You might be a Peabody-holic if…
…you hear the word “smoothie” and think “banjoline.”
…you own all the Eddie Peabody LPs. Even “More Smoothies” and “How to Play The Banjo, Vol. 2.”
…you have sound files of all the Peabody LPs on your device.
…your banjo tuned is a whole-step high.
…you don’t want to listen to a banjoist who hasn’t developed right-hand technique.
…you take offense at banjoists who put down Peabody.
Hello. My name is Andrew. I am a Peabody-holic.
I have the Audio files !
Count me out. Not a fan of Mr. Peabody, although I must admit that technically, he's a whiz.
While I genuinely admire Peabody’s ability to strum the living hell out of his banjo, i dont find much depth in his music.
I much prefer Sleepy Hall, Harry Reser, Perry Bechtel or Buddy Wachter for actual musicality.
There is no player or performer who could not learn from EP.
I love Eddie, but I'm a real dyed-in-the-wool Bechtel-aholic and a Wachter-aholic. However, I did learn a lot by deconstructing many of Eddie's solos after I deconstructed Perry's stuff first.
Edited by - Omeboy on 03/02/2019 19:21:50
It would be cool if somebody put together a post, on the same page, of Peabody, Bechtel and Buddy, playing the same song. For comparisons. I've heard and seen Buddy in live performance. He's my favorite.
With the audio files on my laptop, I can listen to Eddie at half-speed and three-quarter speed. Really helps for learning his solos.
In a very general sense, the difference between Peabody and Bechtel's styles is one of complexity and interpretation. Perry more often than not will take any melody and play it first in full chord melody and then in duo-style. Perry will usually find a passage he'll play in slip-stroke, which adds to the aesthetic impact. And then there's always his vibrato effect with the mute or bouncing it on the beat. Eddie is a little more straight forward. Eddie generally approaches a tune in full chord melody with a very percussive style that might remind you of a snare drummer: a sharp and energetic attack. His wrist is legendary and he too will sometimes use a duo-style with a tune. Eddie will sometimes fully mute his banjo with a duo style like he does on Libestraum. I don't think I ever heard Eddie play in slip-stroke, but he certainly could have. Both had energy to burn: they both could glow white hot when needed. The contrast in styles can be appreciated between the two on any Stephen Foster tune. Perry probably used passing notes more often than Eddie. In fact, every tune he played was full of them. But a very stark contrast can be appreciated the way they both interpret The Bells Of St. Mary's. Perry pulls out all the stops on that one with a full array of techniques. Eddie approaches it as one of his"smoothies" and plays it on the Fender banjoline. That old photo of both guys sitting together with their banjos has always fascinated me. Would have loved to have been there for that one. "Lions---all." And then consider all those they influenced: Buddy Wachter, Lee Floyd, Don Van Palta, Ken Aoki, Scotty Plummer, Skip Devol, Lance Diekow, Joanie McGowan, Kathy Riley, the goes on. (I'd have to put my old pal, Jerry Allen, in the same category as Perry and Eddie.)
Edited by - Omeboy on 03/03/2019 07:12:32
Thanks for the mention Paul. It's an honor to be included in your list. Like you, I'll always be a huge fan of Buddy and Perry. For most of my career I wasn't that big a fan of Eddie, however in the last few years I've come to appreciate him a whole lot more. Perhaps that's come from becoming good friends with Sean Moyses and spending time with him and our friends Dr Ron and Debbie Schreyer. All 3 are huge Eddie fans and I think it's rubbed off on me. I now realize what a pioneer he was and how much he did to advance our instrument. Of course, the chance to play a vox owned by Eddie has been a thrill and I've been lucky to play several over the last couple years!
Lance, anyone who has your tapes (from some years back) or has heard you live knows your name needs to be on the list. I'm sure I accidentally left out a few great plectrum players-----I'm gett'en old.
And I forgot to mention that Eddie was certainly a pioneer on the plectrum "hot break" choruses. His pyrotechnic gymnastics were one of his great trademarks.
Edited by - Omeboy on 03/06/2019 23:41:04
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