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Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #old time, #bluesy, #vocal song

"Wild Bill Jones” is an exceptionally mainstream Ballard that is otherwise known as a banjo piece. It was first recorded by the fiddler, Eva Davis, in 1924, with banjo player Samantha Bumgarner. It was then recorded by Burnett and Rutherford, Dock Boggs, and also by Frank Profit, country legends Doc Watson, and Ralph Stanley with the Stanley Brothers. In this tune, the lyrics recount the narrative of a love triangle among Bill Jones, the beautiful Posey, and the man who cherishes Posey and shoots Jones, ultimately. The melody, for the most part, concerns this secretive man who murders Wild Bill and the results of his act. The Quiet Americans who are a bunch of musicians that call their music old-time folk music for modern times did a unique cover of this tune. They tell the story of Wild Bill Jones through a song cycle of 15 original and traditional tunes. Some of the tunes deployed construct this song includes; “Give the Fiddler a Dram”, John Brown’s “March,” some holiness music “Keys to the Kingdom” and “What are They Doing in Heaven Today,” a classic country duet “Free Little Bird” and an instrumental by John Fahey. This sure is a recipe for a masterpiece.

  • Banjo Wild Bill Jones Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This is a Mike Harman transcription. He played with Alison Krauss in her early years and played banjo on this track from her Two Highways album. This arrangement of Wild Bill Jones i...

    Banjo Wild Bill Jones Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Wild Bill Jones Scruggs Style-2

    Scruggs Style-2

    Sooner or later, someone is gonna tell you, "That ain't the way Earl played it." OR "That ain't the way Ralph played it" Learn this and tell them to shut-up! Actually...no...don't do...

    Banjo Wild Bill Jones Scruggs Style-2
  • Banjo Wild Bill Jones Single String Style

    Single String Style

    If you're gonna play single string, don't hold back. Don't box yourself into thinking you have to play single string the way Earl did. Because he didn't. Take inspirations from other...

    Banjo Wild Bill Jones Single String Style