This song ends without fade out. Duration: - Preview at: These music files do not include lyrics. Download the karaoke with lyrics. All files available for download are reproduced tracks, they're not the original music. Log in Password lost? Create an account Help Download it, sing it. Your No. Custom Backing Track. CDG Video Karaoke. Advanced Search. Any chance that will still happen? JH : Well, I hope that still happens sometime.
This is kind of a milestone year for us because it is our 45th year as a band, so it would be nice to get something like that out.
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The problem, as you know, is that we recorded with a couple different record companies. Most of the music that was recorded from the late '60s through was on EMI, and then the music that was recorded from the early '80s through the '90s was on Warner Brothers Records, and that's where most of the country hits came from. But most of our fans are just Dirt Band fans, so we would love to be able to get everybody to play nice so we're able to gather all of those tunes in one place and get them out.
In the meantime, we've got a number of Greatest Hits albums out there and they cover a lot of bases. We continue to make albums, we have a new one called Speed Of Life on Sugar Hill Records, and we got a lot of great press on it. JH : Well, most of us. Jimmy Ibbotson left the band in So, for the last seven years, we've been playing as a quartet with John McEuen, Bob Carpenter, who has been with us for about 30 years, Jimmie Fadden, and me.
Jimmy and I have been playing together since the start. John left for a while then came back, which we're really glad about. JH : No, actually, there are several. There are two that I really like--one is called "The Resurrection," and it's a song I really like that was co-written by my wife Matraca Berg. She's a great songwriter.
Another very cool tune. Both are songs that we've been featuring in our set for our live show for the last year and a half or so. How did you guys get together? Of course, they didn't have a term called "roots" back then, but I do think it's a great term because it covers a lot of bases and I totally get what it means. We were a bunch of folk puppies, basically. We were playing music that was mostly written in the '20s and '30s with all acoustic instruments, a washtub bass, and a washboard. We did that whole thing for about three years.
Then, in , we sort of reinvented the band as a country-rock band. Then, of course, there was the bluegrass influence from Flatt and Scruggs and The Greenbriar Boys, and a bunch of other acts that we were really big fans of back when we were teenagers, so the shift that we made way back in '69 really formed what we do now, you know? But, as a point of reference, country-rock in has nothing to do with country-rock today. We were combining that sound with a rock sensibility.
MR : These days, your music would be more under the label of Americana than country-rock, wouldn't you agree? JH : Well, absolutely, and I think that's why Americana is a really good fit for us these days because it kind of renamed what we do. I think it covers a much wider base.
You would probably refer to us more as alternative country with bands like Wilco and Son Volt. Those bands' sounds are very similar to how we were back in the day. We still had the bluegrass feel, too. We had the 5-string banjo, the fiddle, and Jimmie Fadden's stellar harmonica playing. We kind of carried over some of the jug band roots, instrumentally at least, into what we were doing as a country-rock band, so it just kind of became this "Dirt Band" music, essentially.
What's been great for us is that, believe it or not, there have been fans that have followed us from our jug band days all the way through now, which is crazy to us because we did make a hard left turn when we put the washboard and kazoos away.
JH : You know, I think he would. John taught Steve a lot about playing the banjo and I think Steve taught John a lot about telling a joke. They were buddies all through school, then, later on, John's brother Bill--who was our manager for a long time--was also Steve's manager, so there was an association through the late '60s and early '70s. Steve was actually our opening act for a long time. Then, he returned the favor and had us as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live a few years later, which was great.
I think it was during the third season, which was awesome because it was one of the classic line-ups. I think that there were a lot of great line-ups, but it was the first bunch sans Chevy Chase. We had a lot of fun, and the rhythm section and myself came up with what was called "The Toot Uncommons," which was us as the band on the "King Tut" record--that's a little known fact. It was me on guitar and a couple of guys who were playing with us at the time--Merel Bregante and Richard Hathaway on bass and drums--and we did all the background work with Steve.
