An excellent Old Time recording.
This is truly a great album … Probably the best tuition in this style of banjo-fiddle duet playing currently in existence … Among the very best currently in print recordings.
…it is obvious that the Georgia Jays get it. They have the necessary drive and all the signature markers of the Round Peak style.
Two Georgians play bang-up versions of Western Carolina tunes, sounding like they just may be Surry County natives…If you love that Surry County sound, check these guys out.
“Round Peak, Georgia” is the Georgia Jays’ first album, released into the wild Dec. 4, 2015.
Here’s how we made it.
1 banjo and its hominid operator
1 fiddle and its hominid operator
1 kitchen, hardwood flooring preferable
2 Bartlett microphones for the instruments
1 Ear Trumpet Edwina microphone for the hollers, bleats, and song-like vocal emissions
1 Shure SM57 microphone for Justin’s foot
1 stomping boot
1 tsp. spirits of Tommy, Fred, Kyle, Benton, Robert,….
Directions for Making:
Step 1: Press record button.
Step 2: Mix ingredients together until they coalesce into an emulsification of sonic bliss, or Justin’s foot spontaneously combusts.
Step 3: Press stop button.
Directions for Listening:
- Place CD or digital file in the appropriate playback device.
- Turn it up.
- No, louder than that.
- Press play.
- Move body parts.
- Repeat ad infinitum.
Suggested Pairing: brown liquor
More words about this album…
While we love just about everything about the old-time music of the American south, we both are especially fond of the style and repertoire that arose from the Round Peak region of North Carolina.
Tight fiddle and banjo pairings. Syncopated melodies. Innovative fiddle bowings and intricate banjo pickery infused with an unbridled enthusiasm for life and the living of it.
And a healthy dose of sheep bleating.
From Round Peak, to Georgia and beyond….
See the player above for samples. The album can currently be downloaded from CD Baby through this link ($9).
If you’d like the “Banjo Players Edition Package“, which includes the album, a PDF book of the banjo tabs for all tunes, a video course on “How To Play Banjo with a Fiddler”, and solo fiddle tracks at perfomance and slow speed for play-along banjo-fiddle jamming, then click here.
We’ll be pulling more banjo-fiddle chestnuts from another part of the country for our next project, so stay tuned….
Some People We Love
We didn’t have room on the CD case to thank folks, so we figured we’d put it here instead!
Justin’s Special Thanks: My Family (Marci, Hilda, and Buck) for putting up with my various anachronistic obsessions, David Bragger, George Boggs, Ash Raymond, Joe Willey, Dave Dowless, Dan Gellert, Rick Hocutt, The Darnell Boys, Art Rosenbaum, Jim and Charlie at ASW, Aaron Fu, The McElhannons, The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society, All the Field Recorders that saved our old Southern music from being lost forever, Paw Paw Buck and Granny Ree, and most importantly, wherever he is, Tommy Jarrell, for making me want to pick up a fiddle and wear it out.