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]
Latest dispatch in über-short traditional clawhammer banjo songs. [more inside]
After writing/arranging, recording, and mixing the first five sections of The Wasteland, I found myself a bit spent, and struggling with the final movement, so I took a few days off to back away from it. I finally returned to it tonight, and, renewed, even managed to squeeze an extra track from it. Thus concludes the tour. Enjoy! [more inside]
My first recording to share: this is the old-time banjo tune Spotted Pony, played on my new (to me) Bart Reiter fretless banjo, equipped with NylGut strings. Tuning is double-C.
LYRICS: Well, our country's kind of shitty, But we love it anyway (We have no basis of comparison!) This is Anthemic. [more inside]
Stroke style arrangement of an old minstrel tune, taken from "Briggs' Banjo Instructor" book of 1855. Tackhead banjo and tambourine.
Sometimes with you, I forget myself and laugh! (headphones recommended) [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]
An arrangement of the classic song for banjo and a little bit of toy piano. [more inside]
Also known as Pope Nicholas V, he didn't seem like such a bad guy, for the most part...other than the whole "Papal consent to the slave trade" thing. Live recorded video is available. [more inside]
This is a new one from a short EP I just released for an upcoming tour. It's a stoney instrumental with banjo. You guys like those, right? [more inside]
Who Hit John tries our hand at this old standard. [more inside]
Ambient modal psychedelic clawhammer banjo drone? Sure, TheCoug, whatever...
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]
This is a cover (gah, feels like all I can do lately) of "My Roots are Strong and Deep" by the Microphones. Features my friend Taylor Bridges on heavily distorted banjo, and recorded in this wonderful, cement stairwell back at the school I used to attend. Anyone know of good, secluded, reverby spots in Portland, OR? The sort where people generally won't walk by, but if they do they won't snicker?
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]
Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls present a decidedly not-safe-for-work ode to porn stars and filmmakers from Minnesota. [more inside]
(Jackson's Victory). Played on my fretless bowlback banjo, in double A.
A version of this traditional tune on a fretless bowl-back banjo tuned down to B. [more inside]
Banjo + Trombone = Awesome? I'd love your feedback on this new project I am a member of (trombonist). Kind of "new wave bluegrass." I hope you like it.
From my old band, recorded about 6 years ago. The crappy coda on the end was my bad idea, but I can't edit it out now.
Cover of the Dock Boggs song, on banjo naturally. [more inside]
This month's challenge isn't much of a challenge for someone who plays oldtime music anyway, but I figure I get extra points for recording this American Civil War era tune on my new gourd banjo. [more inside]
A first stab at an old-time fiddle tune I've been obsessed with lately. [more inside]
An old-time tune I recorded a few years ago, solo clawhammer banjo. [more inside]
Traditional old-time fiddle tune in D, instrumental clawhammer banjo & guitar. [more inside]
A traditional old-timey tune as recorded by my pseudonymous string band, Crookneck John. [more inside]
It's been way, way, way too long since I posted any music here, or in fact recorded anything. Anyway, it's always rough starting back up, but always a little interesting. Here's a song I was planning on submitting for the monthly challenge, but apparently I am unable to make scary music. [more inside]
A Dirty Curls song about girl on girl crushing.
A naughtybilly song from the Dirty Curls about one of the classic themes of pop music: cousin on cousin incest. [more inside]
An apocalyptic Dirty Curls songs about vibrators and the end of the world.
Another naughtybilly song from Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls, this time about ... um .. a self-evident subject. [more inside]
An old-timey, shitkicking, jug-banding, bluegrassy number about oral sex from Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls, a band in which I play jug, jew's harp, harmonica, and sing harmony vocals. [more inside]
Another itty bitty ditty. [more inside]
Summer's nearly over, but never fear -- it's always the sunniest season on your HiFi! Ford and the Prefects and the Don Ho Symphony Orchestra present "Hawaii," this year's breakout good-times swingle. [more inside]
My vague memory of an aphex twin melody on this here banjo that I don't really know how to play. Took me a while to figure out which tune(s) I was thinking of. [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]
I don't know what this is; kind of a pseudo-jugband, neo-bluegrass-ish, Hee-Haw with a whiney singer. [more inside]
Bluegrass song about what sometimes happens with sons and dads. (In a bluegrass/country world.) [more inside]