Friday, April 30, 2010

Flatpicking , the Prophet ariseth

Most point to Doc Watson as the beginning of flatpicking style guitar playing. However, it does go back a bit further. There were others who used that style before him. A few in playing fiddle tunes even.

There is no dispute that it was Doc who brought it to the fore. His playing of the old timey tunes on his guitar found ready acceptance and delight in the early folk music revival in the sixties. He made playing flatpicked fiddle tunes sound like something ancient when in fact it was a kind of novelty.

It was not long before others took up the work of putting fiddle tunes to flatpicking style and off we went toward a revolution in guitar playing in country music.
Because the music was such an obscure relic that had lain forgotten in the Appalachians and Ozarks for so long, few had any clue that Doc was an innovator. We all just thought it had always been that way.

It wasn't always that way. Because of this, folks nearly quit trying to play like Lester Flatt in the Bluegrass world, copied Jimmy Martin who was using a pick and the flatpicking wave just swamped over it all.

To make matters "worse", the guitar was a real late comer to the scene so the whole question of "old timey" gets muddy anyway!

It really gets to the whole question of music as a living breathing thing. It tells me "Old Time" music is very much alive and not just frozen into time as a mere relic of the past. It is a thing that is animated with new life everytime someone tries to play it.

Here is a clip from a BBC feature with Doc.

This clip is a prime example of flatpicking par excellance

Finally this last youtube clip which is primarily audio, has Doc and Norman and Tony Rice playing. Nice juxtaposition on style.

However, let me always be clear. I love Doc. Tony Rice...well..."I'm not worthy!!" But as I said, let me be favorite is Norman Blake.

Andy Griffith, Old Time Guitar Picker

It may be surpirsing to find that Andy Griffith is a fine example of an old time guitar picker. Look at this clip of him playing with Roland and Clarence White.

Here is another of Andy playing rhythm.

Watch Andy Griffith and Johnny Cash play. Pretty much the same way. That my friends is how guitar was played in the day before the great stylistic revolution of flatpicking overwhelmed the Bluegrass and Old Time world. Before Doc and Clarence White and some lesser knowns, guitar was played this way.

In this video, Chris Sharp (John Hartford band alum) has studied the Lester Flatt style (fingerstyle) and is teaching how to do it. This is all pre-flatpicking stuff.

While I am a flatpicker, I can see that the whole flatpicking wave completely changed how bluegrass and old time was played with a guitar. Only in recent years have we been reminded how it used to be differant. Chris Sharp and Mike Seeger have made instruction videos on how to play this nearly forgotten style. I will be taking up the challenge of learning that style myself later this year.
To close, take note that Norman Blake has always played fingerstyle as part of his work. Yet another reason he rates so high in my book.

Wayne Henderson playing style

Wayne Henderson is another guitar player that actually plays more like the old time way which is fingerstyle. Wayne also builds a fantastic guitar.

I will soon be posting about Leo Posch who is the best guitar builder in our parts. (while the topic of builders comes up I could not resist a plug for Leo the best luthier in this region.)

Wayne is a step or two beyond good. Self taught too.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I started using Pandora a couple three years ago and loved it. When I lost my job I seldom used it while at home. That is changing now. I created a Mike Seeger Channel and it works pretty good on his stuff. Free Old Time music. If you have not tried it please do yourself a favor and sign on. Free. Just my speed these days.

Maybelle Carter, Queen of Country Music

She is the Queen of Country. The real Queen. If your interested in Old Time and Country music you must read about the Carter Family. Maybelle was a small lady who was the primary guitar player for the Carter Family and created a style of guitar playing that remains to this day, quite prominent. In fact, it's my favorite way to play guitar.

In her later years she played the autoharp a lot and it became one of her signitures but it was as a guitar player that she excelled. Several guitar players who are considered exceptional report that when they played with Maybelle, she could more than keep up and make chords with ease that others never can master.

A recent biography about them is "Will you miss me when I'm Gone". It's a great read and tells a fascinating tale about how the Carters came to be.

