D.T. Huber covers the folk song “Alberta”
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This version of “Alberta” is modeled after “Alberta #1” from Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait album released in 1970. “Alberta” was a popular folk-revival tune of 1960’s. Most likely Dylan remembered hearing this one from folk singer Bob Gibson or possibly from Odetta’s version entitled, “Roberta.” One can trace the roots of the song back to the times when steamboats carried people and goods along the Ohio River. The lyrics and melody were originally written down by Kentucky folksong collector Mary Wheeler in her book, Steamboatin’ Days: Folk Songs of the River Packet Era in 1944. In the book Wheeler mentions that she recorded the song from a gentleman by the name of Gabriel “Uncle Gabe” Hester.
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