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Coal Creek March

Posted by chip arnold

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Size: 2,012kb, uploaded 3/31/2007 10:23:55 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I got this from Pete Steel's 1936 recording from the Library of Congress. It's crooked as a dog's hind leg! 2-finger style



21 comments on “Coal Creek March”

mainejohn Says:
Sunday, April 1, 2007 @11:30:12 AM

I always loved this tune. Are you doing 2 fingered picking? Great job!

chip arnold Says:
Sunday, April 1, 2007 @12:02:47 PM

Thanks for the kind words. It's index lead, 2-finger. (that's all I know how to do!) Pete Steele changed from index to thumb lead and back in the barre chords. I just stay on index lead and cross my thumb up over my index for that part.

CraigCaudill Says:
Sunday, April 8, 2007 @5:22:52 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Chip!  Pete would be proud!

arnie Says:
Friday, April 13, 2007 @9:01:49 PM

Beautiful playing from both of you!

MrSrubas Says:
Saturday, April 14, 2007 @11:01:28 PM

Awesome Chip!
I sure love this tune.
Nice bit with that Key's cross over too!
Thanks for sharing it!

John Les North Wales Bluegrass Says:
Monday, April 16, 2007 @8:26:57 PM

JUST THE BEST ...................................'U'

'PETE STEELE'............... 'WOULD BE PROUD'.........

.................                  ..................                ....................

.................................!

JOHN LES NORTH WALES BLUEGRSS

John Les North Wales Bluegrass Says:
Monday, April 16, 2007 @8:30:54 PM

BLUEGRASS

vrteach Says:
Thursday, April 19, 2007 @10:19:34 AM

Oh man that's nice. I love this tune and I wish I could do it. I've been listening to you on loop this morning.

Thanks

darryl k. Says:
Sunday, May 6, 2007 @3:54:49 PM

Very sweet !  Just too nice......I'm goin out to practice...yup, the banjo is in the barn

/ studio.

Darryl

mainejohn Says:
Sunday, May 27, 2007 @6:40:57 PM

Chip...you have great cadence the way you do this. I've tried it and I don't get it.

gailg64 Says:
Thursday, September 13, 2007 @4:24:30 PM

Gorgeous tone & expression -- and very, very nice guitar backup.

mainejohn Says:
Thursday, September 13, 2007 @7:15:47 PM

I forgot I'd commented twice before....just love your rendition.

rinemb Says:
Thursday, November 8, 2007 @10:14:37 AM

Chip, Good job.  I think this tune to me is a "quintessential" uppick tune.  If I could play one tune uppicking this is how I would want to do it.  Brad

twelvefret Says:
Sunday, December 23, 2007 @2:23:56 PM

I really enjoyed this tune, Chip. Tell Tish nice guitar backup also. chuck

clawhammermike Says:
Friday, June 27, 2008 @10:18:04 PM

i am late on this one.  awesome!

Steamchief1 Says:
Monday, August 25, 2008 @2:17:54 PM

This is just beautiful - nice backing too.

Boyd1 Says:
Sunday, November 30, 2008 @10:38:42 AM

I have just listened to this back to back with Pete Steeles '57 or '58 recording. I've never been able to come to terms with the heavenly sound of this song and the tragedy at Coal Creek. Maybe Steele's intention was the juxtaposition. Also, there is something about this song that reminds me of Libba Cotton. Everytime I hear it she pops into my head. I can't put my finger on it.

Simply beautiful, both banjo and guitar. Rolling and sparkling. Waves of joy. Just right!

Don Borchelt Says:
Friday, April 23, 2010 @7:23:17 PM

So nice. Truly majestic picking, a sparkling of notes.

Marc Nerenberg Says:
Friday, April 23, 2010 @7:50:51 PM

Man, that's a delight. Always knew this was a good tune, but you play it so well, as well!

mwc9725e Says:
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @7:20:08 AM

Chip, this is very, very good.

bart_brush Says:
Friday, April 10, 2015 @6:02:59 PM

A fine memorial for the miners, Chip, and immediately brought to mind Pete Steele's recording and Hazel Dickens' many great songs and support for the miners. I also realized I didn't know the details of this tragedy, so went to Wikipedia ("Fraterville Mine Disaster") and was surprised to learn that this mine was considered to be well run and as a result had not had much labor unrest. There's also a haunting photo of the miner's graveyard and memorial on Wikipedia.

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