Ernie Hawkins Teaches “The Basin Street Blues”

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Nov 152011
 

“The Basin Street Blues” is a perfect example of New Orleans style jazz. It was originally written by Spencer Williams but made most famous by Louis Armstrong. In this video Ernie Hawkins teaches how to play the Louis Armstrong version of the song on the guitar. You can hear Ernie Hawkins talk the history of “The Basing Street Blues” on episode 62 of the Taproot Podcast.

“There Is A Table In Heaven” performed by Ernie Hawkins

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Nov 152011
 

Ernie Hawkins on vocals and guitar, Joe Dallas on trombone, and George Heid on washboard. This is a gospel song written by famous Durham blues man Rev. Gary Davis and arranged by Ernie Hawkins who studied under the Rev. Gary Davis. Note the Piedmont blues style of finger picking which is characteristic of Davis’ style of music. You can hear Ernie Hawkins talk about the history of this song on episode 62 of the Taproot Podcast.

“Whinin’ Boy” by Ernie Hawkins

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Nov 152011
 

The classic Jelly Roll Morton song arranged for a three part band by Ernie Hawkins. I love old rag time songs that feature trombone in them. You gotta love the washboard too. Note the Piedmont blues guitar style as Ernie Plays. You can hear Ernie talk about his approach to this song on episode 62 of the Taproot Podcast.

Nov 142011
 

Ernie Hawkins talks about the influence The Rev Gary Davis’s early days in Durham, the influence Davis has had on his own music, the technique of playing guitar riffs as if they are piano or horm lines, and his upcoming show at the University of North Carolina’s Southern Folklife Center.
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TPR#62 Ernie Hawkins – Music and Interview (MP3)

 

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