On Hold

On Hold

Chip Withrow's picture



Liner Notes: 

I was put on hold on the phone the other day, and the music was a two-chord jazz-funk groove. Why not make my own? I thought. And, then, why not do it with banjo?
As I was mixing yesterday, I thought the two banjo tracks (one lower in volume in an attempt at an echo effect) made the song sound like one of those Allman Brothers jams with two lead guitars going at once. Well, sort of.

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


headfirstonly's picture

Well, that's a first. I don't think I've encountered the words "jazz-funk" and "banjo" in the same context before. The main banjo has an almost Dobro tone to it, which sounds rather splendid. The little bursts of strummed, descending chords at 1:49 are really cool and yes, they're funky! And that ending? Nailed it.

coolparadiso's picture

Darn you, the Banjo is my nearest to nemesis! I just dont spend enough time on it. Then you do something really cool like this and peak my enthusiasm! Love it!

katpiercemusic's picture

Big fan of Bella Fleck and Allison Brown and the funkier of the banjo players, so I love when folks let their banjos out to play. This had me nodding along with the really awesome rhythmic pattern. You didn't go overboard with the harmony... just enough playing around to keep my interest firmly engaged. I'm so glad I got to introduce you to the music of Curtis Eller because you really do share a bit of his musical sensibility.

splittybooms's picture

Never explored the Allman Bros but this sounds cool.
Was using tagcloud to find stuff and the 'acoustic funk' brought me here.
A delight.
So much stringed goodness going on here in my headphones.
You do with two chords what I can't even do with 5 times that sometimes. Just sounds awesome to me.
Love the banjo on top of this. Great rhythm with the little stabs in the midpoint.
Dig it.