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Pickin' & Grinnin' => Bluegrass Banjo Picking => Topic started by: TDF5G on December 22, 2017, 10:34:14 AM

Title: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: TDF5G on December 22, 2017, 10:34:14 AM
I'm getting back into a more serious banjo mode the past few weeks.  My old buddy Greg Blake has moved back to the KC area here and put together a band to play a few shows. He is an awesome singer and guitar picker I met about 30 years ago. We are scheduled to play at Knucklehead's Saloon in KC next month then going on a mini tour to IA and NE.  I'm really excited as these guys are excellent musicians and I've got to "up my game" on the banjo, so I can keep up!

The pic is a show we played at the local HABOT music club in KC last Friday night.  I had such an awesome time.  We met in the basement a couple of hours before the show and worked up a set.  I think we did pretty good for not ever performing as a band before.  All the guys are old friends of mine that I've picked with in the past in some capacity, just never all of us as a band.  We got many, many compliments after the show. :blush:

Anyhow I got a song list from the boss man the other day so I'm cramming to learn the ones I don't know.  Gotta learn a few melodic lick fiddle tune type things.  I never considered myself a melodic player, I know a couple of licks and that's about it. I've got my work cut out for me! I practiced 3 hours last evening!  I haven't done that in years!  But I enjoyed it.  It's really fun to learn new stuff.

I'm just so excited to get to play with such good musicians and they're all real good guys too!   :thumbs:

I'll try to calm down now.  :scared:
Todd

Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: Barry on December 22, 2017, 11:36:32 AM
Sounds like a lot of fun, good luck with your new band.
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: wilbanjo on December 23, 2017, 08:16:56 AM
 :button:   Awesome , enjoy  the New band .
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: 59figmo on December 23, 2017, 10:19:40 AM
Cool...
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: Barbie on December 23, 2017, 09:09:56 PM
That's very cool.  Sounds like a fun time.  Break a leg, Todd!
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: Vapor on December 24, 2017, 10:59:49 AM
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Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: TDF5G on December 28, 2017, 10:54:49 AM
Thanks everyone.   :thanks:

I started working on Whiskey Before Breakfast this morning before heading out to work.  Thanks to Tom Adams youtube video, I got the first part figured out.  Not really melodic, but he plays simple enough I think I'll get it.  :banjo:

I'm just so inspired right now.  I've got this incentive in me to learn a few new tunes.  And try to play as well as I can with this band.   
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: Vapor on December 28, 2017, 01:26:41 PM
Being retired allows me to start Whiskey before breakfast every morning.  :laughing:
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: TDF5G on December 28, 2017, 01:35:47 PM
Being retired allows me to start Whiskey before breakfast every morning.  :laughing:

 :Giggly:

A fiddle player friend of mine has a local band, he says if they play it at church, he calls it "Spirits In The Morning".  :smile:
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: Vapor on December 29, 2017, 11:55:05 AM
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Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: TDF5G on January 09, 2018, 12:45:52 PM
I wanted to share a couple of pics with my Banjo Holler buddies.

The Greg Blake Band played a midwest mini-tour last weekend.  Beginning at Knucklehead's Saloon in Kansas City.  That is the band in the last pic. The fiddle player didn't go with us to IA & NE.  We picked up a gal fiddler in IA to play the other show.

Then Friday we drove to North Liberty IA to perform a house concert.  That was my first one of those and I enjoyed that, playing for a small group of bluegrass fans on a cold night.  It was -10 the next morning when we rolled out about 11AM.  :Brrr:  Former Blue Grass Boy, Bob Black lives in nearby Iowa City and came to pick a few with us.  That was awesome!  He is such a nice fella too!  This was actually the 2nd time I had met him within the past 4 years or so.  That's me and him in the 2nd pic. The other pic is Bob giving us quick lesson on a tune he picked called Banjolina. :banjo:

Then on to Lincoln NE to perform for LAFTA at a very nice venue called The Loft in downtown Lincoln on Sat night.  http://www.lafta.net/ (http://www.lafta.net/) And they put us up at the Embassy Suites Hotel a few blocks away.  That's a purdy hi-faluten place, I'll tell ya what. :NoWay:

Greg rented a Ford Explorer and we crammed all out instruments and luggage (including a bass fiddle) in it plus 4 guys with no room to spare!  :NoWay:  We had a great time on the road too.  The camaraderie with the guys was very enjoyable for all of us.  They are great guys to travel with and just hang out with.   :thumbs:

Everything went very well, the weather was good for travel also.  I had a tuning malfunction on the first set in KC which took me a few days to get over.  :hammer: Only other problem all weekend was an error at The Embassy with our rooms.  They had reserved 1 room for 3 nights instead of 3 rooms for 1 night.  The nice young man hotel clerk got it straightened for us though.   :smile:
Todd
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: TDF5G on January 09, 2018, 01:38:30 PM
Here is a video of one song from the show we played @ Lincoln NE.

https://www.facebook.com/earl.m.witt/videos/10155270577989157/ (https://www.facebook.com/earl.m.witt/videos/10155270577989157/)
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: 59figmo on January 09, 2018, 05:54:08 PM
 :button: :praise:
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: Bigco74 on January 09, 2018, 07:16:59 PM
 :good post: That's awesome!  Glad you had fun, what a great experience.
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: TDF5G on January 10, 2018, 11:09:35 AM
Thank you.  :thanks:

It really was a wonderful experience.  It gave me a small taste of life on the road, traveling every day and sleeping in strange beds.  I didn't really get that much sleep.  I must have been operating on adrenaline.   :scared: I sure did crash on the divan Sunday afternoon when we got back!  :asleep:

Honestly, when Greg first asked me about going I had some reservations, with obligations at home, work, etc.  But when I found out the other guys were going, I said yes.  :thumbs: I knew we'd sound pretty good as a band.  We had so much fun.  I'd do it again in a heartbeat!  I'm looking forward to the next gig he sets up for us.

You just meet so many nice folks at bluegrass events too.  :smile:
Todd
Title: Re: Back To The Banjo; The sequel.
Post by: wilbanjo on January 10, 2018, 11:04:35 PM
 :button:  Awesome , Thanks for Sharing.