Here is an interview with Maybelle. There are some pauses so be patient.

In this video she plays with June on the Johnny Cash Show. She takes a lead break and demonstrates the famous Carter scratch.

Before Johnny Cash hired her to tour with him and the other Carters as a reformed Carter Family, Maybelle had to work nights at a nursing home to pay the bills. The woman was a remarkable person. She did a lot to help Johnny Cash out during his wild druggie days in the 60's.

You have to have been in my parents and grandparents generation to really have witnessed the phenomenon of the Carters. They were the beginning of today's country music.

Seeger and friends

Nothing to say, just posted this cause I loved it. You all enjoy it, hear!

Mike Seeger and Roscoe Holcomb just fer fun

Here Roscoe is playing John Hardy and clearly his voice pitch was distorted by the recording equipment. This is how real old time guitar is played. Flatpicking is a pretty late development. This is how the old folks played.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Public Service Message.....really

While I am stepping out of my music shoes tonight and finding my right arm is indeed available for us I wish to take this opportunity to urge you to take seriously our governments appeals for you to take deliberate steps to prepare for such things as natural disasters, terror attacks, and other horrible eventualities.

Several top government officials have gone to some lengths to issue warnings about the possibilities of horrible things being perpetrated by terrorists.

Therefore, I urge every reader, no matter where you live to visit our government websites and begin to gather helpful information concerning what you can do for yourself and family in the event of a disaster or terror attack.

I know you know how to google so I won't offer you links. Please, I urge you to give this some real consideration. Who would have thought New Orleans would endure what it did and what could happen to an American city?

Imagine an F-4 tornado sweeping through the heart of KC? I can happen. What will you do?

My apologies for departing from Old Time Music. Such worrying about things must come with age but if I can influence one person to think about this and maybe take steps to prepare I will think any ridicule is worth it.

This is not fringe stuff. Your very government is telling you to beware.
Who would of thought up Sept. 11, 2001?

If we bomb Iran, my warnings will take on new urgency. Again, I deliberately try to restrain from and avoid politics but this is beyond that.

Public Service Announcements over for now. Back to music

It didn't work then and it won't work now

Being jobless for about a year and a half now, when I stumbled onto this clip I could not resist to slightly depart from my usual musical interests. Funny, they are trying the same thing today that they did when they made this movie clip.
My Grandfather lost the family farm during the depression. Worked for the WPA for a while until he was badly burned and had to recover. I don't think he was ever the same after losing the farm. I did not know him until well after those events.
Anyway, enjoy the clip.

Slow blogging here because.....

I severely sprained my arm yesterday and typing is not easy right now. I should be back at it tomorrow. I will even hint at my topic. Real Old Time Guitar playing styles. That and a certain musician that played it right. Until then, sleep tight.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stringband Rendezvous coming soon

Stringband Rendezvous is approaching. May 14,15,16th at Clinton Lake. What is Stringband Rendezvous? It's a gathering of local Stringbands of various persuasions where the participants can camp out and jam and perform in a family friendly atmosphere.

I have never been. This will be my first time and I am going to be a volunteer. Probably Saturday. I don't know if I am going to camp or not. If electricity is available I will probably camp out. Why do I need electricity? Why don't I revert to my Jeremiah Johnson ways and rough it? Simple. My sleep apnea demands a CPAP machine so I can sleep. It is not easy getting old and it's the price I have to pay to have a clear mind and rest.

I just checked the band list and no one is listed yet but I think I read elsewhere that the Alferd Packerd Stringband will be there. I don't know about anyone else yet. As far as I know, you don't have to be in a band to attend or participate. I certainly am not. As they say, Ya'll come!

Please visit the website for directions and updates. I will try to post more about this as well.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Waltz Tunes

Waltz tunes are fairly common in Missouri fiddling. In fact, Waltz tunes are common old time tunes. They don't get talked about that much because they are certainly not flashing foot stompers.

Often we think of Old Time tunes as barn burners to really tear up the house with. Yet, these waltz tunes are part of the material handed down to us. I think there are two simple reasons for this. People liked (and still like) to dance to a waltz. People enjoy the beauty of a waltz.

