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East St. Louisan Peetie Wheatstraw had already been to the crossroads, made a deal with the Devil, married Satan's daughter, and become the high sheriff of Hell many years before Robert Johnson recorded anything - Kevin Belford, Devil At The Confluence, talking about how St. Louis gets no respect as a blues town

Author Topic: Clawhammer Banjo Blues/Robert Wilkens  (Read 1189 times)

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Clawhammer Banjo Blues/Robert Wilkens
« on: November 03, 2006, 03:05:03 PM »
Just worked this Piece out today.In listening to That's No Way To Get Along by Robert Wilkins I hear his guitar with a distinct banjo rythm. Many guitar playing, blues singers who recorded in the 1920s & 30s First learned music playing the banjo or were at least influenced at an early age by hearing it played by their elders; hence influencing their style. I think it,s not so much the "bluesy notes" as the phrasing that is the chalenge to work out to make it the blues.


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Offline Dr. G

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Re: Clawhammer Banjo Blues/Robert Wilkens
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2006, 05:14:07 PM »
RB -- I LOVE it!!!

What a wonderful and original attack on this great old song! This number has always been one of my own favorites, and I've developed at least 3 distinctly different settings and moods for it over the years in my own playing...but nary a one of them has ever featured banjo!

You've got great bluesy notes AND an infectious, driving rhythm here -- That funky Gus Cannony feel (think: Feather Bed), but technically much more sophisticated, and to my ears more interesting. (Great singing, too.)

A perfect country blues/string band hybrid, or crossover, piece.

WOW. Send more!

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Re: Clawhammer Banjo Blues/Robert Wilkens
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2006, 05:31:53 PM »
Yeah man, I'll endorse Dr. G's WOW

RB, never thought of a banjo rhythm in this piece - but I think you are absolutely right. 

And Imagine, creating a new country blues ... in a day! :)  Wow.


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