Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook Banjo Edition
by Bill Evans and Dix Bruce

“Must have” collection of over 215 great Bluegrass, Old Time, Country, and Gospel standards with downloadable recordings of EVERY song from the spiral-bound book.

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Over four years in the making! This “must have” collection of over 215 great Bluegrass, Old Time, Country, and Gospel standards includes downloadable recordings of EVERY song from the 300-page plus book. Melodies are presented with standard notation and tablature along with lyrics and chords. See sample page and table of contents below. Book is spiral bound to lay flat at jam and practice sessions. Learn to play songs written and recorded by the giants of traditional American music: Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, The Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson, and many more.

Also included: Step-by-step instruction on how to transpose any song to any key! Each song listed with suggested male and female voice keys. Commentary on playing the songs will be invaluable to any banjo player interested in bluegrass, old time, and gospel music. Bill Evans on banjo and vocals. Dix Bruce plays guitar, mandolin, and sings on the accompanying recordings.

The Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook for Banjo Table of Contents:
Rudiments of bass playing
All the Good Times are Past and Gone
Amazing Grace
Angel Band
Angelina Baker
Angels Rock Me To Sleep
Are You From Dixie?
Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Arkansas Traveller
Aunt Dinah’s Quilting Party
Away in a Manger
Banks of the Ohio
Beautiful Life, A
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Bile Them Cabbage Down
Black Eyed Susie
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
Bluebirds are Singing for Me, The
Bound to Ride
Bright Morning Stars
Bring Back to Me My Wandering Boy
Buffalo Gals
Bully of the Town, The
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Can’t You Hear Me Callin’?
Careless Love
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Church in the Wildwood, The
Columbus Stockade Blues
Cotton-Eyed Joe
Cowboy Jack
Crawdad Song, The
Cripple Creek
Crying Holy
Cuckoo, The
Daniel Prayed
Danny Boy
Darling Corey
Darling Nellie Gray
Darling Will You Ever Think of Me?
Deep Elem Blues
Diamonds in the Rough
Do Lord
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky?
Don’t You Hear Jerusalem Moan?
Down Among the Budded Roses
Down in the Valley to Pray
Down in the Willow Garden
Down the Road
Drifting Too Far From the Shore
East Virginia Blues
Fair and Tender Ladies
Fathers Have a Home Sweet Home
Feast Here Tonight
Foggy Mountain Top, The
Footprints in the Snow
Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee, The
Give Me Oil in My Lamp
Give Me the Roses While I Live
Going Down This Road Feeling Bad
Grandfather’s Clock
Great Speckled Bird
Green Pastures
Going Up Home to Live in Green Pastures
Hallelujah! I’m Ready
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Handsome Molly
Hard Times, Come Again No More
Have Thine Own Way, Lord
He Was a Friend of Mine
He Will Set Your Fields on Fire
High on a Mountain
Highway of Sorrow
Hills of Roane County
His Eye is on the Sparrow
Hold Fast to the Right
Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand
Home Sweet Home
Honey in the Rock
Hop High Ladies
Hot Corn, Cold Corn
How Can You Treat Me So?
I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow
I Know You Rider
I Never Will Marry
I Shall Not Be Moved
I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home
I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight
I’ll Fly Away
I’m Working on a Building
In the Garden
In the Pines.
It’s Mighty Dark to Travel
Jesse James
Jimmie Brown, the Newsboy
John Hardy
John Henry
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Just as I Am
Just Over in the Gloryland
Katy Cline
Katy Daley
Katy Dear
Keep on the Sunnyside
Knoxville Girl
Late Last Night
Leave it There
Let Me Rest at the End of My Journey
Letter Edged in Black, The
Life’s Railway to Heaven
Li’l Liza Jane
Little Annie
Little Bessie
Little Birdie
Little Maggie
Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane
Little Rosewood Casket
Little Sadie
Little Willie
Lonesome Valley
Long Journey Home
Lord, I’m Coming Home
Mama Don’t Allow
Man of Constant Sorrow
Maple on the Hill, The
Methodist Pie
Midnight on the Stormy Deep
Milwaukee Blues
Molly and Tenbrooks
My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
My Little Georgia Rose
New River Train
Nine Pound Hammer
Nobody’s Business
Oh Death
Oh! Didn’t He Ramble
Old Dan Tucker
Old Home Place
Old Joe Clark
Old Man at the Mill
Old Paint
Old Rugged Cross, The
Old Time Religion
On and On
Over the Hills to the Poorhouse
Pass Me Not
Paul and Silas
Pig in a Pen
Poor Ellen Smith
Precious Memories
Pretty Polly
Put My Little Shoes Away
Railroad Bill
Rain and Snow
Rank Strangers to Me
Red Rocking Chair
Red Wing
Reuben’s Train
Rocky Top
Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms
Roll on Buddy
Roving Gambler
Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea
Sally Goodin
Shady Grove (Bluegrass)
Shady Grove (Old Time)
Shall We Gather at the River
Short Life of Trouble, A
Shortnin’ Bread
Silver Threads Among the Gold
Sitting on Top of the World
Softly and Tenderly
Somebody Touched Me
Standing in the Need of Prayer
Sugar Hill
Sweet By and By
Sweet Sunny South
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Take This Hammer
Talk About Sufferin’
There’s More Pretty Girls Than One
They Gotta Quit Kicking My Dawg Around
This Little Light of Mine
This Train
This World is Not My Home
Train 45
Train That Carried My Girl From Town, The
Unclouded Day, The
Wabash Cannonball
Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John
Walking in My Sleep
Wayfaring Stranger, The
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
When I Die
When I Lay My Burden Down
When My Race is Run
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
When the Saints Go Marching In
When the Work’s All Done This Fall
When You And I Were Young Maggie
Where the Soul Never Dies
Whitehouse Blues
Who Broke the Lock?
Who Will Sing for Me?
Wild Bill Jones
Wildwood Flower
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?
Willie My Darling
Worried Man Blues
Wreck of the Old 97, The
You’re a Flower Blooming in the Wildwood
Notes on Selected Songs
Capo & Chord Chart
Index by Artist
Bass Note & Fingering Chart
Transposer Wheel
CD Track Listing