Waltz tunes are where Bluegrass and Old Time more or less stay on the same page. There is no real differance in how they are played.

Two favorite Waltz's that I enjoy are written by bluegrassers but they are certainly not bluegrass tunes. They are Waltzes.

I love The Kentucky Waltz by Bill Monroe. The words and tune are quite lovely and put you in a nice place when you listen.

Another favorite is Shenandoah Waltz by Clyde Moody, a Monroe Alumni musician.
I can play this one and I am fond of playing in in those quiet moments. I need to learn the Kentucky Waltz too. It would be a great tune for the jam but someone needs to sing this one for best effect. That would not be me, cough cough.

Here is an interesting version of Mike Compton and Joe Newberry playing The Kentucky Waltz.

Here is another by the Dean Osbourn Band that I like a lot.

Now, here is the Johnson Mountain Boys playing The Shenandoah Waltz. I still say they were one of the best damn bluegrass bands EVER! Notice the verbal accent that hint at the depth of my love for this band?!

It's songs like this that make me want to sing so that I don't scare people and make dogs want to bite me. Sigh!!!! Someday....

Oh yeah, quick addition. This is how learning to play an instrument changes what you like to listen and play. Waltzes are fairly easy to play and I enjoy hearing them. Before I began my journey in playing, maybe not so much. I always enjoyed Waltzes but did not imagine I would love to play them so much.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Nothing like old friends

Nothing profound to offer tonight. I just had a wonderful dinner with two old friends who I have known for 17 years. They just came in from florida. It is really special when you get to a time in your life when you have "old friends". I have never had enough friends in my life. The demands of getting an education and working left me without much time or energy for that. Now I have the time and the energy. The demands of the past are behind me. I can really enjoy friends now. It's a simple thing but I dig it. It's why I love old time music. Simple. Playable. Deeply enriching. Like Old Friends.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Jimmy Driftwood, Arkansas Troubadour

There was no one like Jimmy Driftwood. No one. He was utterly unique. An original. Authentic.
I know that I am getting old enough that there are actually folks who don't know who he is or just have heard his name a few times in the past.
As for me, I have known of him for a very long time. My father (or was it my Grandfather?) had a copy of Jimmy Driftwoods "Songs of Billy Yank and Johnny Reb".
I nearly wore it out over the decades until I gave up on records and went to CD's. After a time I found out about Bear Family and their "Americana" compilation of Jimmy Driftwoods recordings. I sent off for it and was I happy when it arrived. It has three CD's and are an excellent assembly of his work. If you love Jimmy Driftwood, this is what you want to buy. Alas, I must report that Bear no longer is selling this set.
Most people know that he wrote "The Battle Of New Orleans". If you love country music you may know he wrote "Tennessee Stud" Both of these are wonderful songs but you should know he wrote many many more and are equally fine tunes you will enjoy.
The bad part is, this music is getting hard to find now. I Tunes does not have any. Bear no longers carries him. You can at least send off to a fellow in Arkansas that still sells his CD's. And of course, check at Allen's site,
He has at least one Driftwood album available for download that he posted a while back.
It was true that he was a rural school teacher who wrote songs to teach his students history. "The Battle of New Orleans" was written just for that reason.
He taught school for many years while commuting long distances to a regional State College for his own education to aquire his teaching credentials. He did not begin to find recognition until he was nearly fifty years old!
Porter Waggoner "found" him and was helpful in making the connections for Jimmy and his songs to find a national audience. Jimmy's biggest success was in songwritting but he also was a performer with several albums to his credit.
Jimmy discovered that songwritting was more lucrative than performing and he used his royalty checks to buy more land and eventually built up a large ranch/farm in Timbo Arkansas, just west of Mountain View.

I have been to Timbo. I have been to his gravestone but he was said to have had his ashes scattered about the farm he loved. You can see his stone in a previous post from yesterday.

