So Sang The Whippoorwill:

“Doing a weekly radio show for a few decades a man sometimes feels he has heard way too much music and he avoids cafes where singer/songwriters perform and puts his iPod in the drawer and enjoys long silent walks in the snowy woods and then along comes this very band, Run Boy Run, two fiddles, mandolin, cello, and bass, young musicians who have caught the spirit of the traditional and who combine bold playing and beautiful harmony singing, which is a miracle whenever you hear it. My only quibble was whether they shouldn't separate the Boy from the Run Run with a pair of commas, but now I think not. I saw them clear late one night at a party when they played for three hours straight, unamplified, and danced while they did it, and wanted to play more but the van was leaving. I am old and jaded but I still have my hearing and when I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever.”
— Garrison Keillor

So Sang the Whippoorwill
by Run Boy Run

Track listing:

  1. So Sang the Whippoorwill
  2. Get Up Jake
  3. Silver Dagger
  4. Red Rocking Chair
  5. Cora Belle
  6. Roving Davy
  7. Little Girl
  8. Two Brothers
  9. Hoot Owl
  10. Down in the Willow Garden
  11. Lucinda Jones
  12. In the Tea Garden

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“Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony singing — That's all you need in the world today!”
— Garrison Keillor

About Run Boy Run:

Flagged by Paste Magazine as one of "10 Arizona bands you should listen to now," old-time and bluegrass group Run Boy Run has been gathering fans throughout the West (and beyond) since they first teamed up at the University of Arizona in 2009. Winners of the 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, their sound includes captivating three-part female harmony and masterful fiddle work by a two-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion. Run Boy Run is Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar), Grace Rolland (cello), Bekah Sandoval (fiddle), Jen Sandoval (mandolin), and Jesse Allen (bass).

From the Prairie Home Companion archives

“So Sang The Whippoorwill”:

“Lucinda Jones”:

“Down In The Willow Garden”:

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