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Dark Hollow
Composer: Traditional / Bill Browning

Dark Hollow was performed about 30 times by the Grateful Dead. It was played in acoustic sets in 1970 and 1980 and in a couple of electric sets in 1971. The song was also performed by Old & In The Way in 1973.

The song is usually credited to Bill Browning on recordings. Some recording credits suggest the song is traditional. Browning recorded the song in early 1958 and subsequent recordings using the Dark Hollow title follow his arrangement of what is at least partly traditional material.

The first verse of Dark Hollow also occurs in the family of traditional songs which usually occur as East Virginia Blues / East Virginia or Little Birdie. The songs with titles Dark Holler Blues, Dark Holler or Some Dark Holler are usually more similar to East Virginia Blues than to Dark Hollow.



Grateful Dead

info History Of The Grateful Dead, Vol. 1
(Bear's Choice), 1973
info Reckoning, 1981
info Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Grateful Dead, 2000
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info Beyond Description, 2004
info Reckoning, 2006 (bonus on exp. CD)
info Three From The Vault, 2007

Furthur

info February 12, 2011, Broomfield, CO
info March 8, 2011, Wallingford, CT
info March 25, 2011, New York, NY
info July 26, 2011, Canandaigua, NY
info October 7, 2012, Santa Barbara, CA

Ratdog

info Hampton Beach NH, October 27, 2007
info Myrtle Beach, SC, November 10, 2007
info St. Paul, MN, March 21, 2008
info Clarkston, MI, August 27, 2008

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info May 27, 2012, Bella Music Fest, Geneva, MN, 2012

