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Potluck at Kentucky Derby Chow Wagon - 2016

You have just entered the site of the Potluck Ramblers and we are so glad you did.  The three original Potluck Ramblers met at a Potluck Dinner, thus our name.  But the name is also descriptive of the kind of music we play.  We are constantly looking for music we can shape to our style and that would include most every kind of music imaginable.  One time we'll be playing a 1920's blues tune and the next, we've taken one of the old classic rock & roll numbers and made it ours.  


We have posted music on our site for you to hear (note above).  Most of the recordings were made at practice and were recorded in less than ideal conditions.  However, you can get the idea of what we do and how we do it.  


Much of the music on this site is either traditional or written by a Rambler.  Jim Cowles is both the lead singer and the band leader and a songwriter as well.  You'll find some of his solo work on this site.  The band has several different iterations, but no matter who is playing, you'll be hearing great musicians.  The above picture is of the band during a Kentucky Derby Chow Wagon performance and from the top of the picture, includes Bob Bush, our bass player and musicologist, Ted Harlan, our sometimes mandolin player, Band Leader, Jim Cowles, Eddie Hysinger, our harps and dobro player and Jim Allen our sometimes banjo player.   We are also pleased to have various other players at times, including Tom Cunningham on fiddle, Chip Bush on mandolin, Kyle Ellison on banjo, Marty Miller or Blue Murphy on bass.  All of these players are a part of the Potluck mix from time to time and we are proud to have them.  That's why our name fits so well!


We encourage you to explore our site and learn more about the band at it's players.  We also hope you will take the time to let us know you stopped by.  Just click on this link and tell us a little about yourself:  Jimfolk@twc.com 

LYRICS - I’M LEAVIN’ MARY LOU
Written by: Jim Cowles - August 2010

TOOK MARY LOU, TO THE DANCE, FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT
THOUGHT I WAS A LUCKY GUY, SHE WAS A PRETTY SIGHT
I STOPPED BY THE PUNCH BOWL, TO GET HER A LITTLE DRINK
WHEN I GOT BACK, WITH THE PUNCH, MY HEART BEGAN TO SINK
CHORUS
(CAUSE) THERE TWENTY GUYS AROUND HER, ALL ASKIN’ FOR A DANCE
TWENTY MORE BEHIND THEM, JUST WAITIN’ FOR THEIR CHANCE 
AND SHE JUST IGNORED ME, WOULDN’T GIVE ME THE TIME OF DAY
SHE DANCED WITH EVERYONE BUT ME, DIDN’T EVEN LOOK MY WAY
(Turn-around/ending)

YEAH, YOU’RE THE ONE I CARE ABOUT, I’M LEAVIN’ MARY LOU TODAY

HOPE I’LL GET THE LAST DANCE, IT’S THE LEAST THAT SHE COULD DO
ME SITTIN,’ DROWNIN’ IN MY TEARS AND STARIN’ ‘CROSS THE ROOM
BUT WHEN I LOCKED ON YOUR BLUE EYES, I KNEW YOU UNDERSTOOD
I’LL TAKE YOU HOME TONIGHT LOUISE & LEAVE MARY LOU FOR GOOD
CHORUS –
I’M SO GLAD I MET YOU HERE, I DON’T NEED THAT GIRL NO-MORE
THE LAST DANCE BECAME OUR FIRST, MARY LOU IS SUCH A BORE
SOMEONE ELSE CAN TAKE HER HOME, I’D RATHER BE WITH YOU
NOW YOU’RE THE ONE I CARE ABOUT, I’M LEAVIN’ MARY LOU

 

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​​​​​​​​Potluck Ramblers

Louisville, Kentucky

 E-mail: jimfolk@twc.com 

Phone: 502-425-8199