Swipe left for clip! Let’s listen to Clayton McMichen’s ‘sweet stringband’ vision a little more with the clarinet solo from “Down Yonder”. The clarinet is not an instrument we hear often on old-time records. ‘Stranger’ Malone (pictured later in his career) also played clarinet with Lowe Stokes’ North Georgians in 1927. Malone met McMichen in 1926, and Mac thought him a perfect addition to his fresh concept. Malone said in his biography (some fascinating tales in there!) that he was only 17 years old at the time, but the Columbia engineer would give them all shots of quality whiskey before recording to settle their nerves. Malone was also a one-time Skillet Licker on the sketch song “A Day At The County Fair” in 1928. Malone left Georgia in 1929 and joined Schnitz Seymour's Miniature Circus in St Louis. He later played in midwest radio station house bands, played in a cowboy band in the 1930’s, and in Phil Harris' Maritime Service Band during World War II. He worked as a mailman in the late 1940’s before joining Jack Teagarden's orchestra in Hollywood in the 1950’s. He played in the Tucson Symphony in the 1960’s and taught music at the University of Arizona. In 1969 he hiked through Ireland with a backpack and a flute. In 1973 he moved to Germany, remarried and taught the clarinet and flute. He eventually ended up back in Rome, Georgia in the 1990’s and last recorded in 2003, after a 77-year career. He passed away in 2005.