Listen to Two Flattop Guitars

I wrote this song for all my bluegrass-playing buddies. So, naturally, I wrote it in the key of E — a really lousy bluegrass key. Songwriters can be real jerks sometimes.

Dennis and I play this song at nearly every show. It’s a great showcase for Dennis’ stellar guitar soloing, and people like to sing along.

Winfield cred: This good ol’ song was a showcase selection for Walnut Valley Festival’s NewSong Showcase, 2008.

Bonus audio, because it’s just so darned good: This song first appeared on Thundar the Boy Giant, featuring a stellar cast of notable characters: Kentucky White on mandolin and hotshot guitar, Richard Crowson on banjo, Dennis Hardin on guitar,  the late, great Kelly Slack on harmonica and Sedgwick County district attorney Marc Bennett on bass.

 Two Flattop Guitars, from Thundar the Boy Giant

Bonus video, because you’re a clever one: We have some video of us playing this song onstage and off at the Walnut Valley Festival – or, as I call it, Winfield.


Two Flattop Guitars

© 1999 Bryan Masters

B9  C9  B9  E

E
Two old boys and
Two flattop guitars
Got a screened-in porch
                  B9
And a dog in the yard
         E
With a bucket of chicken
And a cooler of beer
          A
And the hottest dang pickin'

That you never did hear
      E
Just two old boys and
  C9     B9      E
Two flattop guitars

         A
(Well) weekdays they don't seem to
       E
Get along
  A
Saturday and Sunday

Have a little fun
      B9
Just two old boys and
  C9      B9     E
Two flattop guitars

Jack sits still and sings
Holds the rhythm down tight
Joe plays to set the moon on fire and, Lord, he just might
Tonight he's hotter than a watch and pickin' up steam
Stirrin' up the hills
Coyotes screamin' at
Two old boys and
Two flattop guitars

Now it’s Monday Joe and Jack
Are back on the job
One's a son of a gun and
The other's a doggone slob
So they work a little and they argue some
'Til Friday's gone, here's the weekend comin'
It’s two old boys and two flattop guitars

Bryan Masters Music/ASCAP