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Little Rock Getaway

Posted by Lew H


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Size: 2,758kb, uploaded 11/1/2016 8:34:06 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

A swing version of this song by Laurence Diehl recently appeared on BHO. It was popular and received many comments. I though BHOers might also enjoy this version that I recorded at Suwannee Banjo Camp in 2015. It features double banjos by Scott Anderson and Alan Munde, with Gerald Jones on mando and Niki Portman on bass.I think Anderson, who hails from Florida, put this group together for this song This was part of the faculty concert at SBC, recorded on an Edirol pocket device some 25 feet from the stage. The room is large with lots of hard surfaces, making for a good deal of echo and fuzz in the song. Despite, the musicianship is fine.

2 comments on “Little Rock Getaway”

Laurence Diehl Says:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @10:00:55 AM

Lew, that was interesting...some good pickers there, but I think Alan Munde really stands out (no surprise). Are you a regular at that banjo camp?

Lew H Says:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @11:43:35 AM

Laurence, I am. I've gone there most every year for a decade or more. I have an old dear friend in tallahassee whom I visit when I got to the camp. Plus I get the start of spring in Florida, then another start of spring when I get back to Illinois. Aso, the camp is smaller than some others, offers both BG and OT classes, and allows students to roam around and pick whatever classes might interest them--so it's broader and less regimented than some other camps..

Scott Anderson said that he arranged this piece mostly to get Munde to play LRB, and to pick with him. I think your are right that Munde has the best touch, but Jones is no slouch either. He plays some crazy good stuff on banjo. A few years back Jones had sessions on blues licks for banjo and Beatles tunes. Despite these being bluegrass classes, he let me in, and I learned a few things from him.

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