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A Bottle of Wine and a Ginger Cake

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Size: 2,633kb, uploaded 1/17/2010 9:57:57 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The Dogtrotters recently played the Firefly Cofee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. Here we kickoff with the tune called "A Bottle of Wine and a Ginger Cake." Afterward, fiddle player Gilbert Sewell of Pikeville, Tenn. talks about Blaine Smith. I'm playing this G tune on a Fairbanks No. 7 Whyte Laydie, although the recording does not give it justice.

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Abe's Retreat, aka The Battle of Bull Run

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Size: 2,653kb, uploaded 3/28/2009 4:36:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Bob White from Huntsville, Ala., is a rocket scientist and also one of my favorite fiddle players. He's a virtual walking library of tunes and always generous in sharing his knowledge. Strangely enough, at this past Breakin' Up Winter was the first time he and I sat down to record some tunes together. We're sitting outside in March in shirtsleeve weather near Lebanon, Tenn.

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Alabama Gals

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Size: 2,819kb, uploaded 11/16/2008 1:36:40 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The only Southern fiddle player that this Alabama banjo player has yet found in Northeast Indiana is Terry Thacker, a native of Kentucky and cousin to the late great Art Stamper. Terry lives 30 minutes north of me in Kendallville. Here we're playing a tune that some of you might think of as Buffalo Gals. But Terry and I are here to educate you. LOL. Fades in to start.

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Altamont

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Size: 3,693kb, uploaded 10/3/2009 8:09:19 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering in June 09. I learned this tune from Bob Townsend, a great fiddle player from Coalmont, Tenn. Bob was among a group of friends from Tennessee who drove many hours to attend this event.

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Bacon Rind

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Size: 2,637kb, uploaded 12/7/2009 12:04:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

We call ourselves Colonel Terry and the Jake Leg Wobblers. Here we're playing an old Kentucky fiddle tune in G called "Bacon Rind" at the Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. Terry Thacker is playing fiddle, Matthew Katinsky on guitar and me playing a fretless Enoch tradesman on this particular tune. Terry was recently named an official Kentucky colonel by the state's governor.

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Bamalong

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Size: 3,232kb, uploaded 12/2/2008 8:19:36 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is an original tune that I came up with while watching Alabama football on TV. What a storied season this has been. aEAC#E on Bart Reiter, No. 240. Oh, just one more thing: Roll Tide!

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Betty Baker

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Size: 3,863kb, uploaded 10/3/2009 4:45:42 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune was a staple of Kentucky fiddle player Hiram Stamper. A fellowship of friends did it justice at the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering in June 09.

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Bile Them Cabbage Down

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Size: 9,443kb, uploaded 6/28/2011 3:51:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded while busking at the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday, June 25, 2011. You'll hear me thanking those folks who are tipping. Not quite happy with the quality of the sound recording ... or my singing.

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Black Snake Bit Me on the Toe

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Size: 2,727kb, uploaded 10/3/2009 8:15:56 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As so many of my field recordings really highlight the playing of others, such is the case here. Steve Overby of Scottsboro, Alabama, was among a group of friends that traveled to attend the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering. He is playing a tune here on the fiddle that I don't know, but I soon got the hang of it. I thought you might like this Clyde Davenport tune.

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Black-Eyed Suzie

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Size: 3,588kb, uploaded 6/17/2010 5:47:07 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A host of musician friends spent the weekend at my home a few weeks ago and we had a ball. Most people think of Black-Eyed Suzie as a D tune, but this version. played in my front driveway, is in A. Barb Zavon and Mike Eberle are playing fiddle. Mark Ward and I are playing banjo. Rick Donahoe is on guitar. I call them the Ohio Players because they all hail from the Buckeye state.

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Boat's Up the River (Alabamy Bound)

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Size: 1,854kb, uploaded 9/19/2008 3:21:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This song is dedicated to my friends in Alabama, which I will always consider home. Played in G out in the front yard with the poophounds on a no-name 1920s "catalog banjo," the kind most Southerners could afford. Fair warning: I'm singing on this one.

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Booth Shot Lincoln

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Size: 4,428kb, uploaded 8/2/2008 5:55:29 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This recording was made at the Indiana Fiddler's Gathering in late June 2008. Norbert Sarsfield from Iowa is playing fiddle and I'm playing my Ramsey fretless. Norbert plays in an old-time string band called the Gilded Bats. aEAC#E.

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Breakin' Up Christmas

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Size: 2,425kb, uploaded 12/21/2008 7:30:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I wish you could hear Jackie Burgess' fiddle playing better on this tune, cause he's really great. He's a transplanted Alabamian now living in North Carolina and we are playing outside a dorm building at Mars Hill in June 2008. The slapping sound is my flip-flop. Ramsey fretless, aEACE.

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Briarpicker Brown

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Size: 2,088kb, uploaded 1/20/2010 5:56:05 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded Jan. 15, 2010 at the Firefire Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. Gilbert Sewell on fiddle; Matthew Katinsky on guitar and I'm playing my Jason Burns banjo. Another Kentucky fiddle tune in the key of D.

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Broken Down Gambler

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Size: 4,141kb, uploaded 10/3/2009 8:36:23 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I wish I could be certain who is playing lead fiddle on this tune recorded at the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering in June 09. I believe it's either Barb Zavon or Mark Ward, newfound friends from Cincinatti. I miss a few notes here and there but didn't ruin it. LOL.

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Calico

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Size: 2,496kb, uploaded 10/4/2009 3:54:22 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Stephen Bland of Rochester, NY., is playing fiddle. Rick Donahoe is playing his old Kalamazoo guitar and I'm playing my Burns banjo on this field recording amongst the mud, the blood and the beer at Clifftop 09.

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Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July

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Size: 1,839kb, uploaded 3/29/2010 6:10:10 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded at Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. on March 19, 2010. Terry Thacker on fiddle; John Long on guitar and me on the banjo. We call ourselves Colonel Terry & His Jake Leg Wobblers. This tune is well over 100 years old and may have originated in Alabama. I played it last week with friends in Georgia.

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Charmin' Betsy

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Size: 2,892kb, uploaded 12/13/2008 8:27:45 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This song is a favorite of Charlie Acuff, an 84-year-old fiddle player who lives near Knoxville, Tenn. I heard him play and sing it in March 2008 at Breakin' Up Winter. Charlie is a cousin of the late great Roy Acuff.

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Chicken Pie

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Size: 1,461kb, uploaded 10/12/2008 12:58:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

It was just me and the poophounds out in the detached garage where this was recorded on a glorious fall day here in Indiana. Played in G on an no-name 1920s "catalog banjo."

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Citico

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Size: 1,648kb, uploaded 3/13/2009 5:13:00 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

On our last of three nights at Breakin' Up Winter, I went over to the cabin of Bob Townsend and Steve Overby. Bob is a great fiddle player in the tradition of the Cumberland Plateau, and Steve was at one time his student. Here Bob, of South Pittsburg, Tenn., and I play a tune that probably orginated in southeastern Tennessee. Played in G.

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