I Aint Broke But I’m Badly Bent

Published on Nov 17, 2009

Old and in the Way, That High Lonesome Sound — visit — visit

Best damn bluegrass band ever.



Grandpa Jones – The Banjo Am The Instrument For Me

OldTmye TunesFive
Published on Jul 19, 2014

Louis Marshall Jones (October 20, 1913 — February 19, 1998), known professionally as Grandpa Jones, was an American banjo player and “old time” country and gospel music singer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Born in the farming community of Niagara in Henderson County, Kentucky, Jones spent his teenage years in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing country music tunes on a radio show on WJW. In 1931, Jones joined the Pine Ridge String Band, which provided the musical accompaniment for the very popular Lum and Abner show. By 1935 his pursuit of a musical career took him to WBZ (AM) radio in Boston, Massachusetts where he met musician/songwriter Bradley Kincaid, who gave him the nickname “Grandpa” because of his off-stage grumpiness at early-morning radio shows. Jones liked the name and decided to create a stage persona based around it. Performing as Grandpa Jones, he played the guitar, yodeled, and sang mostly old-time ballads. By 1937, Jones had made his way to West Virginia, where Cousin Emmy taught Jones the art of the clawhammer style of banjo playing, which gave a rough backwoods flavor to his performances. In 1942, Jones joined WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was there that he met fellow Kentuckian Merle Travis. In 1943, the pair made their recording debuts together for Syd Nathan’s upstart King Records. Jones was making records under his own name for King by 1944 and had his first hit with “It’s Raining Here This Morning”.

His recording career was briefly put on hold when he enlisted in the Army. Upon his discharge in 1946, he was back recording for King. In March 1946, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and started performing on the Grand Ole Opry. He also married Ramona Riggins on October 14, 1946. Ramona would not only remain his wife for the rest of his life, but, as an accomplished performer herself, would also be a part of his performances. Jones’ vaudevillian humor was a bridge to television entertainment. Some of his more famous songs include, “T For Texas”, “Are You From Dixie”, “Night Train To Memphis” and “Mountain Dew”. He also wrote the song “Eight More Miles To Louisville”.

In 1969, Jones became a charter cast member on the long-running television show Hee Haw, often responding to the show’s skits with his trademark phrase “Outrageous”. He also played banjo, either by himself or with fellow banjo player David “Stringbean” Akeman. Another musical segment featured in the early years of Hee Haw had Grandpa and “His lovely wife, Ramona” accompanying a song while ringing bells held in their hands and on Grandpa’s feet. A favorite skit had off-camera cast members asking “Hey Grandpa, what’s for supper?”, to which he would describe either a delicious, country-style meal (“Buttermilk biscuits smothered in chicken gravy, home-fried potatoes, collard greens and Grandmother’s fresh-baked blueberry pie à la mode!” and the cast would reply, “Yum, yum!”); or, occasionally, he would tell about something not so good, (“Because you were bad, thawed out TV dinners!” at which the cast would scoff, “Yuck!”); on one occasion, he said “I ain’t got nothing”, he was booed. A running gag was that the window he pretended to polish had no glass, and Jones would slip his fingers through the empty frame. He also joined cast mates Buck Owens, Roy Clark and Kenny Price in a gospel segment at the end of some shows.

Grandpa Jones!

Hee Haw!

Need I say more?




Buck Owens – Rocky Top

OldTmye TunesFive
Published on Jul 11, 2014

Posting Country Music Videos downloaded from

Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. (August 12, 1929 — March 25, 2006), better known as Buck Owens, was an American singer and guitarist who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band, the Buckaroos. They pioneered what came to be called the Bakersfield sound—a reference to Bakersfield, California, the city Owens called home and from which he drew inspiration for what he preferred to call American music. While Owens originally used fiddle and retained pedal steel guitar into the 1970s, his sound on records and onstage was always more stripped-down and elemental, incorporating elements of rock and roll. His signature style was based on simple storylines, infectious choruses, a twangy electric guitar, an insistent rhythm supplied by a drum track placed forward in the mix, and high two-part harmonies featuring Owens and his guitarist Don Rich. Beginning in 1969, Owens co-hosted the TV series Hee Haw with Roy Clark. He left the cast in 1986. In 1974, the accidental death of Rich, his best friend, devastated him for years and abruptly halted his career until he performed with Dwight Yoakam in 1988. Owens died on March 25, 2006 shortly after performing at his Crystal Palace restaurant, club and museum in Bakersfield.

Buck Owens!

That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

What happened to BUCK OWENS?

Alpha 11
Published on Oct 11, 2017

Buck Owens was one of country music’s biggest stars. As a pioneer of the Bakersfield sound he defied the genre and revitalized country music.

