“Outlaw” – a new banjo composition

My Gold Tone banjo

My Gold Tone banjo

In some ways, my hometown of Rockland was bigger when I was a kid than it is now, even though it has fives times the population. For one thing, we had a movie theatre. With my brother and one of our cousins, I cleaned up the aisles of the theatre once a week. We weren’t paid but we could have some popcorn and coke while we cleaned up and we were each given a free pass to the movies. We couldn’t have been happier.

At that time (the mid to late 50s), I loved westerns and I still do. The movies were in black and white and everything in them was black and white. Sure, the “good guys” were great (my favourite was Randolph Scott) but the outlaws were larger than life, especially in the hands of artists like Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam, to name but a few. They were great outlaws.

This new banjo composition also features a new instrument for me – a mandolin. This new virtual instrument, which I play with my MIDI guitar, was created by Dennis Burns of Bolder Sounds of Boulder, Colorado. For more information about their excellent line of products, visit http://boldersounds.com/

Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef

I hope to write more banjo pieces in the future since my Gold Tone banjo is aging so well. I put a towel in the resonator to make it sound more like the old timers! Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Elam

Jack Elam

 

Outlaw

 

 

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