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Banjo tablatures for Red River Valley


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #vocal song, #medium-tempo

The red river valley is a notable folk song that recognizes the blending of various cultural traditions. The origins of "Red River Valley" lead to this Red River Valley of the North. The tune can be confused to be cowboy lament song, sang while around the mighty gush of a campfire. But it has found its web into the Gaelic and woven tentacles around cultural conflicts in the nineteenth-century settlement. The cowboy version's biggest hit was Hugh Cross and Riley Puckett's 1927 version. Although not widely known, on the American Continent, there are two main Red River valleys: the South Red River Valley and the North Red River Valley. Traditional music's folk songs have evolved from the mix of different cultural traditions. Sometimes familiar songs come from surprising origins. Carl T. Sprague, an early Texas singing cowboy, released it in 1925 as "Cowboy Love Song" (Victor 20067, August 5, 1925), but it was Texan fellow Jules Verne Allen's 1929 "Cowboy's Love Song" (Victor 40167, March 28, 1929), which brought the song its greatest success. In 1925, Carl T. Sprague, one of Texas ' first western artists, released "Red River Valley" as "Western Love Song." It is classified as the Roud Folk Song Index 756 and is listed as FO 13 by Edith Fowke. [Dubious–Discussion] Jimmie Rodgers wrote and recorded in 1928 new lyrics called Dear Old Sunshine South by the River. The oldest known published version of the "Red River Valley" lyrics was discovered in Iowa with the 1879 notation.

  • Banjo Red River Valley Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This is a straightforward Scruggs version of Red River Valley. This slower speed is a great opportunity to focus on developing, and experimenting with your tone.

    Banjo Red River Valley Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Red River Valley Scruggs Style-2

    Scruggs Style-2

    This is an "up-the-neck" version of the Red River Valley. There's a few challenges, but nothing that can't be overcome with slow, deliberate practice. Isolate the hard parts, and foc...

    Banjo Red River Valley Scruggs Style-2
  • Banjo Red River Valley Backup


    This is a very common bluegrass-style for this backup tune, which is usually played at a slow-medium pace.

    Banjo Red River Valley Backup
  • Banjo Red River Valley Single String Style

    Single String Style

    Sometimes when you slow the tempo down, you have a chance to throw in fancier licks. Well, we've got a few for you in this Red River Valley arrangement, and even more with the lick s...

    Banjo Red River Valley Single String Style