Sunday, July 31, 2016

Box Elder Stomp, live from Java John's, 7-13-16

Box Elder Stomp (mp3) (pdf)

One more recording from my July solo mandolin night at Java John's. This one is a solo version of a tune that Contratopia recorded on our Smitten CD long ago in combination with another swing-style tune called Lucy's Stroll.

The Box Elder Stomp is a fairly straightforward blues in G. Playing it solo allows me to wander a bit, for good or ill, and I enjoyed playing the tune quite a bit that night. Special thanks goes out to the Mystery Whistler at the finish. (I think I know who you are but I don't want to reveal your identity to the world just yet.)

The sheet music presented here includes the lead sheet for both tunes. Check out the Contratopia recording for further guidance.

Thanks once again to all the folks who have been turning out for these solo mandolin gigs. I love doing them. The next one will be on Wednesday August 24, stop by if you are in Decorah that night.


jim said...

Wow, John, that tune swings, can picture the scene at JJ's.

John said...

Thanks! I've been having a great time once a month coming in to JJ's and playing whatever I want. This tune was just a change of pace from the usual diet of 18th century stuff and more formal music of my own. I still remember you being a great audience at the old Hotel W. dining room when Karen and I played Oswald duets on mandolins.

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