January 31, 2009


Another I'd never heard before, but played at the right speed to follow along. I'll work on this myself over the next few days.

January 29, 2009

Sherman's March to the Sea

I play this tune all the time. Perhaps sometime I'll put up my competing version of this tune. It's more commonly known as Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, and it is played out of D normally.

January 27, 2009

January 25, 2009

Arkansas Traveler

My other favorite tune, and my favorite to play, is Arkansas Traveler. This guy is playing out of D but in AEAE cross-tuning... I don't believe I know anyone else that does that but this sounds great.

Big Sciota

Ok, this is probably the third or fourth take of this tune I've put on here, but I just like it so much.

Cold Frosty Morning

I've never heard this tune played this way, nonetheless, this video is a real treat.

Samples 2.0

Here is a link to Kyle Samples (my brother-in-law), a very creative and talented musician, especially in the old-timey sense. Check him out. These days he's Snowshoe, West Virginia, and plays every now and then.

January 24, 2009

Jackson's Mill 2008

Alright, here it is, my first ever (poorly executed) attempt at media editing. Music by the Samples Brothers, with images from the 2008 edition of the Jube at Jackson's Mill in Weston, WV.

(By the way, the Samples Brothers are my in-laws. The fiddle player with the hat is my wife's uncle, the guitar player is her dad, and the banjo player is another uncle. They're very much a part of old-time music preservation in West Virginia.)

Forked Deer

If you're trying to follow along, this is one of the best recordings I could find. Not too much ornamentation, this is a good version.

January 23, 2009


I could listen to this guy for a long time. He's always at Jackson's Mill, and that's Dave Bing in the background, one of the finest West Virginia fiddler's around.

Little Brown Jugband

This tune sounds vaguely familiar... but I don't know what it is. They sure can play well though.

Old Mother Flanagan

This guy's stuff is always enjoyable. He generally plays too fast to really follow along if you don't know the tune already. But this one is actually ok to follow.

January 22, 2009

Little Billy Wilson

This is a very clear recording and great version of this tune. It makes it much easier to follow if you're trying to play along. Nothing like the twin fiddles.

Breaking up Christmas

Love this tune, although I don't understand where it got it's name....

January 18, 2009

Big Scioty

I like these guys... they seem really nice. They have a few videos on there, but this is one of the better tunes.

January 02, 2009

The Garry Owen

It would be awesome to remix these two tunes... they have some sweet beats. The first of course is Yankee Doodle and the second is an old cavalry tune called Garry Owen, which was originally an Irish drinking tune from what I understand.