One of my favorites, a great emotive tune by Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham… one of my favorites to play myself too, which I will do after I post this.
"Fall On My Knees"
This is Blind Joe Taggart playing “God’s Gonna Separate the Wheat from the Tares”. Not that I can recall any other renditions of this personally, but this is a pretty eccentric tune; great vocal embellishments and crazy rhythm.
I found a recording of this song on another banjo compilation as well. This is Lucious Smith, who spent half a century playing with Sid Hemphill, picking “New Railroad”. His style of playing is so archaic that it almost sounds avant garde to my dainty modern eardrums, but I love it. Meandering, rhythmic, and hypnotic.
I stumbled on Glen Smith on one of the “Clawhammer Banjo” compilations and have been infatuated with his rhythmic, note-bending touch ever since. I know literally nothing about him but his playing is pretty reminiscent of the Round Peak style. Here’s his rendition of “Sourwood Mountain”. Enjoy.
A great tune featuring Joe and Odell Thompson (and friends) that I’ve never heard before, “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”.
Great lyrics, and pretty damn honky-tonky. A fine example of great rural African-American string band music.
A really great banjo-fiddle duet with some a cappella jaw harp, “Ladies on the Steamboat” by Burnett and Rutherford. Really great.