“Minor Waltz” and the Asylum Street Spankers

The Asylum Street Spankers were a great band from Austin who played a lot of Tin Pan Alley types of songs. They have disbanded, but you can still buy their recordings and see their videos on YouTube. They have a great old-timey sound. The band was founded by Christina Mars and Guy Forsyth. In this video, Ms. Mars plays a Blacklock Special, a brand of musical saw developed by the well-known saw player Charlie Blacklock. It’s a fun tune and a great performance. I like the unexpected way the song ends. Have a listen.



Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.