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XavierOrtiz - Posted - 10/25/2019:  21:05:09


Does anybody know of any other banjo tunes that have that kinda dark spooky vibe to it.

Im more so looking for something similar to Dismal Swamp by John McEuen

Thanks

Bill Rogers - Posted - 10/25/2019:  22:16:26


Any modal or minor tune, it seems to me. Give a listen to some West Virginia fiddle tunes. Irish tunes can be dark. Jerusalem Ridge and Clinch Mountain Backstep are dark, at least to my ear. Mostly it’s a matter of looking for them. For instance:



m.youtube.com/watch?v=npcpK6TZoG4



m.youtube.com/watch?v=4KilPKrPxTM



Same tune, different version, with the words:  m.youtube.com/watch?v=l6_BsWEpV38



m.youtube.com/watch?v=LH1VjlJOQWw



m.youtube.com/watch?v=m9SOZJgqqk4


Edited by - Bill Rogers on 10/25/2019 23:13:31

Raul Cabezali - Posted - 10/25/2019:  23:35:26


Please, take a listen to these two minorized standards:



Crickle Creep and Chill Beatham


Bill Rogers - Posted - 10/26/2019:  01:13:27


2 big likes.



Apropos of those two tunes, a link to Donald Zepp playing “Soldier’s Gloom.”



zeppmusic.com/MP3/soldiers_gloom.mp3


Edited by - Bill Rogers on 10/26/2019 01:36:02

stanleytone - Posted - 10/26/2019:  05:09:23


Bigfoot by newgrass revival

gbisignani - Posted - 10/26/2019:  06:20:02


Not sure what your really looking for here. If your looking for Halloween music or that kind of dark music I have none. If your looking for a "dark" sound like the modal sound talked about above, I really like Kia Kater.

stanleytone - Posted - 10/26/2019:  14:52:36


heres a snippet of me playing the opening part of bigfoot


JHarschPBC - Posted - 10/28/2019:  10:58:59


Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck render "Dinah/Railroad" in a minor key.



You also have Chance McCoy's cover of "Gospel Plow", played in double C, key of C minor. I'm looking to start up an old-time/bluegrass band with my fiance and we have a guitarist/mando player who's joined us. We all put in some covers and voted on what to start practicing. This was one of my picks. I loved it so much I learned it clawhammer and flat pick it on the the guitar too.



Give "Whiskey Shivers" a listen if you can. Shady Grove is great in both major and minor, though I prefer it minor. 



For bluegrass, try out "The Earl Brothers", they typically have a very haunting sound.



A personal favorite: "Hills of Mexico/Mexican Cowboy".

mander - Posted - 10/28/2019:  12:05:44


quote:

Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Any modal or minor tune, it seems to me.






Which, in my mind, says, it's how it's played, not what is played. I've heard dark versions of light tunes and visa versa.

XavierOrtiz - Posted - 10/29/2019:  16:39:49


Wow thanks everybody for all the great replies Im definitley going to try all of these at some point if I can

Please feel free to keep posting as I still would luke to hear more suggestions!

haulinbass - Posted - 11/05/2019:  12:50:52


Polly Vaughn by the Dillards

mikkel bang - Posted - 11/08/2019:  01:15:52


Uncle Sinner can be pretty dark. I think he plays really cool, and i would love to hear him play live, but no chance in hell for him coming to Denmark (Well, THATS dark)



youtube.com/watch?v=dsbSBoJV4kg



youtube.com/watch?v=ly0FvWeETCY



youtube.com/watch?v=o_5zxFAqn-o



youtube.com/watch?v=cVIEVjEhEnQ


Edited by - mikkel bang on 11/08/2019 01:16:58

mikkel bang - Posted - 11/08/2019:  01:33:50


quote:

Originally posted by DizzleFrizzle

If you want dark, I'm your man. Just search for "southern gothic" or "doomgrass" and you'll find what you need.






DizzleFrizzle links to The Goddam Gallows. They are great. I went to a gig with them in Copenhagen, and i recorded this video. Its from the last song in the gig, and someone gave the band a spliff, as you can see (im sorry if some of you dont like that) Right after the gig, the band went cold - I guess the Copenhagen party life was to much for the lot of them ;-)

No banjo on this song, but they play a lot of banjo.



youtube.com/watch?v=crKFno9e4NA



 


Edited by - mikkel bang on 11/08/2019 01:37:49

Half Barbaric Twanger - Posted - 11/13/2019:  13:21:54


I'm not certain these are "dark enough", but Chapter VIII, "Frailing", of Pete Seeger's "How to Play he 5-String Banjo" (3rd edition, but not the 2nd) has tablature for two modal songs: "Little Birdie" and "Jinny Git Around".  "Jinny Git Around" is in "Mountain Minor" (GDAGD/ G-modal) and appears to be an instrumental (at any rate Pete does not give any lyrics).  The tablature for "Little Birdie" (GCGAD/ C-modal) is incomplete , but Pete gives a reference  "The complete banjo transcription has been made by Hally Wood Stephenson and is printed in a 1961 issue of  Sing Out Magazine, 121 W. 47 St., NYC)."  Ms. Stephenson also provided the words. 



