Tune of the week: Red Haired Boy

Here’s a version of Red Haired Boy by 2007-2008 Bluegrass & Old-Time String Band Ensemble in the Ethnomusicology department at UCLA.

I teach a simple version of this tune in this lesson.

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7 responses to “Tune of the week: Red Haired Boy

  1. Great band and I love the stand up bass. Red-Haired Boy is one of the first tunes I learned with my fiddle group, and I thought, “OMG will I ever get that down” …lol…And I did, yayyyyy

    Thanks for posting! Loved it.


    1. cmck, in a bluegrass band or a bluegrass jam situation, it is normal, and common courtesy, that one instrument takes turns playing the lead, while the the other instruments play backup. Backup can be played in several ways, from straight rhythm, to chops, to bowing the chords, just to name a few. It acts as fill-in behind the person playing lead, or as it’s called in bluegrass as ‘taking a break’.