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Lazy John

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Size: 4,356kb, uploaded 11/2/2008 1:35:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Gary Scheufler of Sewanee, Tenn., is playing fiddle and I'm helping out on my fearless fretless Ramsey at a private party near Pikeville, Tenn., during the Labor Day weekend. Hosts Gil and Diane Sewell are fine folks.This is a Clyde Davenport tune, played in G. Earlier in the summer, Gary played guitar, Gil played fiddle and I played banjo at Mars Hill, NC., where we dubbed ourselves the Tennessee Dogtrotters.

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Let the Cocaine Be

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Size: 2,143kb, uploaded 11/22/2009 3:32:03 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My friend Matthew Katinsky came over to the house today and we recorded this song on the first take. Matthew is playing guitar and I'm playing an old Stewart Thoroughbred with Nygut strings in the key of F. I first heard this tune from Doc and Merle Watson.

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Little Billy Wilson

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Size: 4,366kb, uploaded 10/10/2010 8:16:12 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A traditional three-part fiddle tune that comes from Alabama. I'm playing it clawhammer style on a resonator guitar with Mike Eberle on fiddle. Because I'm not playing this tune on a banjo, but rather playing it in a banjo tuning (aEAC#E) and clawhammer style, I'm not sure how this will be received here on the Hangout.

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Little Girl with Her Hair All Down Behind

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Size: 2,689kb, uploaded 9/3/2008 4:15:12 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Sometimes a fiddle tune just falls into your lap and you know how to play it without ever having played it. Such is the case with this tune. Keith Loveland, a talented fiddler from Sautee, Ga. , kicked it off and within moments I was playing along like I knew the tune forever. Keith and his wife Ginny were among those who camped and played music at Sewell-Fest in Pikeville, Tenn., where this was recorded on Aug. 30, 2008. I am playing my old standby, a fretless Ramsey.

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Little Sadie

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Size: 1,803kb, uploaded 1/10/2009 2:52:35 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The first recorded version of this song was in 1930 by Clarence "Tom' Ashley. Little Sadie may have been a prostitute. "I woke next morning 'bout half past nine, The buggies and the hacks all (swarmed?) in line, The pimps and the gamblers all standing around, They're gonna take Sadie to the burying ground." This verse does not appear in Ashley's 1963 recording with Doc Watson. eBEAB on an SS Stewart Thoroughbred, circa 1895.

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Liza Jane (Kentucky version)

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Size: 4,358kb, uploaded 11/16/2008 2:16:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is J.P. Fraley's version of Liza Jane. Notice that it differs from the West Virginia version as played by Burl Hammonds. Ed Benner of Goshen, Ind., is playing fiddle and I'm playing a Mike Dawson banjo (made locally) at a contra dance in Fort Wayne. Fades in.

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Liza Jane (West Virginia version)

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Size: 3,000kb, uploaded 8/23/2008 1:00:00 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This version of Liza Jane comes from Burl Hammonds of West Virginia. Norbert Sarsfield from Iowa is playing fiddle and I'm playing a fretless Ramsey at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering in June. We played a different version of Liza Jane when I lived in Alabama. We called it "Kentucky Liza Jane" and it came from J.P. Fraley. I just named five states in my convoluted explanation. LOL.

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Lonely Tombs

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Size: 2,447kb, uploaded 2/15/2009 1:28:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Hobart Smith, J.E. Mainer and His Mountaineers, Wade Mainer and the Sons of the Mountaineers, the Watson family, the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, and the Stanely Brothers all covered this traditional song about what lies beyond the grave. It has that mountain mounful sound that I like so much. I play it in G on a no-name "catalog banjo."

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Lost Indian

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Size: 2,270kb, uploaded 9/2/2008 6:00:59 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded Aug. 30, 2008 at "Sewell-fest" -- a two-day frolick at the home of Gil Sewell of Pikeville, Tenn. Steve Overby of Scottsboro, Ala. is playing great fiddle and I'm doing my best to support with a Ramsey fretless. aEAC#E.

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Mississippi Sawyer

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Size: 1,996kb, uploaded 3/26/2016 12:56:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is NOT the Mississippi Sawyer that you know in D. No, this is a totally different tune. I first played it about 10 years ago at Breakin' Up Winter at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. And then I forgot about it, that is until last night, when I found myself playing it on my front porch. I didn't know the name of it, but Gilbert Sewell, a fiddle player in Pikeville, Tenn., set me straight when I sent out a "mystery tune" email to friends last night. So here is Mississippi Sawyer, cross tuned in A for you fiddle players out there.

