My first exposure to the tune “Cumberland Gap” was to the version that was popularized by Earl Scruggs, the godfather of 3-finger banjo. That version, a 2-part tune in they key of G, is a mainstay in bluegrass jams everywhere.
I like that Cumberland Gap just fine.
But when I heard this particular version of “Cumberland Gap”, a 3-part, old-time version in the key of D, it was love at first listen. It’s definitely my favorite “Cumberland Gap.”
Judging from the number of votes it received, it appears I’m not alone in that opinion!
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Cumberland Gap, Brainjo level 2 (video demo)
Cumberland Gap, Brainjo level 3
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Prior “Clawhammer Top 10” Videos:
- Episode 1: “Soldier’s Joy“
- Episode 2: “Shady Grove“
- Episode 3: “Arkansas Traveler“
- Episode 4: “Cripple Creek“