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The piano may do for lovesick girls who lace themselves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles, and slate pencils. But give me the banjo... When you want genuine music - music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whiskey . . . ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose - when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo! - Mark Twain, Early Tales and Sketches, Vol 2 (1864-65)

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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Memphis Minnie Lyrics
« Last post by Dr Pryor on May 20, 2020, 10:18:41 AM »
Hi Banjochris,
If I ever manager to convince a publisher that my project is worth printing, your name will be in it!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Cannon's Jug Stompers Lyrics
« Last post by Dr Pryor on May 20, 2020, 10:16:26 AM »
Thanks for making it clear!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lane Hardin's Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on May 20, 2020, 09:54:57 AM »
The last line is "You be through making 10s and 4s"

What does "making 10s and 4s" mean?

It's a reference to the dice game craps Ė 10s and 4s are the hardest "points" to make in that game (as opposed to 5,6,8,9) because there are fewer ways to make those numbers on two dice.

So the implication here is that he was lucky Ė "making 10s and 4s" but his luck has run out.

Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Lane Hardin's Lyrics
« Last post by ninodusty on May 20, 2020, 09:04:21 AM »
The last line is "You be through making 10s and 4s"

What does "making 10s and 4s" mean?

Thanks
-Dusty
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Performance Corner / Acoustic blues show on Facebook Live
« Last post by MandolinPaul on May 19, 2020, 10:01:40 PM »
Wednesday, May 20 at 9pm eastern in a Facebook Live show, Iíll be playing acoustic blues on mandolin, tenor banjo (Irish tuning), and five-string banjo (fifth removed and using a pick).

Itís pretty different from what youíre used to with those instruments, but is respectful of the genre. Feel free to check it out.

https://facebook.com/events/s/still-here-still-got-the-blues/282017886530520/?ti=cl
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: The Carolina Tar Heels--Tom Ashley Lyrics
« Last post by banjochris on May 19, 2020, 06:03:32 PM »
On this one, I really do think Tom got tongue-tied or almost choked or something. There's a weird quality to his voice there, and he certainly didn't say "They are" on his '60s recording of it, I'd have remembered that!
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: The Carolina Tar Heels--Tom Ashley Lyrics
« Last post by Stuart on May 19, 2020, 05:45:45 PM »
It was a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, John, but you're right about it taking up a fair amount of room. Still, there will probably be some that will jump right out at us, like the one you mentioned. Non-native speakers can be forgiven, but some of this stuff we hear we couldn't make up if we tried.
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Country Blues Licks and Lessons / Re: Miller's Breakdown
« Last post by banjochris on May 19, 2020, 05:13:24 PM »
I'm pretty sure they're both played in standard tuning.

I think Caldwell's in Em capoed up to A and never hits the first string except at the very end of the tune - the main lick fits perfectly on an Em chord and the open 4th string, with the open 2nd string used as drone and the main melody played on the 3rd string.

Lenoir sounds like regular old E position to me with a fancy IV chord, playing that Lightnin'-esque B note on the 2nd fret of the 5th string for his turnaround.

Great songs.
Chris
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: The Carolina Tar Heels--Tom Ashley Lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on May 19, 2020, 04:50:29 PM »
I don't know, Stuart, I don't think we'd have room for anything else at the site!  It's fine the way it is--we can just enjoy it when we encounter it.
All best,
Johnm
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