Live acoustic party music
October 20, 2012 11:12 AM Subscribe
Looking for a list of old-timey popular standard songs to play (guitar/banjo/mandolin/harmonica, etc) with friends in the living room while we drink beer and let the kids jump around.
posted by Slarty Bartfast to media & arts (24 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
We often have musicians over but since everyone's got kids now, we've had to unplug the jams. More often than not, this means no jams. I enjoy playing for my kids and they'll go get their instruments to play along but I'd like to get a repertoire of familiar kid-friendly (all the kids are under 5) and adult-interesting songs to bust out at get togethers, that encourage participation. Perhaps even do some street busking.
This might be a little too specific for AskMe, but here's what I am looking for. Mostly folksy, upbeat, mostly early 20th century American music. Bluegrass, blues, country or pop. I think what I'm talking about is Roots music, but I'm not sure. The vein I'm looking for has been heavily mined by The Asylum Street Spankers. I am not looking for obscure songs or acoustic versions of modern pop songs. Myself, and most of our friends, are rock musicians and this is music I have often enjoyed but seldom played, which is why I am asking for help.
Here is what I am currently playing that I think would potentially qualify:
Spanish Pipe Dream
I Walk The Line
You Are My Sunshine
Car Song (Woodie Guthrie)
Do-Re-Mi (more Guthrie)
Mule Skinner Blues (same)
Hard Travelin' (ditto)
Brown Eyed Girl
Don't Bury Me (Prine)
All Together Now (Beatles)
When I'm 64