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American Oldtime Tune?
« on: Nov 26, 2011, 03:14:40 AM »
Does anybody know or play Greasy Coat? I'd like to hear it or see it. Someone played it after Thanksgiving Dinner and I loved it but I didn't quite get it in my head.

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Re: American Oldtime Tune?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 26, 2011, 06:52:10 PM »
That's a popular tune around here.
Try "Greasy Coat" Jam at 2008 Old Time Week at Augusta
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Re: American Oldtime Tune?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 26, 2011, 09:01:09 PM »
I play it, but don't have recording of myself doing it. Fun tune to play, and to sing as well.
Here are three commercial recordings of it you can probably find on Amazon or iTunes:

Edden Hammons, from The Edden Hammons Collection Vol. 1 (awesome document of a real old-time West Virginia rendition, but a rough recording and probably hard to learn from directly; the accompaniment is played more straight, without the modal inflections of the tune)

Andy Cahan, from Ship in the Clouds (pretty standard modal version, the way I usually hear it nowadays at jams and festivals)

Chance McCoy, from Debut (also a nice modal version in the "modern old-time" style, but this one also has the vocals, which is cool)

The performance on that YouTube video that Emma posted is certainly high-energy, but too fast IMO. No offense intended to anyone involved in that video.
« Last Edit: Nov 27, 2011, 03:13:53 PM by oldtimestrings »


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