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Cornstalk Fiddle and a Shoestring Bow

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Size: 1,726kb, uploaded 1/19/2010 12:46:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Performed and recorded live at the Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Jan. 15, 2010. This is a Clyde Davenport tune, and on this particular night we were calling ourselves The Dogtrotters. Gilbert Sewell, of Pikeville, Tenn., was playing fiddle; Matthew Katinsky was playing guitar and I'm playing clawhammer on a Fairbanks No. 7 Whyte Laydie.

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Cotton Eyed Joe

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Size: 4,466kb, uploaded 3/27/2009 6:44:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

On my last night at Breakin' Up Winter, I found myself in the cabin of fiddlers Bob Townsend and Steve Overby. Gil Sewell was there. Heck, there were probably six fiddle players in the room playing this tune and I was the only banjer player. Yessir, I was in second heaven. Bob is singing this interesting version of an old classic.

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Crow Black Chicken

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Size: 6,109kb, uploaded 1/1/2011 8:49:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My friend Gilbert Sewell, a fiddle player from Pikeville, Tenn., was on top of his game when he kicked off this tune at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering in June 2010. I'm supporting on banjo and we're both singing. Our jam drew an appreciative crowd.

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Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand

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Size: 1,410kb, uploaded 1/22/2009 4:04:10 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Also known as "Give the Fiddler a Dram,' this tune was a favorite of Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers and was released in 1926. Some of the floating lyrics might suggest unionist loyalties in parts of the southern Appalachians. Most fiddle players play the tune in G, but I'm playing it in F for singing purposes.

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Die in the Pig Pen Fighting

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Size: 3,571kb, uploaded 7/12/2009 7:23:38 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded sometime between June 26 and 28, 2009 at the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering, Battle Ground, Ind. I didn't have the lyrics memorized, hence "words I don't know."

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Dinah

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Size: 1,939kb, uploaded 1/18/2010 3:36:12 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded Jan. 16, 2010 at Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. and performed by The Dogtrotters -- Gil Sewell on fiddle, Matthew Katinsky on guitar and me on clawhammer banjo.

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Down in the Willow Garden

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Size: 1,674kb, uploaded 1/31/2009 9:09:16 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

When Wade Mainer and the Sons of the Mountaineers played at the White House in 1941, President Roosevelt requested this song. I was reminded of it last night after watching a three-part interview with Wade by David Holt on YouTube. Wade performs the song at the age of 97 in his distinctive two-finger, up-pick style. He is over 100 now and we owe him our gratitude for the music he's left with us.

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Duck River

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Size: 3,204kb, uploaded 11/14/2008 6:27:22 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Not sure if I had ever played this D tune before playing it at the home of Gil and Dianne Sewell in the Sequatchie Valley in Tennessee over the Labor Day weekend. "Big Gary" Scheufler of Sewanee, Tenn., is playing fiddle and I am playing my Ramsey fretless at Gil-Fest, a old-time music party.

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Ducks on the Millpond

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Size: 6,096kb, uploaded 11/8/2015 6:23:24 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Don Summers, a fine fiddle player from Georgia, came by the house last week for some front porch picking here in Dallas. Joining us was Travis Brink from just up the road. Travis played guitar and I played banjo and this recording was made off my cell phone. I hadn't played this tune in years, so was excited when Don offered it up.

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Dull Chisel

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Size: 4,175kb, uploaded 6/7/2010 5:43:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I had an old-time music party at my home this past weekend. Six musician friends from out of state stayed with us from Friday to Sunday and we had a blast, staying up until the wee hours jamming. We recorded this tune out in the driveway on Sunday afternoon, shortly before my guests left.

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Elkhorn Ridge (with bonus whoa)

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Size: 1,832kb, uploaded 12/28/2008 1:41:54 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I've always played this tune in D, but realized that I couldn't sing worth a lick in that key. So I'm singing and playing it in A. The bonus for listeners comes at the very end when my fifth string pops. I thought you all might want to hear the train wreck.

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Get Along Liza Jane

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Size: 2,916kb, uploaded 12/28/2008 7:41:42 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One of the many Liza Janes tunes, this one could go by Goodbye Liza Jane, but I'm singing it as Get Along Liza Jane. I first heard this version from Gerry Milnes, with the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. I'm playing my no-name catalog banjo with formica fingerboard.

