Here is a new website where one can purchase the early banjo tutors re-published by Joe Ayers. http://www.earlybanjotraditions.com
Ayers doesn't do computers and has authorized me to sell his remaining stock of Briggs (1855), Rice (1858), Buckley (1860), and both the Green and Yellow Converses (1865). Note: THESE ARE THE ACTUAL PRINTED BOUND BOOKS that Joe copyrighted and printed back in the 1990's. If you are like me, you might appreciate a real book you can hold in your hands, or place on a music stand, not some stack of paper printed off on your computer and stapled together. There is not much stock left - only about 4 of each, though he has more of the Yellow Converse. So if you want one, come and get it! We may decide to print more in the future. I am also re-issuing Joe's classic 1989 record Old Dan Tucker: Melodies of Dan Emmett and the Virginia Minstrels 1843-1860 on CD. It should be out sometime next month. My book The Music of Old Joe Sweeny is also available on the site.
Hearing Joe play live, and listening to his Dan Emmett cassette were what got me interested in this music in the first place. 25 years later I am still amazed by the sound of this recording. I will definitely want to get a CD since the only place I can play the cassette these days is in my car. Anyone interested in the sound of early banjo, especially in an ensemble needs this recording. I have been trying to emulate the feeling and drive of those songs all along with my little band, I know we will never match it but its what I strive for. Dave
I feel the same way Dave, that's why I'm working to get some of his material back out there! His Briggs recording will be next!
Ha! Sure, pre-orders are welcome. I should have them in a few weeks.
Great! Get it to you as soon as I get them!
Just got them in today. Will ship your copy of Old Dan Tucker out asap!
Scott House said:
Can I go ahead and order the cd even though it isn't out yet? I am very glad to hear it is being re-released. I lost my cassettes in a move or frantic clean out and have since been in a state of ever increasing depression.
If there is enough demand, we will try to supply it.