Come Along Jody

by Jake Schepps

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Grant Gordy brought in this gem of a tune to the band around the time we were working on “Flatiron,” and we captured this in the studio at the same session as Marc Mellits’ piece and “The Oquirrh Ridge Drifter.” Grant composed the diminished scale lick that we all play at the end of the B-part. After 4 years, I remember well recording both this piece and “Drifter” as it was such a return to home base from working on “Flatiron.” After the very full week of rehearsals and the world premiere, playing some bluegrass and improvising, and not focusing on the written page, was a treat. You can hear it in our approach.

To still be playing music regularly with Enion and Eric with this Round Window project is a dream. It is rare to find a fiddler that can rip on a fiddle tune like this, then play demanding classical music parts, improvise in odd meters over jazz changes, and then willing to transcribe and memorize choro. She consistently kills it on all of this music, and I am spoiled getting to throw anything and everything at a musician such as Enion. And I have lauded Eric here before, and he never fails to make everyone he plays with sound better and feel good about their own playing. This is the real measure of a great musician, and ET is one of the best in the biz.

Here is a bit more traditional take on the tune by Michael Cleveland:


released February 28, 2017

Jake Schepps: banjo
Enion Pelta-Tiller: violin
Matt Flinner: mandolin
Grant Gordy: guitar
Eric Thorin: bass

Composed by Tex Logan
Produced by Jake Schepps
Recorded December 2012 at Mountain House Studio, Nederland, CO

Engineered and mixed by Justin Peacock
Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO



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Jake Schepps Boulder, Colorado

Jake Schepps has made a name for himself as a banjo renaissance man, an artist with not only an adroit touch on his instrument but an intrepid, imaginative vision for contemporary stringband music. Based in Boulder, Colorado, he leads the Jake Schepps Quintet, playing longform classical works written for string band, music by Bela Bartok, and of course some good ol' bluegrass. ... more

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