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Elk River Blues

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Size: 2,348kb, uploaded 6/1/2009 11:23:33 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Song learned from Diane Jones. A lonesome song.



21 comments on “Elk River Blues”

Fortune Says:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @9:21:58 AM

 Nice song, nicely played !

banjoike Says:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @11:26:12 AM

 Thank you kind sir.  I have always liked this Ernie Carpenter song.  I sure like your "Mote" song.

u k sandra Says:
Thursday, October 15, 2009 @2:31:39 PM

Lovely playing. A great tune.

arcticpoppy Says:
Monday, November 2, 2009 @4:03:11 AM

Really really like this! Only hope I can do this song as well some day.

hillbillymma Says:
Saturday, November 7, 2009 @2:01:13 AM

lovely tune wish I could play like that.

Dick Parker Says:
Saturday, December 5, 2009 @3:44:23 PM

Sweet, gentle song and you play it really well.

banjoike Says:
Saturday, December 5, 2009 @5:01:32 PM

Thanks Dick for the comment. It's a nice song and a very meaningful song. Ernie Carpenter wrote it in memory of the Elk River that ran through his property. The River was dammed up and flooded by the State.

arcticpoppy Says:
Saturday, May 1, 2010 @6:53:48 PM

My favorite rendition of this song which I love love love. In two weeks, I'll be wandering in the mountains and see the Elk River, hearing this in my head. Peace to the peoples of the mountains...and thanks for the music that keeps important ideas in our minds and hearts.... Nancy

ELWOOD Says:
Friday, May 21, 2010 @7:53:29 AM

Best- Banjo Elk River Blues i can find the odd time changes are wonderful, this is a good tempo to my ears..........ELWOOD

arcticpoppy Says:
Friday, May 21, 2010 @9:28:16 AM

Hey Ike, bud! I spent an afternoon along the Elk River while in the mountains and on my trip! And I played in a couple of jams and on some of the finest pickin' porches the other side of the Rockies, I do believe. Getting some things together, finally, due to your help. Talk to you soon and thx again for the inspiration.

banjoike Says:
Friday, May 21, 2010 @10:29:21 AM

Thanks! My head is beginning to swell!!!! Diane Jones taught this to me. She used to help at Diller's camp. She plays so very well.

strokestyle Says:
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 @2:20:51 PM

Look Ike your in the top 100 old time tunes! Congrats!

inniepie Says:
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @8:34:58 PM

So pretty...is that tune a little bit crooked?

banjoike Says:
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @8:52:34 PM

Yes it is a crooked tune. I learned this from Diane Jones. It probably isn't correctly played but it sounded okay to me.

ELWOOD Says:
Sunday, August 7, 2011 @6:46:18 AM

Hello, Ike .Well deserved top 100 player, I already knew that ! More please, Hello, Kaylee

banjoike Says:
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @7:23:29 PM

Thanks so much Steve. Hope all is fine!

banjoike Says:
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @8:46:18 AM

Thanks Mike. I just played this out of G. Diane Jones taught it at a workshop. She is a fine banjo player who taught with Dwight Diller. I probably do not play it correctly, but it works for me. I think it might be a crooked tune. After the first few notes., you should be in a D7 position. I am sure you can work it out. I like it played simple.

JanetB Says:
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @1:07:10 PM

Glad I found this, three years after you posted it!

banjoike Says:
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @4:22:18 PM

Thanks Janet. I remember recording it one late night. Nothing fancy. I was just trying to make it through with out any Warts! Glad you like it. It's is probably not the correct way it is played, but it works for me!!

pluckyfingers Says:
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @6:31:41 PM

Yep, this tune keeps coming round my way too. I first heard it at the Blackwood Fiddlers Convention here in the great land downunder. Mary Z Cox had a version of it on a dulcimer album of hers, I think somewhere in the past. A local musician, Richard McKewan plays the lead on this on harmonica, it doesn't get anymore lonesome than that. Have a listen on this video.

youtube.com/watch?v=aqjgVUn0AA0

banjoike Says:
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @9:26:45 PM

Yes Bill this sounds really good. I like harmonica a lot, but really like fiddle better. I don't know how anyone plays Harmonica. My tongue is too big!!! Hope all is well and that you are playing a lot 'down under". I sure like Foster's green label premium beer. It sure makes me sound better!!!

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