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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 8/31/18 Texas Gals (Texas Gales)


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clawhammertim - Posted - 08/30/2018:  08:08:37


TOTW 8/31/18 Texas Gals

(I know this is a day early but I'm traveling to a place that has very little connectivity...)

This is a great tune that shows up in old-time jams whenever someone calls the key of C.
Someone then generally asks if the name is “Texas Gals” or “Texas Gales”. So I went hunting to find an answer.

I think that the name of the tune is like a historical envelope that holds all kinds of interesting information that is sometimes only peripherally related and sometimes directly related to the title. Sometimes the envelope holds details about the fiddler, his or her family, how the tune was passed down and learned, where they lived and when the tune might have been recorded. Sometimes the name points to a historical event or movement or battle or even something as simple as seeing a grasshopper sitting on a sweet potato vine.

An early source recording found on Slippery Hill is of the Hill Billies from 1927. This band was formed by the piano player Al Hopkins from Galax, Virginia. Here’s the lineup:
Al Hopkins, piano
Joe Hopkins, guitar
Alonzo Elvis “Tony” Alderman, fiddle
Charlie Bowman, fiddle
John Rector, banjo

Their first recording was made in New York City for Okeh Records in 1925 and they cut six sides but not Texas Gals. Ralph Peer, a pioneer in making field recordings who recorded Al Hopkins father John Hopkins earlier that year, asked them what they wanted to be called. Al repeated a comment that his father John had said the day before about them being a bunch of hillbillies from North Carolina and Virginia and said that Peer could call them anything he wanted. Their recordings made Okeh’s catalogue under the name the “Hill Billies”. Some of them were uncomfortable with the name that ended up defining an entire genre of music. They recorded again the following year for Brunswick. Brunswick released their new recordings under two names and labels: “Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters” on Brunswick and the “Hill Billies” on Vocalion. Texas Gals does show up in these recordings and yes, it seems to show up both as Texas Gals and Texas Gales.

Here’s a really great history of the band:
bluegrassmessengers.com/the-hi...ers-.aspx

Here’s a tab of the way that I generally play it clawhammer-style:

banjohangout.org/tab/browse.as...l&v=23300

Here’s a video:
banjohangout.org/myhangout/vid...&id=33414

There’s a really great 3-finger tab on Don Borchelt’s excellent website Banjr.com


llrevis - Posted - 08/30/2018:  10:56:43


Wonderful tune, beautifully played. Thank you.
Thanks for the tab. This will be my next learning project.

lapsteel - Posted - 08/30/2018:  15:03:45


Thanks for all the work you did to teach me this tune. I appreciate it!

banjukebox - Posted - 08/31/2018:  06:55:33


One of my favorite "C" tunes! Here's just another take on it:



Texas Gal(e)s


clawhammertim - Posted - 08/31/2018:  07:06:08


quote:

Originally posted by llrevis

Wonderful tune, beautifully played. Thank you.

Thanks for the tab. This will be my next learning project.






Thanks for the kind words!  The recording of this tune at Slippery-Hill.com us great listening. 

clawhammertim - Posted - 08/31/2018:  07:09:31


quote:

Originally posted by lapsteel

Thanks for all the work you did to teach me this tune. I appreciate it!






You’re totally welcome!  The Hill Billies recordings are great listening. Thanks for the comment!

JanetB - Posted - 09/03/2018:  15:32:48


Glad to have you on board, Tim.  Your tune choice is a good one, though I found it challenging to draw on Tony Alderman's fiddled version.  Your banjo version makes it easier to play and we appreciate the resources you provided.



Here is the original recording, as well as an excellent tutorial by Hilarie Burhans.  I found another youtube with a favorite banjo picker, John Herrmann playing with Chicken Train, and yet another great version at a Clifftop jam with Charlie Walden and Wayne Erbsen -- I didn't realize how popular the tune is and so I thank you for this TOTW, Tim.  



 





 



 



 




Don Borchelt - Posted - 09/06/2018:  11:36:05


A great tune choice and a great job of picking from the clawhammer player with the largest repertoire of tunes on the planet! But I think Janet is catching up with you, Tim, she knows a bunch of them already. Very nice picking, Janet. I've attached my contribution below; I am three finger picking my 10 1/2" Vega Whyte Laydie with a semi-fretless short-scale neck, in double C tuning (gCGCD). Sorry I'm a little late.


RV6 - Posted - 09/06/2018:  15:20:45


quote:

Originally posted by banjukebox

One of my favorite "C" tunes! Here's just another take on it:



Texas Gal(e)s






Great playing on a great sounding banjo!!!



What banjo/strings?



No, Peggy, I'm not going to buy another banjo.  Honest.   (Just put that in there in case she ever comes across this postsmiley)

Don Borchelt - Posted - 09/06/2018:  17:40:10


Somehow I didn't see Pat Lyon's great video when I first scrolled through the posts. A wonderful performance, Pat, it really pops!


Edited by - Don Borchelt on 09/06/2018 17:40:48

cmic - Posted - 09/07/2018:  02:05:07


quote:

Originally posted by Don Borchelt

A great tune choice and a great job of picking from the clawhammer player with the largest repertoire of tunes on the planet! But I think Janet is catching up with you, Tim, she knows a bunch of them already. Very nice picking, Janet. I've attached my contribution below; I am three finger picking my 10 1/2" Vega Whyte Laydie with a semi-fretless short-scale neck, in double C tuning (gCGCD). Sorry I'm a little late.






Superb rendition of this tune. Thank you don't (and you are not late !)

Randy Adams - Posted - 09/09/2018:  07:16:39


I love to listen to all the different banjo versions!


Don Borchelt - Posted - 09/11/2018:  11:52:44


Very nice picking, Randy. I especially like that funky slide you start putting in the A part the second time through. I gotta start doing that.

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