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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Tune of the week: Sweet Bama


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maryzcox - Posted - 08/05/2011:  14:27:25



Here's "Sweet Bama", a traditional tune from the playing of Georgia fiddler, Stanley Bailey. I learned this tune about a dozen years ago from Miconopy, Florida fiddler, Tom Staley.



I  put up a recent recording of it on my music page here at BHO for you to hear.  It is recorded on my 12" custom Chuck Lee Banjo with nylgut strings.



banjohangout.org/myhangout/mus...p?id=2729 



Hart and Blech also recorded it on their Build Me a Boat CD. (Voyager Recordings VRCD-354) Kerry says in his notes that he got it from Joe LaRose’s tape of Stanley Bailey in Enigma, Georgia



The Red Mountain White Trash recorded it on their Sweet Bama Cd. Here are their notes on Sweet Bama.



Sweet Bama:  Jim and Joyce used to spend every Thanksgiving in Enigma, Georgia, at the home of Jim’s grandfather, unaware that 10 miles down the road in Nashville, Ga., was Stanley Bailey, a fine fiddler with a great old-time repertoire.  By the time they discovered him, he was disabled by emphysema, but was still fiddling.  Here’s “Sweet Bama” as he played it in November of 1984.



 Here is an unidentified fiddler playing it on Youtube—I don’t know where he learned it.



youtube.com/watch?v=MMrfSfPWEy..._embedded



Even though it seems quite a simple tune at first listen--IMHO--this tune has a lot of heart.  I can listen to a 100 fiddle tunes right in a row--but this one still seems to step out from the crowd and invites a second listen.  Hope you enjoy  it.



Best wishes,



Mary Z. Cox



maryzcox.comcool


J-Walk - Posted - 08/05/2011:  15:17:07



Now that's a nice little tune.



You can download the Red Mountain White Trash track here:



wbhm.org/Tapestry/bands/RedMou...rash.html



I also found another solo fiddle version on YouTube:



youtube.com/watch?v=hgbY47DpwZM


Waltj - Posted - 08/05/2011:  15:46:52


Very nice, Thank you
Walt

vrteach - Posted - 08/06/2011:  10:35:51


Nice tune. I like your pairing of dulcimer and banjo on your version, Mary.

majikgator - Posted - 08/06/2011:  16:02:26



"



Nice tune. I like your pairing of dulcimer and banjo on your version, Mary.""  



"



me too.


J-Walk - Posted - 08/06/2011:  17:05:07



Fun trivia: Mary's CD also has a solo banjo bonus track of "Sweet Bama."  Just turn off the left speaker and the dulcimer disappears completely.


maryzcox - Posted - 08/07/2011:  09:25:23



quote:


Originally posted by J-Walk




Fun trivia: Mary's CD also has a solo banjo bonus track of "Sweet Bama."  Just turn off the left speaker and the dulcimer disappears completely.






 LOL cool



In July, I did actually send out  a free bonus MP3 (Mississippi Sawyer) to anyone who ordered the new cd and/or book.)  I just went to the studio this morning and taped another solo on the John Bowlin 1865 fretless that is not on any of my cds and will be sending it as a bonus MP3 for folks ordering my cd or book in August. 



I've just been having a whole lot of fun recording on that banjo and thought there may be others who would like another track of it. :)



Oh--and if you already got the cd or book in July and the first bonus MP3--but you really wish you could have the new fretless MP3--just drop me an email and tell me and I'll attach the new one for you so you can have it too.



Best wishes,



Mary Z. Cox



maryzcox.com



 


maryzcox - Posted - 08/10/2011:  14:14:19



For all of you that fiddle too--there is music to "Sweet Bama" in the Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes. cool


bhniko - Posted - 08/13/2011:  14:38:05



Terrific as always. Nice perky sound. Nice perky tune. 



Edited by - bhniko on 08/13/2011 14:39:37

bhniko - Posted - 08/20/2011:  10:19:38


Should have commented about the nice deep sound of the Chuck Lee. When I purchased my starter banjo, and not knowing much, I went the resonator route thinking most of the three finger pickers preferred the resonator. However after a while the sound was a bit bright for my ears and the clawhammer sound was much more appealing. Then off came the resonator and finally another banjo with renaissance head and nylgut strings.
Compliment to you in bringing out the best of the Chuck Lee.
And...Walking That Pretty Girl Home...dusted off the clogging shoes and gave the rusty feet a workout. Wonderful tune.

maryzcox - Posted - 08/20/2011:  11:41:33



quote:


Originally posted by bhniko




Should have commented about the nice deep sound of the Chuck Lee. When I purchased my starter banjo, and not knowing much, I went the resonator route thinking most of the three finger pickers preferred the resonator. However after a while the sound was a bit bright for my ears and the clawhammer sound was much more appealing. Then off came the resonator and finally another banjo with renaissance head and nylgut strings.

Compliment to you in bringing out the best of the Chuck Lee.

And...Walking That Pretty Girl Home...dusted off the clogging shoes and gave the rusty feet a workout. Wonderful tune.






 Thanks--that Chuck Lee has always been a wonderful banjo. I put the nylgut strings on it as an experiment and enjoyed the tone so much that I just had to record a couple of tunes on it. cool


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