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    For my studying this week, I've decided to dig into Whiskey Before Breakfast to see what folks have done with it that is interesting.

    Do you have a favorite version? Is there a wild version out there I should look at?

    Would love it if you could share your favorite version so I can see a variety of what is out there. As I do my digging, I'll post the gems I find as well.
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    I would look at some of the original Canadian and Métis takes on this song, with crooked versions being very common. I'm sorry, but I'll have to go digging to find where I saw them last, it was a Canadian website on Métis traditions.
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    Into the Cafe's MP3 library. Uncategorized (for good reason). Daniel Nestlerodes "Windrush" is based on it. It is a great take.....as well as a hoot!

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/mp3/mp3...e-windrush.mp3
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    This might be the opposite of a "wild version." It is my favorite version....

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/mp3/mp3/walsh.mp3

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    A fun tune for sure! I don't have anything particularly flashy but I find I play it different every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Ross View Post
    I would look at some of the original Canadian and Métis takes on this song, with crooked versions being very common. I'm sorry, but I'll have to go digging to find where I saw them last, it was a Canadian website on Métis traditions.
    One site is: Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture

    Here is John Arcand playing WBB

    Emile Lavallee plays a medley including WBB at about 9:10:







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    That’s a great version of the tune. Is the player Joe Walsh?
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    Ah, here's a very different take by Aaron Weinstein:



    And I like this duet with Tim Connell and Eric Skye:

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    It depends whether you want Whisky Before Breakfast or Pablum Before Breakfast. Here's the first recording by Andy Dejarlis, a Manitoba Metis fiddler.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RZ2...nnel=BPMONKMAN



    And here's another Metis or First Nations fiddler playing a lively version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zao...endanChartrand

    Here's another Manitoba fiddler, Patti Kustorak playing it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Qm...=PattiKusturok

    If you want versions to go to sleep by, there are plenty of those on YouTube as well.
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    Love that Tim & Eric version with Eric walking all the way to that low D in the bass. They rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    That’s a great version of the tune. Is the player Joe Walsh?
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    I really like the Butch Baldassari version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranald View Post
    And here's another Metis or First Nations fiddler playing a lively version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zao...endanChartrand
    That clip is really something - the electric guitar player (who looks like Paul Hogan's twin, right down to the hat) pretty much manages to *light his amp on fire* during the tune and doesn't seem to mind. That guy has being cool on stage down to a science.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22_frets View Post
    Joe Walsh and Lincoln Meyers.
    Holy smokes. Thanks a million for sharing this. It is perfection.
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    There's also a mighty fine rendition on the old Bobby Hicks CD "Fiddle Patch" with Ronnie McCoury on mandolin.

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    I like this version from one of my favorite instrumental albums.
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    Not forgetting the historic Whiskey before Breakfast challenge here on the Cafe, a concept that eventually led to the Song-a-Week social group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor Daniel View Post
    I like this version from one of my favorite instrumental albums.
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    These are two of my favorites. One with Brad Davis,Robert Bowlin,and Wil Maringa with a beautiful, tight rendition. One by Olga having fun and letting loose.

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    I favor a slower pace that allows singing along.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNLHnmj4GDU
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    I learned my version years ago from Baron Colllins-Hill, the online mandolin teacher. I would like to pick up my speed on that one. Baron is always faster than me, so JeffD reminds me that it is okay for me to play things well, and not always fast. Baron is a great instructor and inspires me to grow.

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    Start actually drinking whiskey before breakfast. You will come up with your own unique version. Or you won't care. Works either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertram Henze View Post
    Not forgetting the historic Whiskey before Breakfast challenge here on the Cafe ...
    My thoughts exactly! The OP might learn right quickly the difference between "interesting" and "useful." Speaking just for myself, natch.



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    Robin Laing has a very nice variation, slightly different than the traditional lyrics as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb_vh2hRB14
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    Joe Walsh has an album out (an early one?) called "Saturday night Waltz," and I love the way he does the tune. Can't figure out who the guitarist is, but
    together they do a great version of Whiskey Before Breakfast. Beautiful approach to the tune.

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