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Vintage Banjo

by Mary Z. Cox

Looking for a clawhammer banjo CD that you'd like to listen to more than once? Fourteen of our favorite old time tunes on clawhammer banjo with fiddle and guitar. Vintage Banjo was selected as Editor's Pick in the January 2001 Banjo Newsletter.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sally Ann
2:21 $0.99
2. Dixie
2:13 $0.99
3. Elzic's Farewell
2:49 $0.99
4. Johnson Boys
2:41 $0.99
5. Cindy
3:15 $0.99
6. Bonaparte's Retreat
2:41 $0.99
7. Pigtown Fling
1:52 $0.99
8. Little Black Dog Gone Trottin' Down the Road
2:04 $0.99
9. Dunsmore Lasses
3:21 $0.99
10. Cherokee Shuffle
2:05 $0.99
11. Sheebeg Agus Sheemore
1:48 $0.99
12. Sugar Hill
3:33 $0.99
13. Napoleon Crossing the Rhine
1:19 $0.99
14. Sandy River Belles
2:21 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"A simple no-frills collection of old time tunes on banjo...played with great delicacy and restraint. I found myself listening to it repeatedly..." Donald Nitchie/Banjo Newsletter, August 2000

Mary Z. is a third generation Floridian and received her first banjo when she was twelve. Her granddad was a professional banjo player, and his father was an old time fiddler from St. Joe, Missouri. His Dad was Cyclone Thompson who rode the Pony Express.

Mary Z. Cox's warm, laid back, banjo is featured on her four CDs. (Vintage Banjo, Walkin' That Banjo Home,Dulcimer Fandango& A Secret Life Of Banjo) She's the 2004 winner of the Tommy Thompson Memorial Old Time Banjo Contest (Florida Folk Festival), 2003 Florida Old Time Banjo Champion,and the 2002 Florida Old Time Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She plays string band dance music and duets with her husband, Bob, and records with friends and family.

Her tabs, articles, and MP3s have been published in Banjo Newsletter. She is a regular performer and workshop host at the Florida Folk Festival and takes great delight in helping others discover their banjo style.

NOW AVAILABLE! Vintage Banjo tab book ! Simple tabs to the fourteen tunes on the CD plus notes and historical photos.
Order from Mary's website: www.maryzcox.com

Other CDs by Mary Z. Cox

Walkin' That Banjo Home 2001
Dulcimer Fandango 2003 (don't be fooled by the dulcimer title--there is lots of good old time banjo, fiddle and guitar on this CD)
A Secret Life Of Banjo 2004
Banjo Dreamin' Suwannee Nights 2006



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Wick Smith

Melodic Clawhammer Banjo at its best
This CD is so far from showboating you almost feel like there is a deliberate effort on the part of the artist to hold back. Mary Z Cox has a wonderful clawhammer style which is a refreshing change from the lightning-fast bluegrass banjo most people are accustomed to. Here, the emphasis is on the old-time melodies and a sure-footed technique that brings them out. Other clawhammer collections I have heard had a monotony to them that would put non-players to sleep. This CD has variety and good craft combined with good tune selection.

Banjo L

BANJO-L 2/3/2002
I've bought quite a few CDs because they were mentioned on BANJO-L. All too often I've been dazzled by the speed and virtuosity, but left with no desire to try to emulate or, indeed, to hear the CD again. One hearing is plenty. Sometimes blinding speed and dazzling technique ends up being tiring and “nervous-making” to listen to. Not so with one I got today. It is called VINTAGE BANJO. Mary Z. Cox frailing, Bob Cox on guitar, and Kay Van Treese on fiddle and guitar. Clean, sensitive, and deeply satisfying string band music. Oh, there's plenty of technique there, but it is employed for the sake of the music and not used to dazzle the listener. The usual disclaimers. Never ever heard of Mary Z. Cox before.
Allan Hjer3pe, Hs.G.


Just get it, any one of these songs is worth the cost of the CD and supporting such musicians. When that one song connects with you the joy is timeless, simple, and chalked full of that universal understanding. All her CD's have at the least 4 jewels in them. Not one lyric and just an essential exposure.

Doug Browning

Mary Cox is the best clawhammer player around.
I really love clawhammer, old time banjo music and have for many, many years. Mary Z. Cox is the best out there at this sort of music. Her music is fun and uplifting. If anybody likes old timey banjo music, this is the CD for you.

kelsey byrne

i bet if more people listen to this than songs that talk about bad things that h
o wow, i love this c.d! my friends hate it but i love it! it's so humble and awesome! people should give banjo people a break and i bet if more people listen to this kind of music, then i think more people might be happier than listening to songs that talk about bad things that happen already in the world. I LOVE IT! yeeeehaaaalll! this rox my sox!

Jeff Westbrook

Mary Cox and CD Baby are great!
Great CD with old tyme banjo. Also shows that you don't have to play at lighting speed to be very,very good! I ordered CD on Monday and recieved it the same week! Outstanding!

Jael Kahn

Beautiful claw hammer banjo from my favorite banjoist!
I love this music. It is more old time sounding than Ms. Cox's more recent CD, A Secret Life Of Banjo, because it also has guitar and fiddle. The standout track on this CD is a slow, haunting version of "Dixie" on banjo with guitar chords. There are no politics or war cries in this version--just a pretty melody that takes you beyond that.
There is a banjo/fiddle duet on "Little Black Dog Gone Trottin' Down the Road" that really defines what I think old time music should sound like. The fiddle and banjo weave around each other in a sound that is almost organic.
There are a couple pretty Celtic pieces too (Dunsmore Lasses is my favorite)--slow and pretty--that really opened my eyes on what a clawhammer banjo could sound like with some thoughtful arrangement. I've only owned this CD a short while and I've already played it everyday. Many good traditional tunes. My only criticism is that Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine is too short and I'd like to hear a longer version.

D W Roxborough

super Music well presented
I really liked this Cd well presented and well played, Mary has a style with no competition


Wonder ful CD! Mary Cox is great!
Mary Cox is wonder gifted artist!


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