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Emerson Lake and Palmer song featuring a banjo?

A friend swears there is one but of course could not name it. I was hoping one of you can.
posted by IndigoJones on Dec 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Appalachian Translation: What's a railroad man?

I was listening today to Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground”, which includes the unforgettable line, “the railroad man, he’ll kill you if he can/And drink out your blood like wine”. Who is this guy? Will he? Why? [more inside]
posted by trotzdem_kunst on May 24, 2016 - 19 answers

Stuff to do in/near antigonish ns

Asking for my folks: tell me arts/ecology/sheep/theatre/rug hooking/banjo/history/alternative building materials stuff to do near Antigonish Nova Scotia in the first week of September this year.
posted by lizifer on Aug 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

What old-timey music should I listen to?

I'm a fledgling clawhammer banjo player running into a bit of a problem: finding new music to play. Can you suggest "old-timey" folk musicians? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 on Oct 22, 2014 - 20 answers

Looking for a specific recording of Rocky Top by the Osborne Brothers

Recently, Spotify removed a recording of the song Rocky Top by the Osborne Brothers (listed as "Rocky Top (Original Version)") from their library and I desperately want to find another copy. It's not the single version because it has a fiddle instead of steel guitar. I'm pretty sure it's a studio recording. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on May 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Old Time Banjo

I've been listening to a lot of Pete Seeger since he died. What other old time banjo players might I like? I'm not looking for fast rolls, finger picks, bluegrass style. I'm looking for frailing, clawhammer, and plaintive melodies. This sort of thing.
posted by phrontist on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I get a banjo onto a flight as hand-luggage?

I'm wanting to take a banjo on a (domestic) United flight to Honolulu soon. The banjo fits the letter of the law (dimensions etc) for fitting it into the overhead locker, but I'm concerned that flight crew may want us to check it. Musicians of Metafilter, what are your tips and wisdom for getting a banjo on board a United aircraft as hand-luggage?
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Dec 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Banjo lessons over Skype?

There are a number of instructors who offer banjo lessons over Skype. Does anyone have a personal recommendation? I am interested mainly in bluegrass style, though would be open to other styles if the instructor is strong. (I currently live in South Asia, so local lessons do not seem feasible.)
posted by whitewall on Aug 31, 2013 - 4 answers

Frail whale

I have an inordinate crush on songs like Sufjan Steven's "For the Widows of Paradise" and in general love the sound of clawhammer/frailing banjo. Can you help me find more not-strictly-traditional music featuring clawhammer banjo? [more inside]
posted by drlith on Aug 12, 2013 - 9 answers

"Hall of the Mountain King", female singer, banjo accompaniment, who is it?

I think it's a cover of "Hall of the Mountain King" by Rainbow, sung by a female singer with banjo accompaniment. Unfortunately, I don't know who it was. [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Oct 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Does King Tut Wear No Clothes?

How good a banjo player is Steve Martin? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic on Oct 23, 2012 - 20 answers

Live acoustic party music

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. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Oct 20, 2012 - 24 answers

Goose-like banjo tune

I'm trying to identify a bluegrass-style banjo tune that was meant to sound like the honks of geese. I seem to remember the recording I heard was by the brother of a more famous player.
posted by phrontist on Sep 16, 2012 - 5 answers

When you hear dueling banjos, run!

I need help finding uptempo contemporary/progressive bluegrass tracks for my running playlist. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Feb 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Memphis, Where the Old Time Jam at?

Yes, I'm burning my question on this: Hi Memphis, TN, is there any old-time music jams happening Friday through Tuesday nights? Preferably Sunday/Monday nights? [more inside]
posted by circle_b on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Too cool for posters?

Where can I get a print/poster of an Annie Leibovitz photo? Specifically the second one on this page. I know it is in a book of collected works, but I'm looking for something a little larger to hang on a wall. It seems a little odd that it wouldn't be available somehow, but that seems to be the case. Is there something about such high caliber photographers' work that I don't know about?
posted by daboo on Jan 10, 2012 - 9 answers

I would like to insure my musical instruments.

I would like to insure my musical instruments. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 2, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I become a better banjo player?

I bought a banjo! How do I get better at picking? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Jun 10, 2011 - 11 answers

If only 10-year-old me had insisted on lessons...

Did you start learning to play an instrument in your 20s? I guess I have this feeling like it's Too Late for me! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 6, 2011 - 57 answers

For my new band Chinese Mystery Banjo

Help me identify this banjo-like instrument from China. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on May 3, 2011 - 4 answers

What's a good banjolele/tenor banjo choice for a beginner?

I have been thinking about getting a banjolele, or possibly a tenor banjo, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by fings on Jan 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Intensity In Tent Cities In Ten Cities

I am starting a new Kickstarter fund to record an album. Need input for ideas on where to perform. [more inside]
posted by mediocre on Oct 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Which banjo should I buy?

What to look out for when buying a banjo? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Oct 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Sonata Banjo?