Fan Site
Official YouTube…

An excellent little documentary… watch it if you dig Buck… I leaned a ton of stuff.




Published on Nov 5, 2012

WOW! This lady is GOOD!

And lovely!

Like, to die for!

So pleased she’s so young and loves bluegrass… oh Lordy Lord…


The most amazing thing to me is there were 428 dislikes on YouTube.

I ask you, “What in the name of God is WRONG with those people?” Seriously. WTactualF?

Well, F them and enjoy this new Hero!



DUELING BANJOS ~ Guitar & Banjo Song ~ Deliverance

Published on Mar 30, 2014

The Dueling Banjos scene from the 1972 American thriller film “Deliverance” by John Boorman.

delicious. truly.

please note the Hollywood trickery, though… from that wiki place

Use in Deliverance

In Deliverance, a scene depicts Billy Redden playing it opposite Ronny Cox, who joins him on guitar. Redden plays “Lonnie,” a mentally challenged and inbred, but extremely gifted, banjo player. Redden could not actually play the banjo and the director thought his hand movements looked unconvincing. A local musician, Mike Addis, was brought in to depict the movement of the boy’s left hand. Addis hid behind Redden, with his left arm in Redden’s shirt sleeve. Careful camera angles kept Addis out of frame and completed the illusion, though anyone familiar with bluegrass banjo playing can see that the left-hand movements do not match up with the music produced, and that the banjo being used (an open-back instrument) could never produce the music one hears (clearly from a resonator banjo). The music itself was dubbed in from the recording made by Weissberg and Mandell and was not played by the actors themselves.[4] Two young musicians, Ron Brentano and Mike Russo, had originally been signed to play their adaptation for the film, but instead it was performed by Weissberg and Mandell.[5]

“Dueling Banjos” was arranged and performed for the film by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell, and was included on its soundtrack.[6] When Arthur “Boogie” Smith was not acknowledged as the composer by the filmmakers, he sued and eventually won, receiving songwriting credit as well as royalties.[7]

still yummy but I am very glad that the composer got paid!



Stringbean – Cripple Creek (Grand Ole Opry)

OldTmye TunesFive
Published on Apr 7, 2015

Posting Country Music Videos downloaded from


John A. Brown, String Bean’s murderer, has been up for parole 4 times over the last 12 years & denied each time. Brown has spent 37 of his 60 years in prison & will not get another chance for parole until 2017. When Brown is tearfully pleading for freedom, I wonder if he remembers String’s wife Estelle begging him to spare her life & how he answered her pleas by putting a bullet in her head. Since he should have been executed anyway, he should never be granted his parole.

David Akeman (June 17, 1916 – November 10, 1973), better known as Stringbean (or String Bean), was an American country music banjo player and comedy musician best known for his role on the hit television show, Hee Haw, and as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Akeman and his wife were murdered by burglars at their rural Tennessee home in 1973. Born in Annville, Jackson County, Kentucky, Akeman came from a musical family. He was taught to play the banjo by his father, James Roy Akemon. He got his first real banjo when he was 12 years old in exchange for a pair of prize bantam chickens. Akeman began playing at local dances and gained a reputation as a musician, but the income was not enough to live on. He joined the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, building roads and planting trees.

Eventually, he entered a talent contest judged by singer-guitarist-musical saw player Asa Martin. He won and was invited to join Martin’s band. During an early appearance, Martin forgot Akeman’s name and introduced him as “String Bean” because of his tall, thin build. Akeman used the nickname the rest of his life.

Akeman originally was only a musician, but when another performer failed to show up one night, he was used as a singer and comic. From then on, Akeman did both comedy and music. He appeared on WLAP-AM in Lexington, Kentucky, and played with a several groups in the late 1930s.

Akeman also played semi-professional baseball. It was as a ballplayer that he met bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, who fielded with another semi-pro team. From 1943 to 1945, Akeman played banjo for Monroe’s band, performing on recordings such as “Goodbye Old Pal”. He also teamed with Willie Egbert Westbrook as String Beans and Cousin Wilbur, a comedy duo who appeared on the same bill as Monroe’s band. When he left Monroe, he was replaced by Earl Scruggs, a banjoist with a very different style.

In 1945, Akeman married Estelle Stanfill. The same year, he formed a comedy duet with Willie Egbert Westbrook, and they were invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. The following year, Akeman began working with Grandpa Jones, a fellow old-time banjo player and comedian. Jones and Akeman worked together at the Opry and years later on the Hee Haw television series. They also became neighbors near Ridgetop, Tennessee. Akeman became a protégé of Uncle Dave Macon, one of the biggest Opry stars. Near the end of his life, Macon gave Akeman one of his prized banjos.

They oughta wall up that sumnummabeechin’ murderer like the royals used to do. John Brown, huh… another John Brown started a whole raft of sh!t back in the day down Maryland way. Beware John Browns. This one destroyed an American treasure. Bastard.

