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December 19, 2005

Leather Britches


There is a large truck parked inside a fenced lot on West 9th Street with a mural on it, labeled "Georgia Slim." I have always wondered what exactly this was in reference to and how/why it found itself in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

A quick search took me to Elderly Instruments, where one can purchase a variety of old time fiddle recordings by one Robert "Georgia Slim" Rutland. Songs include "Leather Britches" and my personal favorite, "Chicken Reel." One day I will acquire this album, just so that I can listen to it while staring through the chain link fence.

I love how one can take a photograph in one place, yet conjure something completely different.

Posted by callalillie at December 19, 2005 7:13 AM | City Life , Red Hook


Corie, I wish to you, Lex and your family a lovely, peaceful and Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Sonia at December 19, 2005 7:43 AM

God, I love the word "britches."

Posted by: Sally at December 19, 2005 11:05 AM

And what is a chicken reel?

Posted by: corie at December 19, 2005 12:41 PM

I believe the chicken reel is an old Irish tune that was adapted for use on older cartoons, maybe Loony Tunes.

Posted by: Bill at December 19, 2005 1:05 PM

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