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A Thing Called Love (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by John Hiatt

 
2 people like this

Play count: 262
Size: 3,332kb, uploaded 10/2/2012 5:50:13 AM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. This is a beautiful tune by John Hiatt and sung here by Wes Wyatt, also on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Age (band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jim Croce

 
4 people like this

Play count: 310
Size: 3,525kb, uploaded 4/8/2011 12:40:45 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Band practice recorded 3-16-2011 crowded around a Sony digital voice recorder. This is the 4th time this group of musicians has gotten together to practice, and so this is a rough audio snapshot of us feeling around for our sound...intended for learning and practice purposes only. Enjoy:)
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Almost Home (unknown writer)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 224
Size: 1,942kb, uploaded 8/5/2012 3:12:03 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This tune is something I learned about 25 years ago from a friend in Memphis. I am unsure who actually wrote it so maybe someone here here can help identify the writer. Maybe Carl Jackson? Anyway, it is a cool melody. This was recorded by a friend of mine who was visiting from Columbia and happened to have his digital recorder with him. Recorded August 4, 2012 sitting at my kitchen table ... I hope you enjoy.
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Banks of The Ohio (living room jam, open G tuning, key of F)

Posted by banjoy

 
9 people like this

Play count: 458
Size: 3,584kb, uploaded 1/26/2012 1:10:11 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm slowly digging up these old jam recordings from last year and will post several one at a time, over the next few days that I've never shared here before. This was recorded sometime between early March and late April 2011 on a Zoom digital recorder. I'm just now getting around to sharing a few more interesting jam gems. This is an interesting take on the familiar tune Banks of The Ohio. We're playing in the key of F and I am in open G tuning without a capo. I love the sound of F tuning and don't play it much these days. This is me picking on my Nechville Athena and singing harmony, and Tyler is picking his Santa Cruz dreadnought and singling lead vocal. Enjoy.
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Banks of The Ohio (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 165
Size: 4,270kb, uploaded 10/21/2012 7:19:23 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


IT'S REALLY FUNNY. Hey, if you're gonna crash and burn, here's one way to do it :) D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). On this cut David's wife Shelley added some harmony vocal, and Monroe Queener sat out -- but you can hear Monroe laugh at the end :). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Big Ben (arrangement)

Posted by banjoy, written by Sonny Osbourn

 
2 people like this

Play count: 339
Size: 4,739kb, uploaded 10/5/2009 11:37:59 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


You may remember this tune from the old "Country Cooking" album from the late 1970's. This is a very cool instrumental by Sonny Osbourn (played by Pete Wernick and Tony Triska) that you just don't hear anyone try to play. Maybe because it's because of the swapped beat that shies pickers away, I'm not sure. But it's a great tune that deserves more jamming attention and bands covering it. The original recording was twin banjo of Pete and Tony Trishka. I like my ending better than what they did, though, and hope you do too. This is my overdubbed twin version, again done late one evening on a friend's digital recorder as he was learning how to use it. This was recorded banjo only each in one take, then he dropped in the other tracks a few weeks later as he was learning how to use his recorder (thanks, Kent Bilbrey). Kinda sloppy but still pretty fun and interesting. If I ever make a cleaner recording of this I'll replace this one. Enjoy.
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Big Ben (band practice 5-24-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Sonny Osbourn

 
2 people like this

Play count: 201
Size: 2,777kb, uploaded 6/1/2012 4:59:49 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a great tune by Soony Osbourn (and later recorded by Pete Wernick) as done by our band "Fayssoux McLean and The Bluegrass Messengers" at band practice May 24, 2012. I came up with idea to end the tune on the IV chord which I think is pretty cool. We were just sitting around a conference room table laying these down in one take each. Fayssoux McLean guitar; Wes Wyatt lead guitar; Steve Garret on bass; Frank Eastes on banjo. Wes and I were teaching this tune to the bass player during this session, and he about had it nailed by the end of the tune. Good stuff. These folks are a true joy to play with. I hope you enjoy.
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Big Country

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 1111
Size: 3,146kb, uploaded 1/3/2010 4:45:34 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


This is another of my favorite Bela Fleck tunes, and my attempt at it. The banjo is tuned down to an open E. Recorded about 6:00am 1/3/2010 on my hand-held digital voice recorder. I hope you enjoy.
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Big Spike Hammer (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by LeRoy Drumm and Pete Goble

 
3 people like this

Play count: 236
Size: 3,616kb, uploaded 10/2/2012 5:46:52 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. Our rendition of this popular bluegrass tune. Wes Wyatt on guitar and lead vocal. I'm picking 5-string and singing harmony. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Big Spike Hammer (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by LeRoy Drumm and Pete Goble

 
7 people like this

Play count: 426
Size: 3,750kb, uploaded 1/28/2012 2:20:02 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This was recorded sometime between early March and late April 2011 on a Zoom digital recorder. I'm just now getting around to sharing some of these. This is our living room take of this cool bluegrass tune by Bobby Osborne and Pete Goble. This is me picking on my Nechville Athena and Tyler is picking his Santa Cruz dreadnought and singing lead. I had to edit out a choice word because this is a family board LOL, but the edit seems almost seamless :0 ... Enjoy.
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Birth of The Blues / Al Osteen Lesson

Posted by banjoy, written by Ray Henderson

 
3 people like this

Play count: 378
Size: 3,568kb, uploaded 12/20/2010 8:31:37 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I was finding a few treasures on my cheap digital voice recorder I carry around with me. This cut is from a session just hanging out around with Al Osteen in his teaching studio on March 8, 2010, just a sliver of the afternoon spent there. I hope you enjoy. (This is Al Osteen playing banjo, not me. )
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Blackberry Blossom (relaxed living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 
11 people like this

Play count: 918
Size: 5,435kb, uploaded 3/10/2012 8:21:09 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm still dusting off some of these cool old jam session recordings... This is a cool traditional fiddle tune "Blackberry Blossom" ... and this is a realistic tempo too!! Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. Posted in memory of Marvin Gideon, my good friend, rest in peace.
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Blue and Lonesome (live gig)

Posted by banjoy

 
4 people like this

Play count: 148
Size: 4,363kb, uploaded 2/26/2012 3:28:18 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Wes Wyatt Band (one permutation of that group). This is our rendition of the this cool song recorded by a few different artists. I have been unable to find out who actually wrote this tune so maybe someone here will know... Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar and lead vocal) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording. Enjoy :)
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Blue Nights (band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Bill Monroe

 
4 people like this

Play count: 202
Size: 2,888kb, uploaded 4/8/2011 12:43:10 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Band practice recorded 3-16-2011 crowded around a Sony digital voice recorder. This is the 4th time this group of musicians has gotten together to practice, and so this is a rough audio snapshot of us feeling around for our sound...intended for learning and practice purposes only. Enjoy:)
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Cabin in The Pines (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
4 people like this

Play count: 292
Size: 3,075kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:11:09 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


David Perkins (guitar, lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Carry Me Back to Renfro Valley (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 134
Size: 3,673kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:17:08 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener does some really cool harmonics in his 2nd lead break in this recording. Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Changes (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Phil Ochs