Anyway… I was so happy to find this and I was even happier that it was by Stringbean. This is a favorite from my formative years and I sing it to this day. I sing it with the lyrics he uses here, because that is the way it was sung on HeeHaw, which in my youth was a staple. All the other ones I’ve ever found have the lyrics as they were written, which to my ear, is “wrong,” even though it might be “right.” This is the way it should be. Actually there is a tube of it from HeeHaw where they do sing the almost the original lyrics, but that was whatcha call an anomaly.

Sorry for the sparse postings, things are a bit nuts around here.

Oh Stringbean there will never be another like you, Sir.



Old & In the Way – 11/04/1973

Published on May 7, 2013


NOVEMBER 4, 1973

Jerry Garcia – banjo, vocals
David Grisman – mandolin, vocals
Peter Rowan – vocals, guitar
Vassar Clements – fiddle
John Kahn – bass







07 PANAMA RED 25:21

08 PIG IN A PEN 28:19

09 FANNY HILL 31:19

10 HOBO SONG 35:10

11 WILD HORSES 40:26

12 WHITE DOVE 45:11



15 WICKED PATH OF SIN 01:00:28


17 UNCLE PEN 01:05:58







The thrill coursing through me knows no bounds.



Old & In The Way – Old & In The Way (Album, Released February, 1975 Recorded -October, 1973)

Published on Sep 7, 2013

“Pig in a Pen” (Traditional) — 0:00
“Midnight Moonlight” (Peter Rowan) — 2:51
“Old and in the Way” (David Grisman) — 9:03
“Knockin’ on Your Door” (trad.) — 12:08
“The Hobo Song” (Jack Bonus) — 15:46
“Panama Red” (Rowan) — 20:58
“Wild Horses” (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) — 23:51
“Kissimmee Kid” (Vassar Clements) — 28:11
“Land of the Navajo” (Rowan) — 31:42

White Dove

Old and in the Way
Vassar Clements — fiddle
Jerry Garcia — banjo, vocals
David Grisman — mandolin, vocals
John Kahn — acoustic bass
Peter Rowan — guitar, vocals

Recording engineers — Owsley Stanley, Vickie Babcock
Producer, mixing — David Grisman
Editing — David Grisman, Owsley Stanley
Sleeve illustration — Greg Irons
Sleeve layout — Raymond Simone

All lyrics and music are the intellectual property of those listed. If you enjoy the music, please honor the rights of the owners to receive compensation for their gifts and effort – purchase their work.

This, dear readers, is my favorite album.

It has it all… bluegrass legends, Dead legends, a perfect track selection… and it was recorded on a stereo Nagra by Owsley Stanley and Ms Babcock.

What more could one possibly ask for?

The only thing I could think of is a second disc, but I have been utterly loving this for forty two years straight.





Sneak Peek: “Tennessee Jed” from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. Catch the whole show in theaters May 11.


Ever so sweet.

These folks were the integrators, they managed to mesh my loves of blues, bluegrass, country and rock into something wonderful and unique.

N joi



Mark O’Connor and Chet Atkins – “Pickin’ in the Wind”

Mr O’Connor is quite simply remarkable!

And Chet… well… Chet is legend personified.

I saw and heard him play two songs at once once.

Jaw dropped.


Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins – Instrumental Medley

Yes, great stuff, indeed.

There should be much more of this sort of thing going on.

Maybe in some alternate universe, there is.



Thunderstruck by Steve’n’Seagulls (LIVE)

Steve Seagulls Published on Jul 31, 2014

Finnish band called Steve’n’Seagulls plays AC/DC’s awesome song called Thunderstruck. Recorded by Jaakko Manninen Photography.
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My but these guys are tight!

I am not familiar with them yet, but Willy got them from a place that just said:

on January 24, Before you laugh…….listen! 🙂 ~PJ

PentaProps™ to my dear friend Willy!

This is just what the doctor ordered.

Yep, hit the spot!



6/16/16 ETA: (edit to add): The facebook group previously listed above changed the privacy of this video specifically so that you and I cannot see it. Gosh, I am sorry about that. Unfortunate, too, as it was a really nice tune and the band is really good.



6/26/16 ETA: (edit to add): Came to mind…YouTube to the rescue. Same video.




The Seldom Scene 1979 – Rider (Bluegrass)

Uploaded on Dec 16, 2007

Members of the 1979 Seldom Scene: John Duffey (Mandolin), Ben Eldridge (Banjo), Mike Auldridge (Dobro), Phil Rosenthal (Guitar), & Tom Gray (Bass)

For Barbara and John.

These guys have been heroes for so very long. This is way back in the days of my yoot, so good, oh man…so good.