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Casey & Bill

Posted by carlb, written by Earl McDonald maybe; who knows?


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Size: 3,599kb, uploaded 1/12/2012 9:53:09 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I learned this song from a recording of Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band (Atlanta, GA, March 30, 1927). I did notice that "Jugband" in not a Genre. Banjo Tuning: aDADE Style of finger picking: anything I had to do to get those notes. A parody of the song "Steamboat Bill". The recording on Yazoo "Ruckus Juice & Chittlins - The Great Jug Bands" of "Casey Bill" (should have been "Casey & Bill", but the original producers must have missed the "&") made me fall in love with Earl McDonald's songs and jug band style. Eventually I discovered "Clifford Hayes & the Louisville Jug Bands", volumes 1, 2 and 3 on RST Records (JPCD-1501-2, JPCD-1502-2 and JPCD-1503-2) with Earl in quite a few different bands, besides the one under his own name, including: “Dixieland Jug Blowers” and “Whistler and His Jug Band”, among others.

2 comments on “Casey & Bill”

Don Borchelt Says:
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @4:31:40 AM

Some very nice fingerpicking, shows how nice finger style works for bluesy,ragtimey pieces. Reminds me that my mother used to have an old lithograph showing the race between the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee, don't know what happened to it.

RG Says:
Monday, August 26, 2013 @12:42:21 PM

Carl, that was great!

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