It was really just an afternoon session that we cut in Colorado, and it was only supposed to be a demo. Then, when Bill took it to LA to record it with the A-list session guys, Mo Ostin and Lenny Waronker, who were the guys running Warner Brothers at the time, said "No, that's the record," so there we were. I've got a gold single of "King Tut" hanging on my wall. MR : It's funny because I know it was meant as a comedy song, but it's one of the cooler songs that I think of from that era. JH : I don't want to digress too much, but I read an article in Guitar Player magazine once that had an interview with Wyclef Jean that said he learned how to play the guitar by listening to "King Tut.
He was very complimentary. MR : That's very cool. So, let's fill everyone in on the history of your biggest early hit, "Mr. JH : Well, we were assembling songs for the album that became Uncle Charlie And His Dog Teddy --that was actually the first alternative country album that we recorded.
We started recording it in late , and I think it came out in early I was driving back from one of our rehearsals while we were putting tunes together for the record down in Long Beach, and I heard this song on late night radio with no back announcing and I really loved the tune.
As it turns out, it was Jerry Jeff Walker. I went into rehearsals the next day and just started raving about this song that I thought we had to do.
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I kept hearing it in my head because it was mandolin and accordion, which I thought would be perfect for our band. Then, Jimmy Ibbotson, who was playing with us at the time, said that he thought he knew what song I was talking about and he ran out of the room into the parking lot and started digging in the trunk of his car. He pulled out this 45 rpm single from under the spare tire--scratched to pieces by the way--of Jerry Jeff singing "Mr. So, we took it out and put in on our funky little record player that had pennies on the needle to hold the arm down, and listened to it.
It was pretty funky, and we actually messed up a couple of the lyrics because we couldn't hear it that well. JH : Well one of the lines in the original song is "Then he spoke right out," and we sang "When the smoke ran out. But I think Jerry Jeff forgave us because he made a lot of money on the single. We actually got to play a lot with him later. He was always a musical hero of mine.
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JH : Yeah. Sammy did have a big hit with the song, but we had a bigger one. It was a Top 10 pop single, which was pretty cool. More importantly, what Sammy did was that he turned the song into a piece of performance art during his concerts. He even gave us a little shout out, which was really great. One final note about that song is that in , our recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for significant recordings. We're really proud of that. MR : Congratulations. I'm curious, what was it like when you first heard your recording of that song on the radio?
JH : Well, we never get tired of hearing ourselves on the radio.
Going way back to album radio in the early '70s, a station in Shreveport, Indiana, started playing the song and the phones started lighting up. A bunch of people started requesting it. At the time, we had another single out called "Some Of Shelly's Blues" that was struggling, and our label just kept an eye on all of it to see how things developed, and after several weeks, they came to us and told us that " Bojangles" was our hit. I thought, "Really?
A four and a half minute waltz about a old man and his dog? So, yeah, it was amazing to hear that song on the radio. We got a big kick out of it. Bojangles" out there? JH : Yep, that's right.
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Then we re-released the song later and it did much better. But I will also say this about " It was a game changer for us, and we still play it. On this one particular visit, I was staying at Shoney's Inn over on Demonbreun. I was experimenting with this one particular chording on the guitar that only played the first and fifth tones of the chord, so you could sing either a major or a minor over it. One morning I woke up and I turned on my tape recorder, sat up and played these two pieces of music. Both of them had that same chordal thing, but one of them had the minor mode and one had the major mode.
Dalton had the hit on it. And the first thing I thought was, "I want to run away screaming, because I love my song. We did it for fun. We weren't trying to be like any other song. They had actually cut a song of mine that Norbert Putnam produced on them, previously. He heard the song at a party one night. Back in the early days, we'd all get together, and Wendy and I would cook. We all had these tiny apartments. Actually Josh and Wendy and I all lived in the same place over on 10th Avenue