Covers: Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Them All

Fiddlin’ John Carson recorded “Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Them All” in the early 1930s.  I first heard the song (as “Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All”) on Ry Cooder’s terrific 1972 album Into the Purple Valley.  Cooder moves the music into the electric age while preserving the Depression Era theme about mistreatment of the farmers.  While preparing this post, I also found a 1959 version by the New Lost City Ramblers which is much closer to Carson’s original.  Here are all three versions.

Fiddlin’ John Carson

New Lost City Ramblers

Ry Cooder

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