Local Sensations Paul Wilkinson and Brad Hinton perform “Long Black Veil”

Published on February 14, 2020
Photos by Ron Adelberg Photography

Pennsylvania’s Paul Wilkinson and Brad Hinton recently teamed up for a beautiful take on the classic number “Long Black Veil.” I learned a lot as I researched the song:

Long Black Veil” is a 1959 country ballad, written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell.

It is told from the point of view of a man falsely accused of murder and executed. He refuses to provide an alibi, since on the night of the murder he was having an affair with his best friend’s wife, and would rather take their secret to his grave than admit the truth. The chorus describes the mourning woman’s visits to his grave site, wearing a long black veil and enduring a wailing wind.

In 2019, Frizzell’s version of “Long Black Veil” was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Wikipedia

Back to Paul and Brad. Talk about two guys with many musical irons in the fire! Catch them with their other respective musical projects Mason Porter & Hezekiah Jones at the Ardmore Music Hall on Friday, April 10th.

Photo by Jimmy Faber

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