Alabama Joe

Again, from Thomas Briggs’ 1855 banjo instructor. I multitracked this one with tambourine using a decent mic for a change, so in place of video are some photos from Gettysburg.

What Is This?

Long before jazz, old-time, or bluegrass, the banjo was associated with very different musical styles, now largely forgotten.

The music on this site is taken from (or inspired by) period sources from the 1800s through the early 1900s.