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Bluegrass player challenges himself in front of live crowd with an original song

January 8th, 2021

Born in the Appalachian region in the mid-1940s, Bluegrass music has been making people jolly ever since.

Its fast rhythm, catchy lyrics and interesting off-beat playing will leave you wishing for more. And in this video, we’ve found an amazing performance by Leroy Troy.

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For those who don’t know, Troy often performs comedy songs for his fans.

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Troy was born to be on stage and to make people laugh and happy.

The man’s been playing banjo for so many years, it has become part of him—you can feel it in his performance. Originally from Tennessee, Troy has developed a clawhammer banjo style, which is distinct from the commonly played modern bluegrass.

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Perhaps that’s what makes this gentleman so amusing—you’re always in for something new.

Here he plays “My Grandfather’s Clock.” The song was written in 1876 by Henry Clay Work. Leroy jokes about the song saying “it’s a really hard song to play.”

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He continues by explaining that he’s a little afraid to try it live:

“It doesn’t come out right every time, but hopefully it will tonight because they’re filming me and everything.”

His humor is impossible to resist, and the audience bursts out laughing.

For those who don’t know, Music City Roots is a staple venue in the bluegrass community.

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Filmed at Music City Roots Live From The Factory, the 2015 show brings some nice memories.

As far as the whole concept goes, the aim is to revive the historic legacy of live musical radio production while showcasing today’s Americana roots music movement. In more detail, Music City Roots is Nashville’s weekly radio show that broadcasts lie via LiveStream and YouTube. These 166,000 YouTube subscribers are surely enjoying themselves every Wednesday at 7pm CST.

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It all makes perfect sense since Nashville is the epicenter of country music.

We’re glad to see some ongoing projects there in an attempt to make their global audience happy and updated. Bluegrass, folk, alternative, western, rockabilly—even the crossovers into jazz and rock—it’s all featured in the show, and we think that’s amazing.

This video shows a man who is so experienced that he could probably play the piece blindfolded.

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Leroy Troy is a veteran when it comes to country music.

He’s been playing it for quite a long time, and it shows in his performance. He’s confident on stage, and he laughs and plays the banjo as if it were the simplest thing in the world. He joked at the beginning about the song not being so easy, and it’s clearly not a joke—the song is hard to play, and Troy does t effortlessly. This fellow makes you think anyone could do it.

That’s the beauty of his performance—it invites you to join in.

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Probably the most amazing trick in the whole video is the way Leroy used the banjo as a clock pendulum.

Whenever the camera switches to the audience, you can see them with huge smiles on their faces.

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The crowd is so glued to the performance that no one’s even blinking!

That’s how you know that you’ve just put on a phenomenal show.

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No, Troy—it has been great.

The amazing banjo player is humble when describing what was really an amazing gig. Dressed in an overall, checkered red shirt, and with a cowboy hat on his head, he embodies the spirit of some old times. We wish him hundreds of equally amazing performances!

Watch out the full performance in the link below:

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Source: YouTube/Music City Roots

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