I had an amazing dream last night. A musical, banjo dream. And instead of it slipping into the ether when I woke up, I remembered some of it. It went like this:
I was at a Civil War event of some kind. I met George Wunderlich, who had some music he wanted me to listen to. He took me to a tent, where he had a sort of reel-to-reel machine. He said the music was of an early stroke-style black banjo player, who had recorded just before he died in the 1890's. I kept looking for some staff paper to write down this amazing music, but like a lot of dreams, I kept wandering around but couldn't find what I needed.
I remember part of the music clearly. It was Dan Tucker, in a minor key.
Now, in view of the paucity of documented early black banjo music, I'm going to consider this dream legitimate documentation for playing Dan Tucker in a minor key. (Didn't Horace Weston say that his Celebrated Minor Jig came to him in a dream?)
Not the whole song, just a verse or two. It'll give it a little variety. I think it would sound good on the "Tucker and I got drunk one night, he fell in the fire and kicked up a chunk" verse, and an instrumental break or two.