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by Tyler Childers • Lesson #291
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Hello friends! I’m proud to share this new Tyler Childers lesson for “Banded Clovis” from his 2017 album Purgatory. Tyler is maybe my favorite new country artist of the last few years, and this song in particular captures the raw, gritty, primal acoustic guitar sound that quite a few of his songs embrace. Tonally this one only uses the chords of E A B7, but the real magic (and difficulty) comes in mastering the intro riff, which plays around quite heartily with a deep melody on the thickest 3 strings, combined with strumming. I’ll explain it all in my video lesson, give it a watch!
Timestamps of what I teach in the lesson:
- 1:30 Capo & Chord Shapes
- 3:46 Strumming Basics
- 5:47 Chord Progression & Verse
- 7:07 Intro (overview & basic melody)
- 9:15 Intro (adding advanced flourish)
- 15:20 Farewell
Lyrics with chords
Capo 3rd fret.
INTRO (see PDF chord sheet for the tab) E E A E E E B7 E E E E VERSE E E A E Tina Nolan had a man with a good place for siftin' E E E B7 He invited me diggin', so I picked up my screen E E A E And a shovel to dig and a jar of shine E E B7 E He traded me fair for a bottle of wine A B7 E E His brother's Barnes Mountain wine [instrumental verse] We [E] trudged through the [E] snow, [A] straight up the [E] hillside Took a [E] ridge for a [E] while, then we [E] slowly went [B7] down To an [E] over-[E]-hang [A] hid from the [E] ridgeline We [E] bent o'er our [E] handles and we [B7] bit in the [E] ground The [A] dark and [B7] bloody [E] ground [E] [instrumental verse] Was a [E] bitch to break [E] ground but the [A] wine kept us [E] goin' The [E] moonshine was [E] flowin' and [E] keepin' us [B7] warm 'Cause you [E] can't hold a [E] girl with a [A] fistful of [E] shovel Got to [E] find your [E] fire in the [B7] company of [E] corn [A] [B7] [E] [E] => [instrumental verse] We [E] dug for a [E] while then it [A] all turned to [E] ashes Found a [E] bunch of broke [E] flint and a [E] few bits of [B7] bone Then I [E] heard Jesse [E] yell o'er the [A] pile he was [E] sifting Shook the [E] hills like the [E] angels were [B7] callin' us [E] home [A] Jesse, [B7] Zachary come [E] home [E] It was [E] banded as [E] hell, it was [A] fluted and [E] clovis It was [E] hot as the [E] pistol I [E] kept on my [B7] side I was [E] fiending so [E] fierce, I was [A] broke ass and [E] busted I [E] pulled out my [E] pistol and I [B7] took Jesse's [E] life REFRAIN [A] Clovis like [A] that is a [E] hard point to [E] find Makes [E] pills swift to [E] come by with a [E] good chunk of [B7] change Left [E] over for [E] burn on [A] whatever [E] meanness [E] Whatever [E] woman is [B7] comin' my [E] way [A] Darlin' [B7] come my [E] way [E] [instrumental verse] I [E] sit in this [E] cell for the [A] banded [E] clovis I [E] stole off of [E] Nolan when I [E] killed'm that [B7] day I [E] reckon the [E] chase of the [A] pills and the [E] powder Corn [E] liquor and [E] woman are the [B7] culprits to [E] blame [instrumental verse, end on E]
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