Playlist

The Ballad of Jed Clampett: I play a version of this song which I got from Tony Trischka–it’s simple enough for me to play at tempo and also (usually) be recognized by listeners.

Redwing: Version from Tony Trischka.

Camptown RacesYou Are My SunshineO! Susanna! (medley): I picked this out on my own when I was first starting banjo.

She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain: I play this in C in the open position–I think I got this from Banjo Ben Clark.

Rolling in my Sweet Baby’s Arms: Great classic–this is Murphy Henry’s version.

Old Joe Clark: Another classic in Murphy Henry style.

Foggy Mountain Breakdown: If you don’t know any other banjo tune, you know this one. Written and performed for years by the great Earl Scruggs; the version I play I put together from Murphy Henry licks.

John Hardy: This song about the desperate little man I got from Murphy Henry.

Eight More Miles to Louisville: This is a Grandpa Jones song that I learned from Casey Henry.

Cripple Creek: Every banjo player’s first song. The version of this that’s in my fingers is Earl’s 1948 version, which he played on the Grand Ole Opry that year.

Boil dem Cabbage Down: Every banjo player’s second song. This version is from Tony Trischka.

Devil’s Dream: I play a melodic version of this, which I got from Tony Trischka.

Sailor’s Hornpipe: This I picked up from the great and recently late Dave Hum.

Turkey in the Straw: I play Jerry Garcia’s version, tabbed out by and presented to me by Tony Trischka, which uses a funny thumb move to fret the fifth string–very unusual in banjo playing.

Banjo in the Holler: This is the first song that Murphy Henry teaches; Kathy Hanson taught me the high break in two minutes at one of Murphy’s banjo camps.

Dawggy Mountain Breakdown: This is the NPR Car Talk song; the version I play I got from Casey Henry.

Fireball Mail: This is Murphy Henry’s version.

Salt Creek: This is also a Murphy Henry tune.