Oh, maids if you’re young, never wed an old man

4. Leather Britches

This well-known reel probably originated in Scotland and was originally known as Lord Macdonald’s Reel. Once transported to America, the song seems to have adopted new lyrics and turned into its present form. The song is known as a showcase for fiddlers and is often used in contests and concerts today.

Little boy, little boy,

Where’d you get your britches

Mama cut the leather out

Daddy made the stitches.


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