The Manhattan Minstrel (This is #1400 youtube on this channel for me - the 1st on the year 2019.) Eddy Davis playing and singing a Great "Dixieland Jazz" tune by Lil Hardin and Louis Armstrong. I think this represents the real me. This is "WHAT I AM" -- "WHAT I DO". Davis is playing on his Custom OME 12" head - 17 fret Tenor Banjo. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to each and everyone of my BANJO FRIENDS. EDDY DAVIS (Only A Minstrel!!!)
Hey about a BRIDGE. I have a Jimmie Farquart bridge -- BUT, When I do these u-tubes I want to match the volume of my voice -- so, I use a full MUTE covering the bridge. It's a black rubber sponge-like mute. It's a commercial product It's the shape and size of the bridge and slides down over it. Sometime this week I'll try to remember to take it off and show you all. It quiets the banjo down to match my voice. I use it a lot so I have a string that is fasten to my armrest that keeps it hanging around. Eddy
Thanks so much for the kind words Carrie -- I'm really sorry we didn't meet at the Concert in London. I like you really enjoy the old "Jug Band Style" of music. Ikey Robinson is one of my BIG hero's on the banjo. When I first went into Chicago in the 1950's, he was playing (what was known as) "Cocktail Style Piano" in clubs on the South Side -- out where Louis and "King Oliver" made all that GREAT MUSIC! (And Miss Lil of course) Yes the Greatest Banjoists for me were Elmer Snowden, Johnny St. Cyr and Ikey with "The Rhythm Aces". It was one of the thrills of my life to in the 70's and 80's recreate Ikey's role with the great Trumpet Master Jabbo Smith. Don't get me wrong I was well aware of John Calli - Paul Smith - Howdy Quicksell - Eddie Peabody - Perry Bechtell - Etc. AND the likes of Paul Buskirk and Buddy Lee, Clancy Hayes, Freddy Guy and the list goes on and on. Playing with my HERO's was HEAVEN for me. Well, here I go reminiscing again -- That's what happens when you grow old, If you've been as lucky as I have Been. So now I leave the future to the one's like you Carrie. Eddy (A Minstrel)
Hey, Eddy - yes, I love jugband and also ragtime music. There is a great video where you play 'Boodle Am Shake'. I also found an album Eddy Davis and the Hot Jazz Orchestra of Europe' where you play a great rendition of Joplin's 'Ragtime Dance'.