Charlie’s had me working on Deep River Blues for a few lessons now. It’s a fun song to play–definitely more challenging for me than a straight Travis pattern or arpeggio picking pattern with standard chords like what I’ve been playing up to this point. (If you want to hear me play it, there’s a link to an mp3 at the end of this post.)

The Delmore Brothers wrote and recorded this song as Big River Blues,  and Doc Watson played this version (from YouTube):

Here’s a link to another rendition, by Fretkillr on YouTube. Fretkillr is an awesome player.

Okay, now that you’ve heard the best, here’s an opportunity to here me play it. This is an excerpt from most recent lesson. I record all my lessons on a little Philips GoGear SA2115 MP3 player/voice recorder (I bought mine cheap from Tech for Less). The audio quality isn’t great, but it does the job.

The first half of the clip is just me playing, and Charlie backs me on the second half. I wasn’t really expecting him to do that, so it kinda threw me for a loop at first. And I think I screwed up a bit at the very end.

I remind you that I’m still a beginner, so don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Dave Plays Deep River Blues (1 MB, about a minute long)

One thought on “I Got Dem Deep River Blues

  1. Hi just hear you playing deep river blues the doc Watson version. Would you be so kind to send me the tab. I can find plenty of tab om the net but when you dig into it’s of the delmore brothers version.
    Many thanks Paul foster


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