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Blue Nights (band practice)

Posted by banjoy, written by Bill Monroe

 

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Size: 2,888kb, uploaded 4/8/2011 12:43:10 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Band practice recorded 3-16-2011 crowded around a Sony digital voice recorder. This is the 4th time this group of musicians has gotten together to practice, and so this is a rough audio snapshot of us feeling around for our sound...intended for learning and practice purposes only. Enjoy:)

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Blue Virginia Blues ~ Broad River jam Mar 11 2021

Posted by banjoy, written by Leroy Drumm, Pete Goble

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Size: 2,025kb, uploaded 3/12/2021 3:48:55 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded March 11, 2021 at a small jam session in Mooresboro, NC on the Broad River. Me (Frank Eastes) on banjo, Neal Boynton on Guitar lead vocal, and John Roberts on bass, who clearly had a brain bubble for a few measures LOL!!. Relaxed no frills picking.

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Blue's Kokopelli (original tune, living room recording 3/3/16)

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Size: 3,971kb, uploaded 3/5/2016 1:54:08 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is my original tune "Blue's Kokopelli" which I've posted in the past in different permutations. This version was recorded last Thursday 3/3/2016 in Dickie Brown's music room in Glendale, SC. Me on banjo, Dickie on guitar and TJ on bass. This is the first "band" of musicians who have ever tried to take on this tune, God bless 'em. (I guess it's too weird for lots of folks around these parts.) This is probably the third time we've practiced this tune, we're still getting it down ... this is the beginning of this tune with this group, I think this has some potential... Dickie's guitar is way too quiet in the blend. We'll work on this stuff. I hope you enjoy :)

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Cabin in The Pines (Queener Tapes)

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Size: 3,075kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:11:09 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

David Perkins (guitar, lead vocal), Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes

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Carry Me Back to Renfro Valley (Queener Tapes)

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Size: 3,673kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:17:08 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Monroe Queener does some really cool harmonics in his 2nd lead break in this recording. Monroe Queener (dobro), D. Stout (bass), David Perkins (guitar), Frank Eastes (banjo). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes

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Changes (living room jam)

Posted by banjoy, written by Phil Ochs

 

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Size: 2,675kb, uploaded 2/13/2012 4:22:50 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I'm slowly digging up these old jam recordings from last year. Darned if I didn't find a few more... This was recorded sometime between early March and late April 2011 on a Zoom digital recorder, just sitting around in the living room and picking. This is an interesting take on the cool song Changes by Phil Ochs and recorded by the likes of Carole King, and Tony Rice. This song definitely qualifies as a "some thought required" song because it has so many chord changes. In this recording, I had only just come up with the "signature lick" you hear, and this recording is literally the 3rd time I had played this tune before. So I was still learning it in this audio snapshot. This is me picking on my Nechville Athena, and Tyler Balkind is picking his Santa Cruz dreadnought and singing lead vocal. Enjoy :)

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Cherokee Shuffle

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Size: 1,491kb, uploaded 5/28/2021 2:46:07 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Just a quick clip from jamming recently with me on banjo, Tyler Leonard on guitar. Recorded April 19, 2021 at Tyler's house outside Shelby, NC.

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Coffee (campfire picking Mar 13, 2021)

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Size: 2,557kb, uploaded 3/15/2021 2:03:12 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Tyler is a fast study, I run through this tune once and by the third time through he pick a kickin' lead. One of 17 cuts from some awesome campfire picking March 13, 2021 up in Ellenboro, NC. Last time I picked with the lead guitar picker was about 8 years ago, it's nice when things click like this. Frank Eastes (banjo) and Tyler Leonard (lead guitar).

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Coffee (Col. Gene & Wes Wyatt)

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Size: 2,396kb, uploaded 8/2/2010 6:22:05 AM
Genre: Jazz / Playing Style: Other

Although this particular cut does not include a banjo, I'm uploading it as part of a thread I started about this tune, and I've already posted a video of me picking this tune on banjo. This audio file from the album "Hot Guitar" from the master himself, Col. Gene Wyatt, with his son Wes Wyatt. Read some of my other posts to learn more about thse folks, but these are the folks I learned this tune from about 25 years ago. This recording was within the last 10 years and represents some of the best of Col Wyatt, a music force in upstate SC for many years...

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Coffee (encore) Live Gig 7-22-2012

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Size: 2,944kb, uploaded 10/1/2012 1:26:45 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a recording from a live gig at Brickhouse Pizza in Spartanburg, SC on July 22, 2012. A cool instrumental tune we picked up along the way. Wes Wyatt on guitar. I'm picking 5-string. This was the encore number after the crowd asked for more. I always enjoy playing this, but Wes picks it faster than anyone else I know!! Thanks to Jamison Smith for capturing the gig from the main board to his laptop.

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Coffee (fast version)

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Size: 2,857kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 9:09:53 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune written I picked up from Col. Gene Wyatt in Spartanburg, SC about 25 years ago. Just messing around with this tune a little quicker than usual... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.

