Another fun little thread (that I hope won't become a shouting match again...).
Earlier today, I was listening to the new Just Around The Bend compilation, recently released by Smithsonian Folkways.
I don't know why, but Matt Kinmans version of Cold, Icy Mountain just completely tore me apart.
I'm wondering which banjo tunes have moved you guys to tears?
Banjo tunes??? Not many are teary (for me at least).
Tim O'Brien wrote and recorded a lyric lament back in the 1980s/90s that I had on a cassette tape, that does make me sniffle. But it's no banjo tune.
Sure, there is a quality in some music that includes banjo that I find very moving. Not specifically because the tune moves me to tears, often it is more the conveyed sense of something in the context of that music which our mainstream culture no longer values and instead undermines.
Simplicity and reliance.
Edited by - m06 on 10/22/2019 10:51:51
Gina Clowes’ (Furtado) “Phoebe’s Lullaby” got me a bit choked up when I first heard it.
And a great tear jerker with Herb Pedersen on banjo is Ronstadt’s version of “Faithless Love”.
.....but there’s no crying in bluegrass....
Faded Love........Last booked job for the band.
Tears flowed when we did this......
Sheridan wrecked his Jeep the night before....
Caleb lost his girlfriend....
I had busted up with my girlfriend....
and it was a cold rainy day in an outdoor venue......pure misery.
It's funny that my mind went immediately to bluegrass with this question, when it's clear that your question just asked about banjo songs.
Dock Boggs's "Drunkard's Lone Child" speaks to this territory for me. A wonderfully dark, sad song. Karen Dalton's "Same Old Man" is right there, too. Both songs have a lot of duende, to lean on the poet Lorca just a bit.
I wouldn't say it brings me to tears, but Don Stover's Things in Life can give me a little choked up feeling.
late in the day by hot rize, little girl by doyle lawson , little angel by rhonda vincent
One Loaf of Bread by Dave Evans. Not exactly a banjo tune but sung by a banjo player.
Kentucky Waltz by Paul Brewster is my latest favorite. The performances by everyone involved are stunning.
Bruce Molsky's Between the Wars. So true still today!
Dueling Banjos always makes me cry.
"Both Sides Now", also known as "Clouds", although that isn't really a banjo tune. I might try to make it into one though.
Also "Send in the Clowns". Also not a banjo tune.
Finally, "Is That All There Is?" sung by Peggy Lee. That one used to rip me to pieces when I was a teenager.
I guess I'm just not all that tore-up by banjo tunes.
There's 2 songs that will bring tears to my eyes every time I hear/pick/sing them. Teardrops Falling in the Snow and Taps.
There are others that will choke me up. Those are songs that were special to Dave and me and we used to pick and sing together.
Earl played guitar when Flatt and Scruggs played Jimmy Brown the Newspaper Boy.
There was a brief time, decades ago, I lived out of my car for a short time.
I never went yelling Morning Star, but I kinda felt like Jimmy Brown.
Where did J D come up with his break? It sounds like something Sonny Osborne would do.
Though it's not bluegrass, this song has a strong message. It takes me back to when my youngest son left for Afghanistan in 2010.
"Two Little Boys" Mr. Adcock and the Country Gentlemen
Every Halloween they replay "Bringing Mary Home" on the radio (another The Country Gentlemen tune). This year I remembered it when I heard a little bit of a country knock-off that I liked a lot less. In fact I dialed away from it immediately. But, IMO you can't beat The Country Gentlemen!
Just stumbled onto this here in my hotel room.
Christmas is just around the corner.
'Finishing neck' 1 hr
'Banjo Playing Cards!' 2 hrs
'Urban Deer' 3 hrs