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The oldest surviving banjo recording

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Jul 13, 2019 - 8:04:34 AM
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4021 posts since 12/3/2008

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/the-oldest-surviving-banjo-recording-1/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f15a8cd4baea

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:37:28 AM

chuckv97

Canada

41977 posts since 10/5/2013

Wow... now that’s old! I take it that’s BHO member Dan Gellert on the soundfile?
Thnx for posting this, Paul.

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:01:31 AM

25 posts since 7/12/2019

So cool! When are the recordings being released?

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:39:58 AM

2585 posts since 10/13/2011

Good grief -- an 1891 wax cylinder recording! So very cool that this was discovered, along with the reflection of the historical context from which it came.

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:12:15 AM
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Jul 13, 2019 - 10:32:24 AM

1346 posts since 3/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Paul Roberts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/retropod/the-oldest-surviving-banjo-recording-1/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f15a8cd4baea

 


Wow... that's amazing and a treasure.

Thanks for sharing, Paul.

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:36:55 AM

1346 posts since 3/27/2008

Again, a great historical treasure, and fantastic to listen to.

When I saw one of the tracks on the preserved acetate ("A New Coon in Town"), it was a reminder that the sensibilities of musicians in the late 1800s and now is a little different than the awareness of musicians in 2019.

But, it was great to listen to those old recordings.

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:11:28 PM

csacwp

USA

2260 posts since 1/15/2014

These have been discussed before here... excellent recordings. The playing style is textbook stroke style as found in the early banjo tutor books.

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:29:54 PM

3637 posts since 10/13/2005

I was hoping the "Woodpile" song of the week was this recording of "Haul the Wood pile Down" as I'd like to get the words and learn it myself. It is nice to know people were indeed having fun playing their banjos back then great song and rendition. banjered

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:32:34 PM
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3637 posts since 10/13/2005

Well banjered, why don't you do a little searching?

HOLD THE WOODPILE DOWN

Saw my love the other night
Hold the woodpile down
Everything wrong, just a-nothing was right
Hold the woodpile down
She can make me lovely, can make me glad
Hold the woodpile down
I kissed her, till here come her dad
Hold the woodpile down

But I was travellin', travellin'
As long as the world goes around
Oh the black gals shine on the Georgia line
Oh hold the woodpile down

Come to town the other night
Hold the woodpile down
Heard a little noise and I see'd a little fight
Hold the woodpile down
Police watchin' and a-runnin' all around
Hold the woodpile down
Glory, white lightning done come to town
Hold the woodpile down

But he was travellin', travellin'
As long as the world goes around
Oh the black gals shine on the Georgia line
Oh hold the woodpile down

Boat keeper swallowed a nickel one day
Hold the woodpile down
Run him most crazy, I must say
Hold the woodpile down
Oh listen now and I'll tell you what it's about
Hold the woodpile down
He's a nickle in and and a nickle out
Hold the woodpile down

But he was travellin', travellin'
As long as the world goes around
Oh the black gals shine on the Georgia line
Oh hold the woodpile down

Down to the packing house, stoled a ham
Hold the woodpile down
Folks don't know how bad I am
Hold the woodpile down
Carried it home and I laid it on the shelf
Hold the woodpile down
Just so bad, I'm scared of myself
Hold the woodpile down

But I was travellin', travellin'
As long as the world goes around
Oh the black gal shine on the Georgia line
Oh hold the woodpile down

Love my wife, I love my baby
Hold the woodpile down
Love them biscuits a-broken in gravy
Hold the woodpile down
Carry my dice for to throw my passes
Hold the woodpile down
Love them flapjacks floating in molasses
Hold the woodpile down

But I was travellin', travellin'
As long as the world goes around
Oh the black gals shine on the Georgia line
Oh hold the woodpile down

(from Mudcat) banjered

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:58:52 AM

2311 posts since 4/16/2003

Charles Asbury, Haul the woodpile down:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqc4jI2I52I

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