Good morning Chief, as I look out the window on our first dusting of snow right here in center Tennessee, I’ve come to the conclusion that your weekly journey via bluegrass’ previous would possibly finest be carried out this week in a sleigh. Hoping you picked up some good Pre-Struggle Granadas throughout Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale…they had been going oh so low cost. Take pleasure in!
With all of the journey you and Bobby had, did you ever have an incident, similar to in a resort with skinny partitions, the place somebody subsequent door complained about your banjo enjoying? Being a banjo participant myself, it’s laborious to think about somebody not having fun with the music, however not everybody appreciates the musical artistry or sound of a banjo….even a world class Granada.
Billy Joe Grundy
Billy Joe….thanks for loaning a second of your time. You recognize, honestly, I solely took my banjo right into a room when it was extraordinarily sizzling or chilly, or I wanted to work on it for some motive. Strings, head, adjustment of some variety…I used to be by no means a tinkering individual, and I by no means bear in mind being so loud that I wanted to be referred to as down. I do bear in mind as soon as, in Culpeper, we discovered the Stanley Brothers at a motel one Sunday morning, on our method again from a date someplace. Bobby, Benny, and I simply barged in, woke Carter, Ralph, and George Shuffler up and proceeded to speak and that changed into a hymn singing. ‘Bout 25 minutes into the session, the motel man knocked on the door and requested may we maintain it down as a result of the parents subsequent door had been there to attend a funeral and the hymns had been fairly and uplifting for them, however they want a little bit quiet time. I reckon we had gotten a bit loud, so we toned down, truly simply stopped. Later that day we joined them at American Legion Park….that’s one other story. In all probability been instructed already.
I questioned should you had any good Harley Gabbard and/or Artwork Stamper tales? I imagine they each had been in your band at totally different factors and each had been characters. Love the article every week!
Wes Vanderpool…thanks on the market in Colorado. Of us, should you don’t know already, Wes is Kenny Vanderpool’s boy, and Kenny was Dale Vanderpool’s brother. Dale, in fact was the good conventional banjo participant who labored within the Larry Stephenson Band, and one in every of my finest buddies. Dale went dwelling a couple of years in the past and Wes has taken up the banjo and develop into fairly good, truly.
I can let you know a Harley Gabbard factor. Harley had not been away from dwelling very a lot when he went to work with us…bout 1969 (roughly). There was a spot in Rockwood, Tennessee at which we virtually at all times stopped at if we had been headed that method. The Peggy Ann Truck Cease and restaurant. They’d a rustic cooking smorgasbord for about $3 or $4 that was excellent. All you could possibly eat…and man, Harley had not seen a kind of locations earlier than and he took benefit of it…massive time. He went again and stuffed his plate 4 (no less than) instances. Harley ate till he was sick and barely was in a position to play that night time… He waddled again out to the bus and went on to his bunk…the place he stayed all afternoon.
Artwork was a quiet man, didn’t say a lot. He may fiddle although. He was fairly nicely seasoned when he labored with us. He had labored and recorded with The Stanley Brothers…he performed twin with Gordon Terry on our first MGM information. By the point Artwork was with us, he had a reasonably good enterprise getting into Louisville and he couldn’t take the time away to work full time with us. Reality is, we weren’t working sufficient to pay him…we had been simply barely making it ourselves.
It’s me once more Sonny, fast query: What was the wildest present you ever carried out, humorous or not? God bless!!!
Jacob… .welcome. There have been so many instances that I had fairly be someplace else. The Grand Ole Opry 1952…the White Home 1973…The Grand Ole Opry 1964…Seeing Earl the primary time Knoxville, TN. 1953…The Gary Burton Jazz album (Tennessee Firebird) I used to be requested to take part in… Neyland Stadium 105,000 crowd Alabama-Tennessee homecoming sport 1987….San Antonio Texas Symphony about 1985, Grass Valley California 1987 (funniest ever) …Essentially the most frightened I suppose needed to be enjoying at The White Home for President Nixon’s spouse Pat’s birthday, and his crew, two weeks earlier than Watergate broke out for actual. It’s been an attention-grabbing journey…for certain!
I’ve watched your Banjo Medley video on UTube many instances. It’s one in every of my favourite movies. Are you able to inform us a little bit background on the tune? Did you provide you with the concept of stringing these tunes collectively? How laborious is it to play that exact for that lengthy? You appear to be you’re actually concentrating. I adore it on the finish of the tune once you shake your proper hand and blow in your fingertips!😄
Hey there Papaw….thanks for coming proper on in there. Glad you could possibly make it….Nicely, that medley just isn’t a tune, it’s a number of tunes put collectively. I began enjoying it in 1954, in Detroit… After the Saturday night time present there was a sq. dance and typically these issues would final 20 minutes….apart from play one tune, I’d change to a number of and play all of them the identical pace…the dancers wouldn’t know the distinction and for us it wouldn’t get so monotonous.
I feel the unique thought may need come from some outdated fiddle participant within the ’30s… though I wouldn’t take an oath on that. Might have been…I truthfully don’t know. It was a studying time for me, to attempt totally different proper hand strikes and attempt to place them in several components of a tune. Like Lonesome Highway Blues. Take a lick from that tune and put it in Sally Anne…or possibly play Cumberland Hole from the 1 to the 4 chord and again to the 1. (1 is A. 4 is D) It might get tiring however you’re employed on that too…by focus.
Preserve telling your self all through, should you’re feeling fatigue in your proper hand, preserve telling your self it should go away. After I obtained via my hand was virtually cramped, however I received this time. I needed it away and it left…I obtained to complete the tune. By the way, that YouTube Medley was accomplished in Stockholm, Sweden and I’m enjoying a Stelling Sonflower banjo.
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