 
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Play count: 197
Size: 2,675kb, uploaded 2/13/2012 4:22:50 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm slowly digging up these old jam recordings from last year. Darned if I didn't find a few more... This was recorded sometime between early March and late April 2011 on a Zoom digital recorder, just sitting around in the living room and picking. This is an interesting take on the cool song Changes by Phil Ochs and recorded by the likes of Carole King, and Tony Rice. This song definitely qualifies as a "some thought required" song because it has so many chord changes. In this recording, I had only just come up with the "signature lick" you hear, and this recording is literally the 3rd time I had played this tune before. So I was still learning it in this audio snapshot. This is me picking on my Nechville Athena, and Tyler Balkind is picking his Santa Cruz dreadnought and singing lead vocal. Enjoy :)
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Coffee (Col. Gene & Wes Wyatt)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 204
Size: 2,396kb, uploaded 8/2/2010 6:22:05 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: Other


Although this particular cut does not include a banjo, I'm uploading it as part of a thread I started about this tune, and I've already posted a video of me picking this tune on banjo. This audio file from the album "Hot Guitar" from the master himself, Col. Gene Wyatt, with his son Wes Wyatt. Read some of my other posts to learn more about thse folks, but these are the folks I learned this tune from about 25 years ago. This recording was within the last 10 years and represents some of the best of Col Wyatt, a music force in upstate SC for many years...
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Coffee (encore) Live Gig 7-22-2012

Posted by banjoy

 
2 people like this

Play count: 181
Size: 2,944kb, uploaded 10/1/2012 1:26:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. A cool instrumental tune we picked up along the way. Wes Wyatt on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. This was the encore number after the crowd asked for more. I always enjoy playing this, but Wes picks it faster than anyone else I know!! Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Coffee (fast version)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 180
Size: 2,857kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 9:09:53 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune written I picked up from Col. Gene Wyatt in Spartanburg, SC about 25 years ago. Just messing around with this tune a little quicker than usual... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Coffee (slow version)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 138
Size: 2,221kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 9:10:38 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune written I picked up from Col. Gene Wyatt in Spartanburg, SC about 25 years ago. Just messing around with this tune a little quicker than usual... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Coffee, living room jam session May 2, 2012

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 161
Size: 6,341kb, uploaded 5/8/2012 2:11:15 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Here is another version of this cool swing tune. I just love it, and enjoy playing it, and spreading it to bluegrassers everywhere I go. Just call me Johnny CoffeeSeed LOL. This version was recorded at a living room jam session last week, May 2, 2012. I was going to edit it down but decided to leave it in its raw, organic form. This is a living room jam, folks! Me on banjo, Wes Wyatt on guitar, who you hear teaching this tune to my brother, Kevin, on bass. Kevin lives 3,500 miles away, is a fantastic bass player, and it's always fun to make music with him. Enjoy :)
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Crossing The Big Sandy (fiddle tune)

Posted by banjoy

 
7 people like this

Play count: 251
Size: 3,853kb, uploaded 2/8/2012 6:08:30 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a fiddle tune I first learned in Memphis, TN about 25 years ago, and pull it out of the hat from time to time. It also goes by other names such as "Big Sandy River" and other similar variations. I just came across this recording in some unlabeled CDs of me picking. I am unsure when I recorded this, but I think it was probably in 2008 or 2009. This is just me picking banjo, and is my version of this cool fiddle tune. Enjoy :)
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Crying Holy Unto The Lord (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
2 people like this

Play count: 170
Size: 2,643kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:15:47 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Dancing Gracie (An original tune)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jeff Tolson

 
4 people like this

Play count: 238
Size: 2,641kb, uploaded 11/8/2009 11:21:28 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a tune by my mandolin-playing friend Jeff Tolson of Oak Ridge, TN. He showed me this tune and 15 minutes later we had this scratch recording worked up (we played it live on tv later that night). Not bad for 1/4 hour's work. This is Jeff on mandolin and me on banjo in Jeff's living room, recorded 11/7/2009. (C)(P) by Jeff Tolson. Enjoy.
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Dancing with the Angels (live gig)

Posted by banjoy

 
2 people like this

Play count: 321
Size: 4,027kb, uploaded 10/7/2009 6:25:05 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


Wes Wyatt Band. This is our live rendition of this well-known Peter Rowan song. Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording.
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Dear Old Dixie (relaxed living room jam sesssion)

Posted by banjoy

 
9 people like this

Play count: 368
Size: 4,238kb, uploaded 3/10/2012 10:07:33 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm still dusting off some of these cool old jam session recordings... This is a cool traditional ragtime tune "Dear Old Dixie" ... and this is a realistic tempo too!! I promise I won't wear you guys out with these old recordings ... but a few of these have a real nice feel to them, and the feedback I've been getting has encouraged me to post a few more for that jam session... Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. I hope you enjoy smiley In memory of Marvin Gideon
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Deep River Blues (band practice 5-31-2012) RIP Doc

Posted by banjoy, written by Doc Watson

 
4 people like this

Play count: 237
Size: 2,926kb, uploaded 6/2/2012 6:48:42 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is our band "Fayssoux McLean and The Bluegrass Messengers" working up this tune last week at practice. Wes Wyatt, lead guitar and lead vocal; Fayssoux McLean guitar and harmony vocals; Steve Garret on bass; Frank Eastes on banjo. We've never really worked this up before, so this will get better soon. In loving memory of Doc Watson. I hope you enjoy.
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Deep River Blues (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Doc Watson

 
4 people like this

Play count: 237
Size: 3,604kb, uploaded 10/1/2012 1:41:08 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. This is another cut of this great blues tune made popular by Doc Watson.Wes Wyatt on guitar and lead vocal. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Devil's Dream (5-piece band at practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by traditional

 
4 people like this

Play count: 286
Size: 4,238kb, uploaded 1/23/2012 6:43:48 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a beautiful traditional fiddle tune that was recorded in March 2011 at (now defunct) band practice. The lineup is: Me (on my custom top-tension banjo), Shane Lail on guitar, Keith Cole on upright bass, David Heavner on mandolin, and George Giddons on fiddle. We pulled this tune out of the air and this was the 2nd take on trying to work it up. Since it had been years since I dusted this tune off, I am a little rusty at the beginning, then it comes back to me by the end of the recording, where I am dropping in some note-for-note harmony on banjo. Recorded on a cheap digital voice recorder, so it's a tad hot. This is a cool snapshot of the organic process of how tunes are worked up in a band. And, a slightly different arrangement of this cool old fiddle tune. Enjoy!
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Devil's Train (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 99
Size: 1,814kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:05:20 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Dobro Waltz (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 108
Size: 4,375kb, uploaded 10/23/2012 2:13:04 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Dobro Waltz (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
2 people like this

Play count: 178
Size: 3,155kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:07:32 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


I am unsure of the origin of this tune and wonder if was written by Monroe Queener? Monroe does some very cool harmonics in this tune. Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Don't This Road Look Rough & Rocky (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 166
Size: 4,544kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:18:43 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


David Perkins (guitar, lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro), Shelly Perkins, (harmony), D. Stout (bass), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

