Songs of the Session

In an effort to recreate and honor a tradition that was begun back in 1957, when Frank Hamilton would teach the same song to different levels of players, we proudly present The Songs of The Session.

Each session two songs are chosen, one from the songbook and one from the general repertoire. All classes are encouraged to learn these tunes and apply the skills they are working on at their individual levels.

September - October 2017

A new school year is here and along with it changes in temperature and elsewhere - "summertime has come and gone." From the songbook on page 38 comes "Done Laid Around," a song that has gone through many changes and versions. Our second song is a simple 4 chord gem recorded by the late great Glen Campbell and suggested by our own Chris Walz: "I Love My Truck."

"Done Laid Around"

Originally titled, "Gotta Travel On," the melody came from African-American singers in Virginia and a song called "Police and High Sheriff Comin' Round." Buddy Holly was quite fond of the tune and it is said he opened each show of his last tour with "Gotta Travel On." Maybe he knew his fate? The song has gone through some harmonic changes as well. Some folks play that last line with the Am chord while other versions use the C major! We suggest you check out the numerous versions out there by The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Billy Grammer, and many more.

Chart for "Done Laid Around"

"I Love My Truck"

Here's a delightful country song written by one Steve Hardin using the name Joe Rainey. Hardin worked for years with Glen Campbell as a songwriter and music copyist. Released in 1981, "I Love My Truck" is one of the few songs in Campbell's repertoire that can be played with just a few basic chords. We couldn't resist the line "...everybody's saying something none of it's true." Don't confuse this with a Toby Keith song by the same title. Many of us remember Glen Campbell gracing our stage back in 2005. He will be missed.

Chart for "I Love My Truck"

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