Salt and Grease

by Boiled Buzzards

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Muddy Roads 02:57
June Apple 05:26
Icy Mountain 03:17


Salt and Grease – Buzzard 1001 CD
By Dan Levenson and the Boiled Buzzards

Dear Listeners,
The Boiled Buzzards has seen many changes over its lifespan. Most of the original members have all gone different paths since this, our first recording, but you still ask for it. Since the music is timeless as old time music can be, here it is for you to enjoy as a CD. Enjoy the music and Play Nice!
Dan Levenson 8-20-08

Original liner notes: The Boiled Buzzards is a fiery old-time band from the Cleveland area. Playing together since 1988 and steeped in old-time traditional music, they’re known for their unique sound and have played for dances in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Morgantown and Columbus and for numerous events in the area.

The band consists of David Rice on harmonica, Dan Levenson on banjo, Joe Collins on guitar and Ruth Kass on bass.

This recording consists primarily of tunes, which are known as square; that is having two parts of equal length. Square tunes are usually preferred for square dances and clogging. The tunes that are not square on this tape are three 3-part tunes: 3 Thin Dimes, Little Billie Wilson and Bull at the Wagon; and two crooked tunes: Milwaukee Blues and Rochester Schottische.

Southtown is a new old-time tune written and fiddled by Buzzard Dave Rice. Dan Levenson’s singing is heard on Charlie Poole’s Milwaukee Blues and June Apple. Dan also plays fiddle on Icy Mountain and Bull at the Wagon.

1. Julianne Johnson; 2. Three Thin Dimes; 3. Durang’s Hornpipe; 4. Milwaukee Blues; 5. Muddy Roads; 6. Log Chain / Railroadin’ Across the Rocky Mountains; 7. Billy in the Lowgrounds; 8. Yellow Barber; 9. Little Billy Wilson; 10. Sandy Boys (Burle Hammons version); 11. Southtown (David Rice 1990 used by permission); 12. Rochester Schottische; 13. Kansas City Reel; 14. June Apple; 15. Bull at the Wagon; 16. Sally Ann Johnson; 17. Nail That Catfish to a Tree (Steve Rosen – used by permission); 18. Icy Mountain; 19. Bentons’ Dream; 20. Sadie’s Waltz


released October 1, 1990

Boiled Buzzard graphic by Annie Trimble
Cover photo by Heather Lucas

Original recording, mastering and production of the original recording by Larry MacBride at Marimac Recordings, Crown Point, IN
CD Mastering by Joe Loesch – Creative License – Nashville, TN

Buzzard 1001 CD (Originally Marimac 9027 circa 1990)
© 2003 Dan Levenson – Old Time Music

For more information on the Boiled Buzzards and Dan Levenson Old Time Music

With special thanks to Larry MacBride


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Dan Levenson Old Time Music Tucson, Arizona

Dan’s recordings solo and with The Boiled Buzzards are considered go to sources for old time music. Steve Davis called The Buzzards the most influential string band since Highwoods.
Dan is a master teacher and performer of both the Clawhammer banjo & Appalachian fiddle. He is native of Pittsburgh, PA who calls Tucson, AZ his home.
He is a MelBay author and received a 2017 Master Artist Award.
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