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GUEST,Patrick Costello 27 Dec 20 - 04:30 PM
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Acorn4 28 Dec 20 - 05:58 AM
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Subject: Slide banjo
From: GUEST,Patrick Costello
Date: 27 Dec 20 - 04:30 PM

I have been experimenting with home recording lately, and I am really having fun experimenting with combining frailing banjo and blues - especially slide stuff.
There will be more tracks added soon.
I know about Gus Canon and Doc Walsh, but is anybody else really using a slide with old-time banjo?

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Subject: RE: Slide banjo
From: cnd
Date: 27 Dec 20 - 09:45 PM

Banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka played a bit of slide banjo on New Deal, as well as the song "Hawaii Slide-O."

Judd Palmer, of the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, played slide banjo some, especially in the band's earlier tracks

Bela Fleck played a bit of slide banjo on UFO Tofus's "Bonnie & Slyde"

Mike Seeger imitates Dock Boggs on "
Down South Blues" (or perhaps another song, I haven't listened to it in a while). You can hear Boggs' version here

According to some researching, Jeff Grand (of Uncle Kracker) released an album featuring some slide banjo titled Therapy. Not sure which song it is, and I can't listen right now, but several of the songs appear to be available on YouTube after some looking.

Bruce Cockburn has a slide banjo number titled "You Don't Have To Play The Horses" from 1973.

Xavier Rudd's Solace includes a slide banjo at some point (I believe on the titular track, but again, I wasn't able to check).

Colin O'Brien apparently has apparently played slide banjo before but it's not clear to me which albums it was recorded on, if any. Here's a recording he posted to BanjoHangout over a decade ago, though: Tonys Balonee

Tony Furtado played some slide banjo on Tony Furtado and Dirk Powell, Rounder 0456. He also played slide banjo as his primary instrument for several years.

Other bands which I found that played slide banjo but know little about include Gutpuppet, recording engineer Bob Davis's play, Banjo, The Circus In Flams,

You can also see some discussion of the topic on ResoHangout and BanjoHangout

The main point I'm getting at is that most of these slide banjo players play music that is at best considered to be on the outskirts of bluegrass or folk music, but there is some out there.

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Subject: RE: Slide banjo
From: Acorn4
Date: 28 Dec 20 - 05:58 AM

You certainly get a great sound on the recordings and great technique- I'm surprised really that it isn't done more often given that the banjo is usually tuned open.

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