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got a banjo for xmas, after many years of not having one (used to play as a young lad).
so I thought I'd try out some old timey stuff.
the first song is an attempt at a version as sung by George Landers (on the High Atmosphere album), I didn't attempt to duplicate his banjo part...
the second is a popular old time fiddle tune, I learned it out of a banjo book many years ago and it stuck with me...
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Lyrics
'twas in ol' fort worth in eighteen and eighty three
young mexican cowboy comes stepping up to me
saying how are you young fella, how would you like
to spend another season with me in mexico

me having no other employment, to him I did say
that's according to your wages, sir, according to your pay
he says I'll pay you good wages, and often too, you know
to spend another season with me in mexico

he got him up a crew from two to twelve
up the trails we did travel, no trouble did we know
up the trails we did travel, no troubles did we know
til we reached ol' barker's creek in the hills of mexico

when we reached ol' barker's creek, then our troubles just begun
thru the thorns and the thickets, the cattle they did run
thru the thorns and the thickets, the cattle they did run

we got on a steamboat to go home
and the bells they did ring, the whistles they did blow
yes the bells they did ring, the whistles they did blow
god forsake ol' barker's creek in the hills of mexico
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Uploaded: Jan 04, 2010 - 08:22:37 AM
Last Updated: Jan 04, 2010 - 08:22:37 AM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 01:24:19 PM
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MarkHolbrook said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Wow!!!
I think you need to do LOTS more banjo man! This is outstanding... I personally loved the banjo... but could have used the vocals a little less "yell" like... But man... great overall song!
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Relic67 said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
hollerin'
so the hollering was a tad over-the-top hmm? oh well, couldn't help it as I was so excited about my new banjo...
thanks for listening!
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tempie said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
someday
you'll let me sing with you. this is fantastic. more of this kind of thing por favor. your voice is killer - love how you don't try to sing to the genre, you just wail in your usual grade A canadian indie snarl. that instrumental break/change is SWELL! this will be playing in the tempie horse hauler this week for sure. some day (probably before you ask me to sing with you) they'll invent a time machine and i'll be the first guy on board, 1883, west texas oh yeah.
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Relic67 said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
test run
Ha ha, you know what, I just wanted to do a test run on recording the banjo before approaching you vis-a-vis collab. I'll send you a note...
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Lennon714 said 2637 days ago (January 6th, 2010)
1883 West Texas?
Try 1885 Hill Valley. ZZ Top played there/then.
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Jim Bouchard said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Great!
My favorite banjo style! that there's some good frailin', lad. Nice fiddlin' too!
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Relic67 said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
fiddlin' and frailin'....
these are two of my favourite things... glad you liked!
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sewer rod said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Awesome!
I wish I could play banjo! Never really tried, but love the sound. Your voice matches it well too. I don't think I could hit those notes at all. Great one. Thanks
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Relic67 said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
banjo
now I just have to see how the banjo sounds thru the "metal core" pedal... LOL. glad you liked sewer rod!

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Feter said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Barker's Creek
You blood say ol timy ...man I m so in awe to
hear your deering banjo been asking about it ..
you pluck so good man ..this is the new year
treat for me now we have another banjo player
around us ..alas I stopped recording else this
would be cool to jammin with ol timy songs ..
man this is outstanding ...you made my heart
move specially with the West Fork Gals ..this
is just amazing ...nothing done here close to
your perfection with authentic for a long time
Hats off to you !!!!!!!!!!!

DEEPEST BOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Relic67 said 2640 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
thanks Feter
I know you're a fan of the old time folk music so I'm glad you liked it! I bow back to you... hopefully I can try playing on one of your tunes someday...

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scofugate said 2639 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Interesting man!
Love Love the ole bjoe man!! Great tune.
Now 2:30...Great picking!! Wow the fiddle!! Did you do all of this?

Awesome Tune again
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Relic67 said 2639 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
triple tracking
I played all the instruments, but not at the same time... :)

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scofugate said 2639 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Officially
on my fav artist page!!
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egobandit said 2639 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Pickin an pluckin
I never played a banjo because to me it must be one of the hardest instruments to play. At the same time the banjo has a sound that says fun, down to earth, and play ! The fiddle was a nice surprise! I enjoyed this allot!
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Relic67 said 2639 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
thnx
thanks ego! the banjo isn't that hard actually, not like playing the oboe or something like that LOL.

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PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2639 days ago (January 4th, 2010)
Woah!
Wow man this is something special indeed. Like a lot of the guys who've already posted I love the sound of the banjo but have never tried to play it. I have a several tunes in need of banjo accompaniement ....
Your vocals on the first part are amazing and authentic, I love that little bit of gravel and your phrasing.
The second part where the fiddle comes in is beautiful, puts me in mind of an irish reel. The fiddle is another of those instruments I'd love to be able to play.
Brilliant work my friend, simply brilliant.
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Relic67 said 2639 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
fiddle
glad you liked it Paddy.
those old time american fiddle tunes are of course strongly influenced by and/or derived from celtic tunes...

