For enthusiasts of early banjo
Words and music by Sam Lucas, published 1875. I was inspired to learn this song by Dave Kirchner's performance at the Antietam Early Banjo Gathering, 2014.
Makes me hungry just listening!
Great job, Paul! :) I loved Dave's performance as well. Sort of a spooky song.
You need to bring the vocals up somehow though?- the banjo is not letting the voice lead.
What is the percussion you used?
Oh wow, I totally forgot that Dave goes to Genero! =8-o D'OOOOHHH!!
I had spoken briefly with Dave at his site there at Genero a couple of years without learning his name, before I ever met him at Antietam, and I totally didn't make the mental connection that it was the same person! (I havent been to Genero in a couple of yrs) Now the foggy brain memories are coming back, I remember looking at his great banjos at Genero a few yrs ago and asking him about them! I remember that greyish one with the star was so huge that I was too intimidated to even try it when he offered to let me play it. lol!
This puts me in mind of one of my favorite one-stanza poems. Published in the Washington, Arkansas newspaper The Washington Telegraph in 1841, the anonymously-penned poem says only:
O possum and potatoes,
Ye are delicious food;
And your squeamish-stomached haters
Do not know what is good.
Thanks for taking the time and effort to record this song, so we might all enjoy it with you!
In the early 1980's I had a banjo playing buddy in Kentucky tell me the story of being in New Orleans for a reenactment of the battle. He was camped with some fellow "buck-skinners" on the National Park property with a possum on a spit over the fire, when the Ranger came by he graciously averted his eyes and merely said, ''I didn't see that..."
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