The first time I heard Knoxville Girl, I was astounded at the brutality and gothic menace of the song, set to a seesaw bluegrass ballad that belies the horror the narrative conveys. So when I heard “Ghost of the Knoxville Girl” on WDVX a while back, it definitely hooked me. Didn’t hear who sang it initially, but I finally figured out it’s Doug and Telisha Williams. What a wonderful twist on the tale, telling the story and aftermath from the perspective of the brutalized woman.
And the rest of the CD is rock solid, too.
BTW, you can hear the Louvin Brothers’ original version of Knoxville Girl here.