Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy

8 Apr

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[gDGBD tuning]

This song was first recorded by master entertainer and banjo picker Uncle Dave Macon in 1924 for Vocalion Records. I haven’t been able to track down much history about the song itself but I think we can assume Macon picked it up from one of the many vaudevillian musicians who passed through the hotel his family ran in the late 1800’s.

The tablature for this song comes straight from the playing of Doc Watson on the Folkways album he recorded with Clarence Ashley [SFW40029].  In the liner notes to the album, Doc says that he learned this song from Uncle Dave’s recording. Doc has plenty of other pieces worked up in the old two finger thumb-lead style that I’ll tab out and post in the near future.

Click here for some lyrics and a slow track of vocals & guitar.


3 Responses to “Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy”

  1. Mike Keyes 06/30/2010 at 6:31 pm #

    I think you have to assume that any rowdy song with a fuzzy history and a food related title is about sex 😀

    • Hilary Hawke 07/16/2012 at 5:21 pm #

      Ha ha! That’s a good point!

  2. 2ftlbanjer 06/30/2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Without a doubt!

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