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Great Big Taters in the Sandy Land

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Size: 2,767kb, uploaded 2/16/2010 3:31:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded Feb. 12 at the One World Cafe in Fort Wayne, Ind. Terry Thacker is playing fiddle; the Rev. John Long is on guitar, and I'm playing clawhammer banjo. We call ourselves Colonel Terry and his Jake Leg Wobblers.

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Grey Eagle

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Size: 3,663kb, uploaded 8/5/2008 6:03:58 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Gil Sewell from Pikeville, Tenn., is playing fiddle and I am playing my Bart Reiter, No. 240. This A tune is totally different from the Grey Eagle that I have heard played at the Indiana Fiddler's Gathering. We recorded this tune at Breakin' Up Winter, an old-time music event held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Tenn., in March 2008. Gil is a great friend.

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Groundhog

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Size: 2,681kb, uploaded 1/18/2010 3:48:28 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Performed and recorded by The Dogtrotters on Jan. 16, 2010 at the Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. Gilbert Sewell played fiddle; Matthew Katinsky played guitar and I played clawhammer banjo and tried to sing a bit.

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Half Past Four

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Size: 4,683kb, uploaded 7/7/2009 7:21:04 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A tune from Kentucky fiddle player Ed Haley. Legend has it that he lost a child at 4:30 in the morning, hence the name of the tune. Played with friends at the Indiana Fiddler's Gathering.

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Hand Me Down My Walking Cane

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Size: 4,000kb, uploaded 12/30/2008 4:31:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A lot great musicians recorded this song back in the 1920s, including one of my favorites, Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers. While I've got better banjos, I'm starting to think that my no-name "catalog" banjo with formica fingerboard, probably circa 1920s, is my favorite for singing purposes.

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Home Sweet Home

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Size: 1,862kb, uploaded 1/10/2009 10:21:47 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

On the night of Dec. 30, 1862, two armies camped across Stones River from each other near Murphreesboro, Tenn. Brass bands for both armies serenaded the troops. Toward the end of the evening, the union band struck up Home Sweet Home and the confederate band jumped on it, with both bands playing the tune together. The story goes there wasn't a dry eye in either camp. The slaughter would begin the next morning. I'm playing this melancholy song on a S.S. Stewart Thoroughbred, circa 1895.

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Hop High Ladies

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Size: 2,716kb, uploaded 1/5/2009 3:52:36 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune has had a long history in America and has proved enduringly popular with fiddlers in many regions. It is an American 'old-time' version of the Scottish "Miss McCloud's/Miss McLeod's Reel." Known in parts of Virginia and Tennessee as "Hop Light Ladies." Steve Overby, of Scottsboro, Ala., is playing fiddle and I am playing my fretless Ramsey at a party in Pikeville, Tenn.

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How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?

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Size: 2,688kb, uploaded 4/4/2009 1:54:28 PM
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I don't have to tell you that these are some hard times we're living in right now, especially for those who have lost their jobs. This song laments hard times. Written in 1929 by Blind Alfred Reed.

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I Saw a Man at the Close of Day

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Size: 1,772kb, uploaded 4/10/2009 8:40:57 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Also known as "The Drunkard's Doom," this song extolls the evil of alcohol in a tale of death and destruction. It was recorded by G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter in 1929. I'm straining on the high notes, but somehow still managed to get the words out.

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I'll Learn You to Rock Andy

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Size: 2,849kb, uploaded 1/20/2010 6:04:50 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune in the key of A comes from Owen "Snake" Chapman of Pike County, Kentucky. Chapman said the title comes from a story that a farmer taught his slave to throw rocks at someone named Andy. Recorded Jan. 15 at Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. Gilbert Sewell on fiddle; Matthew Katinsky on guitar and I'm playing a Jason Burns banjo.

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Ida Red

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Size: 1,638kb, uploaded 4/10/2009 7:11:39 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'm playing my no-name "catalog banjo" with a formica fingerboard. I figure this banjo was made about the same time as the earliest known recording of Ida Red, by Fiddlin' Powers & Family in 1924. The Santa Clause lyrics come from Tommy Jarrell of Toast, NC.

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Jim Shank

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Size: 2,861kb, uploaded 1/20/2010 5:32:34 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Also known as "Jim Shanks" or "Jimmy Shanks," this A tune is from southern Kentucky and was collected by Bruce Greene in the early 1970s. Gilbert Sewell of Pikeville, Tenn. is playing fiddle; Matthew Katinsky is on guitar and I'm playing my Jason Burns banjo. Recorded Jan. 15 at Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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John Brown's Dream

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Size: 2,199kb, uploaded 12/10/2008 6:15:19 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Jackie Burgess is a well-known fiddle player in Alabama and North Carolina, where he now lives. I had the pleasure to meet and play music with him at Mars Hill College in June. A very nice man and great musician. Mars Hill is pretty little town snuggled in the mountains about 18 miles from Asheville, NC. (aDADE)

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John Brown's March

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Size: 2,197kb, uploaded 12/14/2008 9:42:39 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Named presumably after the abolitionist who stormed the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in 1859, and who was hanged for treason. There is some thought Brown's march was his march to the scaffold. Ed Benner of Goshen, Indiana, is playing fiddle on this G tune. I forget what banjo I'm playing. LOL.

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John Hardy

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Size: 3,429kb, uploaded 1/10/2009 10:40:52 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One payday, in a crap game at Shawnee Coal Company's camp (in what is today Eckman, WV), John Hardy killed a fellow worker. While awaiting execution in jail, he composed this ballad, which he later sang on the scaffold. He also advised all young men to shun liquor, gambling and bad company. He was hanged in McDowell County, January 19, 1894. I'm playing an SS Stewart Thoroughbred, circa 1895.

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John Henry

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Size: 1,604kb, uploaded 6/29/2010 4:27:58 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Father and son, Charles and Tim Higgins of Whitwell, Tenn., made the long drive to play music with us at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering this past weekend. Charles is playing guitar, Tim is having a ball playing my resonator guitar and I'm playing clawhammer banjo on John Henry.

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Johnny Don't Get Drunk

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Size: 3,144kb, uploaded 5/25/2009 12:34:18 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Fiddle player Terry Thacker and I, along with a few other old-time music insurgents, formed a small jamming cabal at a bluegrass festival in Kendallville, Ind., this past weekend where this was recorded. Terry is native of East Kentucky and knows a lot of good fiddle tunes from that region. This tune comes from Owen "Snake" Chapman.

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Jonah in the Windstorm

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Size: 4,224kb, uploaded 4/17/2010 5:18:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Mark Ward is playing the fiddle and Barb Zavon is playing guitar. I'm playing a banjo made by Mark, who also makes excellent fiddles. Recorded April 2 at their home in Cincinatti. Bruce Greene recorded Casey Helton of Floyd County, Kentucky, playing this tune on Jan. 5, 1977.

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June Apple

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Size: 4,302kb, uploaded 11/12/2008 9:11:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's Jackie Burgess, a great fiddle player in North Carolina, and me playing this Round Peak favorite at Mars Hill College in June 2008. I'm playing a fretless Ramsey on this one. The slapping sound is my flip-flop sandal. aEAC#E.

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Kitty Clyde

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Size: 2,935kb, uploaded 11/21/2008 5:49:53 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

"Katy Cline" is an adaptation of "Kitty Clyde," written and composed by L.V.H. Crosby and published in 1853. First recorded by the Monroe Brothers in 1937. aEAC#E; Bart Reiter No. 240.

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