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...traditional musicians, too, often try to "get it down just like" an admired player picks a particular tune. This is not slavish imitation for its own sake but rather a passionate desire to get at the very sinews of the style, based on the realization that the impact of traditional music depends on detail and an evocative context... - Art Rosenbaum, Old-Time Mountain Banjo

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Performance Corner / Re: John Miller Concert Wish
« Last post by joe paul on Today at 10:30:05 AM »
That was great John, thank you, watched it this morning too.
Saturday Blues was cool, and What Are They Doing In Heaven Today, yes, I really like that arrangement.
Off the subject a little, but has there been a thread here, adventures in Bflat? That piqued my curiosity, I had a look but couldn't find one.
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Performance Corner / Re: John Miller Concert Wish
« Last post by Old Man Ned on Today at 10:03:17 AM »
Thanks John, enjoyed watching the concert this morning. Loved it all, especially your version of Saturday Blues.
All the best, Ned
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Peetie Wheatstraw Lyrics
« Last post by Thomas8 on Today at 09:16:21 AM »
Charlie McCoy on guitar
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Discographies / Re: Blues And Gospel 1890-1943 4th Edition Amendments
« Last post by harry on Today at 08:29:42 AM »
Hi all,

I might wanna purchase this book.
Has anybody heard anything on a 5th edition coming up?
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Country Blues Lyrics / Nolan Barrelhouse Welsh Lyrics
« Last post by harry on Today at 07:46:51 AM »
This is a tough one.


Dying Pickpocket Blues

Nolan Barrelhouse Welsh - Vocals, Piano

Ca. January 1929
Chicago, Illinois

Key of Bb





It was in New York City workhouse so they called ? (Big Sam?)
It was in New York City workhouse so they called ? (Big Sam?)
It was in a dirty ditch there (despair?) where the dying pickpocket lay

And his buddy stood beside him with his lowdown drooping head
And his buddy stood beside him with his lowdown drooping head
Listen to the last words that the dying pickpocket say

He said tell my friends back in Cincy (?) although I know she will feel blue
And tell my baby back in Cincy (?) although I know she will feel blue
And I got this ? (stones on the?) hammer and I cannot pull it through

Oh so Iím gone partner goiní to a better land
Oh partner Iím goiní to a better land
I ainít goní picks no more pockets Iím goní be a regular man

Although she has been a real pal and she answered to all my calls
Although she has been a real pal and she answered to all my calls
And Iíve ruin her health trying to spring me from this vault
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Performance Corner / Re: John Miller Concert Wish
« Last post by Prof Scratchy on Today at 03:37:57 AM »
Made my Sunday morning. Great choice of songs and tunes. Another one soon?
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Performance Corner / Re: John Miller Concert Wish
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 10:01:07 PM »
Thanks very much, Pan, and Stuart and John! I'm glad you enjoyed the concert. I was nervous leading up to it, but was pretty relaxed once it actually started happening. I felt a lot of warmth coming from the people who were watching, which is kind of mysterious, because I couldn't see anybody! Thanks to the Trumansburg Conservatory for hosting the concert and Mark Costa for walking me through the whole process so expertly, including setting up my own youtube channel.
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Performance Corner / Re: John Miller Concert Wish
« Last post by Slack on Yesterday at 06:54:52 PM »
I enjoyed the concert John... and enjoyed seeing you again!  I was helping a neighbor move some furniture, so I missed the Live version by about 2 hours... but it's very cool, and convenient, that the video is available immediately to watch again!  Thanks for 'The Singing Moon'!

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Performance Corner / Re: John Miller Concert Wish
« Last post by Stuart on Yesterday at 05:18:58 PM »
Thanks for the great show, John. It was thoroughly enjoyable. And your choice of material was top notch.
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Performance Corner / Re: John Miller Concert Wish
« Last post by Pan on Yesterday at 05:08:29 PM »
Thanks for a wonderful concert, John! Well worth staying up late here in Berlin!

Cheers,

Pan
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