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Alonzo Janes

Posted by RG, written by Alonzo Janes

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Size: 3,398kb, uploaded 12/30/2009 1:22:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Great fiddle tune from one of my favorite OT fiddlers, Mr. Mel Durham...



6 comments on “Alonzo Janes”

strokestyle Says:
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 @10:05:27 AM

Thanks for posting this. I have enjoyed Mel's CD and learned a few of the tunes. I need to get it out and learn more. Nice Choice.

RG Says:
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 @3:39:45 PM

Sure appreciate your comments! Mel is one of my favorite fiddlers, I've worked out 4 of his tunes for fiddle and banjo and like you I want to learn more, he was a real treasure...

charlied Says:
Friday, September 3, 2010 @3:21:23 PM

Please tell us what banjo you are playing. Great recording.

RG Says:
Friday, September 3, 2010 @7:20:56 PM

Charlied-thanks for the kind comments! I am playing a Vega style N Little Wonder with a Wyatt Fawley 5 string neck...it was one of my favorite banjos ever, I say ever because it now resides with my youngest daughter who went away to college as a freshman this year. I bought her a great Enoch Tradesman 12" as a going away present, but she wanted the Vega so away it went...but she appreciates the music so it's in good hands! I love the Little Wonder tone ring for OT, I think it is way underrated...sorry for the long answer, but thanks again for listening and glad you liked the tune, it's one of my favorites...take care!

Steve Jeter Says:
Friday, October 5, 2012 @7:52:48 AM

very nice! I saw this tune on YT never heard of it befopre that. Im working on learning it. Yours sounds good
Steve

RG Says:
Friday, October 5, 2012 @8:19:06 AM

Thanks Steve, you should check out Mel's CD "Skillet Fork" for some other tunes that Mel's dad learned from Mr. Janes, a black fiddler who lived in Illinois in at the turn of the century (the tune is named after Mr. Janes because Mel couldn't remember the actual title when he recorded it-lost in the mists of time). My friend and I recently found documentation (including a great photo) showing that Mr. Janes was born a slave in Tennessee in 1850 and lived well into his 80's as a successful businessman...quite a story. His tunes are really "OT"...!!

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