Sunday, April 29, 2012

Jeremy Myers at Mountain View Ar.

Blue Mule played at Mountain View Ar. recently. Well done. Of course there were others there too but I can't tell you who they are yet. I have been following Jeremy's playing for several years now and he is getting gooder all the time. Good for you Jeremy.

Bob Minner, flatpicker

I don't know why but I only recently discovered Bob Minner. I was vaguely aware of him but had never really focused on him until recently. He is a very fine flatpicker that I enjoy. Bob and I share the Reformed Christian faith which delights me. He seems to play a lot of Bourgeois guitars and these are indeed wonderful instruments. I said some months ago I would post more flatpicking guitar work and so, here it is. In recent years, the virtuosity of these highly accomplished musicians led them to ornament the tunes up a bit beyond the traditional versions of the old fiddle tunes. You can't blame these folks for "jazzing" up the tunes to make them more interesting to play. So, this will often lead them a bit off the hard core OT track. Even Doc Watson has gone down that road. Often, these great flatpickers will start out the tune keeping fairly close to the traditional arrangement and later take off on looser improvisations. You may or may not appreciate this. For me, it depends on how close they stick to the melody and just how loose it gets. When they cut away from the melody too far and it becomes a kind of noise, I am lost. I look for a strong melody in all music. I just may go flatpicking posting crazy today. We will see. Here is Bob Minner who now lives in Tennessee but is from Missouri. His Missouri roots gets a special consideration for posting on here. See what you think. I put him in the upper crust of flatpickers out there. I had seen this clip of him playing "Ole Hoss", Doc's old guitar long ago. He makes it sing. This last one is a demonstration of his new JOM from Bourgious which I think just "rings like a bell". Just a super sounding guitar and looks great. (I have no connection to the maker nor do I profit from it) IF YOUR TRYING TO FIGURE WHICH TUNE TO LISTEN TO AND DON'T WANT TO LISTEN TO THEM ALL, THIS IS THE MOST TRADITIONAL ARRANGEMENT.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My new FB friend playing "Last Chance" on banjo

Nathan McAlister playing this and it's really nice. He is a recent addition to my FaceBook friend list. He is in his early twenties and lives in Neosho Mo. (SW Mo) As I have often said, I LOVE CLAWHAMMER STYLE! More later

Monday, April 23, 2012

Run Little Rabbit, "new" group in Kansas City Ks

I have been meaning to post about these young women for some time now. They are based out of KC KS. I like them. They are not hard core OT. Beyond this, I won't try to categorize them until I know more about them. I count them a worthy addition to the local music scene. I enjoy what they do. I would bet they are fun to jam with. Here are some examples of their work. You can learn more about them at their website. Ya'll stop on by! Hear! Run Little Rabbit SEE!!!! There IS some good Old Time music being made in KC!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

"Nancy Till" by Carl Anderton

Carl Anderton is a local banjo player who specializes in truly old songs but not necessarily Appalachian or Ozarkian. I did not plan on posting about Carl this evening but he just posted this gem and I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Stringband Rendezvous at Clinton Lake near Lawrence Ks

It's nearly that time again for Stringband Rendezvous at a campground at Clinton Lake just a couple miles from Lawrence Kansas. the dates are May 18,19,20th. This apparently will be one of those years where there are not that many bands playing. Recent past years have seen a much larger band participation. There seems to be a down trend. I hope whatever is causing that turns around. This is a worthy event to attend. For one thing, it's not just about watching bands perform. There is some pretty good jamming that goes on with some really fine musicians joining in. As for me, I don't think I will try to spend the night this year but I will be sure to attend this year. Be sure to sign up to volunteer or if not be ready to contribute ten bucks a day or $25 all weekend or $20 for Saturday and Sunday. This is being done out of the dedication of Garry Bury and I know he is not exactly getting rich off this. I am sure it's quite the opposite. Be sure and visit the website for all the information you will need to find the place and for everything else. Stringband Rendezvous Now, as to OT content, I cannot say exactly as the usual OT bands are not playing this year. One group you will want to see (I do is Three Trails West, the group Garry Bury is in. This is cowboy/western music and I enjoy that alot. After all this is Kansas! We have to bend the OT category a bit that direction you know. I hope I see you there. I plan on going Saturday. Lets hope it does not rain!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

More Arkansas Fun! This perked me up!

From last years Arkansas Fiddlers Convention

I am quite tired tonight but I wanted to post something. I like this one with the flatpicking guitar on it. Nice job all round. Andy Sizemore on guitar but no idea who else. I wish I could say who they were. I like the banjo work a lot. I have heard another Arkansas banjo player with a similar style and I like it a lot. A lot!