50 Years of Dueling Banjos

50 Years of Dueling Banjos

     
 

It's been a half-century since Arthur Smith and Don Reno recorded Smith's little composition called "Feudin' Banjos" in the mid-'40s, and following its reinvention as "Dueling Banjos" on the soundtrack to 1973's Deliverance, it has become the most recorded and best-selling banjo instrumental in history. This interesting collection celebrates that fact with aSee more details below

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It's been a half-century since Arthur Smith and Don Reno recorded Smith's little composition called "Feudin' Banjos" in the mid-'40s, and following its reinvention as "Dueling Banjos" on the soundtrack to 1973's Deliverance, it has become the most recorded and best-selling banjo instrumental in history. This interesting collection celebrates that fact with a set of bluegrass-tinged banjo pieces, including a newer version by Reno of the original "Feudin' Banjos" and Smith's own recasting of it (with Jeff Whittington) as "Dueling Banjos." Smith also reveals his penchant for the offbeat and bizarre by taking the theme into the polka realm with "Battling Banjos Polka" and flirts with R&B (sorta) with "Yakety Sax." There are those who are still suffering a bit of a Deliverance hangover and think the banjo (and "Dueling Banjos" in particular) is a little creepy, but for those who don't, and who like banjo done the high-powered bluegrass way, this collection makes for a fun set with a refreshing sense of humor.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297894129
catalogNumber:
8941
Rank:
120904

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Tracks

  1. Dueling Banjos  - Jeff Whittington
  2. Sitting on Top of the World
  3. Dear Old Dixie  - Don Reno
  4. Ballad of Jed Clampett
  5. Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  6. Kentucky Waltz  -  Osborne Brothers
  7. Fast as You
  8. Good Times Are Past & Gone
  9. Earl's Breakdown
  10. Battling Banjos Polka  - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith
  11. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  12. Train 45
  13. Blue Is the Color of Lonesome
  14. Shuckin' the Corn
  15. Ballad of Curtis Loew
  16. Yakety Sax  - Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith
  17. Foggy Mountain Special
  18. Bury Me Beneath the Willow  - Ralph Smith
  19. Bringin' in the Georgia Mail  - Don Reno
  20. Feudin' Banjos  - Don Reno

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