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Nov 29, 2020 - 1:44:57 AM
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m06

England

9554 posts since 10/5/2006

Another of Sam Connor and Dent Wimmer's versions of a tune. This time Salt Creek, more commonly known in OT circles as Salt River. From their vinyl recording on Old Originals Vol.1 (Rounder-0057, 1976). Again note for note transcription of Dent Wimmer's banjo part as he played at his home that day. More typically an A tune, they were tuned down around a half step in g#D#G#CD# and I've done the same. No drop thumb, lots of emphasis on pushing those brushes to 'wrap' the sound.


Edited by - m06 on 11/29/2020 05:17:36

Nov 29, 2020 - 5:13:04 AM

m06

England

9554 posts since 10/5/2006

Personally I love the rapid bass string pull-off-brush-backbeat that Dent inserted at the end of the second A part each time as he rises into the high B part. The sound of that combination resonates over the first note of the A part. So deliberate. Written out that two beat insertion appears to make the tune crooked, but it doesn't play as crooked. These are the tiny but affecting details and individual idiosyncrasies that make close listening to these older players a treasure. And such fun.

Edited by - m06 on 11/29/2020 05:16:23

Nov 29, 2020 - 7:49:26 AM

chuckv97

Canada

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Sounds great!

Nov 29, 2020 - 2:12:11 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24250 posts since 6/25/2005

Good solid playing. That’s a version of the tune I call “Salt River,” which is different from, but related to, “Salt Creek.” I hear this tune called ‘Salt Creek” far more than the tune I call “Salt Creek” labeled “Salt River.” “Salt River,” “Pateroller” and “Tater Patch” have common elements; “Salt Creek” not so much.

Nov 29, 2020 - 2:38:38 PM

m06

England

9554 posts since 10/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Good solid playing. That’s a version of the tune I call “Salt River,” which is different from, but related to, “Salt Creek.” I hear this tune called ‘Salt Creek” far more than the tune I call “Salt Creek” labeled “Salt River.” “Salt River,” “Pateroller” and “Tater Patch” have common elements; “Salt Creek” not so much.


The title is just taken straight from the sleeve notes. I guess that's the name that Sam Connor and Dent Wimmer gave to whoever was holding the mic that day. Definitely hear a close link to Salt River as played by Oscar Wright. And you're right about the family of tunes. The high part is virtually identical on all those you list.

As the tape runs off at the end of the recording you can hear Sam Connor say: "We never could play that one together". 

Nov 30, 2020 - 11:00:50 AM

BelfastFiveString

Northern Ireland

197 posts since 7/22/2020

Lovely drive to this, Mike. Sounds superb.

Dec 17, 2020 - 4:33:34 PM

3914 posts since 9/9/2010

Nice job! Sounds great.

Dec 17, 2020 - 11:34:24 PM

banjopaolo

Italy

1293 posts since 11/6/2008

Great tune exellent playing!

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