Originally Posted by BluegrassWink
GratefulGratefull Dead's Friend of the Devil is a good one for bass. Simple descending G scale for the beginning.
We do this one in my Jam group. It's a fun bass line. It also works on Blackberry Blossom.
I put up a lot of our tunes on the iReal B forums. You can find both songs here http://irealb.com/forums/forum.php
Now that you mention it I think I'll practice it in Ab and F# and some other keys to work on my harder scales in tune.
Right now I'm working on the melody to Arkansas Traveler and House of the Rising Sun (it's a nice bluegrass tune)
I also worked up Angeline the Baker. It lays well in D.
This album has a great version with Samson Grisman playing the melody on bass. iTunes has long samples* http://acousticoasis.com/rooms/studi.../slapback.html
*I listened to and learned the Grateful Dead's version of Cold Rain and Snow listening to 90sec samples on iTunes, almost all different recordings.