I like them both, but I played so slowly (compared to recordings) that I think I should rename  "Jinny Git Around" to  "Jinny Loaf Around" and change the lyrics of "Little Birdie" from "Why do you fly so high?  Because I am a brave little bird and not afraid to die!" to "Why do you fly slow? Because I am a lazy bird and only want to fly low" smiley.   



Bill

Lorilee - Posted - 11/27/2019:  08:29:17


Jack,
THANK YOU for posting the Abigail Washburn link. I guess I've been living under a rock because I knew nothing about her, I listened to "Railroad" and promptly bought one of her albums off of itunes. Beautiful music!

wi_gardener - Posted - 11/27/2019:  10:01:55


Three Hunters by Jay Munly is creepy, as are a lot of his other tunes.

JHarschPBC - Posted - 11/27/2019:  10:17:13


quote:

Originally posted by Lorilee

Jack,

THANK YOU for posting the Abigail Washburn link. I guess I've been living under a rock because I knew nothing about her, I listened to "Railroad" and promptly bought one of her albums off of itunes. Beautiful music!






Hey no problem. Washburn is a great player, but a lot of her stuff is a blend of both Americana and other influences. I think she spent some years in the Far East?



 



There's some punky type stuff by The Earl Brothers. They still ring like a bell like any Bluegrass group should, but Willie and Robert (vocals) have that "life of pain" voice. They really bring out the high lonesome sound.



 



.357 Stringband is another good group. They have some punk influence too. Imagine if The Misfits was a Bluegrass group. They're a little campy, but they're an awesome band.

Noah Cline - Posted - 11/27/2019:  11:47:32


Here's a sampling of some dark tunes I can think of at the moment.


WVDreamin - Posted - 11/27/2019:  12:25:04


 



Pretty Polly

rickhayes - Posted - 11/27/2019:  14:19:18


How about this one:


mike gregory - Posted - 11/27/2019:  14:47:49


How about the slaughter every baby in a small nation, from newborn to age 2, just to keep the local ruler's butt in the Big Chair?


Surfbrah - Posted - 11/27/2019:  15:09:02


Wow..... amazing grew listening to punk ,and metal. I have never heard bluegrass, and punk mixed together before. It's awesome!!!!! . I would love to know more of these bands names.

Surfbrah - Posted - 11/27/2019:  19:17:51


quote:

Originally posted by Surfbrah

Wow..... amazing I grew up listening to punk ,and metal. I have never heard bluegrass, and punk mixed together before. It's awesome!!!!! . I would love to know more of these bands names. 






 


Edited by - Surfbrah on 11/27/2019 19:20:35

JHarschPBC - Posted - 11/27/2019:  19:57:16


quote:

Originally posted by Surfbrah

Wow..... amazing grew listening to punk ,and metal. I have never heard bluegrass, and punk mixed together before. It's awesome!!!!! . I would love to know more of these bands names.






These are not strictly Bluegrass, but definitely Americana:



Devil Makes Three- They are not your typical folk band. Pete Bernhard is a great lyricist who mentions everything from religion to addiction to suicide. Their latest album is definitely unlike any previous stuff, so be sure to check out songs like "Do Wrong Right", "Never Learn", and "Hallelu".



Trampled By Turtles- They keep things mostly orthodox, though the banjo player flatpicks (very well) and they feature an acoustic bass. Check out their song "Wait So Long". My favorite song is "Ain't No Use In Trying", though "Help You" is another good one.



The Legendary Shack Shakers- Without a doubt "Blood On The Bluegrass" is their best song. Tells a (true) story about a bunch of kids who committed some occult inspired murders. The banjo riff in the song is easy enough, the spotlight I think was stolen by the harmonica. 



The Hackensaw Boys- Tons of energy. Their rendering of "Gospel Plow" is white knuckle from start to finish. "Jonah" is another particularly dark tune.



Split Lip Rayfield- Honestly one of my favorite bands of all time. They're punks, metalheads, DnD nerds, and they love bluegrass. They do "Tiger In My Tank" right, "PB24SS" is quite possibly my favorite trucking song, and "Rig Or Cross" is just too damn catchy.



Everymen- I have to mention Lake Worth's favorite punk band. I saw their last show and at one point auditioned to drum for them. Cool guys.

Surfbrah - Posted - 11/27/2019:  20:20:41


Thanks I have listened to a few of those bands before. Some I have not. Sorry for the bad spelling, and missed words. I think faster then I type lol . I could not figure out how to edit.

Tony S - Posted - 11/28/2019:  04:40:40


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