Triangle Blues

Mac Traynham's Tune of the Week

Here’s one from the 78 RPM era of the Roanoke Jug Band. They put out two 78 recordings on the Okeh label. Triangle Blues is one side from a record they made in 1929. The members are fiddle Billy Altizer on fiddle, Walter Keith on banjo, Mahlon Overstreet and Ray Barger on guitar, and Richard Mitchell on mandolin. There are some good New River Valley and Floyd County names in that bunch. 

They demonstrate great team work to get a nice tight sound with a lively pace for active listening (pat your foot!), however no one plays a jug! I can’t imagine it would work very well for this tune. I love the mandolin/fiddle dual lead with no chop. The mandolin is hard to hear on my speakers but I know it’s there. Mandolin is rare in our local old time music that’s not influenced by Bill Monroe. I also love the guitar chord pattern and tasteful runs while the banjo player does a unique lively picking style probably influenced by Charlie Poole.  

Check it out. The more I listen to the details in this tune the more I like it.

Roanoke Jug Band
Triangle Blues by Roanoke Jug Band
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