Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

This tune is found in Frank B. Converse's 1865 "Complete Method For the Banjo, With or Without a Master." I recorded it in the cab of my work truck, a Sterling single-axle day cab. There is something to be said for a job that allows you to practice banjo while on the clock ;^}

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Comment by Lonnie Blackwell on April 24, 2012 at 11:10pm

Interesting studio. I have a double sleeper Sterling that I diverted off course a couple of years ago to see you perform at Bull Whacker Days. Was well worth the detour!

Comment by Gil Sayre on April 25, 2012 at 6:48pm

Banjo's and trucks.Working class music! I drove a 20ft flatbed lumber hauler for years but never got a chance to bust down with a banjo in it. Nice tune and your 'back beat' style is just great.

Comment by Ian Bell on April 27, 2012 at 6:19am

One of my favourite old hornpipes. "Whisky Bill" Walsh, an old Port Dover commercial fisherman (on Lake Erie) had a verse of mildly naughty words for this tune. I'll sing 'em for you sometime. Actually just about all the words I've ever heard for this tune are a little racey. (except maybe John Hartford's) The banjo sounded great in the truck cab!


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