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Bill James
Apr-13-2004, 7:42am
I heard a version of "Eight More Miles to Louisville" on the radio last weekend. Pretty sure it was Sam Bush. Anyone know what CD it could be found on?

Apr-13-2004, 7:59am
I have it on a live show, he plays about 4 choruses of it, the best part of the (rock) show, IMO.

Bill James
Apr-13-2004, 9:07am
Is it a CD? I'd like to transcribe the break.

Apr-13-2004, 9:14am
yes, email me oldstrings@hotmail.com

Apr-13-2004, 9:21am
You can download a video of Sam playing that song from Woodsongs old time radio. He does an awsome job of that song. From what I understood from the video, he hasn't recorded "Eight more miles to Louisville" yet.

Apr-13-2004, 10:09am
Actually, 8 More Miles is on Sam's new CD which is released today! (April 13).

If you want a partial listen, go to www.amazon.com, search for sam bush king and you can listen to parts of 5 tracks including 8 more miles.

I heard it on Prairie Home Companion I believe on NPR. You might be able to listen to it there too.

Apr-13-2004, 10:17am
Recorded years ago by Granpa' Jones. The great Merle Travis probably had a "chunk" of that one too. Just FYI... http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Don Grieser
Apr-13-2004, 10:59am
There's also a great version of it on a Blake and Rice CD. Not sure if it's the first or second one. No mando though.

Ken Berner
Apr-13-2004, 11:04am
Hey Moose, I have fond memories of Grandpa performing that tune on the Ryman stage back in the early '50s. For some reason I was picking it out on mandolin just a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed hearing it again. Guess I'll have to listen to Mr. Sam and then compare notes (HA!).

Apr-13-2004, 11:07am
For a jazzy version, hear J.A.G. on the old Puritan record.

Apr-13-2004, 11:21am
Hey Ken!! - Thanks for the "heads-up" and remembering. I apologize for straying off topic, but THAT'S a great - and traditional "thumb-style" number. Again, thanks to Merle. You probably already know that Granpa' and Merle were very close friends - and years ago recorded some wonderful music as the "Brown's Ferry Four"(Granpa, Merle, and The Delmore Brothers, Alton and Rabon). That "thumb-style" - or better yet... "Travis -style" pickin' fit(s) perfectly with Grandpa's music.Keep a' pickin. Moose. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

Scotti Adams
Apr-14-2004, 8:43pm
For a jazzy version, hear J.A.G. on the old Puritan record.
..yep Alan..thats a great Lp..hey now we are showin our age...yuk

Apr-15-2004, 4:32am
Yup, age it is, Scotti. Speaking of Age, that's a Jim Croce tune done grass by Rice, Lawson, Flux, et al., also done by Phil Rosenthal's early band Old Dog, which had the Stockwell boys in it.

Funny, I don't feel like an old fart, but I know I'm one, my daughter tells me so http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Scotti Adams
Apr-15-2004, 6:40am
..people tell me Im startin to stink...in relation to an Ol Fart http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif

Apr-15-2004, 7:07am
"It takes one to know one..."

Prayers go out to the ol' fart who sang that...

Apr-16-2004, 7:49am
That is a great tune! I would like to learn that one. Hey the Bush cd sounds good.


Apr-16-2004, 8:02am
A great tune for sure.....I'm pretty sure there's no mando on this cut, but Tony Rice and Norman Blake did a super job on this tune on one of the Blake and Rice Albums.

Strado Len
Apr-16-2004, 9:55am
Reno and Smiley also did a wonderful version of the song for King (now Starday) Records.

Apr-16-2004, 4:42pm
I need to dig I bet I have a version of one those mentioned.

Ta Ta

Apr-17-2004, 9:01pm
here's a transcription that I started...it's not perfect but it has the basic jist of the melody. I used Greyfox 2001. King of My World is a great CD!

CorrectionS and suggestions are most welcomed!

Apr-17-2004, 10:27pm
That was the very first tune I ever played on the mandolin! (My dad had a live recording of Sam playing that one somewhere...) I'll be getting that new CD ASAP http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Bill James
Apr-19-2004, 7:30am
Thanks Perry!

Willie Poole
May-02-2004, 8:35pm
...Sonny and Bob also recorded it a few years back...Good version also...You are right Moose, I believe Grandpa Jones wrote it although one might not know that because they won`t recognize his real name...He comes from not too far from where I come from....Willie

May-05-2004, 5:46pm
Mike Auldridge does a great instrumental version on his "Blues and Bluegrass" album, too

May-06-2004, 10:44am
I have that Grandpa Jones version on vinyl somewhere, I remember the guitar break being pretty bluesy/jazzy. It would be exciting to find out it was Merle.

May-07-2004, 9:24am
jc2 : Grandpa' has always used/carried a "thumb-style' picker with him - 'least far as I know(and I played for the original Last Supper...!) - After/including Merle, Jackie Phelps(one the Hee-Haw members - remember the two guys that did "effn n'offn'', slap-knee comedy?) - Joe Edwards(for a long time an "Opry"-staff band member ; and a fellow named Doyle Dykes - an Atkins protege. ALL these folks pay homage to the great Merle. And.., they do a great job. Regards, Moose. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

May-08-2004, 8:14pm
I have this piece in a country music book in the basement. Written by Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones.