Jordan is a Hard Road

A somewhat sloppy rendition of Thomas Briggs’ 1855 arrangement of Jordan Is a Hard Road, played on a Menzies tackhead banjo.

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.