I was able to see him perform in Springfield Mo once in 1977 in a free concert held by what was known as SMS Univ. He was just fantastic and I loved every minute of his performance and his palaver.

Several years ago, in a chance encounter, I met a lady who shared that she used to help Jimmy out in setting up his concerts in various places and we talked for a bit about him and our shared appreciation of his music. I was saddened to hear her relate that his two teenage sons had died tragically. One son apparently had slain the other in a rage, perhaps accidentally, perhaps not, and when he realized what he had done, took his own life. This must have bled the life out of him and his wife but obviously they got back up and kept living.

I will report back on where you can find his music and how to get it. If you love Old Time music you should treat yourself to his version.

You should also know that when Jimmy went to Nashville, he was in the hands of Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes. These two guys were the incredibly influential people who guided Nashville toward the "Nashville Sound". They definitely jazzed up Jimmy's recordings. Chet plays on many of the recordings made in Nashville. He plays both guitar and banjo. And of course the usual Nashville session musicians were there to add to the commercial nature of these cuts. Unfortunately, this was probably necessary to make the effort commercially viable. When Jimmy performed he did not try to duplicate this Nashville style but retained his own.
I apologize for the poor job I have done of talking about Jimmy. He deserves better.

Apart from the music, I find Jimmy an apppealing character. He is a classic example of a man from the Ozarks. Independent of mind and spirit. A true free man. He was not a person who twisted his personality around the demands of a large corporation or business. He sought to be true (I believe, as far as I can tell from afar) to himself.

Updated comment. You can't begin to understand how differant the Ozarks was then in the fifties and sixties. If you had not been there you would not realize how much it has changed. When I first visited in 1967-68 it was like stepping into a differant era. After all these decades of TV the culture there is not so differant now. And my friends, I can tell you the change was not for the better.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Oh Death

When your head hits the pillow tonight do you realize you may not lift it in the morning? Or when it does hit the pillow, will it be in a steel box and by the hands of others? My friend, you must not forget that day comes for us all. Someday, it will come for you too.

Finally, for today's final post, Mandolin medley

Red Haired Boy and Mason's Apron played well by this fellow. I enjoyed it. You can too.

More Skillet Lickers Devilish Mary

We should do this in our jam. I think we did it once. Good jam tune. Fun!

Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers Soldiers Joy

Don't think for a minute from the earlier posts that I am in any way disapproving of these boys. Whoa no good buddy! I love em. Here is a good clip I swiped. They are the gold standard!

We are working on Soldiers Joy in the jam too. I can't wait till we nail it. I think that won't be long

Proving once more this blog is differant

I am part Scot. My Great Grand Mum was all Scot. Supposedly born in Scotland. My Grandfather really related to his Scot side.
So, in honor of them and because I love Celtic Music nearly as much as I love Old Time, here is some bagpipe playing by a member of Battlefield Band,

I also offer this in memory of Michael Spencer of Kentucky who recently passed away. He is worth a nod as the pipes are played. You may not know who he is. It does not matter. He was like us all. Battered about by the strange world we live in and just when he appeared to be hitting his stride found himself in the presence of the grim reaper. Anyone who thinks that providence and fate always makes sense and orders our lives in ways that make sense to us has not lived long.

So let the pipes play for us all in our staggering through this world. Why did'nt the pipes make it to the Ozarks!?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Shout Lu Lu "Goin up to Hamburg"

Shout Lu Lu moves my music bone like few others. They have some kind of special mojo that few other string bands have. They just have something. I can't describe it.

Remarkable Kansas banjo player

Nice job of Salt Creek. They live in Ks somewhere.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Speaking of Bonapartes Retreat

Here is another version of Bonaparte's Retreat. Sounds like a different song that what Jerrell played. Copeland uses this version in his work and the Beef Council uses this in it's TV advertisments.
I actually do like this version. It is elegant.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

In honor of Phil Mickleson's third win at Augusta

Tommy Jerrell plays Bonaparte's Retreat. I was thinking of Tiger when I picked the tune. The contrast at the 18th hole with Phil embracing his wife who is fighting breast cancer and surrounded by his children and Father and poor Tiger off to the side with his loss and no family to celebrate with to be seen. It must be a dark day for Tiger. Hence, I thought of Bonaparte's Retreat. Bonaparte was a military genius who fell to the fatal illness of hubris and led his troops into Russia and defeat.
They are still digging up dead french soldiers after all this time. Mass graves turn up more often these days for some reason.
It seems Tiger fell into some kind of hubris as well and is feeling the effects.
The Greeks warned us about this didn't they!?
It's always sad when these things happen. It never just hurts one person. It can hurt a lot of people.

