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KI4PRK - Posted - 03/05/2010:  14:46:37


What's your favorite banjo breaks to songs with vocals? Could be old time or bluegrass or jazz or pop whatever.

Here are my top five. In my humble opinion, these are breaks that you cannot improve upon, period. They fit the song perfectly, they have perfect timing, & are wonderful to listen to.

1) No Mother Or Dad, Earl Scruggs
2) Never Get To Hold You In My Arms Any More, Don Reno
3) Little Girl Of Mine In Tennessee, Earl Scruggs
4) No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine, Don Reno
5) Are You Waiting Just For Me?, Ralph Stanley


73, Brennen

Clark-a-holic - Posted - 03/05/2010:  16:07:33


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Top 3 Banjo Breaks to Songs with Vocals:

1.) You Are My Love Song, Buck Trent
2.) Rocky Top, Osborne Bros.
3.) Your Love is Like a Flower, Flatt & Scruggs

Mistah Bee

KI4PRK - Posted - 03/05/2010:  16:23:41


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banjotef - Posted - 03/05/2010:  18:04:19


Jim Mills..."The Road to Spencer" and "Amanda Jewell"

The Old Timer - Posted - 03/05/2010:  18:50:18


Why Did You Wander, Monroe, Lester and Earl live on Opry, what a kickoff! Kicks you right in the b*lls. And Earl was still learnin'...

Cabin in Caroline/I'm a'Gonna Settle Down, Flatt & Scruggs

Why Don't You Tell Me So, Flatt & Scruggs

Cora Is Gone, Flatt & Scruggs

On My Way Back to the Old Home, Bill Monroe & BGB

Tis Sweet to Be Remembered, Flatt & Scruggs

Over the Hills to the Poorhouse, Flatt & Scruggs

Brother I'm Getting Ready to Go, Flatt & Scruggs

If I Should Wander Back Tonite (first recording, in G) Flatt & Scruggs

Say Won't You Be Mine, Stanley Brothers

Little Annie, The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover

I Know You're Married But I Love You Still, Reno & Smiley

Rolling On Rubber Wheels, Stanley Brothers

Coal Loading Johnny/Polka on a Banjo (tied), Flatt & Scruggs

Tally Ho, Don Reno & Bill Harrell

The Old Home Place, JD Crowe & the New South

Gum Tree Canoe, John Hartford

The Bluegrass Country, Del McCoury Band

Shoulder to Shoulder/I Wish It Would Rain (tied), Lynn Morris Band (Ron Stewart)

Yeah, it's too many, so sue me. The best is the best.


Edited by - The Old Timer on 03/05/2010 19:03:06

KI4PRK - Posted - 03/05/2010:  19:07:00


I Know You're Married + Why Don't You Tell Me So would be #6 & #7, respectively.

The best is the best. Guess I'm just a sucker for Don & Earl.

steve davis - Posted - 03/05/2010:  19:14:19


Molly and Tenbrooks/JD

vfhamilton - Posted - 03/05/2010:  19:23:09


My all time favorite is:
Bill Emerson's break on Little Bessie on the Country Gentlemen's Live in Japan album.

lazlo191 - Posted - 03/06/2010:  06:44:29


Tom Adams on "Unwanted Love" with Johnson Mtn. Boys Live at the Old Schoolhouse.

kris_rasnake - Posted - 03/06/2010:  07:52:51


Baucom's break on Blue Night!

Clark-a-holic - Posted - 03/06/2010:  09:10:01


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banjer5 - Posted - 03/06/2010:  18:41:26


KI4PRK & N2DUI de K5BGZ i'm QRV in TX since 1955.
I have a break which I use in "The Old Crossroads" which I based on Shelor's stuff that I think is outstanding. Earl's breaks always made my hair raise on my arms.


Edited by - banjer5 on 03/06/2010 18:42:56

silvioferretti - Posted - 03/07/2010:  02:39:20


Crowe's break(s) on The Old Home Place. Also Emerson's on Little Maggie, I second that.

Clark-a-holic - Posted - 03/07/2010:  16:14:46


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g3zdm - Posted - 03/07/2010:  16:20:57


The up the neck break on Lonesome Road.

73 de G3ZDM (licenced since 1969)

Ks_5-picker - Posted - 03/07/2010:  16:39:00


quote:
Originally posted by banjotef

Jim Mills..."The Road to Spencer" and "Amanda Jewell"


I like the banjo break on Amanda Jewel as well,maybe you've heard Jim play it live,but he wasn't on the Bluegrass rules,I don't believe.
Tom Adams playing on Blue diamond mine really stands out for me.


Edited by - Ks_5-picker on 03/07/2010 16:40:17

southerndrifter - Posted - 03/08/2010:  06:20:38


Gene Parker's break on "Leaving you and Mobile Too", by the Lost & Found! I'll challenge anyone to grab 'em a handful of that!!!

Catman - Posted - 03/08/2010:  08:03:03


Bill Emerson's "Secret of the Waterfall" (Down by the Waterfall) on the Award Winning Country Gentlemen album or his break on "Dixie In My Eye" with Pete Goble.

KI4PRK - Posted - 03/08/2010:  16:03:05


Good breaks up there...

G3ZDM, K5BGZ, es N2DUI, I didn't realize there were so many banjo playing hams!

73, Brennen

Richard Dress - Posted - 03/08/2010:  16:54:01


"Bill Emerson's break on Little Bessie on the Country Gentlemen's Live in Japan album." -- Vince

I have to go with Vince. That is one of the all time greatest breaks.

