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I learned this song from George Gibson of Knott County, Kentucky. George learned it from his fath...

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Late 1890s S.S. Stewart "Special Thoroughbred" banjo with 10-5/8" pot.

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(gCGCC "Darling Cora" tuning) I composed this song in November 2004 after learning that a close f...

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This 1920s Supertone "Dixie Wonder" banjo was made by Rettburg & Lange, and distributed by Sears & Roebuck. Dock Boggs is said to have used a brand new Supertone banjo when he was recorded in New York city during 1927 and '28. Good cheap banjos like this one always give me a thrill. Working people's hopes and dreams were invested in these old instruments, and I love them.
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In this tutorial I explain how traditional banjo players tune the banjo to match their natural si...

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I composed this song in Germany during the winter of 2005 after learning that one of my closest friends had been killed in Ramadi, Iraq. He was 21 years old.
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ERIE, Michigan — Soldier and Young Husband Deployed Overseas in September was killed in Iraq.

Family members of Pfc. Dennis Miller Jr., 21, were notified of the death Thursday morning. “He just felt honored he could serve our country, especially during war,” his wife of 13 months, Kimberly, told The Monroe Evening News.

Miller was a 2001 graduate of Mason High School and studied history at Monroe Community College. His mother said her son loved hunting with his father and uncles. “He was a great kid,” Kathy Miller said. “He never was in any trouble.”

Miller was the 33rd member of the military from Michigan to die in Iraq.

He graduated from basic training and completed M1 Abrams tank training in September, 2003 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was stationed in Korea. He was home on leave for two weeks in June and reported to Iraq on Sept. 8.

Laura Imhoff, owner of Capt. Harry’s Storehouse Pizza in LaSalle, said Miller had worked for about a year at her business.  “He was a wonderful, wonderful kid,” she said. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better. He’d do anything for anyone."
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When I was a boy my momma used to say
Don't you the ever let them see you run away
I tried to obey the words she said that day
But now I'm running and I just can't get away

My father drifted away my mother's dead and gone
My sister died of shame my brother never came home
I've been running so long I just can't run no more
Lord I've been running since the day that I was born.

I know that thieves can steal I know that liars can lie
I guess that I'll be a fool until the day I die
I've seen more hard times than I would care to count
I know that nobody knows you when you're down and out

Lord I never thought that I would live this long
And I never thought that I would be this strong
I hear the voice of an angel singing my last song
Lord I never thought that I would live this long
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gCGCD relative (fB♭FB♭C actual). I learned "Last Gold Dollar" (Mole In the Ground) from George Gi...

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The Hiwassee River and its tributaries were part of the Cherokee Nation when English traders firs...

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gCGCD relative (fB♭FB♭C actual). I learned "She's on the Road Somewhere" from George Gibson of Kn...

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Attached my rough cover of Virgil Anderson's "Poor Boy Long Way From Home. " Look out for a perfo...

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gCGCE relative (fB♭FB♭D actual, "One-Finger C"). This is my original arrangement of the classic m...

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I come from Alabama with A banjo on my kneeI'm going to LouisianaMy true love for to see, It rain...

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gCGCD relative (fB♭FB♭C actual). I learned "Sammie, Where Have You Been So Long" from the 1927 re...

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George R. Gibson performs several traditional banjo pieces at his home in Knott County, Kentucky ...

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I learned "Sammie, Where Have you Been So Long" from the 1927 recording of Dock Boggs on Brunswic...

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gCGCD relative (fB♭FB♭C actual). Original arrangement for 5-string banjo by Clifton Hicks from a ...

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[gCGBD] I learned "Saint James Infirmary Blues" from a 1960s recording of Dock Boggs titled "Old Joe's Barroom." My instrument is an 1888 Luscomb banjo by Thompson & Odell of Boston. Eddie Haggard called this tuning "Two-Finger C."  

I work in these old coal mines 
Sunday's and all night long,
Trying to provide for my wife and my baby 
But now she done took it and gone.  

On my grave let the dice-rollers hustle 
Let the black-headed women sing songs, 
Fill my casket with moonshine whiskey 
I want to drink as the hearse rolls on.

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gDGBD "Big Eyed Rabbit" (Rockin' in a Weary Land or Rock in a Weary Land) I learned this song fro...

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Traditional North Georgia banjo styles of Lawrence Eller, Maybel Cawthorn and Ed Teague. Excerpts...

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"O Death" (Conversation With Death) was composed by Lloyd Chandler in 1916. It was later recorded...

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Here's a fine 1920s banjo marked "Slingerland 209" on the dowel. Original calfskin head, original...

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Dust-to-Digital was kind enough to mail me a free copy of their new box set, The Harry Smith B-Si...

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[fDGCD] I learned "I'm Dying, Mother" from the recording of Bert Hare on Art Rosenbaum's "Art of ...

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Clifton Hicks performs traditional dance tune "Hook and Line" on a Colonial Williamsburg museum r...

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