For enthusiasts of early banjo
I've posted a few other versions of this, but this one has some really cool percussion with it!
I love how rhythm transforms these. This one with a strong deep 1,2,3 and 4 on the "snare" the 16ths on top. It started with all 4 beats...very disco, but switched up. It could go so many other ways....but now it is this unique version. The melody almost takes you to musical theater.
This beat and gourd sound really remind me of music of the Caribbean- the old Afro-Caribbean traditions of steel drums, marching bands, fife bands. Am I nuts for hearing that?
Check it out...stuff with roots from the revolutionary period and slavery times:
I think the things you are digging into and playing have real importance, Mark. And it doesn't hurt that you play it all with such a natural feel, obvious love, and passion. :)
No, not nuts at all. I've been listening to Otha for a while and those great Smithsonian recordings done back in the fifties. That is one direction that probably influenced early banjo playing and might be an element we have lost in re-creating this music. Many of the old accounts of banjo playing have it being played with drums, percussion etc and that certainly would have effected how a banjo player chose to present his notes. Playing this stuff with a great percussionist like Ed Butler (of the Red Clay Ramblers) really is a thought provoking experience. It's a lot of fun speculating on what those old New Orleans jams in Congo Square in the early 1800's sounded like!
This really works for me. Your playing has a infectious groove that sure sounds authentic to me. Hear, hear!!
I've been listening to a lot of stuff from here lately.
There's a lot from the Caribbean as well as the Southern U.S.
Here's a familiar one...
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