View Full Version : "That's Why They Call Me Shine"

02-01-2014, 05:01 PM
Here's a favorite tune of mine, "That's Why They Call Me Shine", written in 1910 at the end of minstrel era - but rather than being a coon song, it really is a commentary on that sensibility and very unique for its time.

I do the tune as an instrumental on the banjo uke, for which it seems particularly well suited. This played on Ludwig Wendell Hall from the late 20s, and featuring a lot of triple and split strokes.


02-02-2014, 06:08 AM
Most excellent technique!! :)

02-02-2014, 09:29 AM
Yes Sir! Great stuff John, you certainly do have your technique finely tuned.

02-02-2014, 10:17 AM
Wonderful. Thats all.

02-02-2014, 11:16 AM
Wow! Terrific! Thanks for sharing it with us.

02-02-2014, 11:26 AM
Thanks, John, Cam, Dave and Randy! Glad that you liked it. As for technique, thank you, but I always find, really annoyingly, that I blow a couple of basic strums. And yet, I post anyway as my sense of exhibitionism too often wins out over my sense of shame. :D

02-02-2014, 09:00 PM
Can you here that applause.
That's me clapping from Australia!

02-03-2014, 03:18 AM
I love that song! Great rendition. Have you ever listened to Janet Klein's version?

02-04-2014, 02:22 PM
Thank you, Brian; thas very kind of you! And thank you, Fernando. Yes, I have heard Janet Klein's version. She's got a great sense for these tunes, doesn't she?

02-05-2014, 06:57 AM
I really loved that. You are truly a talent. Very impressive strum technic.

02-05-2014, 11:08 AM
That was rocking! Fabulous, like George Formby.

02-08-2014, 09:47 AM
Thank you, Leloudon, that's very kind of you, and thank you, Aspieman456. George is clearly a hero of mine!

Well, I was pretty excited, as I made UkeToob earlier this week: http://uketoob.com/2014/02/03/john-bianchi-thats-why-they-call-me-shine/

Hippie Dribble
02-08-2014, 11:44 AM
man you are THAT good. I look forward to everything you do john cause it is always freakin jaw dropping. love this song and you did it better than any version I've ever heard

02-08-2014, 12:05 PM
Impressive, as always. I am envious of you guys who manage that double/triple stroke thing. What ARE those wrists of yours made of? Like, really?

02-09-2014, 05:53 PM
Thank you, Jon and Doc. Well, I can't get a better accolade than a nod from either of you guys, let alone both of you. :) Jon - that means a lot to me. :) Doc, the wrists are old and creaky, but endless repetition makes those strokes work. I'll show you on Skype sometime! :D