 
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Play count: 115
Size: 3,625kb, uploaded 10/26/2012 9:06:56 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). On this cut David's wife Shelley added some harmony vocal, and Monroe Queener sat out. Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Duskus (arrangment)

Posted by banjoy

 
3 people like this

Play count: 346
Size: 5,673kb, uploaded 10/7/2009 4:28:57 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


This is my late-night, basement grunge tape rendition of this beautiful tune "Duskus" on Tony Furtado's "Within Reach" CD. You just don't hear people playing this wonderful tune, so I'm including it here. Another tune recorded twin banjos in one take, slop and all to a tick track which was then added to weeks later as a friend was learning how to use his digital recorder. This is one of those tunes where less is more. Never intended to be anything other than a basement tape, another sloppy but fun recording, hope you enjoy. Recording by Kent Bilbrey, thanks Kent.
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Duskus (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Tony Furtado

 
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Play count: 133
Size: 4,014kb, uploaded 12/31/2011 1:49:59 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime in March 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. This is another take at this cool tune which is from Tony Furtado's "Within Reach" CD. For practice and educational use only. a very cool tune you don't jam on much ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Early Morning Rain (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Gordon Lightfoot

 
5 people like this

Play count: 429
Size: 3,692kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:11:59 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar and lead volcal.
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Falling Leaves (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Grandpa Jones

 

Play count: 112
Size: 4,525kb, uploaded 10/26/2012 9:05:24 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Falling Leaves (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 116
Size: 3,822kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:12:08 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Monroe Queener (dobro), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Fireball (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 228
Size: 3,068kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:06:35 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Foggy Mountain Rock (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 
2 people like this

Play count: 138
Size: 1,897kb, uploaded 10/23/2012 2:12:23 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Foggy Mt. Rock (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 284
Size: 2,185kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 2:50:48 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Four Strong Winds

Posted by banjoy, written by Ian Tyson

 
3 people like this

Play count: 259
Size: 4,276kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 8:54:11 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool song written by Ian Tyson. This is based on Tony Rice's arrangement. As these are practice tracks, expect a few mistakes or occasional fumbling, and a little conversation going on too. We were laying these down one after another to learn each other's material. I'm sharing a few select tracks here which I think are cool takes on these tunes ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Freeborn Man (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Mark Lindsey and Keith Allison

 
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Play count: 105
Size: 3,974kb, uploaded 10/4/2012 10:05:00 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. This is our high-energy take on this cool tune. Sung here by Wes Wyatt, also on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Freight Train Boogie (live gig)

Posted by banjoy, written by Mac Benford

 
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Play count: 220
Size: 4,876kb, uploaded 2/23/2012 6:04:23 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Wes Wyatt Band (one permutation of that group). This is our rendition of the this cool song by Mac Benford and recorded by lots of different artists. Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar and lead vocal) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording. And, thanks to John, who owns Country Jam, for adding the freight train whistle on-the-fly as we played the tune.
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Ginseng Sullivan (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Norman Blake

 
3 people like this

Play count: 130
Size: 3,246kb, uploaded 9/28/2012 12:59:04 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. A cool tune by Norman Blake. Wes Wyatt on lead vocal and guitar. I'm picking 5-string and doing some pretty weak harmony vocal... For some reason my voice was off that night. But still a fun listen. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Give Me My Flowers (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 229
Size: 4,179kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 2:52:53 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro, vocals), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Give Me My Flowers While I'm Living (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs

 
2 people like this

Play count: 96
Size: 3,292kb, uploaded 10/19/2012 4:17:12 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Gold Rush (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 233
Size: 4,327kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:14:06 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar and lead volcal.
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Gold Rush (relaxed living room jam session 2006)

Posted by banjoy

 
7 people like this

Play count: 263
Size: 5,137kb, uploaded 3/10/2012 9:22:49 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm still dusting off some of these cool old jam session recordings... This is a cool traditional fiddle tune "Gold Rush" ... and this is a realistic tempo too!! Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. Posted in memory of Marvin Gideon, my good friend, rest in peace.
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Grandfathers Clock (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 237
Size: 1,307kb, uploaded 1/27/2012 11:08:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm slowly digging up these old jam recordings from last year and will post several one at a time, over the next few days that I've never shared here before. This was recorded sometime between early March and late April 2011 on a Zoom digital recorder. I'm just now getting around to sharing some of these... This is me picking on my Nechville Athena and Tyler is picking his Santa Cruz dreadnought. We do only one pass through the tune but it give you the idea anyway. Enjoy.
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HELP ME REMEMBER THE TUNE NAME 1 (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 326
Size: 3,081kb, uploaded 10/24/2012 3:23:03 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THIS TUNE? I'd be appreciative for any help remembering the title! Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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HELP ME REMEMBER THE TUNE NAME 2 (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 170
Size: 4,287kb, uploaded 10/24/2012 3:24:08 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THIS TUNE? I'd be appreciative for any help remembering the title! Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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HELP ME REMEMBER THE TUNE NAME 3 (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 175
Size: 2,796kb, uploaded 10/24/2012 3:24:36 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF THIS TUNE? I'd be appreciative for any help remembering the title! Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Hobo Song (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jack Bonus

 

Play count: 104
Size: 5,537kb, uploaded 10/4/2012 10:07:52 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. This is our take on this cool tune by Jack Bonus Sung here by Wes Wyatt, also on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Hobo Song (live gig)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jack Bonus

 
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Play count: 319
Size: 4,535kb, uploaded 10/7/2009 6:26:38 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


Wes Wyatt Band. This is our live rendition of this well-known song written by Jack Bonus. Wes forgot an entire verse but we made up for it with extra lead breaks (LOL). Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording.
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I Wonder How Old Folks Are At Home (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 237
Size: 3,678kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:14:42 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


David Perkins (guitar, lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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In The Gravel Yard (5 piece band at practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Doyle Lawson

 
3 people like this

Play count: 217
Size: 4,752kb, uploaded 1/25/2012 9:14:43 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a home recording of band working up this cool song by Doyle Lawson, recorded in March 2011 at (now defunct) band practice. The lineup is: Me (on my custom top-tension banjo) and harmony vocal, Shane Lail on guitar and harmony vocal, Keith Cole on upright bass, David Heavner on mandolin and singing lead vocal, and George Giddons on fiddle. Recorded on a cheap digital voice recorder, so it's a tad hot. The baritone part I'm singing is near the upper limits of my range but I hit it anyway LOL. At the end of the recording you can hear us working up on-the-fly how it should end. This is another cool snapshot of the organic process of how tunes are worked up in a band.
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Isle of Dreams (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 347
Size: 3,267kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 2:49:49 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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It's Too Late Now to Worry Anymore (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Joe Pope

 
1 person likes this

Play count: 151
Size: 2,761kb, uploaded 10/20/2012 4:48:45 PM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Jerusalem Ridge (relaxed living room jam session)

Posted by banjoy, written by Bill Monroe

 
4 people like this

Play count: 282
Size: 7,278kb, uploaded 3/12/2012 6:15:49 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Ok I'm almost finished with these posts from this jam session... This was 5 friends jamming in Knoxville on the well known Bill Monroe instrumental Jerusalem Ridge which is a fun, haunting tune to pick. This cut is pretty long, almost 6 minutes. We got into "the groove" apparently! This recording captured my first version of this tune back then (6 years ago), I hope to be recording my current take on this tune. This tune definitely lends itself to some pretty banjo work... Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. In memory of Marvin Gideon
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John Hardy (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 
4 people like this