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Getting Away from the Federals

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Size: 2,501kb, uploaded 9/15/2008 6:47:48 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Steve Overby, of Scottsboro, Alabama, is playing the fiddle and I am following along on my Ramsey fretless at an old-time music party near Pikeville, Tenn. on Aug. 30, 2008. I had heard Steve play the tune for the first time earlier in the day and corralled him into playing and recording it with me. The aforementioned party -- Gil-fest -- is a hoot and named after the host, Gil Sewell, who is one fine fella.

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God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign

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Size: 1,275kb, uploaded 3/4/2010 11:16:20 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I may be called on to play this tune with a fiddle-playing friend at my church. First heard the tune from a Tommy Jarrell recording. Later versions came from the Toast String Stretchers and the late Greg Hooven. It's got wonderful lyrics but too hard for me to sing in A, which is what I am playing it in.

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Going Across the Mountain

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Size: 1,579kb, uploaded 11/22/2008 5:18:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I re-recorded because the first time around, it sounded too much like Handsome Molly. The tune comes from Frank Proffitt of Reese, NC., whose grandfather chose to "join the boys in blue" as did many in the mountain South. John W. Proffitt crossed the mountain and enlisted in the 13th Tenn. Cavalry, Co. M, US. aEAC#E on Bart Reiter, No. 240.

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Going Down the River

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Size: 1,442kb, uploaded 12/31/2009 7:52:12 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's a tune that I was unfamiliar with and had never played until Terry Thacker pulled it out of his hat while we were at the Firefly Coffee House on Dec. 5. Terry started playing it on fiddle and we (Matthew Katinsky on guitar and me on banjo) jumped right in. A very catchy tune. We call ourselves Colonel Terry and the Jake Leg Wobblers.

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Gold Watch and Chain

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Size: 2,718kb, uploaded 3/18/2013 11:34:32 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I've always liked this old song so I recorded it with small handheld a little while ago. Alvin Pleasant "A.P." Carter and his wife, Sara Dougherty Carter, recorded "Gold Watch and Chain," a song about love lost, at a Camden, N.J., studio in 1933 shortly after they had separated. The original Carter Family group consisted of A.P. (1891–1960), Sara (1898–1979), and his sister-in-law Maybelle Addington Carter (1909–1978). All three were born and raised in southwestern Virginia, where they were immersed in mountain gospel music and shape note singing. A.P. Carter probably rewrote this song was it was first recorded in 1929 by Ephraim Woodie & The Henpecked Husbands. The Carter Family recorded between 1927 and 1956, and were the first vocal group to become country music stars. I'm playing and singing this song in the key of A.

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Golden Slippers

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Size: 2,701kb, uploaded 5/29/2009 5:00:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Born in 1925 in Adams County, Indiana, fiddle player Francis Geels grew up with music in his home. On both sides of his family, old-time music and country square dancing were weekly events. He played for house and barn dances for many years until country square dancing began to wane. He and his wife have 17 children, 39 grandchildren and about 20 great-grandchildren. He plays on the same fiddle he bought from Montgomery Ward catalog before he was married; he has had to replace 3 fingerboards over the years. I am priviledged to have played this tune with him at a bluegrass festival on Memorial Day weekend in Kendallville, Ind.

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Goodbye Booze

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Size: 2,799kb, uploaded 3/13/2013 5:48:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Now I believe that Charlie Poole (March 22, 1892 - May 21, 1931) wrote this song but I am not absolutely sure of that. That title is ironic as Charlie drank himself to death after learning that he won a contract in Hollywood to play backup music for a film. At least, that is the story that I've heard. What is clear is that clear that Charlie was a fast living and hard drinking fellow. Textile mill worker, semi-pro ballplayer, and hell-raiser supreme, Poole was giant of American roots music with his innovate banjo playing and for heading the North Carolina Ramblers. He is a favorite of mine.

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Greasy Coat

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Size: 3,735kb, uploaded 8/5/2008 6:20:04 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I don't drink and I don't smoke and I don't wear no greasy coat. Recorded March 2008 at Breakin' Up Winter, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Tenn., March 2008. Gil Sewell from Pikeville, Tenn. is playing fiddle and I'm on a Bart Reiter No. 240, made in 1987. aEAC#E.

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