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 TOTW 18 May 2017 - Skillet Good and Greasy

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RG

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05/18/2017 23:21:30 View RG's MP3 Archive View RG's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Was going to do another tune for this weeks TOTW, but got busy at work and had a small window to record, so banged this oldie but goodie out for this week, a classic banjo song that was first recorded by Uncle Dave who may (or may not) have learned it from African-American sources, not going to get into the meaning of the song, it's been around a long time and recorded under a bunch of different names, so here's just a few, a cursory internet search will turn up a plethora of versions, here's some of my favorite's...

UDM  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bkLnWN9WSA

​Leroy Troy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V41dO_CSXUU

Doc Watson & Clarence "Tom" Ashley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn1vp8Tf4Y4

Stringbean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBEBbaHqzRc 

Whitetop Mountain Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKrFPyIan18

Mississippi John Hurt (he titled it "Payday") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-p214l5QLI

And probably my all time favorite version is included here...Sid Hemphill, Lucuis Smith, Alec Askew and Will Head...I've included the link for their entire LOC recordings because they're so dang great https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTjA1a1CjQs listen all the way through and you'll find it...

And lastly, my version is here, a little different take on it, probably influenced by the playing of Lewis "Big Sweet" Hairston, two finger thumb lead on my 1974 Ome "X" tuned a full step down from gDGBD...it's a pretty easy song to figure out, have fun...

 



Edited by - RG on 05/18/2017 23:23:55

Don Huber

United States
2268 posts since 12/11/08

05/19/2017 00:59:08View Don Huber's MP3 Archive View Don Huber's Photo Albums View Don Huber's Blog Reply with Quote

I wish there were more courageous souls who would post songs for TOTW!

What really caught my ear was despite the difference in tempo and banjo styles how the recordings by Ashley and RG were so complimentary. I hope that makes sense. Those were my two favorite recordings posted here, btw.

In the grand scheme, I like Big Sweet's version the very best of all!

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thisoldman

United States
1046 posts since 5/2/12

05/19/2017 04:50:04 View thisoldman's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Ah -- one of the first tunes I learned when I started playing banjo. And I remember how the wife and grandkids laughed about the title. .  Here is a 2ftl tab for the tune https://2ftlbanjer.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/gdgbd-skillet-good-and-greasy.pdf

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janolovPlayers Union Member

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05/19/2017 07:35:25View janolov's MP3 Archive View janolov's Photo Albums View janolov's Blog Reply with Quote

I first heard this tune played by Bob Siggins on the album Old Time Banjo Project (Electra-7276) which where recorded in the early 1960's. I uploaded his version here: http://www.banjohangout.org/song/40190

If anybody want to listen or download the whole album go here: https://www.downhomeradioshow.com/2010/09/elektra-old-time-banjo-project-lp/ (musicians: John Cohen, Hank Schwartz, Peter K. Siegel, (active BHO member!), Winnie Winstonand Bill Vanaver).


Edited by - janolov on 05/19/2017 07:50:57

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JanetBPlayers Union Member

5575 posts since 6/27/09

05/19/2017 08:04:23View JanetB's MP3 Archive View JanetB's Photo Albums View JanetB's Blog Reply with Quote

A good song for you down-home mountain boys and a real nice recording, RG.  Your banjo is unbelievably expressive!  Here's the version I think of:

 

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vrteachPlayers Union Member

United States
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05/19/2017 08:18:10View vrteach's MP3 Archive View vrteach's Photo Albums View vrteach's Blog Reply with Quote

Good choice, RG


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Chris Berry

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05/19/2017 09:55:56View Chris Berry's MP3 Archive Reply with Quote

Nice recording, Rick!

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Chris Berry

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05/19/2017 09:57:44View Chris Berry's MP3 Archive Reply with Quote

Here's a nice version (no banjo) that's a little bit different:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oADsyFEz7aU


Edited by - Chris Berry on 05/19/2017 09:58:18

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Tobus

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05/19/2017 11:18:37 View Tobus's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Great pick!  I'm generally not one for songs, and prefer my OT fiddle tune fare.  I haven't sung in public since my forced choir days as a child.  But I've been sort of itching to try an actual song to work up for my weekly jam so I can surprise everybody with my craptastic singing voice.  Plus, I've been looking for the right 2-finger thumb lead piece to motivate me.  I think this one fits the bill on both accounts!

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RG

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05/19/2017 17:08:01View RG's MP3 Archive View RG's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Thanks all, much appreciated!  Forgot that Mississippi Sheiks version Chris, outstanding!!!! 

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JanetBPlayers Union Member

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05/21/2017 14:20:09View JanetB's MP3 Archive View JanetB's Photo Albums View JanetB's Blog Reply with Quote

I had some fun with the Electra Old Time Banjo Project which Jan posted.  Bob Siggins is the banjo player, though I don't know much about him yet.  The tab is pretty straight-forward if you want to try a clawhammer version.


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RG

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05/21/2017 18:17:33View RG's MP3 Archive View RG's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Great version Janet, love your take on it, very cool!


Edited by - RG on 05/21/2017 18:32:34

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janolovPlayers Union Member

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05/22/2017 09:32:31View janolov's MP3 Archive View janolov's Photo Albums View janolov's Blog Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by JanetB
 

I had some fun with the Electra Old Time Banjo Project which Jan posted.  Bob Siggins is the banjo player, though I don't know much about him yet.  The tab is pretty straight-forward if you want to try a clawhammer version.


I think this is some information about Bob Siggins

:https://www.scripps.edu/newsandviews/e_20131118/etc.html

https://www.discogs.com/artist/683916-Bob-Siggins

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TomcatToo

3 posts since 2/12/17

05/22/2017 11:59:41 Reply with Quote

Janet B, what program did you use to make the tab for this song? I would like a good one that makes readable tab so I can do some tabs for my own use (at least to start). Thanks, Tom

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JanetBPlayers Union Member

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05/22/2017 19:28:01View JanetB's MP3 Archive View JanetB's Photo Albums View JanetB's Blog Reply with Quote

Tom, I use TablEdit.  You can contact BHO member Matthieu Leschemelle or go to http://www.tabledit.com/.  It's a great program you can get for either PC or Mac.

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TomcatToo

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05/23/2017 07:01:26 Reply with Quote

Thanks a lot Janet. I thought that might be what you used but I wanted to be sure.

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Marc Nerenberg

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05/23/2017 07:08:54View Marc Nerenberg's MP3 Archive View Marc Nerenberg's Photo Albums View Marc Nerenberg's Blog Reply with Quote

This is a great thread! And terrific version, RG!

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