Play count: 263
Size: 5,913kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:17:29 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar and lead volcal.
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June Apple (5 buddies jamming in Knoxville)

Posted by banjoy

 
4 people like this

Play count: 207
Size: 4,520kb, uploaded 3/8/2012 1:10:23 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


A cool traditional instrumental. Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. Posted in memory of Marvin Gideon, my good friend, rest in peace.
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Kansas City Kitty (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 172
Size: 2,153kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:10:02 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Kentucky (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 
2 people like this

Play count: 94
Size: 4,419kb, uploaded 10/26/2012 1:32:26 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Kentucky (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 87
Size: 2,963kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:13:20 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Listening To The Rain (living room jam, 2009)

Posted by banjoy, written by Don Devaney

 
2 people like this

Play count: 210
Size: 2,193kb, uploaded 2/21/2012 3:26:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Wow this tune was buried in a stack of living room recordings made back in November 2009. This is me and a guitar picking buddy, Tyler Balkind, playing this cool tune by Don Devaney and made popular by The Osbourn Brothers. This was recorded on a cheap digital recorder, so it's very hot. It's just me and Tyler breezing through songs, so it is what it is. But, it's a cool tune, an interesting take on it I wanted to share... In this recording, Tyler is singing lead and I'm playing my top tension 5-string banjo. I hope you enjoy :)
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Little Sadie (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 266
Size: 2,560kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 8:49:26 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this traditional song. As these are practice tracks, expect a few mistakes or occasional fumbling, and a little conversation going on too. We were laying these down one after another to learn each other's material. I'm sharing a few select tracks here which I think are cool takes on these tunes ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Little Sadie (living room jam, another take)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 237
Size: 3,372kb, uploaded 7/26/2012 1:47:01 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Another slightly different take on this tune recorded sometime in April 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this traditional song. As these are practice tracks, expect a few mistakes or occasional fumbling, and a little conversation going on too. We were laying these down one after another to learn each other's material. I'm sharing a few select tracks here which I think are cool takes on these tunes ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Little Things (original tune, live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Wes Wyatt and Doug Trammel

 
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Play count: 92
Size: 3,894kb, uploaded 10/2/2012 5:48:58 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a nice song that was written by my friend Wes Wyatt and his friend Doug Trammel. This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. Wes Wyatt on guitar and vocal. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Little White Church (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Phillip Sweet, James Lee Westbrook

 

Play count: 106
Size: 1,431kb, uploaded 10/26/2012 1:38:49 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Unfortunately, the cassette tape ended about a minute into this tune, but it's enough to get the idea :) D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). In this cut, David's wife Shelley adds some harmony vocals and Monroe was sitting out. Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Little White Church (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 152
Size: 4,616kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:02:11 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Shelly Perkins (harmony) Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Love Letters in The Sand (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by J. Fred Coots / Nick Kenny / Charles Kenny

 
2 people like this

Play count: 227
Size: 3,835kb, uploaded 10/17/2012 6:25:56 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Love of The Mountains (5 piece band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Allen Mills

 
2 people like this

Play count: 223
Size: 4,828kb, uploaded 1/24/2012 4:03:55 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a great contemporary bluegrass tune written by Allen Mills. This recording was made in March 2011 at (now defunct) band practice. The lineup is: Me (on my custom top-tension banjo) and harmony vocal, Shane Lail on guitar and harmony vocal, Keith Cole on upright bass, David Heavner on mandolin, and George Giddons on fiddle and lead vocal. Recorded on a cheap digital voice recorder, so it's a tad hot. This is a cool snapshot of the organic process of how tunes are worked up in a band. Enjoy!
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Make Me A Pallet on Your Floor (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 165
Size: 2,935kb, uploaded 10/18/2012 5:13:13 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony vocal), David Perkins (guitar, lead vocal), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes. This track was at the end of the cassette tape so is cut off at the end... I had pretty much forgotten about the melodic lead I came up with so it's nice to hear it again :)
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Mama Tried (band practice 5-24-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Merle Haggard

 
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Play count: 269
Size: 3,208kb, uploaded 6/1/2012 4:39:08 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


This is a great tune by Merle Haggard, as don by our band "Fayssoux McLean and The Bluegrass Messengers" at band practice May 24, 2012. We were just sitting around a conference room table laying these down in one take each. Fayssoux McLean guitar and harmony vocal; Wes Wyatt lead guitar and lead vocal; Steve Garret on bass and harmony vocal; Frank Eastes on banjo and harmony vocal. These folks are a true joy to play with. I hope you enjoy.
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Mama's Hungry Eyes (band practice 5-24-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Merle Haggard

 
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Play count: 178
Size: 4,022kb, uploaded 6/1/2012 4:36:06 AM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a great tune by Merle Haggard, as done by our band "Fayssoux McLean and The Bluegrass Messengers" at band practice May 24, 2012. We were just sitting around a conference room table laying these down in one take each. Fayssoux McLean lead vocal and guitar; Wes Wyatt lead guitar; Steve Garret on bass and harmony vocal; Frank Eastes on banjo and harmony vocal. These folks are a true joy to play with. I hope you enjoy.
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Man in The Middle (living room jam, 2009)

Posted by banjoy, written by Tom Harley Campbell

 
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Play count: 197
Size: 2,585kb, uploaded 2/21/2012 5:14:05 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Here's another living room jam gem I'm dusting off. I just found this CD of a jam from November 2009 and am posting a few from it. This is me and a guitar picking buddy, Tyler Balkind, playing this cool song Man in The Middle by Tom Harley Campbell and made popular by The Stanley Brothers. This was recorded on a cheap digital recorder, so it's very hot. It's just me and Tyler breezing through songs, so it is what it is. But, it's a cool tune, an interesting take on it I wanted to share... In this recording, Tyler is singing lead and I'm playing my top tension 5-string banjo and singing baritone. I hope you enjoy :)
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Manhattan Island Serenade / living room jam May 2, 2012

Posted by banjoy, written by Leon Russell

 

Play count: 114
Size: 5,177kb, uploaded 5/9/2012 4:02:27 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a very cool tune by Leon Russell. This was recorded at a living room jam session last week, May 2, 2012. Me on banjo, Wes Wyatt on guitar, and my brother Kevin Eastes on bass. Kevin lives 3,500 miles away in Portland, OR, is a fantastic bass player, and it's always fun to make music with him. I wish he were closer. For what it's worth, enjoy :)
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Manzanita: A banjo study

Posted by banjoy, written by Tony Rice

 
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Play count: 312
Size: 7,198kb, uploaded 12/20/2010 8:50:45 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I was finding a few treasures on my cheap digital voice recorder I carry around with me. This is my take on this great tune by Tony Rice. If anything this MP3, which was spliced together from a series of living room practices, should be viewed a study of this tune and shows its progression as we got it worked up over a few months, between December 2009 and April 2010 with friend Tyler Balkind on guitar. It was at his suggestion that I attempt this tune at all. I think we got maybe 90% toward nailing it before moving on to other stuff. Maybe I'll dust the tune off again soon. Hope you enjoy.
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Me and My Guitar

