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JUST TRYING TO BREAK EVEN
Just Trying To Break Eveng

Total Time: 56:00

  1. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
  2. Old Woman
  3. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
  4. Cora Is Gone
  5. Bound To Lose
  6. A Voice On The Wind
  7. The Girl At The Crossroads Bar
  8. The Millionaire
  9. Pretty Saro

  10. Banana - vocals, 5 string tenor guitar, tenor guitar, guitar, mandolin, mandola, dobro
  11. David Thom - vocals, mandolin
  12. Sam Page - bass
  13. David Grisman - mandolin on Naughty Sweetie & Pretty Saro
  14. Chad Manning - fiddle
  15. Ethan Turner - drums on The Millionaire
  16. Hugh Levinger - drums on Cora Is Gone
Just Trying To Break Even - Grandpa Banana

Banana began his career in bluegrass on the east coast in Boston with "Banana and the Bunch, Old Time Music with Appeal". After several years in the east coast folk scene, he formed The Youngbloods with Joe Bauer, Jesse Colin Young, and Jerry Corbitt. The band moved from New York City to West Marin in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1967.

Banana began his career in bluegrass on the east coast in Boston with "Banana and the Bunch, Old Time Music with Appeal". After several years in the east coast folk scene, he formed The Youngbloods with Joe Bauer, Jesse Colin Young, and Jerry Corbitt. The band moved from New York City to West Marin in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1967.

Having a respectable number of grandchildren now, he figures if the personna of Grandpa Jones worked then Grandpa Banana should be equally successful and perhaps more forthright.

The combination of Jesse's golden pipes and Banana's Guild M-75 and Wurlitzer piano gave the Younbloods their signature sound. Guitarists might 'hear' a different sounding guitar on this new CD. Banana's current innovation is the 5 string Tenor Guitar. It has a short scale length and is tuned in fifths F C G D A from the bottom up. It's tons of fun to play and sounds great. But there's some fine 6 string guitar picking on this CD as well as the old banjo, heaven help us.

Flash audio samples available on desktop/laptop version

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me

Old Woman