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Jul 16, 2020 - 4:24:18 AM
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Just thought I would bring up JD's Granada. In this clip it sounds great...Real big and open, not to mention he's playing his original "J's Tune" He could make any banjo sound good, but Crowe always played the old Gibsons.

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Jul 16, 2020 - 5:12:46 AM
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2279 posts since 12/31/2005

The expression on John Hartford's face (1:04) is how I feel when listening to JD Crowe.

Edited by - Brian Murphy on 07/16/2020 05:13:10

Jul 16, 2020 - 6:09:36 AM

200 posts since 12/16/2012

Amazing in the "seemingly" simplicity when you get to see him up close, but there is nothing simple about how Mr. Crow does what he does. Thanks for the post Jellowaydan, I don't believe I have ever seen that before.

Jul 16, 2020 - 7:33 AM
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3450 posts since 3/28/2008

Who's that twinning on fiddle with Jason Carter? Is it Buddy Spicher?

Jul 16, 2020 - 7:40:43 AM
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Not only is Crowe an amazing musician, he is a real nice feller too!

I think the other fiddler is Buddy.

Jul 16, 2020 - 8:15:13 AM
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How old is this clip? Kenny Baker, John Hartford and Mac Wiseman have all been dead for some time. I didn't think J. D. had owned the Granada that long.

Jul 16, 2020 - 8:21:38 AM
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jcintn

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Pretty sure it is Buddy Spicher

Jul 16, 2020 - 9:08:03 AM
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Different Granada.
 
Originally posted by Culloden

How old is this clip? Kenny Baker, John Hartford and Mac Wiseman have all been dead for some time. I didn't think J. D. had owned the Granada that long.


Jul 16, 2020 - 9:18:33 AM
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Blackjaxe47

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1539 posts since 6/20/2014

Incredible banjo player, absolutely one of the best IMO. What is the name of that tune he is picking.

Jul 16, 2020 - 9:55:10 AM

13122 posts since 10/30/2008

I saw JD play that particular Granada years ago at a bluegrass festival in CT. That thing had REACH. At one point he seemed to be standing almost with his back against the back wall of the stage, and he was mailing those breaks right up to the mic like there was nothing to it. Impressive. He really knows how to use what a banjo can do for him.

Jul 16, 2020 - 9:55:41 AM
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13122 posts since 10/30/2008

Ken it's called J's Tune.

Jul 16, 2020 - 10:17:12 AM
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Geoff Howald ended up with that Granada, and I bought the Granada Jeff had. Guess he wanted a "Hero" Granada!

Jul 16, 2020 - 10:25:43 AM
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Blackjaxe47

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quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

Ken it's called J's Tune.


Thanks Dick, besides J.D's picking the Mandolin breaks were very nicely done.

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:05:48 AM
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I know of at least 4 Granadas that JD has played over the years......not counting the one he bought a couple years ago. Two were the real deal and two were "poor mans" Granadas that he built out of Style 1's. I don't believe this is the Granada that JD owned in the late 70's. I believe that this one belonged to, and I always screw up the spelling of his name....Al Amasono. Frank (Old Twanger) help me with the spelling! If this is Al's banjo.....I have heard it in person and had the great fortune to play it.....it is a cannon. I heard JD kick Flint Hill Special at Starvy Creek one year......Don Day had to replant every tree on the grounds as this banjo in Crowe's hands leveled the place. I only heard that kinda power one other time......Charlie Cushman's fourth string slide on Pig In A Pen out in NC a few years back. Two most incredible banjo power plays I ever heard!

Robby

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:29:38 AM
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13122 posts since 10/30/2008

Robby, don't stop! Keep typing!!

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:30:16 AM
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Ken, I believe that mandolin break was Ronnie McCoury in the "house band", in spite of Doyle Lawson being on camera beside Crowe.

Jul 16, 2020 - 11:31:09 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by The Old Timer

Robby, don't stop! Keep typing!!


??

Jul 16, 2020 - 12:16:42 PM
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Blackjaxe47

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Originally posted by The Old Timer

Ken, I believe that mandolin break was Ronnie McCoury in the "house band", in spite of Doyle Lawson being on camera beside Crowe.


Thanks again Dick, yeh you see Ronnie actually picking out the tune despite the fact that Doyle Lawson was sitting right next to J.D.

