The old-time tune "Spotted Pony", played at a jam session at the 2016 Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. [more inside]
Merry Christmas! Here's an arrangement of Bennington, No. 408t in the Shenandoah Harmony (www.shenandoahharmony.com). Poetry by Isaac Watts 1706, original shape note arrangement by Billings, 1770. [more inside]
A very short and simple ode to my dog who I love. [more inside]
A short song about the positive and then the negative male relationships in my life. Features classical guitar, reverbed out bowed banjo, auto-tuning, synth, french doors slamming. This is the latest in a string of versions of this song, having trouble finishing it. [more inside]
Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
Just what the world needs: another cover of a hit pop song by a white guy with his guitar. [more inside]
Who Hit John tries our hand at this old standard. [more inside]
Guitar, banjo, and vox arrangement of the shapenote tune, The Church's Desolation, number 89 in The Sacred Harp. A quick fingerstyle arrangement of Old Hundred (49 on the top) was tacked onto the front. [more inside]
Old-time fiddle tune performed by the usual gang at The People's Pint in Greenfield, Massachusetts. [more inside]
An old-time chestnut on guitar, mandolin, and my new Menzies tackhead banjo [more inside]
This is a quick little tune about a few people I'll never meet. [more inside]
A first stab at an old-time fiddle tune I've been obsessed with lately. [more inside]
Traditional old-time fiddle tune in D, instrumental clawhammer banjo & guitar. [more inside]
Another itty bitty ditty. [more inside]
Dark sounds for an old barn. [more inside]
A largely pointless endeavor, a rendition of Hallelujah with quick fingerpicking and banjos (what's new?).
This is the soundtrack to a movie about Leonard Cohen going on a rafting trip in rural Appalachia. [more inside]
First track off our new album, "Heirloom." I'm playing fiddle an jawharp. [more inside]
A quick, light-spirited, no-frills guitar/banjo instrumental.
The third and final installment of my 2009 Valentine's day project. Celine Dion + Rick Astley, as if the internet needed another rickroll. [more inside]
Guitar Rag, with banjo. [more inside]
I've decided to face my embarrassment and post this song. [more inside]
A cover of the "I'll be watching you" of Christmas songs, recorded with my dear friend okclementine. [more inside]
Sort of a cheating entry to the wildcard challenge - a flowy, stringy instrumental. [more inside]
Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
An exhausting afternoon called for extensive multitracking and math-rocking minus the thinking part. [more inside]
The lazy cracker, banjo-infused version of the Jeffersons theme song. [more inside]
I suppose this is the equivalent of my last yay new instrument song. Banjo, 'lectric guitar, 'lectric drums, singin. [more inside]
A repetitive, driving song featuring my first foray into recording piano-ery. It also has a jammy rockout outro (rockoutro?). [more inside]
This is not the happiest song I've ever written. [more inside]
Early morning front porch music... [more inside]
A musical version of an old Spanish assigment from high school that I found in a box. [more inside]
Quick 'n' dirty cover of Mississippi John Hurt's old song played on my resonator guitar. Levels are a bit off, volume jumps up and down a little... but here it is anyway. [more inside]
cover of the song by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. Fingerstyle guitar, vocals, banjo. Created for the 2008 Songfight! Gift of Music sidefight.
Written by the mando player, Hamdog. I'm playing fiddle - everyone had a blast with this. [more inside]
A short instrumental, played over an old tape of me reading something in French as a kid. [more inside]
Here's one with me singing and playing the harp. [more inside]
More banjo / fiddle stuff. [more inside]
Old-timey / bluesy ditty from our new album. That's me on fiddle. :D [more inside]
Adaptation (more or less) of an Ogden Nash poem of the same name. Essentially an apology from an aging man who spends his time boring people with the same stories.
English, French, backup vocals, slide, banjo, bam!
Well boys and girls, I imagine this is what it would sound like if one was lucky enough to hang out on the front porch with our favorite banjo picking librarian. Yes, that's jessamyn on banjo! (collaboration)
Very short, two sparse verses, some pickin'. [more inside]
Basically a song about a failed friendship, which as we all know is best done with several banjo tracks!
A cover of my very favorite Randy Newman song, which is also maybe the saddest song I know.
Tuned the guitar way down and added some banjo. This song does this thing where it equates "snake" with "girl." Like a metaphor, see. Also: it seems to play better through headphones (possibly because of the use of stereo). But maybe I just have bad speakers.
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