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A Brushy Mountain Run - reprise

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Size: 3,253kb, uploaded 5/31/2012 11:37:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I wrote this tune last year some time after reading an article about prisoners escaping from jail; something about the tune reminded me of people running like hell. :) As Brushy Mountain was the only southern prison that I've ever seen, I gave this tune it's name. I had recorded this before, about two weeks after I'd learned it, so I thought I'd give it another go now that I have it down better. I figured that the dang rabbits had had enough tuned about getting hunted...our turn for a change.

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A1 Whistlestop Blues

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Size: 2,121kb, uploaded 6/29/2009 6:36:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is my entry into the world of Ruben variants. I play a Prust tackhead banjo in a "pinching" style, where everything is played off an off-beat bass drone on the 4th string, and the 5th is only used occasionally for colour. The string buzz is from a narrow piece of paper woven between the strings at the bridge, and the accompanying rhythm is played with a kazoo, a ballpoint pen and a fanta bottle. :)

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Black River Blues 2

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Size: 1,424kb, uploaded 5/9/2012 1:52:24 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Someone said you shouldn't pick a banjo like a guitar...I disagree. I wrote this thing snd the words to it; infidelity, murder, regrets...I may "sing" them sometime.

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Brushy Mountain Run

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Size: 316kb, uploaded 11/29/2011 3:16:40 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is a tune that I wrote myself, after I read an article about prison escapes. The only prison that I have ever personally been to is Walla Walla here in Washington state, but it didn't sound cool, so I chose the now-defunct Brishy Mountain prison in Tennessee, which both has a cool name and which I've seen relatively up close.

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Chinky-pen Pah

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Size: 448kb, uploaded 10/25/2013 5:59:01 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Hobart = hero

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Clucking old hen

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Size: 570kb, uploaded 7/8/2009 12:38:02 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Hadda do it...great tune.

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Country Blues - clawhammer picking

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Size: 91kb, uploaded 3/10/2014 5:14:59 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My noodling on Dock, drop thumb style. Just a sketch done on my camera mic for my audio memory notes

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Cucumber Land Gap 3-finger

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Size: 261kb, uploaded 5/22/2012 8:11:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I figgered out a fun way to play it, with three parts...I'm really happy with the way it turned out...nice and old-timey! I have to fix my mic...this is a cellphone recording! I'm working on a new style for me; little triplets with hammers....fun!

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Eldon Bird talks fingerpicking - Ruben's Train Blues

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Size: 1,612kb, uploaded 6/9/2009 7:24:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'm working on a faux-radio documentary to work on my recording skills; it's basically interviews and info about a fictional rural area in the Appalachians...I do all the voices and the picking. Just for fun. :)

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Funky Old Hen

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Size: 1,421kb, uploaded 7/8/2009 12:40:14 PM
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Beatbox with banjo...not a new trend, thank God.

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Ku Ku Bird

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Size: 1,199kb, uploaded 6/25/2010 8:07:51 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I don't sing much, but I thought I'd give it a go on a classic...

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Ku Ku Birdy

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Size: 118kb, uploaded 4/8/2014 9:47:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Me trying to Walter Williams my Clarence Ashley. :)

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Last Chance - fingerpick

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Size: 420kb, uploaded 12/2/2011 10:33:58 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A clip of one of my Last Chances. :)

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LOST WOMAN GONE

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Size: 557kb, uploaded 7/8/2009 12:31:38 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A tune I wrote for some gal out there...

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LOST WOMAN GONE old style

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Size: 533kb, uploaded 7/11/2009 10:34:46 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A different type of recording of the same song...

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Pony express

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Size: 1,655kb, uploaded 12/8/2011 1:17:00 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I play on my porch a lot, and stuff like this makes the neighbor kids jump around like jackrabbits...fun! I'm liking the simple mountain frail most these days; lots you can do with it. Please comment with suggestions, etc.

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RED CHAIR

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Size: 2,236kb, uploaded 4/7/2011 11:10:38 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'm not sure who rocked the cradle, but it wasn't me...this is my way of picking it...

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Talking Banjer

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Size: 864kb, uploaded 6/7/2009 3:48:24 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Just a goof...I love all them "porch" interviews...

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Z Black River Blues

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Size: 232kb, uploaded 8/1/2008 3:20:59 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One of my personal fave recordings of myself; I recorded it for an Appalachian audio horror project that I was working on, and the banjo had just a wonderful tone. Incidentally, I've posted it in various locations under the pseudonym of "Eldon Bird", a fictional banjo player from the 20's, and have fooled some well known oldtime musicians...but I won't name any names, to protect the innocent.

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