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Dig a Hole in the Meadow

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 5/23/2016
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Notes: On 8 December 1962 Flatt and Scruggs played their legendary concert at Carnegie Hall. It was not the first bluegrass concert at Carnegie Hall, having been preceded by Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys, but it is certainly the most memorable. Dig a Hole in the Meadow was one of the songs the Foggies played, and it incorporates one of Earl’s most elegant breaks that nails the melody without over-reliance on formulaic rolls. Ironically, Bill Monroe recorded the song as Darling Cory just 2 days before, on 6 December 1962, with Lonnie Hoppers playing a break similar but not identical to Earl’s on banjo. Most bluegrass folk are probably familiar with the version by the Foggies, but you should definitely give a listen to Monroe’s version as well: His singing is outstanding, Kenny Baker's fiddle playing is beautiful as always, and Monroe takes a mandolin break that is positively eerie.

1 comment

Jack Baker Says:
Monday, May 23, 2016 @12:57:24 PM
Hi Michael, it is an elegant break isn't it?....Jack

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