So, here's to Phil's wonderful win today in Georgia and my empathy is with Tiger who will be flying home to Florida winless and no one by his side to comfort him. At least no one died.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shawnee Jam progress

Tonight we had a great jam. It was Old Time all the time and we made some progress as a group. I am too tired out to say much now but I will update sunday with the tune list. Thanks to all who came out and played with us tonight. Without you, I would be playing alone. Like I used to.
Playing with others is an absolutely vital step to improving your playing. It is helping mine. And I needed help.
I am pulling out of my musical funk and am starting to play more often. It's time to learn some new songs and the tune list will keep me busy at that.
I really like Angelina the Baker. Thats my first tune to learn the lead. Oh, dang, I forgot to bring my camera tonight. No pictures of this session.
Many of the people I have jammed with over the last few months are "musical people". They have it in their bones. Unfortunately, I am not. It comes hard for me. I have to really work at it. What keeps me at it is my love for the music and I love to play with others. Even if I am not good. Someday, I will be...better. Maybe not "good" but OK. And I appreciate what I learn from those who know so much more.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tommy Jarrell Clip

Here is a nice little clip of Tommy Jerrell playing and talking. Just wonderful!
He is one of my favorites.

Flatpicking Guitar music

It happened when I was driving past the Mountain Music Shoppe back in 2003. I looked over and thought, "hey, I want to go in and look around!". When I laid sight on the acoustic guitars it hit me. I have to do this. I have to learn to play the guitar.
After a lifetime of yearning with an abortive attempt in my early teen years, I bought a guitar and shortly after began lessons there. I had one lesson in the old building and followed them to the new store on Shawnee Mission Parkway.
I wanted to learn to play like Doc Watson. Not that I thought I ever really could but essentially, to learn to flatpick and play "bluegrass".
Being in my early fifties, I found this not very easy. But I had the fire inside me to drive me on in spite of my obvious lack of natural ability. It was something that I HAD to do.
It wasn't very long before I discovered Norman Blake. Doc Watson had always been my favorite for many years. After getting into the playing part more and listening to more flatpicking type music, I found that Norman Blake was my favorite. I actually enjoyed his style the most and listened to him more than anyone else.
I still love Doc Watson. I was even able to see him perform live a few years ago and he will always hold a special place in my heart.
Norman Blakes has a style that I most hope to emulate. I love that hopped up Carter style he often plays. It's my favorite way of playing.

The Lawrence Ks area has some killer flatpickers. I took lessons from one of them.
You don't hear much about them it seems. Now that Mountain Music Shoppe is gone, we don't have anywhere to hear them in KC except when JoCo has a Doc Watson in town.

So, I am breaking away from my focus on the midwest and will post some Norman Blake clips as well as Tommy Jerrell clips. These are two giants I love to hear.

Billy Gray is one of my favorites.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Boonville Fiddling Contest

Just a reminder that next weekend the Boonville Fiddle Contest will be held. You can see the announcement to the right. I will definitely go to this one. If you live near, you should go too.
I am excited because I have never gone to a fiddle contest before. I LOVE fiddling.

Jam coming up again this saturday

The jam returns this saturday. As I mentioned previously, we will only play songs and materials related to Old Time or Bluegrass. While not being overly strict about this, and keeping an open mind about what constitutes appropriate material, it's obvious that Jazz and Blues and Rock are not what we are about. This jam is for folks like me who wish to play Old Time and Bluegrass with others.