 
Other recordings

As Dark Hollow

no info Single (Borned With The Blues / Dark Hollow), Bill Browning, 1958
no info Single (Dark Hollow / Walkin' My Blues Away), Jimmie Skinner, 1958
no info Single (Dark Hollow / You May Be Someone), Luke Gordon, 1958
info The Kentucky Colonel, Jimmie Skinner, 1963
no info Hootenanny Bluegrass Style, Various Artists (Jimmie Skinner), 1963
info Country Blues, Jimmie Skinner, 1964
no info Single (I Found My Girl In The USA / Dark Hollow), Jimmie Skinner, 1964
info Kroger Country Music Festival, Various Artists (Jimmie Skinner), 1964
info Mac Wiseman, Mac Wiseman, 1967
no info Country's Come To Town, Bluegrass Hoppers, 1967
info Bluegrass Holiday, J.D.Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys, 1968
info Hills Of Home, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 1969
no info Single (Steamboat Whistle Blues / Dark Hollow), Les Hall & the Bluegrass Mastertone Boys, 1969
no info Blue Grass, The New Deal String Band, 1970
no info Shadows Of Time, Randall Collins, Curtis Blackwell & the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, 1970
no info One Morning In May, Joe Val and The New England Bluegrass Boys, 1971
info Ramblin' Bluegrass, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, 1972
info Texas Bluegrass, Earl Garner & the Bluegrass Mountaineers, 1973
no info First Class Bluegrass, Lambert Brothers & the Tri-County Boys, 1973
info Muleskinner: A Potpourri Of Bluegrass Jam, Muleskinner, 1974
info Pickin' Up, Red, White & Blue (Grass), 1974
no info The Footsteps Of Tradition, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, 1974
no info Class Grass, Blue Grass Okies, 1974
info Live at the Cellar Door, Seldom Scene, 1975
info Midnight On The Water, David Bromberg, 1975
info Livin' In The Past, The Kentucky Colonels, 1975
info Springtime In The Mountains, Various Artists (Ted Lundy & The Southern Mountain Boys), 1975
info The Mac Wiseman Story, Mac Wiseman, 1976
info New South Live, J.D. Crowe & The New South, 1976?
no info What A Way To Make A Living, Country Gazette, 1977
no info Humber River Valley Boys - Humber River Valley Boys, 1977
no info Woodsmoke, Louie Setzer & the Appalachian Mountain Boys, 1978
no info Down To Earth Bluegrass, Dub Crouch, Norman Ford and The Bluegrass Rounders, 197?
info Early Dawg, David Grisman, 1980
no info Dark Hollow, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, 1982
no info Bill Browning, Bill Browning, 1987 (Esoldun RR 2019)
info Long Time Gone, John Starling, 1990 (CD bonus track)
no info Time After Time, Fred Travers, 1992
info Muleskinner Live, Muleskinner, 1994
info Muleskinner Live: The Video, Muleskinner, 1994?
no info Mountain Music Collection, Vol. 2: Fair and Tender Ladies, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 1994
info Rhythm of the Mountains, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 1994
no info The Best of the Best of Bluegrass, Various Artists (Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers), 1996
no info The Mac Wiseman Story, Mac Wiseman, 1996
no info 22 Greatest Hits, Jimmy Skinner, 1997
no info Live in Holland, Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass, 1997
info Doin' My Time, Aubrey Haynie, 1997
no info Pickin' On The Rock, Crooked Stovepipe, 1997
info Live At Oasis, Rollin' In the Hay, 1998
no info Flying High, Gene Clark, 1998
info Live At the Dock St. Theatre, The Blue Dogs, 1999
info Appalachian Stomp: More Bluegrass Classics, Various Artists (Muleskinner), 1999
no info Mac Wiseman, Mac Wiseman, 19??
no info Single, Roustabouts, 19??
no info EP, Ted Lundy and Fred Hanna and the Southern Mountain Boys, 19??
no info Single, Reedy Creek Bluegrass Band, 19??
no info Deep Valley Boys, 19??
no info Single, Curtis Blackwell, Randall Collins & the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, 19??
info Plays Bluegrass, The David Thom Band, 2000
info Live At The Smithsonian, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 2001
info The Definitive Bluegrass Collection, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2001
no info Casting Dreams, Gone Fishin' Band, 2001
no info Carolina Blue, Maro Kawabata, 2001
no info 50 Years of Bluegrass Hits, Vol. 4, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2001
info Tennessee Mountain Home: 23 Bluegrass Gems, Various Artists (Muleskinner), 2002
info Pilgrim, Matthew Fox, 2002
info 3/13/98 Cedar Cultural Centre, The Big Wu, 2002
no info Bluegrass Invasion, Bluegrass Invasion, 2002
no info Still Bullsboro After All These Years, Bullsboro, 2002
no info Hill Country Express: Live, Hill Country Express, 2002
no info The Stragglers, The Stragglers, 2002
no info Broken Hearts of Bluegrass, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2002
info Rhythm of the Mountains: Bluegrass Explores Its Roots, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2002
info 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered: Complete Recordings 1951-1964, Mac Wiseman, 2003
info Buried Land: A Collection of Folk Song and Poetry, Jim Clark, 2003
no info Poor Rambler: His Complete King and Gusto Recordings, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, 2003
no info Live in Stereo, The Kentucky Colonels, 2003
no info Brothers at Heart, Bruce Dix & Jim Nunally, 2003
no info The Lost Album, Mac Wiseman, 2003
no info 100 Greatest Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Benny Martin), 2003
no info The World's Greatest Bluegrass Singers, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2003
info On the Road: March 13, 2004, Denver CO, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: March 22, 2003, Denver, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info Live At Mechanics Hall, Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys, 2004
info On The Road: October 31, 2003, Las Vegas, NV, String Cheese Incident, 2004
no info Doin' My Time, Jimmy Skinner, 2004
no info Windy Mountain, Pete & Joan Wernick, 2004
no info Beauty Is Everywhere, Devilish Merry, 2005
info Vassar Clements, Tony Rice & the Low Country All-Star Band, 2006
info Live in Waterbury Center, Kent Gustavson with Micah Schonberg, 2006
info On The Road: July 15, 2006, Mansfield, MA, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info Sittin' on Top of the World, Jack Cooke, 2006
info 36 Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2006
no info The Hills of Glencoe, Craig Vance, 2006
no info Totally Bluegrass, Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2006
info Rust Belt Blues, Oliver Buck, 2007
info Classic Bluegrass Collection, Vols. 1-4, Various Artists (Muleskinner), 2007
no info Early Classics: The King Recordings, Ralph Stanley, 2007
info Wanted Dead Or Alive/Midnight On The Water, David Bromberg, 2010
info The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia, Various Artists, 2011
info Working Title, Eastern Electric Co., 2014

As Dark Holler

info Stories the Crow Told Me, John Cohen, 1998
info Greenback Dollar: 1929-1933, Clarence Ashley, 2001
no info In Concert, Lonesome Ride, 2006

As Dark Holler Blues

no info Clarence Ashley, 1928
info Friends of Old Time Music, Various Artists (Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton), 1964
no info Fiddlers Convention In Mountain City, Various Artists (Clarence Ashley), 1972
info 20 Years: Concert Performances, The New Lost City Ramblers, 1978
info Old-Time Mountain Ballads, Various Artists (Clarence Ashley), 1995
info Where'd You Come From Where'd You Go?, The Freight Hoppers, 1996
info The Rose Grew Round the Briar, Vol. 1: Early American Rural Love Songs, Various Artists (Clarence Ashley), 1997
info 40 Years of Concert Performances, New Lost City Ramblers, 2001
no info My Friend Is a Mule in the Mines, Bob Buckingham and Friends, 2003
info Mountain Blues: Blues, Ballads & String Bands 1927-1938, Various Artists (Clarence Ashley), 2005

As Some Dark Holler

no info Just For The Fun Of It, Buckeye Bluegrass Band, 1996
info Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 2002
no info Wander On, Hazy Loper, 2002
info Will The Circle Be Unbroken, The Trilogy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 2003
no info Righteousness and Humidity, Martin Simpson, 2003
info Dwight's Used Records, Dwight Yoakam, 2004

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