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STRINGBEAN 'Barn Yard Banjo Pickin' GUSTO-0956-CD

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Stringbean (real name Dave Akeman) had a fascinating career that included a start with old time Kentucky artist Asa Martin, a stint with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, friendships with Uncle Dave Macon and Grandpa Jones, and a pretty lengthly career on the long-running HEE-HAW show. Tragically, he was murdered by thieves at his Tennessee home after an Opry performance in 1973. Though known best for his outlandish clothes, "String" was not a bad banjo player, and this budget priced 2-CD set gives us a generous helping of his repertoire --which was more extensive than most of us thought. The 31 tracks here are drawn from four early Starday LPs that were issued between 1960 and 1963 and include such tunes as BARNYARD BANJO PICKIN', PRETTY LITTLE WIDOW, POLLY, BULLY OF THE TOWN, and DON'T BOB YOUR HAIR GIRLS --quite a few of these learned from Uncle Dave at the Opry. This is a welcome set, with good notes by Dr. Charles Wolfe, and a bargain at only $ 15.00 (2-CD set)

Track List:

1 Stringbean And His Banjo
2 Herding Cattle
3 Wake Up Little Betty
4 Polly
5 Birdie
6 Don't Bob Your Hair Girls
7 Forgetting to Forget You
8 Barn Yard Banjo Pickin
9 Opry Time in Tennessee
10 Stringbean's A-Fishin'
11 Here Rattler Here
12 Train Special 500
13 String's Mountain Dew
14 Run Rabbit Run
15 Goodbye Sweet Thing
16 Pluckin' The Bird
17 Ida Red
18 Tennessee Farmer
19 Pretty Little Widow
20 John Henry
21 There'll Be Moonshining In Them Old Kentucky Hills
22 Hesitation Blues
23 How Many Biscuits Can You Eat
24 Bully of The Town
25 I'm The Man Who Rode The Mule Around Here
26 Cripple Creek
27 Free Little Bird
28 You Can't Do Wrong And Get By
29 Little Pink
30 Little Adobe Shack
31 Short Life And Trouble