Clark-a-holic - Posted - 03/09/2010:  15:33:58


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Brevabloke - Posted - 03/09/2010:  16:02:38


Another for Bill Emerson! On "Don't Think Twice" by (I think) The Rice Brothers. Just absolute perfection!!

When I first started to play I wanted to play flashy instrumentals - 20 years later I much prefer a lovely break in a good song....

1935tb-11 - Posted - 03/09/2010:  16:12:53


quote:
Originally posted by southerndrifter

Gene Parker's break on "Leaving you and Mobile Too", by the Lost & Found! I'll challenge anyone to grab 'em a handful of that!!!


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heck lynwood,,, about anything gene parker played is like that.
left over bisquits,, back on my mind,, struttin to ferrum,, and the way
he rips ida red,, my lord. thats where i got my version of ida red from.
i just love the way he does that.
talk about one of your most overlooked banjo players,, gene parker is
one them for sure. powerful picker with timing and taste......................


terry m
n.c.

southerndrifter - Posted - 03/10/2010:  04:45:48


quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

quote:
Originally posted by southerndrifter

Gene Parker's break on "Leaving you and Mobile Too", by the Lost & Found! I'll challenge anyone to grab 'em a handful of that!!!


============================================================

heck lynwood,,, about anything gene parker played is like that.
left over bisquits,, back on my mind,, struttin to ferrum,, and the way
he rips ida red,, my lord. thats where i got my version of ida red from.
i just love the way he does that.
talk about one of your most overlooked banjo players,, gene parker is
one them for sure. powerful picker with timing and taste......................


terry m
n.c.



I know you're right Terry!!!

DG-banjo - Posted - 03/10/2010:  09:16:45


Sonny Osbornes Kick off on the Osbornes Brothers "Shellys Winter Love" (second version CMH) and Earls kick off and Breaks on "Dig a hole in the Meadow" good Stuff!!!

Chris Cooper - Posted - 03/10/2010:  10:44:11


Great thread!

My Votes go to:

1:Ron Block "Everytime You Say Goodbye"- Alison Krauss & Union Station from the 1992 album Every Time You Say Goodbye.

Hmmmmmmmm wow, decisions, decisions. think i'll get back to you on this one! LOL

Pick1949 - Posted - 03/10/2010:  13:48:32


Salty Dog - Flatt and Scruggs
Im Troubled - Flatt and Scruggs
My Saro Jane - Flatt and Scruggs
Just Aint - Flatt and Scruggs
I Wont Care A Hundred Years From Now - Flatt and Scruggs
I Aint Gonna Work Tommorow - Flatt and Scruggs
A Stone The Builders Refused - Flatt and Scruggs
You Could Hear The Whistle Blow A Hundred Miles - Flatt and Scruggs
Think Of What You've Done - The Stanley Brothers (This one defines -mtn. soul- to me)
I Hear A Choo Choo Coming - The Stanley Brothers
Let's Go To The Fair - Ralph Stanley
Little Glass Of Wine - Ralph Stanley
1952 Vincent Black Lightnin' - The Del McCoury Band
The Bluegrass Country - The Del McCoury Band
A Far Cry - The Del McCoury Band
Goin' Back To The Blueridge Mtns - Jim Mills
Aint Gonna Lay My Armor Down - Jim Mills
The Girl In The Valley - Doyle Lawson, Terry Baucom


Edited by - Pick1949 on 03/10/2010 13:51:11

Pick1949 - Posted - 03/10/2010:  13:56:57


Six White Horses- Flatt and Scruggs

Almost forgot that one! ha ha....

Kevin B - Posted - 03/10/2010:  14:26:30


Very hard, here are some of mine . . .

Ben Eldridge - Doin My Time - Live at the Cellar Door

Saro Jane - Flatt and Scruggs

You Don't Know My Mind - JD Crowe

Ron Block - Man of Constant Sorrow - Oh Brother sound track

mdenny4 - Posted - 03/10/2010:  16:17:56


Earl's break on "you get a line and I'll get a pole" (whatever the title actually is). I have it on something live and earl has so much room to breathe with that lineup. Less can be so much more.

Pick1949 - Posted - 03/10/2010:  17:20:43


Earl's break to Hand Me Down My Walking Cane that I heard on a live radio show -somewhere- was powerful too....



Oh yeah and Cia Cherryholmes' break on Greedy Hand is truly exceptional! And add her pickin' their cut of Red Satin Dress to that as well!

Dock Boggs' break to Wild Bill Jones is a favorite also.....


Im sorry to keep posting so much but this is a good topic!

GWRdriver - Posted - 03/10/2010:  17:52:57


It's not in a vocal but my all-time favoriite break is in Bill Monroe's Milenburg Joy.

Bigd18 - Posted - 03/10/2010:  18:43:32


quote:
Originally posted by southerndrifter

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11

quote:
Originally posted by southerndrifter

Gene Parker's break on "Leaving you and Mobile Too", by the Lost & Found! I'll challenge anyone to grab 'em a handful of that!!!


============================================================

heck lynwood,,, about anything gene parker played is like that.
left over bisquits,, back on my mind,, struttin to ferrum,, and the way
he rips ida red,, my lord. thats where i got my version of ida red from.
i just love the way he does that.
talk about one of your most overlooked banjo players,, gene parker is
one them for sure. powerful picker with timing and taste......................


terry m
n.c.



I know you're right Terry!!!



+1, most definitely



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