Not to be confused with one of a similar name by Henry Reed (modal) or the much less familiar one by Stephen B. Tucker (a cool 6/8 tune). Fiddler's Companion says very little about this version of the tune other than it is a variance of the Reed version. I don't hear it.
Next is #371 Cruel Willie from the playing of Howdy Forrester tuned DDad. Fiddler's Companion says the tune was learned from Arthur Smith by Howdy and that it often gets erroneously attributed to Howdy.
To my ears, Cruel Willie sounds a lot like other DDad tunes, most notably Dry and Dusty. I like the plucked notes.
AndyDean is once again called upon to provide the third selection.
I never found a discussion on The Session to ever make much sense, like half the comments are missing or something ☺and the other half are just cracking wise. They appear to be talking about Henry Reed's version, but since I'm not fluent in ABC, I could be wrong. This version is pretty much exclusive to Melvin Wine.
Well, a few weeks ago I saw Spencer and Rains at the Austin String Band Festival and I loved hearing them play "The Lost Girl" and have subsequently been wearing it out on the Texas tunes volume 2 CD, so that will be my pick.
The jacket of the CD gives the source as Lake Porter of Falfurrias, TX and it's tuned AEAE. Here's a video of them playing it.
Better late than sorry Cruel Willie, ladies and gentlemen. Recorded in two takes with my Android (provided a digital skip midway, thank you). A big shout out to Garage Band for providing the relentless string section.