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Banjo tablatures for Old Home Place

J.D. Crowe

Recomended level: Beginner

Tags: #medium-tempo, #vocal song

It's the title of many traditional songs, including at least one venue (in McClure, VA). Yet followers of Phish recognize "The Old Home Place" as the song of country legends and progenitors of bluegrass, The Dillards. The protagonist of the song regrets that he had pursued a woman from his farm into Charlottesville's emerging metropolis, ultimately losing both the girl and his home the title refers not only to the left or abandoned physical estate but also to the left behind life. Phish chose the song as they turned away from their old lives in another corner. The West Virginia debut started the encore to a show that featured Gamehendge (nearly ten years old) as the first set and Hoists as the second set (recently released). The latter debut helped highlight the transition of the band from four-track recording in a dorm room to an extravaganza studio that was almost overproduced. As one of the acoustic parts, Phish recorded "The Old Home Place" ten times, including 10/10/94 with Steve Cooley from The Dillards on banjo, 10/18/94 with Béla Fleck, and 11/18/94 with "Reverend" Jeff Mosier and 10/18/98 with Mike on banjo and Page on bass at Neil Young's Bridge College. Notable electrical appearances include 12/31/94 Boston Garden, 8/17/96 opening the second day of the Clifford Ball at about 4:20, 11/30/96 Sacramento with John McEuen on banjo, and 4/3/98 Nassau Coliseum between "Mike's Band" and "Weekapaug Groove." Since the (first) break of Phish, "The Old Home Place" has deteriorated to uncommon, featuring in just two shows in the 2.0 era: 7/21/03 at Deer Creek and 4/15/04 at Vegas. The performances have been rare since their return in 2009, often with years in between.

  • Banjo Old Home Place Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This arrangement of Old Home Place is based on J.D. Crowe's amazing playing. It's got an interesting chord progression, which features a B7 chord leading to a C chord. Great stuff!

    Banjo Old Home Place Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Old Home Place Verse and Chorus - Backup

    Verse and Chorus - Backup

    Learn backup for the Old Homeplace - Verse and Chorus! There's tons of great ideas to use in the lick switcher. Have fun with this one :) This song is taught in G, but a lot of peop...

    Banjo Old Home Place Verse and Chorus - Backup
  • Banjo Old Home Place Backup


    Play Old Home Place backup with style. This gives you some cool chord positions and licks to work with.

    Banjo Old Home Place Backup
  • Banjo Old Home Place Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This version of Old Home Place gives you lots to work on in regards to positions on the neck. It starts low, goes high, and then ends up low.

    Banjo Old Home Place Melodic Style