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Favorite Bashful Brother Oswald Tunes?

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Jul 9, 2020 - 8:17:52 AM
5 posts since 7/14/2015

I've been really enjoying Oz's style lately. Just wondering what everybody's favorites are? Obviously he has a few signature tunes... Fireball Mail, Wabash Cannonball, Dobro Chimes, etc. Any hidden gems out there I should check out? I've been working my way through the Roy Acuff catalog to find the tunes where he features prominently. Any favorites specifically among the Roy stuff?

Jul 9, 2020 - 8:46:56 AM
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2086 posts since 8/5/2008

Rounder album C 0013 "Brother Oswald" The whole album.

Jul 9, 2020 - 8:49:16 AM

Hunter

USA

99 posts since 4/20/2012

My favorite is Oswald's Special,  first song I learned to play and one that still makes me appreciate the contribution Oswald brought with his Hawaiian influenced approach to country.  It is hard to find a version of it on the web,  but Jim Warren does a great version of it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52564At_lrg.  He also has lessons for it on his website http://oldtimedobro.com/tablature.htm

 

Edit:  found a version by Oswald:  https://youtu.be/gpGJkRDsLO8?t=1143

Edited by - Hunter on 07/09/2020 08:58:08

Jul 9, 2020 - 8:56:24 AM

Hunter

USA

99 posts since 4/20/2012

Also, have loved Oswald's version of Kahola March. 
https://youtu.be/HyuSsvuWVnU?t=2068

Jul 9, 2020 - 9:21:07 AM
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beecee

USA

33 posts since 12/3/2012

The 2 songs that made me ditch the sax and buy a dobro were CARRY ME BACK TO THE MOUNTAINS and THE END OF THE WORLD. To me, that sound is what the dobro was made to play.
To this day, whenever I begin to play, i play them both....one: I love the sound......two: If I'm out of tune I'll know it right away.

Jul 9, 2020 - 10:10:19 AM

12 posts since 1/18/2010

My favorite all time thing Os did was on Acuff's song, "I'll Forgive You, But I Can't Forget." Love his intro, break and fills all through that song.

Also: "Prairie Queen," "Kansas City Kitty," "Echo Chimes" and "Sailing Along." Shoot, I like all his stuff!

Edited by - Chris Simpkins on 07/09/2020 10:10:46

Jul 9, 2020 - 10:38:54 AM

2086 posts since 8/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Hunter

Also, have loved Oswald's version of Kahola March. 
https://youtu.be/HyuSsvuWVnU?t=2068


  That's a fun one to play. the 3rd. part is a challenge.

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:02:16 AM
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wlgiii

USA

1138 posts since 9/28/2010

Another vote for The End of The World.

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:03:57 AM

642 posts since 1/18/2012

quote:
Originally posted by wlgiii

Another vote for The End of The World.


Check out this vid. Pretty good back up players.

https://youtu.be/qkfTvvcqghc

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:50:29 AM
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gadobro

USA

3 posts since 11/27/2019

I feel like Oswald is at his best on those morbid Acuff songs: Precious Jewel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eOIH7JwfxU), Wreck on the Highway (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4OWnWhwlTw), Lonely Mound of Clay (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxCSqTZts5U). That--and not the bluegrass banjo style of dobro playing--is my favorite sound from the instrument. Os kind of illustrates my personal prejudice that the banjo and dobro sound best when they're not being played at the same time.

Recently I've been listening to this George Jones album where he does all Acuff songs backed by the Smoky Mountain Boys. https://www.allmusic.com/album/george-jones-the-smoky-mountain-boys-mw0003012125. It's full of great Oswald playing.

Edited by - gadobro on 07/10/2020 11:54:47

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:11:42 PM
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otbreso

USA

1637 posts since 4/27/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Lounge Primate
quote:
Originally posted by wlgiii

Another vote for The End of The World.


Check out this vid. Pretty good back up players.

https://youtu.be/qkfTvvcqghc

Pretty good backup players I hope to shout! I loved that program AMW and I wish it was still on. It would be one of the only things worth watching.

All those boys were smiling too

 


Jul 11, 2020 - 7:25:42 AM

oswald

USA

91 posts since 8/17/2008

I`d have to say End Of The World is likely the best. What really makes it shine to me is all the variations he plays without compromising the medley at all, and he`s pretty much the only dobro picker that I`ve ever saw go high enough that he passes the end of the fret board. But I thing the prettiest tune he played was the one he wrote for his wife, titled Euneta. NOBODY matches his bar control, all slants forward and backwards, and with only the old round bar, which most country/bluegrass pickers claim cannot be played with. Lol
To me though, where he REALLY shines, is on backup to Roy`s voice. Some of my favorites are Wreck On The Highyway, Pins and Needles and others from the original Circle LP. Most of those tunes don`t even have dobro solo, but his intros and backup are exquisite.
Also, he was quite advanced on Hawaiian tunes. About the only Hawaiian recordings that I`ve heard that I`d say are better than Oswald are some of the 1920's-40's 'real' Hawaiians, Sol Hooppi types for instance.

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