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House of the Rising Sun - Bill Breen

Posted by Just Bill


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Size: 1,953kb, uploaded 8/22/2007 9:16:16 PM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This arrangement is by my good friend, Howard Anderson (aka "Handy 13" on the BHO), of Tempe, Arizona. Irv Wright is on the Dobro, the late Ray Peterson on guitar and my wife, Lynn Breen on bass. There's a little "James Bond" theme thrown in between each verse...

20 comments on “House of the Rising Sun - Bill Breen”

wrightedward Says:
Monday, September 3, 2007 @9:53:13 PM

Love it and the banjo sounds great
Eddie Wright
South Charleston ,Wv.

bossclog Says:
Thursday, September 27, 2007 @1:21:29 PM

Really enjoyed your tune.

Speaking of Tucson, I have an uncle that used to play banjo in your area.

Bob Willis. He is in a retirmment home now but he loved picking with the

good folks in Tucson.

Triple A


Granada90 Says:
Saturday, May 3, 2008 @7:32:48 AM

Very nice!  I loved the Bond thing. Which banjo did you record with? Sounds really good!


Just Bill Says:
Saturday, May 3, 2008 @7:43:46 AM

Thanks for the nice comment, Brent!  I appreciate you taking the time to drop me a note.  I have only one banjo: 

1994 Gibson Earl Scruggs Model, Keith D-Tuners, Price Straightline tailpiece, Stelling compensated bridge and Gibson Earl Scruggs LIGHT gauge strings.

Take care,


Granada90 Says:
Saturday, May 3, 2008 @7:03:46 PM

Now I feel like a ding-dong!  It was early morning and I only glanced at "my banjos" about half way, assuming you had more than one! LOL -----None the less, sounded really good! I actually got my axe out and made an attempt to re-learned this tune!

Have you tried GHS light gauge?

Wide-a-wake-now, Brent :D

P.S. Three of my wife and I's best friends have moved to AZ, what ya'll got goin on out there?

Just Bill Says:
Saturday, May 3, 2008 @8:25:11 PM

Howdy, Brent

Yep, I think I've tried every string manufactured for the banjo.  I just keep coming back to the Gibson strings.  They seem to "work" for my banjo.  Interestingly, I set up a buddy's banjo just tonight and put the Gibson light strings on his 'jo and they sound puny!  His banjo needs something more robust than light gauge...and perhaps posphor bronze.  I think every banjo is different, so the same strings don't always sound good on two alike banjos.

I dunno what AZ is offering other than lots of sun, heat, and cactus (in southern AZ, anyway).   Although winters are usually quite benign, ask your friends how they like it around June through September.  ;^)


Granada90 Says:
Sunday, May 4, 2008 @8:19:59 AM

GHS lights work really well on mine. But recently I tried the "almost medium" and more than kinda liked them. I'm waiting for the return MY banjo.  Frank Neat is making me a new neck. I'm getting the "major over-haul" LOL

K**** from Phenoix just called....later!


Just Bill Says:
Sunday, May 4, 2008 @8:46:40 AM

:^)    You're going to really enjoy your banjo when you get it back!



Tam_Zeb Says:
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @7:40:28 AM

Hi Bill

Really enjoyed listing to all your tracks thanks for sharing them with us... 

Just Bill Says:
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @6:52:40 PM

Thank you, Tam!  I appreciate the comments...especially from a fellow Murphy Henry student!



Greg Connor Says:
Monday, August 25, 2008 @7:52:11 AM

I just ran across this song of your this morning when I was admiring your new avatar Bill.  It's a nice piece of music

Just Bill Says:
Monday, August 25, 2008 @7:55:07 AM

Thanks, Greg!   The tune is Howard Anderson's (of Tempe, AZ) arrangement.  I am grateful he showed me his way of playing this tune!

I hope all is well up your way.


airborne Says:
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 @11:33:18 AM

loved it, best ive heard on the banjo, it took me back to the 60s when i saw the Animal's play it in London, good day's, loved the James Bond to. a little bit of DR NO.

all the best for chrismas. john. (airborne)

Just Bill Says:
Wednesday, December 24, 2008 @1:16:02 PM

Thanks, John!  I appreciate you taking the time to post a comment. 

That must have been a wonderful experience hearing the Animals live in London!

Merry Christmas to you!


Colleen Carter Says:
Friday, January 29, 2010 @5:52:20 PM

Hey Bill! Before I noticed what U said about the James Bond insertion, I was thinking "Secret Agent Man" [Johnny Rivers]U MUST remember that one...U could Actually try THAT one-for the Heck of it...Hey! Maybe I'LL try it, too! B4N Bill!

Just Bill Says:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 @5:49:49 AM

Thanks for the nice comment, Colleen! :^) I have tried Secret Agent Man and it is a fun tune to pick, too. In fact, there is a BHO member who posted a nice recording of that fun tune on the jukebox. Here is a link to the recording:

...some nice picking by Erbus

mtnmanjs Says:
Sunday, April 4, 2010 @9:28:13 AM

Awesome, love it.

Just Bill Says:
Sunday, April 4, 2010 @10:50:36 AM

Thanks, Jeff! :^)

dgill Says:
Sunday, April 4, 2010 @1:46:40 PM

Dang fine job. That is a neat song and you nailed it with the Banjo. Well done.

Just Bill Says:
Sunday, April 4, 2010 @2:18:10 PM

Thanks, again, Donnie! Have a great Easter!

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