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Sad Songs with Banjo Accompaniment

I am a bluegrass banjo player, as is the comedian Steve Martin. In the 1970s, he would often proclaim that you simply CAN’T sing a sad song with banjo accompaniment. Then he’d do it.  It sounded absurd and he’d get a big laugh.

Nothing could be more untrue—you can play all sorts of depressing music with a banjo. (Here’s a brief discography to prove it.)  But I can’t even tell you how many times people have repeated that Steve Martin line to me, apparently believing it


Muddy Water

Wayfaring Stranger

Short Life Of Trouble

For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

The Devil Makes Three – A Moment’s Rest

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