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Old Kentucky Whiskey

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Size: 2,083kb, uploaded 12/19/2009 9:13:30 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's Col. Terry and the Jake Leg Wobblers playing Old Kentucky Whiskey at Firefly Coffee House in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Dec. 5. I don't think the coffee house patrons knew or understood what hit them. Terry Thacker on fiddle, Matthew Katinsky on guitar and I'm the Wobbler on banjo. Fades in.

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Old Yeller Dog

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Size: 2,888kb, uploaded 8/1/2008 3:17:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I learned Old Yeller Dog Come Trottin' Through the Meeting House from Charlie Acuff, an 88-year-old fiddle player from Knoxville, Tenn. He was a featured artist at Breakin' Up Winter, an old-time music event in March 2008 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Tenn. Charlie learned the tune from his father. Old Yeller Dog was originally a minstrel tune published in 1858 as "Down in Alabam" or "Aint I Glad I Got Out De Wilderness." You may think of it as the "Old Gray Mare." Played in G on a Fairbanks Whyte Ladie.

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Old Zip Coon (Turkey in the Straw)

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Size: 2,770kb, uploaded 11/16/2008 4:45:16 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From Ceolas: "The title of this popular tune comes from lyrics of a widely known minstrel song of the 1800's. In the early history of blackface minstrels, Colonel T. Allston Brown stated, "the tune of 'Zip Coon' was taken from a rough jig dance called 'Natchez Under the Hill,' where the boatmen, river pirates, gamblers and courtesans congregated for the enjoyment of a regular hoe-down, in the old time." Steve Overby is playing fiddle and I'm playing a Ramsey fretless. Fades in.

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Only Remembered

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Size: 2,550kb, uploaded 11/22/2008 7:16:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'm singing in a lower key of f while playing a no-name, 1920s "catalog" banjo. Conflicting sources on words and music. One source claims John R. Sweeney and William J. Kirkpatrick, from "On Joyful Wing, A Book of Praise and Song," published in 1886. Another claim is that Dr. Horatious Bonar, of Edinburg, Scotland, wrote the words of this hymn, set to music in 1891 by Ira D. Sankey. What is clear is that it is common domain.

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Oscar Overturf's No. 11

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Size: 2,937kb, uploaded 7/2/2010 4:29:14 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Steve Overby of Scottsboro, Ala., is leading off a fiddle tune that came from Oscar Overturf of Grundy County, Tenn., who died in 1988 at the age of 88. We have since referred to this unnamed tune as Oscar's No. 11. I'm playing my trusty Burns banjo. Recorded at the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, June 26, 2010.

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Paddy Won't You Drink Some Good Old Cider

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Size: 3,494kb, uploaded 10/3/2009 4:55:11 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Mark Ward and Barb Zavon from Cincinnati are lead fiddle on this tune recorded at the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering in June 09. Met them there and have since become fast friends. Like me, they're also fugitives from justice. Mark makes high quality fiddles and banjos.

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Police

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Size: 2,972kb, uploaded 11/12/2008 8:49:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My good friend Gil Sewell of Pikeville, Tenn., is playing fiddle and I'm screaching and playing my Bart Reiter on this A tune. Recorded at Breakin' Up Winter in Lebanon, Tenn., in March 2008. Tommy Jarrell's version remains unsurpassed in my humble opinion.

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Possum Up a Gum Stump

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Size: 1,710kb, uploaded 3/13/2009 5:44:49 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

At a late night jam at Breakin' Up Winter, I was so impressed with Gretchen Priest-May's fiddle playing, that I sought her out the next day to play this G tune with me. Gretchen and husband Tim May have opened the Fiddle & Pick music school in a 100-plus-year-old building that they restored in Pegram, Tenn. Good people.

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Pretty Little Gal

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Size: 5,622kb, uploaded 6/7/2010 6:15:39 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A "primal tune," according to Mike Eberle, who is playing lead fiddle on "Pretty Little Gal" during an outdoor jam at my home on Sunday. Barb Zavon is also playing fiddle. Rick Donahoe is playing guitar. Mark Ward and I are drooling with our banjos.

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Quail is a Pretty Bird

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Size: 3,351kb, uploaded 10/4/2009 3:18:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tricia Spencer of Lawrence, Kan., plays fiddle in a stringband called appropriately The Prairie Acre. But she left the Great Plains for a trip to Clifftop, WV., where we recorded this very pretty tune from John Hartford.

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Rebel Raid

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Size: 1,861kb, uploaded 3/1/2009 3:39:26 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In a few days, I'll be down in Tennessee playing old-time music with friends at an event called Breakin' Up Winter. So I've been brushing up on some tunes that I know I will be playing and this is one of them. FYI, my great-grandfather, Thomas Elkins, 2nd Tennessee Cavalry, Co. G, was captured at Big Hill, Ky. in July 1863 in what could be termed a "rebel raid."

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Remember What You Told Me

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Size: 2,344kb, uploaded 11/16/2008 3:06:24 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Steve Overby, from Scottsboro, Ala., is playing fiddle on this haunting tune and I'm accompanying on my fretless Ramsey. We both survived "Gil-fest," an old-time music party at the home of Gil and Dianne Sewell in PIkeville, Tenn., over the Labor Day weekend. Fades in.

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Rose of Alabama

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Size: 2,786kb, uploaded 12/23/2008 4:32:42 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I first heard this old minstrel song, which dates back to 1846, in the 1976 movie The Outlaw Josey Wales, which still remains a favorite. I'm playing a minstrel banjo and attempting to sing in a minstrel style. Fooled 'em again, Josey.

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Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes

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Size: 4,080kb, uploaded 7/7/2009 7:37:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I learned this one from Terry Thacker, a Kentucky fiddle player and friend who attended the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering 2009, where we recorded this tune at a jam at my campsite.

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Say Old Man I Want Your Daughter

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Size: 3,438kb, uploaded 10/4/2009 3:44:54 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded at Clifftop 09 and nary a one of us was completely clean and sober. Well, there might been one or two.

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Shove the Pig's Foot Closer to the Fire

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Size: 4,812kb, uploaded 11/22/2008 4:03:13 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I think I have more fun at Gil-Fest, an old-time music party held at the home of Gil and Dianne Sewell in Pikeville, Tenn., than any festival I've attended. Here's Steve Overby on fiddle and me playing a fretless Ramsey.

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Sittin' on Top of the World

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Size: 1,946kb, uploaded 1/17/2009 11:28:39 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This folk-blues song written by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon of the Mississippi Sheiks, a popular country blues band of the 1930s. I think it works well with clawhammer banjo. I'm playing a SS Stewart Thoroughbred, circa 1895.

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Somebody Touched Me

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Size: 2,534kb, uploaded 8/9/2008 2:52:19 PM
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Bill Monroe wrote this gospel song, which I attempt to sing. I play in G on a Fairbanks Tuba-phone.

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Sourwood Mountain

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Size: 3,859kb, uploaded 9/4/2008 4:53:22 PM
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Stever Overby from Scottsboro, Ala., is playing the fiddle and singing this old favorite at Gil-fest, a two-day frolic on Gil and Dianne Sewell's farm near Pikeville, Tenn. Recorded Aug. 30, 2008. I'm playing my fearless fretless.

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Sourwood Mountain

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Size: 7,101kb, uploaded 8/5/2009 6:05:24 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded at Clifftop, I am the only banjo player sitting among a group of maybe five fiddle players. I soon realize this and start playing louder and the Burns cuts through just fine. We are a boisterous, happy lot. Near the end, my banjo playings stops as I jump up and buck dance.

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