The Very Day I’m Gone: Songs of Addie Graham


June Appal’s newest release is a compilation featuring some of today’s best traditional musicians performing the songs of the late ballad singer Addie Graham (1890-1978) from Wolfe County, Kentucky.



Addie Graham (1890-1978) was born in Wolfe County, Kentucky to a family with a rich singing tradition. She grew up with ballads that originated in the British Isles and with others that originated in the mountains; she also heard many hymns in the unique unaccompanied style of the Primitive and Old Regular Baptists. As a young woman she heard blues songs from the African American crews who built the Ohio & Kentucky Railroad past her home in Breathitt County. She learned from them all. Her vast repertoire included many rare and beautiful pieces. Appalshop produced an LP of her singing in 1978 (reissued on CD in 2008). Her music has become well known in the traditional music community and two generations of artists have recorded her songs. This collection, produced by Addie’s grandson Rich Kirby, presents some of these.

“What an amazing album! The many different interpretations of Addie Graham’s gorgeous songs are a testament to the timeless beauty of her repertoire.” – Rayna Gellert
“A sonic delight, “The Very Day I’m Gone” demonstrates Addie Graham’s relevance and resonance across more than two generations of traditional musicians. Her music is beautiful, varied, and evocative – even when sung by other voices.” – Jeff Keith
“A handsome CD bubbling over with fine music, a wonderful collection of Addie’s music bequeathed to others. I look forward to lots more listening.” – Ron Pen, University of Kentucky

1. Sun to Sun – Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle
2. O&K Train Song – Tom, Brad & Alice
3. The Gospel Ship Has Long Been Sailing – Ginny Hawker
4. Minister’s Farewell/Last of Callahan – Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva
5. Darling Don’t You Know That’s Wrong – Rich Kirby
6. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah – John Gallagher and Scott Prouty
7. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah – Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva
8. Young People Who Delight in Sin – Brett Ratliff
9. Dear Friends Farewell – Tom, Brad & Alice
10. Wild Bill Jones – Rich Kirby
11. Moses and the Israelites – Tom, Brad & Alice
12. We’re Stole and Sold from Africa – Mike Seeger
13. Hungry and Faint and Poor – Lonesome Sisters
14. Ida Red – The Crooked Jades
15. Sister Thou Art Mild and Lovely – Susie Goehring
16. Ice and Snow – Tom Bledsoe and Rich Kirby
17. Lonesome Scenes of Winter – Sarah Wood
18. Come Humble Sinner/Moses and the Israelites – Bruce Greene and Don Pedi
19. The Old Churchyard – The Howard Family
20. The Very Day I’m Gone – Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle

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