Please correct me if I am wrong but I believe this tune is played in the key of G but for the life of me I cannot figure out what JD is doing up the neck, it sounds and looks like he is starting off with a D shape at 7 to 9. I have slowed it down and cannot for the life of me get either the synopation or notes he is using. Absolutely love the drive and sound JD is getting from that Granada.

Edited by - Blackjaxe47 on 07/16/2020 12:17:32

Jul 16, 2020 - 1:35:39 PM

1367 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Robby Boone

I know of at least 4 Granadas that JD has played over the years......not counting the one he bought a couple years ago. Two were the real deal and two were "poor mans" Granadas that he built out of Style 1's. I don't believe this is the Granada that JD owned in the late 70's. I believe that this one belonged to, and I always screw up the spelling of his name....Al Amasono. Frank (Old Twanger) help me with the spelling! If this is Al's banjo.....I have heard it in person and had the great fortune to play it.....it is a cannon. I heard JD kick Flint Hill Special at Starvy Creek one year......Don Day had to replant every tree on the grounds as this banjo in Crowe's hands leveled the place. I only heard that kinda power one other time......Charlie Cushman's fourth string slide on Pig In A Pen out in NC a few years back. Two most incredible banjo power plays I ever heard!

Robby


Hi Robby
I think it is Al Almisano.
The banjo may be 9562-10 that Crowe had for a while back then.

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:52:45 PM

1279 posts since 3/24/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Oldtwanger
quote:
Originally posted by Robby Boone

I know of at least 4 Granadas that JD has played over the years......not counting the one he bought a couple years ago. Two were the real deal and two were "poor mans" Granadas that he built out of Style 1's. I don't believe this is the Granada that JD owned in the late 70's. I believe that this one belonged to, and I always screw up the spelling of his name....Al Amasono. Frank (Old Twanger) help me with the spelling! If this is Al's banjo.....I have heard it in person and had the great fortune to play it.....it is a cannon. I heard JD kick Flint Hill Special at Starvy Creek one year......Don Day had to replant every tree on the grounds as this banjo in Crowe's hands leveled the place. I only heard that kinda power one other time......Charlie Cushman's fourth string slide on Pig In A Pen out in NC a few years back. Two most incredible banjo power plays I ever heard!

Robby


Hi Robby
I think it is Al Almisano.
The banjo may be 9562-10 that Crowe had for a while back then.


I knew you would come to my rescue! Thanks for the correct spelling. Ok now......let me see if I got this straight. JD had a "real" Granada in the late 70's and the one he has now......so that's two, but, he owned a third "real" Granada in this one? HOW did that get by me? OR is this Al's?? I'm so confused.....and my head hurts.......think I'll go lay down! ;) 

Robby 

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:58:16 PM
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Originally posted by jellowaydan

Not only is Crowe an amazing musician, he is a real nice feller too!

I think the other fiddler is Buddy.


He is a nice feller.  I have talked with him numerous times, but I never talk to him about banjos ..... figure he is probably overloaded with banjo talk.  I talk to him about cars (Robby knows all about that too) and his grand daughter whom he adores!

Jul 16, 2020 - 3:03:04 PM

13122 posts since 10/30/2008

Ken, you're right it's in G and you have the opening postion right. But I've never tried to play this one, so I'm in no position to explain how Crowe does it.

Jul 16, 2020 - 3:27:03 PM

5608 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by Brian Murphy

The expression on John Hartford's face (1:04) is how I feel when listening to JD Crowe.


He was kind of giving it the Rodney Dillard "Darling Boy" look wasn't he?laugh

ken

Jul 16, 2020 - 3:53:16 PM
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13122 posts since 10/30/2008

John's liner notes on Rounder 0044 show his deep and long-existing awe of Crowe. He and Doug Dillard used to practice saying "All right..." the way JD did when Jimmy Martin would holler at him to pick one.

Jul 16, 2020 - 3:54:14 PM

13122 posts since 10/30/2008

Did I read somewhere that JD said the first good banjo he played while with Jimmy Martin was a re-necked Granada arch top?

Jul 16, 2020 - 4:04:14 PM

2279 posts since 12/31/2005

He was playing that Granada when he found Banger. Google the Jim Mills interview with J.D. Great stuff.

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