Loser Cornpone Sally and Her Hay Bailing Wagon Wheels

Danny Barnes is cool. Singer/song-writer, banjo- picker, guitar player, all around cool brother man of an hombre. These two songs are featuring him on banjo and some of the vocals. The first one is a cover of Beck's "Loser" (publishing info below) the second is the Danny Barnes song, "Cornpone Sally and Her Hay Bailing Wagon Wheelsl" (publishing info below) the songs were recorded at the Showbox in Seattle, Washington on 11/15/08 featuring Jeff Sipe on drums, Keith Moseley on bass, Gibb Droll on guitar and me on acoustic.

I met Danny through Yonder Mountain String Band at the Northwest String Summit in Oregon. I saw him do a very inspirational set with Bill Frisell. Just the two of them on stage (guitar and banjo) complete with backwards music and the banjo through an octave pedal to make it sound like a bass. I can't say I've ever seen that done before. It was cool. Be sure to check out the studio version of Danny’s cover of "Loser" on his record "Dirt On The Angel" it’s the last track and there are some really amazing songs on the way there. He recently sent me a copy of his new (unreleased) record called "Pizza Box" I listened to it two times in a row. The band and I had been doing "Cornpone Sally" a lot on that tour. As matter of fact, they wanted to do it every night. Obviously jam band laws don't allow that kind of thing, but we sure love playing it. There is a definite "Sugarfoot Rag" lick that I learned from Casey Driesen that runs rampant through our version. Before we get to the “Cornpone Sally and Her Hay Bailing Wagon Wheels" though, notice how Danny's Texas drawl and slight change of vocal phrasing really makes the Beck song way cooler than the original. His scat singing over banjo licks is pretty unique as well. Viva la Danny Barnes.

Cornpone Sally and Her Hay Bailing Wagon Wheels: Edward D. Barnes, Minner Bucket Publishing, BMI Administered by Bug Music

Loser: Stephenson, Karl; Hansen, Beck, Funky Toe Publishing, Cyanide Breathmint Music

08/24/2009