For enthusiasts of early banjo
Whiling away a winter afternoon with Rice (1858) and Buckley (1860).
Paul, this is lovely! :)
Beautiful tone and playing! "Bryant's Jig" sounds so intricate.
Yes. Bryant's has such a crazy sound because of all those rhythmic figures appearing right together....straight eighths, dotted eighths and sixteenths, and then triplets. It appeared first in Rice as "Where's dat Nigger". Seems unique, and I don't know that it has been sourced anywhere. If anything sounds like a link to another culture, this is it.
Clarke Buehling also refers to Bryant's as "Oh, What's the Matter, Suse Ann?" on his "Out Of His Gourd" CD.
Yes....same as the other. Funny how these accompaniments...are actually considered "tunes" in different contexts....especially in the Rice book.
And fortunately they can stand up as "tunes" all by themselves.
Yes. I have been thinking about just laying down all the accompaniments from that book. It is harder to discern the melody in there, but you can always hear it. I believe many of the other tunes in Rice are just that...the accompaniment to tunes.
Like "Sam Johnson's Reel" aka "White Cat Black Cat"...
Exactly. Rice is some unique window into a playing style. Another perspective, and different from the one dimensional dactyl rhythms found in Briggs that seemed to have evolved into Clawhammer.
I still think "Whoop Jamboree" is an example of an improvised style. It is Juba...going off the page. It is something we all talk about....the extraction of notes on a page. Somebody was a good transcriber.
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