“Can’t You Hear Me Calling” is a Bill Monroe classic that he first recorded and released in 1950 with a lineup of Blue Grass Boys that included Mac Wiseman on lead vocal and guitar, and Don Reno on banjo.
Not bad, not bad at all.
Since then, it’s been covered by just about every big bluegrass act. The Country Gentlemen did a great version not long after Monroe’s recording came out. Other favorites of mine include a version by Jimmy Gaudreau’s Bluegrass Unit from the Live in Holland album, and the Del McCoury band. Most versions feature a paint-peeling tenor part on the chorus: “a mill-ion tiiiiimes…”
If you’re looking for something different, check out Crooked Still’s slinky version from 2006.
This is always a jam favourite. Beginners have no problem following a three-chord progression that doesn’t change between verse and chorus, and advanced players can do plenty with it on their breaks.
Plus, if you’re singing it, you get to do that bluesy bend on your vocals over the IV-V-I turnaround at the end of each verse and chorus.
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