SHELVIN’ ROCK  (PD)

I’ve wanted to record this venerable old tune with a bluegrass band for many years. But the unusual timing confused  bluegrass musicians and they wouldn’t let me explain it. So it stayed on the shelf until I presented it to Mile Twelve. They loved it and understood it too.

The tune is associated with the Carpenter family of central West Virginia fiddlers.  Different members have had different versions.  Mine is closest to how Ernie Carpenter played it. The title refers to an overhanging rock which provided a handy sheltering roof over a campsite.