CAT # 18964-0444-2
1. Dixie Banner 2:30 2. Stephen 2:16 3. One Rose 2:52 4. Sally Ann 1:15 5. Barefoot Boys 1:35 6. Little Brown Dog Waltz 1:37 7. Big Bad Red 1:51 8. Father's Pride 3:01 9. Rocky Road To Kansas 2:32 10. Old Friends 2:48 11. Cactus Reel 1:37 12. Courtner's Country Ham 1:45 13. Doc Mongle's Blues 1:52 14. My Sweet Highland Girl 2:43 15. Peninsula 2:04 16. Beaver Creek 1:35
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North Carolina native, Tony Ellis comes from a family of traditional banjoists and fiddlers. Inspired by Flatt & Scruggs, he took up bluegrass banjo in the '50s. He studied for a time with Don Reno, and joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1960. He served a two-and-a-half year apprenticeship before quitting professional music to raise a family, but continued to play in the Bristol, Tennessee area with old-time musicians such as George Pegram and Tommy Jarrell. Except for 'Sally Ann,' which Ellis learned from fiddler Tommy Jarrell, and 'Little Brown Dog Waltz,' a circus tune from the 1800s, this is an album of original tunes for banjo or fiddle. Marches, waltzes and old-timey style tunes -- Tony Ellis plays it all, accompanied by Mike Craver on piano, pump organ and calliope and producer Stephen Wade on banjo, among others.
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