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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"

karamazove:

Heroes of the Blues by Robert Crumb

Great reference ;)

karamazove:

Heroes of the Blues by Robert Crumb

Great reference ;)

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bobcatfur:

Old time

bobcatfur:

Old time

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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.

Here’s a photo that my friend Caldwell Linker took of me brooding over Henry Thomas tunes.

Here’s a photo that my friend Caldwell Linker took of me brooding over Henry Thomas tunes.

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.