Martin suggested and I have had this in mind myself, that we develope a core song list to work on. We will begin this process saturday. Later today, I will post some song suggestions. Bring your list with you as well. If you have a song, please bring tab, chords or sheet music if you have it.

Here are some tunes we played recently that I think we can handle
1. Soldiers Joy
2. Ashokan Farewell
3. Fly around my little miss
4. Whiskey Before Breakfast
5. Salt Creek
6. Sourwood Mountain.
7. Arkansas Traveler.
8. Over the waterfall.

I will bring music for all of the above.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Your assistence is requested

As I roam about searching for information, I am always on the lookout for names of backup guitar players who have left their mark in the past and are doing it now. I have long admired Gordon McCann's work but I have few other names.

If you can share with me the names of noteworthy guitar back up players I would appreciate it. Names and place of residence would be nice. Discography info would be great too.

I don't play the fiddle. Yet anyway. But I am working on my back up skills. When I started out it looked easy. Now, not so much. I am also interested in noteworthy piano players who can play along with a fiddle. Now that is an untold story!

New names on my favorite musicians list

I just added Jeremy Myers to my favorite musicians list. While I have admired him from afar and have yet to meet him I held off on adding him to the list. After listening to him a fair amount and seeing him play so well these days, and playing multiple instruments credibly well, it is high time I added him.

One of the things I really enjoy about his playing is that he (so far at least)does not go for the flash and keeps it down to earth and real Ozarks all the time.

I have noted that some fiddlers apparently get bored with this and move into more jazzy stuff or go "Texas style" or go swing. While I understand this need to expand musical horizons, I still have to say, they lose me when they do. I well know they are playing for their pleasure and not mine and would have it no other way.

I am personally attracted to and most enjoy the basic fiddle styles of the Ozarks and Missouri Valley and the Appallacians. (I also enjoy the Canadians but less so)

I have heard one fiddler on this list that plays so elegantly and sophisticated yet remains true to this ideal. I heard him live and he is a remarkable musician. He proved to me that it's possible to stay true to this kind of fiddling and still bring your considerable talent to bear in its expression and not move into more jazzy material.

To be sure, I have very ecclectic tastes in music. Remarkably so for a man pushing 60. I enjoy jazz, Old Time, Bluegrass, Rock, Classical. You should see what's on my I Pod.

Upon reflection, I also thought it was high time I added Howard Marshall. I just have not been able to hear him as much but what I have heard I liked.

Then I got to thinking, why had I not already added Ashley Hull? Well, I did now.

Banjo Billy because I can

Banjo Billy Matthews playing the banjo. I really really enjoy his playing. He plays it right on, by my rights. He is playing a tune called "Cornbread".

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Poplar Bluff, the fiddle tune!

Can't ID the players. Fine work tho

Enough serious stuff. Now for some FUN!

I ran into this clip of a jam with Bruce Molsky and cough cough, Chris Thile in a jam in Poplar Bluff Mo! Who Knew!!!!!!! Poplar Bluff?>???? I lived there once. My daughter lives there. I have to meet these folks.

Nigger in the Woodpile by Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers

Here is another example. Again, this was pretty common Minstrel Show stuff in the twenties. This is what our Grandparents delighted in. Sad to say. We know better now.

Now you know more about Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers that you did not know before. UPDATED COMMENT: I should have said, now you know more about our cultural past than you did before. In the future I intend to look at Vance Randolph's work and discuss it here.

At the time the joke was on Black folks. Now the joke is on white folks. There are a number of fiddle tunes out there that had titles like this but were changed. You didn't know what your playing may have had a name like this one did. Did you?

UPDATED COMMENT: I see a continuing trend of people visiting this blog page at this specific place. They must have googled this title and found their way here. Let me be clear that the use of the word nigger is a hurtful artifact from the past that lingers still in our culture. Sadly, young African Americans use this word more than anybody which I find beyond stupid and sad. As Richard Pryor said, "There are no Niggers".
I defend this posting on the basis of the healing nature of lancing a boil. Once the blade releases the foul pus the healing begins and we move on. Face the past with honesty.