Posted by banjoy, written by James Taylor

 
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Play count: 155
Size: 4,096kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 9:00:08 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool song written by James Taylor. This is based on Tony Rice's arrangement. I'm not real thrilled about my lead rides here but hey, these are practice tracks, expect a few mistakes or occasional fumbling, and a little conversation going on too. We were laying these down one after another to learn each other's material. I'm sharing a few select tracks here which I think are cool takes on these tunes ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Meeting in The Air (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 89
Size: 3,757kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:03:25 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Mexico (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 129
Size: 3,353kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:24:58 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


This tune has a cool rumba beat and is referenced as "Oleo" in an earlier recording of Monroe Queener playing this tune on the "Tennessee Jamboree" live radio c1969. As far as I know, this is an original tune by Monroe Queener but I am not positive of that. Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Mind Your Own Business (band practice 5-24-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Hank Williams

 
2 people like this

Play count: 156
Size: 2,499kb, uploaded 6/1/2012 4:41:35 AM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a great tune by Hank Williams, as done by our band "Fayssoux McLean and The Bluegrass Messengers" at band practice May 24, 2012. We were just sitting around a conference room table laying these down in one take each. Fayssoux McLean lead vocal and guitar; Wes Wyatt lead guitar; Steve Garret on bass and harmony vocal; Frank Eastes on banjo and harmony vocal. These folks are a true joy to play with. I hope you enjoy.
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My Religion (an original song)

Posted by banjoy, written by Matthew Knights-Williams

 
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Play count: 105
Size: 3,496kb, uploaded 1/7/2012 11:35:34 PM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is an original song written and performed by Spartanburg area musician Matthew Knights-Williams. Matthew had recorded a more hard-driving rock version years ago on one of his albums. I really loved his tune and I talked him into recording a slower and moodier acoustic version in early 2011, and I contributed some background banjo to this cut. ©Matthew Knights-Williams.
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Natchez Trace (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Béla Fleck

 
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Play count: 189
Size: 3,466kb, uploaded 12/31/2011 1:43:36 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime in March 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune by Béla Fleck. I had just bought the tab a month prior so go easy on me! ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Nine Pound Hammer (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 316
Size: 4,101kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:20:59 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar and lead volcal.
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Old Home Place (living room jam, melodic version)

Posted by banjoy

 
2 people like this

Play count: 234
Size: 3,682kb, uploaded 1/27/2012 4:35:48 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This was recorded sometime between early March and late April 2011 on a Zoom digital recorder. I'm just now getting around to sharing a few more interesting jam gems. This is an interesting take on the common bluegrass tune. We're playing in the key of Bb, and I was throwing in some melodic stuff on the fly, which worked pretty well. You don't hear this on this tune very much. This is me picking on my Nechville Athena and singing harmony, and Tyler is picking his Santa Cruz dreadnought and singling lead vocal. Enjoy.
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Old Riverman (band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Bill Monroe

 
2 people like this

Play count: 202
Size: 5,968kb, uploaded 4/8/2011 12:35:43 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Band practice recorded 3-16-2011 crowded around a Sony digital voice recorder. This is the 4th time this group of musicians has gotten together to practice, and so this is a rough audio snapshot of us feeling around for our sound...intended for learning and practice purposes only. Enjoy:)
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Old Spinning Wheel (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 233
Size: 3,365kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:27:11 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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One of These Trains (band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Pat Flynn

 
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Play count: 178
Size: 3,689kb, uploaded 6/9/2012 2:10:16 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Another take on this cool tune by Pat Flynn, and recorded by The Newgrass Revival. This is the 2nd time our band "The Bluegrass Messengers" practiced on this tune, captured on tape May 31, 2012. Wes Wyatt on lead vocal and guitar; Fayssoux McLean on guitar and harmony vocal; Steve Garrett on bass; Frank Eastes on banjo and harmony vocals. It's band practice, so it is what it is. I hope you enjoy :)
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One of These Trains (live gig)

Posted by banjoy, written by Pal Flynn

 

Play count: 82
Size: 3,166kb, uploaded 2/25/2012 6:28:09 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Wes Wyatt Band (one permutation of that group). This is our rendition of the this cool song by Pat Flynn and The Newsgrass Revival. Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar and lead vocal) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording. Sorry about the lousy harmony vocals in this cut. We've done it much better before. The ending was my idea... Enjoy :)
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Pike County Breakdown / Al Osteen Lesson

Posted by banjoy, written by Scruggs

 
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Play count: 591
Size: 1,946kb, uploaded 12/20/2010 8:28:46 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I was finding a few treasures on my cheap digital voice recorder I carry around with me. This cut is from a session just hanging out around with Al Osteen in his teaching studio on March 8, 2010, just a sliver of the afternoon spent there. I hope you enjoy. This is Al Osteen playing banjo, not me.
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Pins and Needles in My Heart (Queener Tapes 2)

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Play count: 80
Size: 3,769kb, uploaded 10/21/2012 7:14:49 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Pins and Needles in My Heart (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 95
Size: 3,401kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 2:58:45 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), Shelly Perkins (bass), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo), D. Stout (harmonica) Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Poor Richard's Blues (cell phone recording)

Posted by banjoy, written by Sam Bush

 
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Play count: 154
Size: 593kb, uploaded 2/19/2012 4:24:51 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is the most recent tune I was working on, at the request of the guitar player I pick with. He had just bought a pristine copy of the album "Poor Richard's Almanac" off eBay, and wanted me to work up the tune "Poor Richard's Blues" off that album. This is a recording I made on my cell phone to email to Wes, the guitar picker. Since it's a cheap cell phone the quality is not all that great and my cell phone limits recordings to 1 minute. But, it's enough to get the idea of my treatment of the tune. The tune has two parts, and a bridge, which I didn't get to in my recording. The tune is in the key of Gm but I am playing in standard G tuning gDGBD. For what it is, I hope you enjoy :)
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Pow Wow (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Pete Wernick

 
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Play count: 130
Size: 3,526kb, uploaded 12/31/2011 1:37:15 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime in March 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune by Pete Wernick. I'm sharing a few cool tunes you don't hear too much ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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PowWow (another version)

Posted by banjoy, written by Pete Wernick

 
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Play count: 222
Size: 3,656kb, uploaded 1/15/2012 11:32:42 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is another take on this cool tune. Recorded sometime in 2007 or 2008 by Kent Bilbry in Knoxville, TN. This started as me picking to a tick track, the I overdubbed a 2nd banjo part, then Kent went on and added some drums, and mandolin chops, and a little guitar I think. Enjoy
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Prarie Queen (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 86
Size: 3,254kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:28:15 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Rebecca Lynn (band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Skip Ewing and Don Sampson

