Shout Little Lula

29 Nov

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[eCGCD tuning]

This one was first recorded back in 1927 by the seminal duo of G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter. It’s part of what is known today as the “Hook and Line” family of tunes which actually descend from an old minstrel song by the name of “Old Dad” (Dan Emmet, 1844). Specifically a banjo piece, it was once very popular among pickers in the Appalachian region and I have recordings of (just to name a few) Rufus Crisp, Pete Steele, and Roscoe Holcomb playing it. Ralph Stanley has been quoted as saying that “Shout Lulu” was one of the first tunes he learned as a boy from is mother. A Google search will get you plenty of good lyrics and links to recorded versions.

*My arrangement was inspired by Paul Brown’s playing on banjo builder Kevin Enoch’s website. Enjoy!

You can find an .mp3 in the (you guessed it) “.mp3” section of this site.

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4 Responses to “Shout Little Lula”

  1. scruss 11/29/2010 at 2:57 pm #

    Had never heard of this before this morning, but coincidentally it’s the first tune in Art Rosenbaum’s “Old Time Mountain Banjo”, which I also got today.

  2. 2ftlbanjer 11/30/2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Perfect timing! That book is a gem. Totally changed the way I approach the 5 string banjo.

  3. don doughty 12/08/2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Thank you so much for the tab of Darlin Cora by B.F. Shelton. one of my all time favorites.

    • 2ftlbanjer 12/09/2011 at 2:02 pm #

      My pleasure, Don. It’s at the top of my list too. Thanks for stopping by.

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