Reuben

This song, which also goes by the names Reuben’s Train and Train 45, has been done by everyone and still holds its appeal. Beginning banjo players like it because, if you use the proper tuning, it uses only one simple finger move on the left hand. And yet it is a mysterious, entrancing song.

We don’t play it all that often, so this recording has a half-remembered feel to it. Usually we would do it with a faster, harder-driving rhythm, but this is how it started and that’s what we went with. Please forgive my breaking voice in the first section.

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