Run Nigger Run by the Skillet Lickers

I find stuff like this interesting. Not because I am a racist. I certainly am not. Nor do I approve of the use of the word Nigger.

Whether you like it or not, this was once common stuff. Especially in the twenties. These were common Minstrel show tunes.

I actually heard Jimmy Driftwood play this tune but he redid the lyrics from "Run Nigger Run" to "Run Johnny Run". The tune is really pretty good. Jimmy Driftwood actually used a lot of fiddle tunes for his songs. Just as Bill Monroe did too.

So, here is an example of racist lyrics as played by bands in the twenties. I think it's important that folks know everything about our past. Even music. So, we must face up to the racism found in our culture and admit it.

When the day comes for me to play the tune, I am going to follow Jimmy Driftwoods lead.

The original poster of the video in YouTube notes this song was sung by BLACK folks who were talking about running for freedom. So get off your high horses.

UPDATED 2/26/2011


My Ozarks Mountain Home

Because I started this blog in the winter and not much was happening, I found content by trolling around for stuff on the net. Here is a gem, by Earl Wright and his Arkansas Corndodgers, playing, "My Ozarks Mountain Home"

When I figure out how to get an mp3 player in this blog I will start posting tunes. I have to just get off my dead end. Enjoy.

Friday, April 2, 2010

JACKPOT!!! Ozarkswatch video

I really found a treasure today. Ozarks Watch video magazine broadcasts you can watch online at Iowa Public TV.

Here is a gem with Gordon McCann on Ozark Traditional Fiddlers!

Go here to see this gem.

Slight name change

I added the word "City" to my blog to reflect the changes I am making. The address stays the same. When it's googled I bet it still works fine. As I said, my focus has shifted a lot and frankly, I bet you like it better. If not, remember, I do this for my enjoyment and if some folks get some new information and enjoyment, that is icing on the cake for me.

I am just an old guy who loves Old Time music, especially from the Ozarks and the Missouri Valley. I am no expert. But I am informed. And learning more all the time.

It's back to being fun again

I am having fun again. Screw the rest. The change was the right thing to do.

This cheered me right up

Carl Anderton the banjo player. The guy playing bones is Scott Miller of St. Louis.
they played this at the Mahaffie Stage Coach Historic site in Olathe Ks

This is an old Minstrel tune.

Arkansas Fiddle Contest videos

Here is Gary Johnson playing in the first clip backed by a Mr. Laplant

The next one is identified as "Howard"(Marshall???) and it looks like Jeremy Myers backing him up on guitar.

Black Jack Davey by Arkansas Red

I have been meaning to put the spotlight on Arkansas more. I have kin there. I have roots there. This is where the hillbilly in me came from.

Here is someone I had not heard of but will be looking at more in the future. I like how he did this song.

I will find out who this guy is....

Good Ole Boy playin his heart out for fun

This is what I am talkin about.

Just another old coot, like me, having fun and to hell with the rest.

Chain gang time

This fits my mood today after getting my blogger hacked and all.

Take notice that this is all about timing. Timing of the chant was important. The mutual timing of each worker and chorus member and the shouter is remarkable.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mick Jagger embraces Bluegrass

London; Newsrelease

Mick Jagger announced today in London that he was putting his bad boy rocker days behind him and will now only play straight ahead traditional bluegrass in the style of Bill Monroe.

"None of this Newgrass stuff for me either!" says Jagger. "If Bill didn't play it that way, neither shall I!"

He further announced that he has rewritten most of his past hits into bluegrass versions. From now on, "I can't get no satisfaction" will be "I can't get no real bluegrass" and "Street Fighting Man" will be "Bluegrass Playin Man".

Jagger is rumored to be engaged in intense negotiations with Bean Blossom Festival for a spot on the schedule. There is some speculation that his drug use is too controversial. Certain Festival volunteers have offered to share their medical Marijauna with Mick if he has problems with the management. They have even offered him free hits of their oxygen and rides on their hoverround scooters. Now, is that the American way?!!!!