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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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Cumberland Gap

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Size: 2,047kb, uploaded 2/13/2021 8:07:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My version, relative open D

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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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My Dock-ish Polly

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Size: 1,847kb, uploaded 5/5/2021 8:37:49 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Dock is my co-pilot.

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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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