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Banjo tablatures for East Virginia Blues

The Stanley Brothers

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #vocal song, #up-tempo

"East Virginia Blues" is a song written by Robbert Early Keen. it was first recorded and released by Buell Kazee in 1927. The origin of this song dates back to the seventh century England. The song is linked to ‘Holler’, a song by Clearance Ashley, sung with a Five-string banjo, and was one of its first Mountain recordings. The song melody was modal neither being in a major or a minor key. She afterward sang the same tune, which though having similar text, this time to the accompaniment of guitar and bluesy harp on ‘East Virginia Blues’. The song was at about the same time being recorded by the Carter Family, however, it is entirely in Major and two-part harmony. The song which became very popular in the 1930s developed into the widely known "Greenback Dollar". It’s still a crooner when it comes to old-time blues and has several versions just like others in this category.

  • Banjo East Virginia Blues Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This break is based off of the classic J.D. Crowe version of the East Virginia Blues. It's not played incredibly fast, but make sure you drive it hard.

    Banjo East Virginia Blues Scruggs Style
  • Banjo East Virginia Blues Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This melodic version focuses on bringing out the vocal melody of East Virginia Blues more than playing fancy licks. Don't worry, there's still some cool stuff!

    Banjo East Virginia Blues Melodic Style
  • Banjo East Virginia Blues Backup


    This is an up-the-neck backup example of East Virginia Blues using lots of forward rolls, and classic Earl Scruggs licks with slight variations.

    Banjo East Virginia Blues Backup