Yesterday on Cozy Little Whimsy Nook, I saw a video of someone playing a banjo that brought memories of my dad flooding back. He was a musician by ear. He never read music a day in his life. He could play the banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and piano all by ear and I'm sure he could have played anything else he set his mind to. My dad passed away 15 years ago in 1993 and I miss him terribly. How I wish I still had his banjo, guitar and mandolin.
One of my dad's favorite songs to play was Cripple Creek. I searched Youtube for banjo players picking this song and this one is the closest to the way my dad played it. Also, you will see in the video clip several other musicians playing other instruments. In the south, it is very common for friends to get together in a very informal setting like someone's garage and just jam, just for the fun of it. This looks like just that kind of setting. Don't forget to go to the bottom of my page and turn off my music before watching the video clip.
For your entertainment, click here for the song lyrics to Cripple Creek. It's really a fun song and has quite a catchy tune.