August 12, 2013 5:16 AM Subscribe
I have an inordinate crush on songs like Sufjan Steven's "For the Widows of Paradise
" and in general love the sound of clawhammer
banjo. Can you help me find more not-strictly-traditional music featuring clawhammer banjo?
posted by drlith to media & arts (9 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Old Man Luedeke, Uncle Earl, and Steve Martin are already on my radar in this regard. Also, I've only sampled Sufjan Steven's work--some of it I like quite a bit but lots of it I find insufferable. So if you can point me to awesome clawhammer tracks out of his ample discography that would also be super. Finally, I'm not really looking for YouTube live-performance clips but rather published tracks.
Note: I am not asking about songs that use Scruggs-style/fingerpicking banjo. I've read things associating clawhammer and Mumford and Sons, but from what I've seen/heard, they always use a fingerpicking style. Counterevidence welcome.