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(gDGBD ≈ eBEG♯B) I learned "Old Chattanooga" from a 1977 performance of Blaine Smith, Florrie Ste...

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(gDGBD ≈ eBEG♯B) I learned "Bonnie George Campbell" from a recording of Bascom Lamar Lunsford of ...

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In this video I demonstrate two of my latest mountain banjo builds: a rare, hexagonal type that e...

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gDGBD - I learned "Sourwood Mountain" from George Gibson of Knott County, Kentucky. My instrument...

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How to build a traditional Kentucky-style mountain banjo with hexagon- or octagon-shaped sound ch...

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fB♭FB♭C (gCGCD relative). I learned this song from Josh Hayes of Watauga County, North Carolina. ...

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Below is a list of articles, essays, and books that are relevant to our understanding of early banjo culture.

  • Bauer, Albert (.pdf attached below)
"Reminiscences of a Banjo Player" S. S. Stewart's Banjo and Guitar Journal (February, 1893 and other issues...) 

  • Berlin, Ira


  • Combs, Josiah


  • Conway, Cecilia


  • Dubois, Laurent


  • Epstein, Dena
"The Folk Banjo: A Documentary History" Ethnomusicology19, no. 3 (1975)


  • Fischer, David


  • Gibson, George


  • Gura, Phillip & James Bollman


  • Hopkin, Rachel (.pdf attached below)
"Countering Cultural Strip-Mining in Eastern Kentucky: Music Making as Cultural Reconstruction" Western Folklore Magazine (Winter, 2016-2017)


  • Irwin, John


  • Linn, Karen


  • Merritt, Keri Leigh


  • Morgan, Philip


  • Robert, Leonard


  • Rosenbaum, Arthur


  • Sommerville, Diane Miller


  • Tallmadge, William
"The Folk Banjo and Clawhammer Performance Practice in the Upper South: A Study of Origins" The Appalachian Experience edited by Barry M. Buxton Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium (1983)


  • Wigginton, Eliot
Foxfire 6 (1980)
Foxfire 3 (1975)


  • Winans, Robert
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These recordings were made by Garrett Faulkner during an interview with banjoist and historian, G...

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Did this one again just for fun--don't think I ever did lesson/tab for it?

For some reason, the song is very difficult for me to sing AND I've not gotten the banjo quite in-tune both times I've attempted to film it...

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I learned to play "In the Pines" on the banjo from George Gibson of Knott County, Kentucky. Gibso...

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I learned "In the Pines" from George Gibson of Knott County, Kentucky, who tuned his banjo f♯DF♯A...

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gDGBD - I learned "Trifling Woman" from Josh Hayes of Watauga County, North Carolina. Hayes learn...

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I learned "Unquiet Grave" (Cold Blows the Wind, Child 78) from a 1960s recording of Hedy West and...

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I learned "Trifling Woman" from Josh Hayes of Watauga County, North Carolina. Josh learned it fro...

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George Washburn Lyon and Patrick Healy began manufacturing banjos in Chicago, Illinois during the...

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This unmarked "Dobson" has an unusual 12-inch rim, new goatskin head, new Five Star tuners, reproduction No-Knot tailpiece, and a Clifford Essex bridge. All Dobson banjos (even the "Silver Bell" models) were probably produced by Buckbee in New York City from the early 1880s until his bankruptcy in 1901. By that time, Buckbee had been bought out by Rettberg & Lange.
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Cold blows the wind my true love
Cold blows the driving rain,
I never had but one true love
In the greenwood he was slain

I'll do as much for my true love
As any woman may,
I'll sit and mourn all on his grave
For twelve months and a day

When twelve months and a day had passed
The dead began to speak,
Saying who is this who mourns for me
And will not let me sleep?

One kiss more my own true love
One kiss more I crave,
Give me a kiss of your sweet lips
And I'll go from your grave

My lips are cold as clay true love
My breath is sulfur strong,
If you kiss my rotting lips
Your days will not be long

Mourn not for me my own true love
Mourn not for me I pray,
For I must leave you all alone
'Til Death calls you away

I learned "Unquiet Grave" (Cold Blows the Wind, Child 78, Roud 51) from a 1960s recording of Hedy West from Cartersville, Georgia.
https://youtu.be/wh-bV0pWDdY


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gDGBD. In this video I demonstrate my take on Lawrence Eller's "Going to Georgia, " and discuss a...

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gDGBD relative (d♯B♭D♯GB♭ actual). I learned "Bonnie George Campbell" from a recording of Bascom ...

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