From the recording When Frances Had Her Way
When Hurricane Frances came through Western North Carolina in September, 2004, we experienced the worst flooding since 1940. When I visited Canton and saw the damage, I was inspired to write this song. As in 1940, the paper mill experienced costly damage to motors and equipment. In the town itself, the football field, the armory, homes, and a number of merchants felt the wrath of Frances. Hurricane Ivan came through about ten days later and repeated the damage with some people losing their lives in Macon County. With a haunting eeriness, Josh’s old-time banjo licks and Tony Creasman’s percussion work bring back memories of “that sad and awful day”.