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American Banjo - Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style

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American Banjo 2018 reissue LP artwork
American Banjo - Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style 2018 reissue LP artwork
American Banjo original LP artwork
American Banjo - Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style original LP artwork

2018 vinyl reissue remastered from the original 1957 master tapes, packaged in classic Folkways-style tip-on jackets with original liner notes.

Although there is debate among musicologists and banjo players as to who “invented” the three-finger style of five-string banjo playing, there is no disagreement that the style was popularized by Earl Scruggs in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The three-finger style enabled banjo players to play harmony and to solo on bluegrass tunes and songs. This 1957 release assembles examples of the three-finger style by bluegrass banjo players including Scruggs’ older brother Junie and Snuffy Jenkins, who may have had an influence on the style as well.

The vinyl reissue of American Banjo includes the original liner notes and is part of Folkways Records’ 70th anniversary celebration series, revisiting some of the most iconic and influential albums released on the record label.

This recording was partially reissued with additional tracks and liner notes in 1990 as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 40037.

We are offering the vinyl reissue of American Banjo: Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style, Dock Boggs: Legendary Singer and Banjo Player, and Pete Seeger Goofing-Off Suite as a Vinyl Bundle with Bonus Folkways Slipmat.

Track Listing

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Cacklin Hen Joe Stuart 0:53
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John Henry Snuffy Jenkins 1:11
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Lonesome Blues Snuffy Jenkins 1:16
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Big Eared Mule Snuffy Jenkins 1:11
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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Snuffy Jenkins 1:28
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Spanish Fandango Oren Jenkins 1:25
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Cripple Creek Oren Jenkins 1:21
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Shout Lula Oren Jenkins 1:22
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Down the Road Oren Jenkins 1:14
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Old Hen She Cackled Oren Jenkins 1:10
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Sally Goodin - Sally Ann Junie Scruggs and Mike Seeger 1:43
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112
Wildwood Flower Eugene Cox and Roni Stoneman 1:38
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113
Lonesome Road Blues Eugene Cox and Roni Stoneman 1:15
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114
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down J.C. Sutphin, Hazel Dickens, and Mike Seeger 1:13
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115
I Don't Love Nobody J.C. Sutphin, Bob Shanklin, and Hazel Dickens 1:34
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Little Maggie Larry Richardson 1:17
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Sunny South Larry Richardson 1:20
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118
Buckin' Mule Larry Richardson 1:23
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Turkey in the Straw Don Bryant and Pete Kuykendall 1:01
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Jenny Lynn Don Bryant and Pete Kuykendall 0:54
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Pig in a Pen Smiley Hobbs 1:15
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Train 45 Smiley Hobbs 2:24
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Rosewood Casket Smiley Hobbs and Tom Morgan 1:30
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Cotton Eyed Joe Smiley Hobbs 1:45
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Irish Washerwoman Mike Seeger and Pete Kuykendall 1:02
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Cindy Dick Rittler, Bob Baker, and Hazel Dickens 1:48
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Ruben's Train Kenny Miller and Mike Seeger 2:00
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Please Come Back Little Pal Kenny Miller 1:04
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Pretty Polly Mike Seeger and Bob Baker 4:01
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Ground Hog Mike Seeger and Bob Baker 1:39
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Jesse James - Hard, Ain't It Hard Eric Weissberg, Mike Seeger, and Ralph Rinzler 4:01
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