One week ago today on Friday, Jan. 12, the informal bluegrass assemblage known as Whiskey Friday put on their last hootenanny in a house on the near east side of Madison. Claiming membership in a variety of other groups (including the Trails End String Band, the Lonesome Rogues, and the Cajun Strangers), this assemblage of pickers, pluckers, and singers performed an American classic for posterity.
A music video of this final jam session, complete with a grainy, black and white old-school television patina, follows below.
The song featured in this video is "Who Walks In When I Walk Out," an early 20th Century American standard. Written by Al Hoffman, Al Goodman, and Ralph Freed, it has been famously performed by Bill Wills & the Texas Playboys and as a duet by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
As seen in the video, each member of Whiskey Friday participating this version of the classic is introduced in turn. They are: John Gillette, David "Pappy" Stabbe, Sarah Mittlefehldt, Mark Kunkel, Claire Mikolayunas, Joe Davis, Evan Murdock, Cassie Wyss, Jeff Burkhart, and Greg Bennett.