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Calchas said 2639 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
Great banjo work!
Fiddle work is awesome as well. Although I'm with Mark Holbrook on that vocal. Yes, a tad over-the-top. lol

A really good listen nevertheless. There's a reason why these old standards endure!

Be well friend!
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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
thanks
Hey Mike, glad you liked the instrumental part...
I have no idea why I seem to enjoy yelling, screaming, growling and otherwise making unpleasant noises...
I should probably see a shrink LOL!
that said, I will probably "dial it back" a bit on my next outing... :)

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eleveneyes said 2638 days ago (January 5th, 2010)
cool tune!
love the banjo man - more banjo!
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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
thanks
thanks 11. I'll try to do some more banjo pickin'.

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SJB said 2638 days ago (January 6th, 2010)
Good Xmas present
There a lack of banjo on MJ so I was looking forward to hearing this. The vocal is a bit too wild in my humble opinion but the banjo and fiddle are excellent. I hope you record a lot more of the banjo soon.
Steve
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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
thanks
Glad you liked the banjo.
As for the vocal, Wildness is the way of Relic67. I cannot control it.
Just kidding, I plan to tone it down on subsequent outings, god willin'!
thanks for listening!
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lengold said 2638 days ago (January 6th, 2010)
You've just made
me fancy a few pints of Guinness and a good night out. Really enjoyed. Great playing.
Cheers
Len

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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
guinness
well they say that stuff is good for you, so I'm glad I inspired a thirst for it...
cheers to you!
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Lennon714 said 2637 days ago (January 6th, 2010)
Old Timey
Damn. Every time you post something I flip out. So cool. After Tempie is done puttin' a warble on your wax let me know. I'd love to work a little banjo in to a song of mine.

Fiddle, too? You're like Prince!
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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Prince
Prince after a radical funk-ectomy.
Seriously, I'd be more than happy to try and pick along to one of your tunes. Just let me know.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2637 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Banjo 'n' Yellin'
What a terrific old-time sound--and obviously a well-selected xmas present! I personally love the vocals here too...and your fiddling in tune 2. There's a lot to listen to in your playing--you've got a real gift of musicality no matter what instrument you're playing.
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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
banjo
I dropped a few hints about that banjo to my lovely wife... and then had to give further assurances that (a) I was serious, and that (b) I would know "when it's time to stop."
She's a saint I tell you!

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spitlogic said 2637 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Sounds good
Very authentic sound.
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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
thnx
thanks spitlogic!
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jibes said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
Wahoo!
Good job on you reunion with the Banjo.
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Relic67 said 2636 days ago (January 7th, 2010)
thnx
thanks Jibes!
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johnwhitehead said 2635 days ago (January 9th, 2010)
Creek
Sorry so late to party. Really enjoyed this this. I really dig old-time banjo and I've been messin' with frailin', too.

But a banjo for Xmas from your wife, that's like wet dream territory. You're a lucky man. I've always liked your fiddling. Great live-feeling band arrangement. Keep 'em comin!
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Relic67 said 2624 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
thanks
thanks john, glad you liked. I'd love to hear your banjo playing... have you posted anything yet?

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dave_b said 2635 days ago (January 9th, 2010)
Barker's Creek / West Fork Gals
I dug the banjo and the fiddle man, and songs that tell a story are usually the coolest ones. Nice job!
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Relic67 said 2624 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
thanks
thanks for listening, yeah I like the story songs too. although I have to admit, not much happens in this particular story!
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VicDiesel said 2625 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
5 string?
I have no clue how a banjo works. What is that fifth string doing where you'd expect a bass string?

Anyway, you're starting to sound authentic with some of those hammer-ons.
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Relic67 said 2624 days ago (January 19th, 2010)
5th string
5th string is a higher note (shorter string) and is usually used as kind of a high drone. occasionally as a melody note. rarely fretted. one of the things that makes banjo unique, along with the sharp attack and quick decay...
I don't know about authentic but I love playing the banjo!
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chestnut said 2563 days ago (March 22nd, 2010)
Well Barked!
I really like the song. I've not heard it before so for me this is the definitive version! A great idea to put it together with West Fork Gals. Excellent performance; banjo, fiddle and vocal!
Ken
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alackbass said 2059 days ago (August 8th, 2011)
Barker's Creek / West Fork Gals
So honest sounding. Great banjo sound! I love when the flat-top and fiddle enter. Such a full old-timey sound!
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