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Murphy Henry

Murphy Henry

I don't know what got into us last night but from the git-go, we were playing fast, fast, fast! I finally had to suggest we slow things down!

Dan, the prodigal son (for whom we killed the fatted calf, metaphorically speaking), started things off with Cumberland Gap. That's not a tune we play a lot (for some reason) but since last night's group comprised experienced jammers, I figured we could skip The Big Three. [I hope I used "comprised" correctly. That's a tricky one!] {Editor's note: yes, you did!} Since Ben and Kasey both went wide-eyed when I said we'd play Cumberland Gap I decided on the spot that the banjos should all play lead together to give them a chance to remember their breaks. I let Dan set the tempo, and buddy he blistered it! After a few fumbling fingers, everyone got on board and we were cooking! I mentioned afterwards that this is one of those tunes that really doesn't sound like much until you speed it up. That's when you can start to feel the guitars and the banjos coming together in that tight pulsing rhythm, which is the essence of the tune--and the essence of bluegrass. ...continue reading