 
3 people like this

Play count: 163
Size: 4,328kb, uploaded 1/8/2012 7:57:24 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a beautiful song written by Skip Ewing and Don Sampson and recorded by Brian White. This was recorded in March 2011 at (now defunct) band practice. The lineup is: Me (on my custom top-tension banjo) and harmony vocal, Shane Lail on guitar and lead vocal, Keith Cole on upright bass, David Heavner on mandolin, and George Giddons on fiddle and harmony vocal. Enjoy!
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Rebel Soldier (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Charlie Moore

 
4 people like this

Play count: 182
Size: 3,273kb, uploaded 10/17/2012 6:29:19 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony vocal), David Perkins (guitar, lead vocal), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Redwood Hills (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Gordon Lightfoot

 
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Play count: 248
Size: 2,303kb, uploaded 1/31/2012 1:06:45 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. This is our take on this cool song by Gordon Lightfoot. This is the final in a series of jam recordings I made with a guitar picking buddy, Tyler Balkind. This is me picking on my Nechville Athena and Tyler is picking his Santa Cruz dreadnought and singing lead. I apologize in advance for my lousy singing, but hey, this is banjohangout, not baritone-singer-hangout LOL. Enjoy.
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Remington Ride (relaxed living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Herb Remington

 
1 person likes this

Play count: 219
Size: 5,033kb, uploaded 3/10/2012 10:26:04 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm still dusting off some of these cool old jam session recordings... This is a cool pedal steel tune "Remington Ride" by Herb Remington ... and this is a realistic tempo too!! I promise I won't wear you guys out with these old recordings ... this is the last cut from this jam session I'm posting ... but a few of these have a real nice feel to them, and the feedback I've been getting has encouraged me to post a few more for that jam session... Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. In memory of Marvin Gideon
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Right Before My Eyes (Queener Tapes 2)

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Play count: 141
Size: 3,202kb, uploaded 10/18/2012 5:08:42 AM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Rose Colored Glasses (jam session May 2, 2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Kelly Rowland

 
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Play count: 208
Size: 3,949kb, uploaded 5/11/2012 5:20:30 PM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a very cool tune by Kelly Rowland and made popular by John Conlee. It sure takes a banjo well... This was recorded at a living room jam session May 2, 2012. Me on banjo, Wes Wyatt on guitar and lead vocal, and my brother Kevin Eastes on bass. This is the last recording that I could get from that relaxed jam. I apologize in advance for the vocals. Us three have never sung together and my brother and Kevin and I sing in the same range, apparently, so we were both compensating ... but it does get better lol. I'm uploading it for the banjo anyway LOL. Kevin lives 3,500 miles away in Portland, OR, is a fantastic bass player, and it's always fun to make music with him. I wish he were closer. If I can get a better recoding of this tune in the future I'll post it too. For now, for what it's worth, enjoy :) We jammed for about 3 hours last week in Wes' living room. He recorded most of it, I think. I hope to post a few select cuts soon. We'll see...
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Salt Creek (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 396
Size: 3,248kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:22:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar and lead volcal.
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Shadows

Posted by banjoy, written by Gordon Lightfoot

 

Play count: 66
Size: 3,215kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 8:56:38 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool song written by Gordon Lightfoot. This is based on Tony Rice's arrangement. As these are practice tracks, expect a few mistakes or occasional fumbling, and a little conversation going on too. We were laying these down one after another to learn each other's material. I'm sharing a few select tracks here which I think are cool takes on these tunes ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Shadows (another cut)

Posted by banjoy, written by Gordon Lightfoot

 
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Play count: 166
Size: 4,527kb, uploaded 5/13/2012 9:32:34 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This was a treat to find on my hard drive. I've uploaded another version of this tune in the past, but this one is a nice relaxed cut of the tune by Gordon Lightfoot. Apparently we did more than one take on this tune, which I didn't remember until I found this again:) So I thought I'd share it here. This was recorded sometime between March and June 2011. Tyler Balkind on guitar and lead vocal, me on banjo.
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Silver Wings (band practice 5-24-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Merle Haggard

 

Play count: 163
Size: 3,262kb, uploaded 6/1/2012 4:30:51 AM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a great tune by Merle Haggard, as don by our band "Fayssoux McLean and The Bluegrass Messengers" at band practice May 24, 2012. We were just sitting around a conference room table laying these down in one take each. Fayssoux McLean lead vocal and guitar; Wes Wyatt lead guitar; Steve Garret on bass and harmony vocal; Frank Eastes on banjo and harmony vocal. These folks are a true joy to play with. I hope you enjoy.
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Sledd Ride (live gig)

Posted by banjoy, written by Dale Sledd and Sonny Osborne

 
8 people like this

Play count: 342
Size: 2,928kb, uploaded 2/9/2012 3:07:03 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Wes Wyatt Band. This is our live rendition of this well-known tune by Dale Sledd and Sonny Osborne. Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording.
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Sledd Ride (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Dale Sledd and Sonny Osborne

 
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Play count: 127
Size: 3,694kb, uploaded 10/26/2012 1:30:48 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Slipstream (band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Béla Fleck

 
2 people like this

Play count: 114
Size: 5,258kb, uploaded 1/8/2012 7:16:03 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is another Fleck tune I love. Now go easy on me. I had just purchased the tab a month before this recording (yeah I know, the tab came out 20 years go, I'm a little slow). I'm uploading two versions of this cool tune. This was recorded in March 2011. Unfortunately, this band split up before the first gig but we're all in contact with each other and there is always talk.... The lineup is: Me (on my custom top-tension banjo), Shane Lail on guitar, Keith Cole on upright bass. David Heavner on mandolin, and George (cannot remember last name) on fiddle. Also check out the living room version I've uploaded... Enjoy!
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Slipstream (living room picking)

Posted by banjoy, written by Béla Fleck

 
3 people like this

Play count: 141
Size: 4,757kb, uploaded 1/8/2012 7:09:35 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is another Fleck tune I love. Now go easy on me. I had just purchased the tab a month or two before this recording (yeah I know, the tab came out 20 years go, I'm a little slow). I'm uploading two versions of this cool tune. In this version I completely butcher the 2nd break but hey, the tune must go on LOL. This was recorded in April 2011. Me with my Nechville Athena, and Tyler Balkind on his Santa Cruz dreadnought. It's funny how I'm trying to explain the ending to Tyler. I listen to it now and I'm confused hahahaha. Also check out the band practice version I've uploaded... Enjoy!
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Some Old Day (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 154
Size: 3,199kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 2:56:04 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro, vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Song for Susan (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Carl Jackson

 
2 people like this

Play count: 152
Size: 3,960kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:25:08 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


A living room recording of this cool instrumental by Carl Jackson. Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjoa and Tyler Balkind on guitar.
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Song for Susan (relaxed living room jam session)

Posted by banjoy, written by Carl Jackson

 
4 people like this

Play count: 260
Size: 6,911kb, uploaded 3/11/2012 4:41:24 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I'm still dusting off some of these cool old jam session recordings... This is probably the only banjo "love song" I'm aware of ... this great tune written by Carl Jackson ... and this is a realistic tempo too!! I promise I won't wear you guys out with these old recordings ... but a few of these have a real nice feel to them, and the feedback I've been getting has encouraged me to post a few more for that jam session... Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. In memory of Marvin Gideon
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Spanish Grass (5 buddies jamming in Knoxville)

