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Somehow Tonight, as played by J D Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A#/Bbm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 10/12/2011
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Notes: In my continuing quest to understand the genius of J. D. Crowe, I have tabbed two versions of one of his signature tunes, “Somehow Tonight,” written by Earl Scruggs – and who knew that the Scruggsmeister is a wordsmith? The first break is from Crowe’s recording with the Bluegrass Album Band (BGAB), the version most of us are familiar with. Note Crowe’s repeated use of multiple thumb strokes on the fourth string, a cardinal feature of his blues style. The second and third breaks are from Frank Godbey’s legendary recording of the New South at the Red Slipper Lounge of the Holiday Inn, Lexington KY, November 1974. I really prefer Crowe’s attack on this version of the tune. Note how his second break from 1974 ends with a blues riff that goes off in the ozone. I am not sure that I got it completely right, but it’s reasonably close.

1 comment

mikey5string Says:
Saturday, October 1, 2011 @4:54:04 PM
awesome tab. very accurate. got some nice classic JD in there.

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