Words and Music to 40 Classic Bluegrass Tunesï¾ by Wayne Erbsen
Gather in close; the singing's about to begin. As you thumb through the songbook, you will be taken on a little trip through time. Hold on tight! With songs like Sweet Sunny South, Handsome Molly, Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms, Pretty Polly, Wildwood Flower, and Lord, I'm Coming Home, we are sure you'll find a great tune to gather around and sing.Since it came out in 1981, thousands of people have enjoyed and learned from theï¾ pages of the Backpocket Bluegrass Songbook. In addition to the lyrics and melody line, the book also includes guitar chords, tips on choosing the right key, using the capo, bluegrass music history, information on each song, and vintage photos.
Includes words, music and history of: A Beautiful Life, All the Good Times Are Past and Gone, Banks of the Ohio, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Cumberland Gap, Darling Cory, Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky, Down in the Willow Garden, East Virginia, Give Me the Roses Now, Handsome Molly, I'll Be All Smiles Tonight, John Hardy, Just Over in the Gloryland, Knoxville Girl, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Life's Railway to Heaven, Little Maggie, Little Log Cabin in the Lane, Lonesome Road Blues, Long Journey Home, Lord, I'm Coming Home, Maple on the Hill, Midnight on the Stormy Deep, My Home's Across the Smokey Mountains, Old Joe Clark, Poor Ellen Smith, Pretty Polly, Put My Little Shoes Away, Rabbit in the Log, Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms, Roving Gambler, Sally Goodin, Seeing Nelly Home, Short Life of Trouble, Sweet Sunny South, The Girl I left in Sunny Tennessee, When the Bees Are in the Hive, Where the Soul of Man Never Dies, Wildwood Flower.
About the author:
Wayne Erbsen has made it his lifelong passion to teach, collect, record, perform, write and publish Southern Appalachian music and folklore. A master of both the clawhammer and bluegrass banjo styles, Wayne also performs and records on fiddle, guitar and mandolin, and has authored twenty-eight books of instruction, lore and history. An instructor for over forty-five years, Wayne has taught literally thousands of people to play stringed instruments.
In addition to Wayne's deep interest in old-time Appalachian and bluegrass music, he has also researched, recorded and written on numerous other themes of American culture such as The Civil War, Victorian life, log cabin culture, cowboys and pioneers, railroads and gospel music.
For the past twenty-four years Wayne has taught Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. He is an active instructor at his own teaching facility called The Log Cabin Cooking & Music Center in Asheville, NC. (www.nativegroundmusic.com). As a book publisher, he is the founder and general manager of Native Ground Books & Music (www.nativeground.com).