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CD Review: Banjonique

Posted by Stev187 on Thursday, January 25, 2007

Walt Koken (1994)

What can you say about Walt Koken?  There's that old cliche "the title says it all."  It really applies here.  Walt Koken is banjo, and Walt Koken is unique. Be honest: how many of the tunes you know were lifted from a Highwoods String Band record?

This is another one of the banjo tapes I purchased in the early 90s when my CD player was on the fritz and I had no money to replace it.  I listened to this one in the car and while painting lots of walls.  I love this record.

Koken's style is so specific to him, and he's just fantastic.  For me the highlights are "Train on the Island," "Cotton Eyed-Joe," and his version of "Leather Britches" is my second favorite after Earl Johnson's version, which might be my favorite old-timey recording of all time.

I would never try to emulate Koken's style.  It's all his own, and it's wonderful.  Bless Walt Koken.  This is a great record.


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