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Coffee (slow version)

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Size: 2,221kb, uploaded 4/5/2011 9:10:38 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Recorded Mar 29, 2011 in my living room, using Tyler's new Zoom recorder. For practice and educational use only. Our take on this cool tune written I picked up from Col. Gene Wyatt in Spartanburg, SC about 25 years ago. Just messing around with this tune a little quicker than usual... I am playing my Nechville Athena banjo; Tyler is playing his Santa Cruz guitar.

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Coffee, living room jam session May 2, 2012

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Size: 6,341kb, uploaded 5/8/2012 2:11:15 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Here is another version of this cool swing tune. I just love it, and enjoy playing it, and spreading it to bluegrassers everywhere I go. Just call me Johnny CoffeeSeed LOL. This version was recorded at a living room jam session last week, May 2, 2012. I was going to edit it down but decided to leave it in its raw, organic form. This is a living room jam, folks! Me on banjo, Wes Wyatt on guitar, who you hear teaching this tune to my brother, Kevin, on bass. Kevin lives 3,500 miles away, is a fantastic bass player, and it's always fun to make music with him. Enjoy :)

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Cowboys and Indians (Mar 11 2021 jam session)

Posted by banjoy, written by Bill Emerson

 

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Size: 3,131kb, uploaded 3/12/2021 6:32:29 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Acoustic jamming with guitarist Neal Boynton March 11, 2021 on the Broad River in Mooresboro, NC. This is a cool tune by Bill Emerson and just fun to pick. I really like our modal ending LOL. Recorded with my Zoom H2.

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Crossing The Big Sandy (fiddle tune)

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Size: 3,853kb, uploaded 2/8/2012 6:08:30 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a fiddle tune I first learned in Memphis, TN about 25 years ago, and pull it out of the hat from time to time. It also goes by other names such as "Big Sandy River" and other similar variations. I just came across this recording in some unlabeled CDs of me picking. I am unsure when I recorded this, but I think it was probably in 2008 or 2009. This is just me picking banjo, and is my version of this cool fiddle tune. Enjoy :)

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Crying Holy Unto The Lord (Queener Tapes)

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Size: 2,643kb, uploaded 12/2/2009 3:15:47 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Monroe Queener (dobro, lead vocal), D. Stout (bass, harmony), David Perkins (guitar, harmony), Frank Eastes (banjo, harmony). Recorded at practice 12/28/1990 in David Perkin's living room, Knoxville, TN. Practice Tape (c) Frank Eastes

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Dance With Me (at band practice 2016)

Posted by banjoy, written by Orleans

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Size: 2,481kb, uploaded 6/25/2021 12:23:11 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Posted to accompany a thread on Dance With Me. This is a old and rough recording from band practice when I first learned this tune. A very relaxed vibe. We later layered in the vocals, this was just a practice tape to learn from.

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Dancing Gracie (An original tune)

Posted by banjoy, written by Jeff Tolson

 

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Size: 2,641kb, uploaded 11/8/2009 11:21:28 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is a tune by my mandolin-playing friend Jeff Tolson of Oak Ridge, TN. He showed me this tune and 15 minutes later we had this scratch recording worked up (we played it live on tv later that night). Not bad for 1/4 hour's work. This is Jeff on mandolin and me on banjo in Jeff's living room, recorded 11/7/2009. (C)(P) by Jeff Tolson. Enjoy.

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Dancing with the Angels (live gig)

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Size: 4,027kb, uploaded 10/7/2009 6:25:05 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Other

Wes Wyatt Band. This is our live rendition of this well-known Peter Rowan song. Recorded at a live gig 8/7/09. Wes Watt (guitar) Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Hinch (dobro) and Carroll Foster (bass). Thanks to the Country Jam, Blacksburg, SC for this recording.

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Dear Old Dixie (relaxed living room jam sesssion)

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Size: 4,238kb, uploaded 3/10/2012 10:07:33 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

I'm still dusting off some of these cool old jam session recordings... This is a cool traditional ragtime tune "Dear Old Dixie" ... and this is a realistic tempo too!! I promise I won't wear you guys out with these old recordings ... but a few of these have a real nice feel to them, and the feedback I've been getting has encouraged me to post a few more for that jam session... Recorded at a Knoxville, TN jam session 12-27-06 in Bob Holmes' living room on a digital recorder with pickers in a circle. Nice relaxed picking... Frank Eastes (banjo) Bob Holmes (guitar), Jim Lethgo (guitar), Marvin Gideon (mandolin) and Dennis Wilkerson (bass) ... thanks to Bob Holmes for the recording. We were all sitting in a circle with a digital recorder on the floor. The banjo is a little soft in the blend, I think the recorder was aimed away from the banjo LOL, but it's in there enough. I hope you enjoy smiley In memory of Marvin Gideon

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