Mark Riley – "Lay Me Down Slowly Momma" on the Back Porch

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Last month I attended the Washington Blues Society’s awards banquet, where Mark Riley won the “Best Slide Guitar” award. At the event, he played this little treasure, originally by Dean Haitani of Australia. I didn’t get in on video then, but after hearing the song I promised myself to do so at the first opportunity. That opportunity came last Saturday, at the Oxford Saloon where the Bill Mattocks Band was playing, with Mark Riley on lead guitar. I made a special request for Mark to play this song, and the rest, as you’ll see in this video, is history.

Ron Beatteay
American Blues Scene