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As a native Georgian, I had no choice but to do this one. In fact, one might wonder why it took me so long!
Georgia Railroad was first recorded in the 1920s by fellow Georgians and icons of early country and stringband music, the Skillet Lickers.
Rowdy and raucous, the Skillet Lickers didn’t just perform, they celebrated. Though gifted musicians (fiddlers Clayton Mcmichen and Lowe Stokes both won more than their fair share of fiddle contests), energy and enthusiasm were never sacrificed in the name of technical precision.
Their recordings are a stark contrast to the more buttoned up and meticulous old-time music often released these days, and a welcome reminder to always have a rip-roaring good time when we play (Justin and I did our level best to impart a healthy dose of wild abandon in our freshman effort, and perhaps will take things up a level in our next album, where we’ll be diving into the tunes of our home state).
The only drawback? Fate Norris’s banjo picking is nearly inaudible on their recordings, so banjo enthusiasts can only imagine them sounding even better with the addition of the five.
gDGBD tuning, Brainjo level 3-4
Notes on the Tab
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