Norman Blake: Uncle
Uncle tells the tale of a man who briefly but profoundly touched the life of the narrator. I don’t know the back story on this one, but this song feels autobiographical to me. In hard times, his uncle came to live with the family. He did amazing things that helped put food on the table. But more importantly, this seems to me to be a thank you to the man who inspired Blake to become a professional musician. The final image of the old fiddle in its case says it all.