Customer comments:


Hi Dix,
This is just a quick follow-up to say that the Parking Lot Pickers Songbooks went over really well at our just completed music camp. We used all 30 of them for both our Friday band scramble event and our Saturday evening gospel singalong session. Campers loved them… Thanks again for taking the time and trouble to put this great resource together for us all to share. I think we’ll be buying more Sonbooks for the October Jam Camp.
K.B. -Canada 

Dear Dix,
I have just bought “Parking Lot Pickers Songbook” for mandolin.—–It’s brilliant—it’s what I have been looking for. Thanks so much. My friends and I can now sit and play all night without thinking “what shall we play next.”  I like the fact that the tab is very basic. It means that I have more freedom to play as I feel it. Once again Dix, thanks for a very good book.
R. W.

Hi Mr. Bruce,
First off I want to thank you for all your GREAT mandolin instruction books, I think I have just about all of them. I have been playing for about a year (unfortunately I don’t feel I am very good yet) anyway I just purchased “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook Mandolin edition.” WOW!! What a boat load of songs!! …
Dennis R. “ 

… I live and work in rural Northern Virginia.  I have been taking flat top guitar lessons for about 10 years, and started mandolin lessons 3 years ago.  I thought that I had bought every music instruction book there was, my teacher recently bought and gave me your book, “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook Mandolin edition.”  The “Picker’s Songbook” is simply wonderful, I don’t think it has been more than 10 feet from me since I got it. What I like is that it is tabbed, plus the notes actually written out, in an easy format.  I am going to order me another copy, and one for a fellow, struggling, musician… at work last week, someone … said that she had taken music lessons in California, from Bruce Dixby, I held up your book, which was sitting on my desk, and asked her if it was you, she smiled, and said yes.

If you ever do a Volume II, I want the first copy.  This is just a note to say that you may not realize it, but it is a nice book for someone who has intro skills, and a little music theory, I do not know of any one else who has done this, and I have probably 150 music books in my basement.  Guess it is a case of right book for where my learning curve is.
J.B., Warrenton, VA  

…your new Mandolin Bluegrass book is THE BEST bluegrass book I have ever had; you give us words, tablature, musical notation, CD and history and humor to boot, and some classic pictures … I applaud you for so great a gift to bluegrass musicians. I foresee your book being THE book to have in the bluegrass worldxI give you a 10.5 outta 10. I will tell everyone in the world to get it.
K.R. San Ramon, CA  

“I received my “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook” today (mandolin), and I have one comment: awesome! Thank you so so much for all of the work that you put into this project! It is top notch from start to finish, and I very much appreciate your having listing the various artists on each song that are known for playing the piece. The tabbbed melodies are perfect. The recommended keys are quite helpful. This is the penultimate book for me!
Thank you.
R.P. Monterey, CA

Man Dix…This is excellent! I just bought one through your website. I learned probably 30-40 songs when I first picked up the mandolin and did not have the words or chords…just the tab for the picking of the solos and I had to figure out the chords. This book basically has every song that I learned and it is laid out with the chords as well as the words. As they say in golf…”YOU DA MAN!” Thanks again for a great product.
H.L. Smyrna, TN

This book is just what I’ve been looking for — what a wonderful assortment of songs! I know a limited amount of chords on the guitar so I really appreciate the capo chart and the scale and transposition chart. I have also been playing the penny whistle (for about a year) with a friend who plays autoharp, so this book will be most helpful in learning new songs. Your introduction notes are also helpful, and I especially appreciate your notes about certain selected songs. The index by artist is excellent! The two CDs are a real added bonus — what a fun way to learn the songs! I also appreciate the pictures. Loving old time, country, and especially gospel music. I am definitely a satisfied customer. Thank you for putting this book together — it’s the best I’ve seen.
A.Y. Bellingham, WA 

I would really love to see a second volume of the “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook.” My son-in-law and I have really gained a lot from the guitar and mandolin editions and play out of those books entirely . . . your books are the best in my opinion for us beginners and closet pickers.
D.K. Hanover, IN



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