Olds Sleeper from Pennsylvania gives us a haunting performance of “Weeds & Rattlenakes” on his grandfather’s banjo. He tells us the story behind this song:
Several early generations of my family spent their lives in the Scotch-Irish Appalachian belt of West Virginia. There’s an old family tale that every year in early spring, all the single men of the area would run barelegged-to-the-knee through copperhead infested woodlands and fields. The first man bit would be carried home a hero and a shaman of sorts – winning a spring season of rest from the hard labors of the farm, and concentrating on the distillation of good spirits, and the congregation of fast women.