Compiled by Richard Burkett.
In lieu of not having SDBS jams for the moment, we’ll feature occasional lists of songs that bluegrass jammers should know and that you can practice at home in your own private jam. Almost all of these are on youtube.com. And, when you listen, you’ll see a lot of other options to listen to most of these, from the classic recordings to the most contemporary versions. Learn a few songs so you’ll be able to jam along at the next club meeting!
To start we asked the SDBS board members to suggest three songs that they feel are essential to the bluegrass genre. It’s hard to pick just three of the best from the hundreds of wonderful bluegrass classics, but the board thought hard and came up with great suggestions. Here are five of their choices. We’ll have more suggestions next month.
I am a beginner/intermediate fiddle player. Here are my three tunes that a fiddle player should know.
1. Whiskey Before Breakfast
2. Soldier's Joy
3. Old Joe Clark
Three songs that, in my opinion, are good, well known, songs that are relatively easy to play:
1. Nine Pound Hammer
2. Dark Hollow
3. Hold Watcha Got
Mary Jane Cupp
Three songs from the roots of bluegrass music:
Blue Ridge Cabin Home
Rollin' In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
Three classic songs and longtime crowd favorites.
1. Fox On The Run
2. Rocky Top
3. Keep On The Sunny Side
– Mother Maybelle Carter on Will the Circle Be Unbroken album
Three songs and YouTubes that bring life to these songs. I love the solid rhythm and fiddle of Fog Horn String Band on the first one. All the Good Times is from Flatt and Scruggs, with Earl Scruggs essential bluegrass banjo style. The classic version of the number three is, of course, the Carter Family on the Will the Circle Be Unbroken album.