December 29, 2008

The Bachands

These kids are too good, and they both spell their names with a Q. Check out more about them here.

December 21, 2008

Wind that Shakes the Barley

This tune starts out really slow so you can get hang of it and then gets close to normal speed by the end. Good tune to learn.

December 16, 2008

Spotted Pony

I've got to learn this tune, Spotted Pony.

November 09, 2008


Playing while keeping time with your feet seems tough... This guy does pretty well at it. They seem to have a small following in the New Old Time community.

November 03, 2008

Forked Deer

This is a back porch version of Forked Deer. Good tune.

October 16, 2008

Texas Gals

This tune, Texas Gals, is played by a band called Chicken Chokers. Now, I'm a little uneasy with that band name, but... they're interesting, and one dj at WDVX in Knoxville plays this band every Sunday during the string band hour.

October 09, 2008

Mercury Dimes
Yet another, nother band from the West Coast, San Francisco at that... Not my favorite of the newer old-time bands, but they a-ight. This tune has a thousand names, and this is not one of them I've heard before.

Big Scioty

I like these guys, they have a lot videos on youtube. I wish they were my friends, but not in a desperate kind of way.

September 25, 2008

The Jubilee

Ok, this is more for the Samples family than anyone else, but check it out. This guy goes around interviews people at Jackson's Mill 2008, features the Mac Samples family band, and creates a 7 minute video about them.

His profile is "it's real man," as in pot-smoking hippy, what does it all mean, we're all connected, man. That's the typical kind of fan the Samples Brothers have and would really enjoy hanging out with anyway, so it all makes sense.

September 23, 2008

Frosty Morning

For whatever reason, this tune makes me want to drink guiness in a wooden pub on foggy, cool morning during the revolution. That's a pretty specific beer.

September 07, 2008

Gourd Banjos
Just found this site today, plenty of links to tunes played on the gourd banjo. This one is called "Old Liza Poor Gal." Liza must have gotten around a lot during the old timey days, seeing as how she has about 136 tunes in her honor.

September 06, 2008

Nile Wilson
Pretty sweet tune played by really old dude. What else could you ask for in old time music?

September 05, 2008

St. Anne's Reel
This is only a little clip of the tune, but this is good version of St. Anne's Reel. I especially like the dog barking at one point.

Last of Callahan

This is kind of rare tune, and I like the way this guy plays it. Don't know if the video is intended be instructional or what... but it's still a great tune.

September 04, 2008

Adam Hurt
Despite characterizing himself as "elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo," which is kind of uppity to me, this guy is one of the best banjo players I've heard.

Good Tunes

This guy has a website at

I really like the way he plays, plus this is one of the first tunes I learned myself.

September 03, 2008

Old-Time Sally Will You Marry Me?

Love this tune. This is, of course, from the jube in West Virginia. Of all the old-time I come across, the stuff played in West Virginia tends to be the best.

September 02, 2008

Cigar Box Fiddles
I want one of these so bad (not the soldiers, the fiddle).

Music: Kent Gustavson

This is an interesting guy with a wide variety of musical exploits, including Pig in a Pen and Little Maggie. There are samples from his tunes on his website.

Music: Fog Horn String Band

This is one of the better old-time bands that is not rapidly approaching the cold, cold grips of death. Plus, this track is live, always good.

September 01, 2008