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"Analo" was inspired by John Analo Phillips, a farmer and ballad keeper who resides in Madison County, NC.


Blue ridge steeples, mighty oaks
Frame a canopy over his home
Each year he gathers a thousand more stones
He's found something better than anybody could own

He's lived there all of his life
Singing about Brown Mountain Lights
In the old loghouse on January nights
Oh-- Death, John Henry, Omie Wise
He’s lived there all of his life

Two humble mules plow the rocky clay
Plants his tobacco about the twentieth of May
Sets it by hand on the slopey terrain
It ain't easy, he goes on the same


When the dark wind whines
a mountain lion cries
he gently sings
an old timey lullaby….

Come with me, he says with a smile
I'll take you to the mountaintop, we'll sit awhile
I'll tell you about them who've- crossed over the shore
Of graves and railways beneath this ancient floor
He's lived there--all of his life

Momma and Daddy, he's laid to rest
And all the old folks abandoned in death
Who will squeeze his hand when he sings his last breath?
All of the younguns done gone away and left
He's lived there--all of his life



from The Prettiest Bird, released October 3, 2020
Susan Pepper: banjo & vocals
Steven Kruger: fiddle
(c) Susan Pepper/ ASCAP Anna Blue Music


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Susan Pepper North Carolina

Susan Pepper is a grassroots musician, performer and educator dedicated to sharing heartfelt songs old and new and building community through song. She performs unaccompanied ballads as well as songs with banjo, dulcimer and guitar. Her repertoire is informed by her older mountain musician mentors. Her compositions draw inspiration from old music, stories of individuals, nature and the sacred. ... more

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