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Banjo tablatures for Little Sadie


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #vocal song, #minor key, #folk song, #murder ballad

Little Sadie is an American folk ballad in Dorian mode in the 20th century. It is also known in different ways as "Bad Lee Brown," Cocaine Blues", "East St. Louis Blues," "Transfusion Blues", "Late One Night", "Penitentiary Blues" and other titles. It tells the story of a man apprehended and sentenced by a judge, after shooting his wife/girlfriend. The song's first published history goes back to 1922. Transcribed in Joplin, Missouri, this lyric fragment is recorded in Ozark Folksongs, Vol, 1948. II. Several accounts point to the Thomasville Sheriff, North Carolina, apprehending the killer "down in" Jericho, South Carolina (a massive lowland rice plantation). Specific stories were imported into Jericho by Mexico (or Juarez, Mexico). T is compared to the most popular country or rock variant. J. The 1947 Western Swing recording of' Red' Argall with W. A. The Western Aces of Nichol. Johnny Cash, Crooked Still, The Grateful Dead, Doc Watson, and George Thorogood covered this version, among others. The 1970 performances of Bob Dylan were drawn from either of the albums of Clarence Ashley. Several scholars indicated that "Little Sadie" could have inspired the hit "Hey Joe" from the 1960s.

  • Banjo Little Sadie Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This arrangement is based on the Tony Rice version of "Little Sadie" and is a fairly straight-forward banjo part. After mastering this, check out the melodic break!

    Banjo Little Sadie Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Little Sadie Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of Little Sadie gives you a lot to work with as far as blending melodic and single string styles. Watch out for that 3rd measure on the Am chord!

    Banjo Little Sadie Melodic Style
  • Banjo Little Sadie Backup


    This is a great demonstration for playing in the key of Dm. These chords are fantastic!

    Banjo Little Sadie Backup