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Mississippi Sawyer in A

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Size: 2,149kb, uploaded 12/10/2008 5:58:49 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My friend Gil Sewell of Pikeville, Tenn., is playing the fiddle and I am playing banjo on this tune, which sounds like the children's tune, "This Old Man." But Gil calls this tune "Mississippi Sawyer in A," which sounds nothing like the familiar standard Mississippi Sawyer, which is a D tune. So I am calling this a mystery tune and hoping some listeners have an answer.

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Mole in the Ground

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Size: 1,996kb, uploaded 8/16/2008 4:01:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is what happens when you are home with a summer cold. Don't worry, I won't quit my day job for singing. aDADE on a fretless Ramsey.

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Moonshiner

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Size: 2,905kb, uploaded 5/11/2009 6:49:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A song about a storied tradition in the Southern Appalachians. My mother's people came from East Tennessee, my father's people from western Pennsylvania, scene of the Whiskey Rebellion. When I was back in Old Tennessee in March, playing music with friends, we had some shine in a mason jar circulating around the campfire. I remember feeling warm and happy. LOL. fCFGC.

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Moses Hoe Your Corn

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Size: 1,622kb, uploaded 4/10/2010 7:05:19 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's a fun tune that I recorded with friends in Cincinatti last weekend. Mark Ward is playing fiddle. Barb Zavon is playing guitar and I'm on the old banjer. My apologies for the recording ending abruptly. I am playing a very nice banjo that Mark made. He also makes fiddles.

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My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Size: 2,267kb, uploaded 11/21/2008 7:36:56 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I first heard this song from a live recording in 1967 of Doc Watson, Clint Howard and Fiddlin' Fred Price. It's an album entitled "Old-Timey Concert" and well worth getting. aDADE on a locally made Mike Dawson Banjo. Fades in and out.

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My Little Doney

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Size: 1,656kb, uploaded 4/24/2010 1:23:51 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Also known as "Doney Gal," this tune, played in the key of A, was first recorded in 1939 for the Library of Congress from the playing of fiddler Charles Long, of Quitman, Clarke County, Mississippi. It has lyrics and eventually I'll buck up and record another version singing them.

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My Old Kentucky Home

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Size: 3,206kb, uploaded 1/10/2009 10:30:46 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kentucky's official state song, it was written by Stephen Foster in 1850 and published three years later. The lyrics reflect love of home and family. Foster wrote the song after a brief stay at the home of his cousins, the Rowans, in Bardstown, Kentucky. I'm playing an SS Stewart Thoroughbred, circa 1895.

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New Five Cent Piece

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Size: 3,779kb, uploaded 7/7/2009 7:48:35 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded with friends during a jam at the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering 2009. Three fiddle playing friends from down South made the long drive up to Battle Ground, Ind. -- Steve Overby, Scottsboro, Ala.; Bob Townsend, Coalmont, Tenn.; and Gil Sewell, Pikeville, Tenn. Thanks guys.

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Old Chattanooga

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Size: 2,746kb, uploaded 3/14/2009 11:32:31 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I've lot of roots in Chattanooga, Tenn., although I didn't lived there much. My mother, brother and uncle were born there. My grandfather, a captain in the Chattanooga Fire Department, lived most of his life there, as did my grandmother. They've all passed onto that other shore. So while I have no kin left in Chattanooga, I do have musician friends there. Bob Townsend of nearby South Pittsburgh, Tenn., is playing fiddle and I'm helping out on banjer on this G tune.

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Old Horse and Buggy

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Size: 3,939kb, uploaded 11/1/2008 5:56:09 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I first heard this tune from a recording by the late great Kentucky fiddle player Art Stamper. I recorded the tune with Terry Thacker, a native of southeastern Kentucky and a cousin to Art Stamper. Terry apparently has a lot of fiddle players in his family and feels that fiddle tunes are in his DNA. Art's autograph graces the back of Terry's fiddle. Terry lives in Kendallville, Ind., about 30 minutes from my home. I am playing a newly-acquired banjo made by Mike Dawson, who also lives nearby in Northeast Indiana. aEAC#E

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