Posted by banjoy

 
4 people like this

Play count: 388
Size: 6,290kb, uploaded 10/4/2009 6:10:27 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


A cool traditional instrumental. Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) who you also hear naming the chords for the guitar players, and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. Posted in memory of Marvin Gideon, my good friend, rest in peace.
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Spanish Grass (another jam version)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 177
Size: 3,065kb, uploaded 3/2/2012 12:50:29 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I had originally uploaded this cut last May 2011, but only just now realized that there was a "choice" word that slipped through in the version I had uploaded. Oops. My bad. This is a family website so I have made a quick edit and posted the cleaner, G-rated version in its place LOL. Oh well, thus is the nature of jam sessions. Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes (me) on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar. I'm playing my Nechville Athena banjo.
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Spanish Grass (brand practice 5-31-2012)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 166
Size: 2,635kb, uploaded 6/3/2012 7:43:22 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I know, I know, I've uploaded several versions of this tune before ... but I just love this instrumental. This is a relaxed version, recorded in one take at band practice May 31, 2012. Frank Eastes on banjo; Fayssoux McLean and Wes Wyatt on guitars; Steve Garrett on bass. I really love the calypso beat Steve adds to the tune at just the right times. I hope you enjoy :)
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Spanish Grass (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 193
Size: 2,942kb, uploaded 10/4/2012 4:11:56 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. Wes Wyatt on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Spanish Grass (living room jam May 2, 2012)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 160
Size: 3,293kb, uploaded 5/9/2012 4:24:32 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a cool instrumental I learned from Dan X Padgett in Spartanburg, back in 1978. This is one of the first instrumental tunes I ever learned and I've loved playing it ever since. This was recorded at a living room jam session last week, on May 2, 2012. Me on banjo, my brother Kevin Eastes on bass and Wes Wyatt on guitar. Kevin lives in Portland, OR, 3,500 miles away, so I don't get to pick with him much. Wish he lived closer... For what it's worth, I hope you enjoy :)
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Spotted Pony (twin banjos)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 179
Size: 2,677kb, uploaded 1/15/2012 5:32:56 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


About 4 or 5 years ago a friend of mine in Knoxville, Kent Bilbry, bought an 8-track digital recorder and I spent a day or two over there laying down about 20 raw tunes, just banjo and a tick track, so he could learn how to use his new machine. A few of these "basement" recordings are already posted to my BHO home page, but just this weekend (January 14th 2012) I learned that Kent had gone on and re-worked several of those tunes years ago, and I was surprised and delighted to hear many of these tunes I had totally forgotten about. This is one of those tunes I have almost forgotten knowing, and had also completely forgotten that I had worked up a twin banjo part for it. You know, if you don't use it, you lose it!! So it was great to hear this again, and I wanted to share this tune here. It was fun. On this cut, I overdubbed a 2nd banjo track. All this was done in one take each. Kent then later added bass, mandolin chops and rhythym guitar to it and mixed down what I'm posting here.
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Steam Powered Aeroplane (as an Instrumental / living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by John Hartford

 
3 people like this

Play count: 193
Size: 3,733kb, uploaded 12/31/2011 1:33:54 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime in March 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune by John Hartford, as an instrumental. I'm sharing a few cool tunes you don't see jammed on much ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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Steam Powered AeroPlane (as an instrumental)

Posted by banjoy, written by John Hartford

 
5 people like this

Play count: 335
Size: 5,070kb, uploaded 10/5/2009 11:43:41 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


Another tune recorded late one evening while playing around with Kent Bilbrey's new digital recorder. I was messing around with John Hartford's classic song which is nice as an instrumental too (well, since I can't really sing lead). This was recorded banjo only, then Kent dropped in the other tracks a few weeks later as he was learning how to use his recorder. Kent is stepping all over me in this recording, but what ya gonna do? Basement grunge tapes. LOL. Kinda sloppy but still pretty interesting... Thanks, Kent! This was fun. If I ever make a cleaner recording of this I'll replace this one. Enjoy.
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Steam Powered Aeroplane (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by John Hartford

 
3 people like this

Play count: 183
Size: 4,418kb, uploaded 10/5/2012 11:26:31 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza on July 22, 2012. This is our take on this cool tune by John Hartford and sung here by Wes Wyatt, also on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Steam Powered Aeroplane (with vocals)

Posted by banjoy, written by John Hartford

 
6 people like this

Play count: 292
Size: 4,182kb, uploaded 1/18/2012 12:39:54 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Okay, this is the last in this series of posts from this recording session... This is a tune which I posted to BHO well over two years ago, as an instrumental take on this cool song by John Hartford. About 4 or 5 years ago a friend of mine in Knoxville, Kent Bilbry, bought an 8-track digital recorder and I spent a day or two over there laying down about 20 raw tunes, just banjo and a tick track, so he could learn how to use his new machine. Steam Powered Aeroplane was one of the tunes I laid down. At that time, Kent gave me a rough CD of several tunes I had laid down -- and I have posted the mix he had done at that time, which was an instrument-only version. I didn't know until this weekend (Jan 14, 2012) that he had gone on to rework some of the tracks, and he had added the vocals to this tune. This started only as me picking without a tick track on this cut (banjo only), then I overdubbed a 2nd banjo part and later on Kent added some bass, mandolin, and lead vocal. It helps flesh out the recording a lot nicer, although it ain't half bad as an instrumental. This was a treat for me to hear a few days ago for the first time, I hope it is a treat for you too. Enjoy.
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Sunset Road

Posted by banjoy, written by Béla Fleck

 
3 people like this

Play count: 840
Size: 4,218kb, uploaded 1/3/2010 4:43:42 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


This is one of my favorite Bela Fleck tunes, and my attempt at it. Recorded 6:00am on 1/3/2010 on my hand-held digital voice recorder. I hope you enjoy.
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Tell Me Baby (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Walter Hyatt

 
2 people like this

Play count: 122
Size: 4,926kb, uploaded 9/28/2012 12:56:34 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. This is a beautiful tune by the late great Walter Hyatt and sung here by Wes Wyatt, also on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Wes and I have never worked this up for our set lists and he pulled this out of the hat at a live gig, and threw a lead at me to boot. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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Tennessee Waltz (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

Play count: 201
Size: 2,659kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:25:55 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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The Likes of Me (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jerry Reed

 

Play count: 66
Size: 3,429kb, uploaded 10/5/2012 11:30:21 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. This is our take on this cool tune by the late great Jerry Reed and sung here by Wes Wyatt, also on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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The Likes of Me (live gig)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jerry Reed

 

Play count: 371
Size: 4,105kb, uploaded 10/7/2009 6:31:04 AM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Other


Wes Wyatt Band. This is our live rendition of this well-known song by Jerry Reed. Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording.
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The Old Hometown (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Lester Flatt

 
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Play count: 131
Size: 3,122kb, uploaded 10/20/2012 4:43:39 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony vocal), David Perkins (guitar, lead vocal), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Time in A Bottle (as an instrumental)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jim Croce

 
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Play count: 409
Size: 3,873kb, uploaded 1/6/2010 1:27:43 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


