Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age – #Ukulele Travis Picking with Chords and Lyrics

Happy birthday to me! Today (February 27, 2022) is my 70th birthday so I figured this song might be appropriate. It was written by Bob Wills and Cindy Walker back in 1947 but I learned it from the John Prine and Mac Wiseman album, “Standard Songs for Average People.”

 

This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.

 

The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:

Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial

I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here:

https://ezfolk.com/category/travis-picking/

In the Misty Moonlight – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords and Lyrics

“In the Misty Moonlight” was written by Cindy Walker and became a hit for Jerry Wallace in 1964 (#19 on the Billboard Top 100). Dean Martin’s single in 1967 went to #1 on the Easy Listening chart and #46 on the Hot 100. It’s been recorded by many other artists as well, and one of my favorites was the Skeeter Davis and Bobby Bare duet.

 

Songwriter Cindy Walker (1918-2006) had Top 10 hits that spanned five decades, and she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997. More than 500 of her songs have been recorded by country and pop artists, and her songs have made the Top 40 charts more than 400 times.

Why Me Lord – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords & Lyrics

Kris Kristofferson has written and recorded some amazing songs in his career, but none has been as popular as “Why Me” (or “Why Me Lord”), his country gospel song that hit #1 on the country chart in 1973 and peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 chart, staying on the Hot 100 for 38 weeks that year. It’s been recorded by dozens of artists since, including Elvis Presley, George Jones, and Willie Nelson.

 

It’s in 3/4 time and I recorded it as a simple strum-along in the key of G.

Blue Ridge Mountain Girl – Clawhammer #Ukulele Accompaniment with Chords & Lyrics

I don’t know much about this song other than I learned it many years ago after hearing it on the 1987 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album “Hold On.” I’m not sure if it might have been on one of their earlier albums or if they might have picked it up from somebody else. Anyway, it’s been a favorite of mine over the years. It’s also been popular among bluegrass bands, most notably Blue Highway.

 

I played it here with clawhammer ukulele accompaniment.

 

If you’d like to learn the clawhammer style, you can find my clawhammer ukulele tutorial here:

Clawhammer Uke Tutorial