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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Violent Femmes Country Death song

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camburgler - Posted - 06/24/2023:  07:37:31

Super cool banjo rolling backup in this song. Sounds like Lots of standard Scruggs licks over Dminor. I’m trying to figure it out. I think it’s an alternative tuning. Anyone ever messed with this?

mike gregory - Posted - 06/24/2023:  07:56:07

Fun fact:

Violent Femmes started as a 3 piece band, busking on the streets of Milwaukee,.

Here's a link to "Country Death Song" for anybody wants to work it out.

camburgler - Posted - 06/24/2023:  08:00:12

Thanks for the post. I didn’t know they started as a 3 piece .

Here is the version with the banjo starts at 1:10

Edited by - camburgler on 06/24/2023 08:01:32

TheBrazos - Posted - 06/24/2023:  14:25:03

Cool tune. Like the banjo

Bilhe - Posted - 06/24/2023:  17:22:25

Gnarly song, it rocks and i've always loved it. Have to put it on my banjo wish list. Its so damn dark.

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 06/24/2023:  17:51:21

Is this the version you're referring to: ?

It seems to be in sawmill tuning (G tuning with the 2nd string raised to C); I'm not sure about the 5th string. The giveaway is those 7th-fret harmonics at 2:36.

camburgler - Posted - 06/25/2023:  06:01:25

Quick google search and I found out that it was Tony Trischka. Lol. Maybe I’ll just ask him.

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