Need info on my banjo [more inside]
posted by healthykindofsick on Oct 1, 2010 - 4 answers


Can anyone recommend some good resources - DVDs, websites, or books - for learning clawhammer/old-time banjo? I don't live anywhere near a teacher, and am starting from scratch with essentially no musical background. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Sep 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Banjo lessons in Houston?

Any recommendations for banjo lessons in Houston? [more inside]
posted by vakker on Jul 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Teach my pop to pick the banjo

Clevelandfilter: Who gives good beginner banjo lessons in Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Jul 30, 2010 - 4 answers

IANA Wedding Singer.

I need songs for my sister's wedding. Not just any songs, though.... [more inside]
posted by phisbe on Jun 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I learn to play the banjo before I actually buy one?

Can I learn how to play the banjo via the guitar? How? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Mar 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Is it a grand gesture to anonymously give a woman I think is beautiful a banjo?

Is it a grand gesture to anonymously give a woman I think is beautiful a banjo? At the beginning of this semester, I briefly was in a relationship with a woman who I cared a great deal about. It didn’t end well, and really, it couldn’t have ended well. We have nothing in common. But as it is, I still think she is beautiful, and I’d like to do something truly grand, both to make this world a better (albeit stranger) place, and to give myself some closure. [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Dec 12, 2009 - 135 answers

Others like St. James Infirmary?

My band does a great cover of St. James Infirmary Blues. What else should we do that's in the same vein? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Lend me your dirty mind.

Help me make 'Cripple Creek' more R-rated. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Oct 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Help identify a music video from MTV Europe

Help identify a music video I recently saw on MTV Europe...70s style video with a female lead singer and a banjo? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia on Aug 25, 2009 - 5 answers

While my banjo mandolin gently weeps

I have just been gifted a beloved and much missed late relative's 8-string banjo mandolin. The relative bought the instrument (used) in the early-mid 1970s and died soon after. Despite googling the universe I cannot find out anything about the instrument or maker. On the head it says "Wayne" in a horizontal scroll and then vertically underneath, "Dixie". I'd love to know more about the instrument. Anyone heard of Wayne Dixie banjo mandolins?
posted by Kerasia on Jul 13, 2009 - 7 answers

Banjo in China

A bid of a wild side multi-layered question. Learning the banjo. And doing so in Shanghai. Most people who travel (younger free-spirited types, work with me here) sling a guitar over their shoulder. [more inside]
posted by dawson on May 25, 2009 - 15 answers

How to transpose from guitar to banjo?

How do I transpose guitar sheet music, not tabs, into banjo sheet music?
posted by shesaysgo on May 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Make me sound good

Need help on frailing banjo shit [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on Apr 16, 2009 - 11 answers

Linus Van Pelt and the answer to life

Help me find the Peanuts cartoon in which Linus says "The way I see it, as soon as a baby is born he should be issued a banjo!" [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 7, 2009 - 8 answers

What conditions do banjos dislike?

How can I store my banjo long-term to preserve the best possible sound? I have a hard case (not a soft "gig bag") and the instrument is in a dark closet. We keep the humidity between 40-55% whenever possible... [more inside]
posted by homelystar on Aug 19, 2008 - 4 answers

I bought mine tuned.

Would it be way too expensive to get some minor work (installing railroad spikes) done on my banjo... in Washington, DC? (vs. 'the suburbs' ?) If not, any recommendations of general instrument guru shop guys? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jun 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Looking to buy a mid-range banjo!

Looking to buy a banjo. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Jun 3, 2008 - 13 answers

What can I eat with no teeth to speak of?

Dentures dentures dentures! In stage one of getting dentures, what should I expect in the weeks to come? [more inside]
posted by mediocre on May 9, 2008 - 9 answers

I wish I could shimmy like anybody at all

Is a banjo-uke tuned like a banjo or tuned like a uke? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Apr 26, 2008 - 9 answers

What's the difference between a banjo and a chainsaw?

Practicing & Playing Music in Washington DC: Learning the banjo without getting murdered [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Apr 22, 2008 - 10 answers

WANTED: 1 (one) banjo bear

BanjoBearFilter: Where online can I order a teddy bear (or other plush animal) holding a banjo? [more inside]
posted by Koko on Mar 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Banjo without the Inbreeding

I'm a sucker for the "dying but smiling" feeling I get from the sound of a banjo. What modern/recent songs have banjo in them? I'm looking for things that don't fall neatly under the category of bluegrass - a pop/rock/alternative song that just happens to have a banjo rather than Bela Fleck/String Cheese Incident/Cherryholmes type stuff.
posted by Kappi on Feb 29, 2008 - 47 answers

Corcovado Breakdown

What if Getz and Gilberto were, you know, cousins? Would they still have made beautiful music together? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Jan 16, 2008 - 11 answers

Banjo tracks?

Banjo Filter: Looking for great foot-stompin', lightnin-pickin' songs, a la Phillip Roebuck's "Pocket Knife", etc. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on May 13, 2007 - 11 answers

What would you give someone who just got a banjo?

Friend just got a banjo and I want to get her a banjo-related gift. Li'l help? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Oct 20, 2006 - 18 answers

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