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Ashoken Farewell/Dixie Medly (live)

Posted by bradlaird, written by Jay Unger/Dan Emmett

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Size: 3,696kb, uploaded 11/9/2014 9:12:52 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This is a live version of a medley combining "Ashoken Farewell" and "Dixie" played live at El Puente, McDonough, Georgia on April 10, 2008 by the band Pony Express. The players are Mike Estes, fiddle; Buddy Ashmore, guitar; Brad Laird, mandolin; David Ellis, banjo and Randy Godwin, bass. Ashoken Farewell was written by by Jay Ungar ┬ęby Swinging Door Music-BMI Dixie was written by Daniel Emmett.

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Bach 2 Part Invention - Brad Laird and Roland Alston

Posted by bradlaird, written by J.S. Bach

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Size: 1,802kb, uploaded 9/26/2014 9:36:28 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

When teaching reading standard notation for mandolin I always tried to teach my students this particular piece since it is so challenging. Here is a little home studio recording of one of my star students, Roland Alston, and I playing this Bach piece.

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Dark Hollow

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Size: 3,676kb, uploaded 9/26/2014 9:41:21 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This is a live recording made at the Red Light Cafe on March 27, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. The band is Pony Express. Buddy Ashmore - Guitar, lead vocal Randy Godwin - Bass, tenor vocal Brad Laird - Mandolin, baritone vocal David Ellis - Banjo Mike Estes - Fiddle

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Duck of Constant Sorrow

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Size: 6,197kb, uploaded 9/26/2014 9:53:37 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

I played mandolin and sang with the band Cedar Hill for 26 years beginning in 1983. There is some confusion because there is also another band (who used to call themselves Cedar Hill GRASS) named Cedar Hill, but in the pre-internet days it was not an issue. This is the Cedar Hill band based in Atlanta... still going strong today, though I have moved on a few years ago. The players are Jim Adkins banjo and duck voice, Bob MacIsaac guitar, Fred MacIsaac bass, David Ellis dobro / fiddle and Brad Laird (me) mandolin. This was recorded live at the Douglass Theater in Macon Georgia 4-11-08.

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Laird's March

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Size: 2,054kb, uploaded 9/26/2014 3:03:46 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This song, Laird's March, is a duet for two mandolins. In this recording I played both parts and the guitar--something that is hard to do live! I have a video lesson available which teaches both parts which can be found here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/playthemandolin/videos.html and it also appears in my book "The Mandolin Song Book" published by Watch and Learn. Get one of your mandolin picking friends to learn it with you! It's hard to categorize a song like this but I think it sounds like something a mandolin orchestra might have played in the 1910s.

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McDonough

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Size: 5,369kb, uploaded 9/26/2014 9:58:10 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Here is a song I wrote called McDonough. This recording was made live at the Red Light Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia. It appeared on the album Messenger by Pony Express. The players: Brad Laird - mandolin, Mike Estes - fiddle, David Ellis - banjo, Buddy Ashmore - guitar, Randy Godwin - bass.

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Southern Flavor (live)

Posted by bradlaird, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 3,034kb, uploaded 11/9/2014 9:18:28 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This is a recording of my band Pony Express playing the Bill Monroe tune "Southern Flavor." The players are Brad Laird, mandolin; Buddy Ashmore, guitar; Mike Estes, fiddle; David Ellis, banjo and Randy Godwin, bass.

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Student Loan Blues

Posted by bradlaird, written by Cory Chambers

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Size: 3,852kb, uploaded 9/26/2014 9:44:56 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

I played in a band called The Incorrigible String Band for a while a few years ago. I was the regular bass player. On this recording I played the mandolin too because their regular mandolin player couldn't make the session.

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Takin' The Shortcut Home - A Pound O' Cure

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Size: 2,827kb, uploaded 8/16/2015 12:42:43 PM
Genre: Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Here a two tune set of Irish flavored tunes I wrote. These are both D tunes in 1st position. If you'd like to learn them I have posted the tab and notation for both of these tunes on my website here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/playthemandolin/tabs.html Have fun!

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