This is an instrumental take on Jim Croce's tune. This was recorded as part of some basement grunge tapes made with Kent Bilbry in Knoxville, TN sometime in 2008. I recorded the banjo then Kent dropped in other instruments a few weeks later as he was learning about his new digital recorder. A bit sloppy, this was never meant to be anything other than a scratch track but thought I'd share it here. I have never found any musicians willing to work this up with me, having been told this is basically a gag-and-choke crappy song. I disagree. I always liked the tune myself. I hope you do too.
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Time in a Bottle (with vocals)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jim Croce

 
4 people like this

Play count: 226
Size: 3,214kb, uploaded 1/15/2012 1:39:35 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a tune which I posted to BHO almost two years ago to the week. The version I posted earlier was an instrumental take on this cool tune by Jim Croce. About 4 or 5 years ago a friend of mine in Knoxville, Kent Bilbry, bought an 8-track digital recorder and I spent a day or two over there laying down about 20 raw tunes, just banjo and a tick track, so he could learn how to use his new machine. Time in a Bottle was one of the tunes I laid down. At that time, Kent gave me a rough CD of several tunes I had laid down -- and I have posted the mix he had done at that time, which was an instrument-only version. I didn't know until this weekend (Jan 14, 2012) that he had gone on to rework some of the tracks, and he had added the vocals to this tune. This started only as me picking banjo to a tick track, then I overdubbed a 2nd banjo part and later on Kent added some bass, mandolin, and lead vocal. It helps flesh out the recording a lot nicer, although it ain't half bad as an instrumental. This was a treat for me to hear yesterday for the first time, I hope it is a treat for you too. Enjoy. :)
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Too Late To Worry Anymore (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 

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Size: 2,959kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 2:57:10 AM
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Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Train 45 (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 196
Size: 3,986kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:08:46 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


I can't believe I ever played banjo this fast! Musicians who know me know I am not a big fan of fast and loud banjo pickin' so this was a real treat for me to find again! Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Train of Love (band practice 5-31-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Johnny Cash

 

Play count: 166
Size: 2,538kb, uploaded 6/2/2012 8:50:01 AM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is our band "Fayssoux McLean and The Bluegrass Messengers" working up this Johnny Cash song last week at practice. Fayssoux McLean guitar and lead vocals; Wes Wyatt, lead guitar and lead vocal; Steve Garrett on bass; Frank Eastes on banjo. I hope you enjoy.
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Using My Bible for A Roadmap (Queener Tapes)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 173
Size: 3,875kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:00:20 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen


D. Stout (lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Shelly Perkins (bass, harmony) Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/30/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine (Queener Tapes 2)

Posted by banjoy, written by Bill Monroe

 
4 people like this

Play count: 143
Size: 3,331kb, uploaded 10/19/2012 4:12:21 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Monroe Queener (dobro, harmony vocal), D. Stout (bass, lead vocal), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice January 1991 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes
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Wayfaring Stranger (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 216
Size: 5,877kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:32:18 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar and lead volcal.
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Welcome to New York (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Bill Emerson

 
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Play count: 186
Size: 2,157kb, uploaded 12/31/2011 1:55:52 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime in March 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune by Bill Emerson. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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When You and I Were Young Maggie / Al Osteen Lesson

Posted by banjoy, written by Goerge Johnson

 
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Play count: 341
Size: 3,390kb, uploaded 12/20/2010 8:34:39 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


I was finding a few treasures on my cheap digital voice recorder I carry around with me. This cut is from a session just hanging out around with Al Osteen in his teaching studio on March 8, 2010, just a sliver of the afternoon spent there. I hope you enjoy. This is Al Osteen playing banjo, not me.
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White Freightliner Blues (live gig)

Posted by banjoy

 
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Play count: 426
Size: 3,402kb, uploaded 10/7/2009 6:32:38 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other


Wes Wyatt Band. This is our live rendition of this well-known Townes Van Zandt song. Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording. (Also check out the video I uploaded of this tune, jamming in the living room.)
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Whitewater (living room picking)

Posted by banjoy, written by Béla Fleck

 
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Play count: 256
Size: 1,865kb, uploaded 1/9/2012 11:10:49 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Here's another cut from living room jam sessions in March and April 2011. This is a quick take on Béla Fleck's "Whitewater" -- another cool (and attainable) Fleck tune. I had just bought the tab (yeah I know, 20 years late LOL) and was bouncing these tunes off Tyler, a guitar-picking buddy, as I was trying to learn them. Me picking my Nechville Athena, and Tyler on his Santa Cruz dreadnought. Enjoy.
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Windy and Warm (5 buddies jamming in Knoxville)

Posted by banjoy, written by John D. Loudermilk

 
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Play count: 763
Size: 5,464kb, uploaded 3/8/2012 1:27:55 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


A cool instrumental. I have no idea who wrote it... I had shown this tune to these folks BEFORE I later learned that it's a 3-part tune, not a 2-part tune. Oh well. It's 2/3 there anyway, still a fun listen... Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. Posted in memory of Marvin Gideon, my good friend, rest in peace sleepy
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Windy and Warm (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by John D. Loudermilk

 
4 people like this

Play count: 247
Size: 2,091kb, uploaded 5/24/2011 12:34:17 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded sometime early-mid April 2011 in Tyler's living room, with Tyler's Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Frank Eastes on banjo. Tyler Balkind guitar and lead volcal.
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World is Waiting for The Sunrise (live gig 7-22-2012)

Posted by banjoy, written by Gene Lockhart and Ernest Seitz

 
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Play count: 129
Size: 2,918kb, uploaded 10/4/2012 4:10:10 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. Wes Wyatt on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.
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World is Waiting for the Sunrise (living room picking)

Posted by banjoy, written by Gene Lockhart and Ernest Seitz

 

Play count: 199
Size: 2,133kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 9:03:09 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune written by Gene Lockhart and Ernest Seitz and made popular by the likes of Les Paul. These are practice tracks, expect a few mistakes or occasional fumbling, and a little conversation going on too. We were laying these down one after another to learn each other's material. I'm sharing a few select tracks here which I think are cool takes on these tunes ... some fun listening just the same. For what it's worth, enjoy... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.
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World is Waiting for The Sunrise (raw home studio)

Posted by banjoy, written by Gene Lockhart and Ernest Seitz

 
5 people like this

Play count: 216
Size: 3,794kb, uploaded 1/17/2012 3:36:56 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)


This is another version of this cool tune written by Gene Lockhart and Ernest Seitz and made popular by the likes of Les Paul. This was recorded about 4-5 years ago when a friend of mine in Knoxville, Kent Bilbry, bought an 8-track digital recorder and I spent a day or two over there laying down about 20 raw tunes. This started as me on banjo playing to a tick track in one take then I overdubbed a 2nd banjo part and later on Kent added some bass, mandolin, and guitar. My part was done without edits in one pass, so there may be a few spots here and there but it is what it is. For me, it was a lot of fun to do it and to heard it again, about 5 years later, for the first time... This tune is in the key of C, and I play the 2nd chord as an A minor. Many folks play the 2nd chord as a C-diminished, which to my ear seems out of character to the tune, so I rarely play it that way. Either way, it's still a cool tune. Enjoy.
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