Monday, July 23, 2012
Seems to be my turn for a blog malfunction. One of my postings seems to have lost it's title and is blending in with a later post on Cousin Emmy. Don't quite know how to fix this. I have heard that others have glitches like this on occasion. Bear with me here.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Jeremy Myers, Brooke Barksdale and Dylan Barber have formed a new old timey band entitled, "Pepper Sauce Alley". I don't have any video or sound clips yet but will post some when they come available. I am looking forward to hearing them. They are based in SW Missouri. Here is their link. Check it out. Pepper Sauce Alley
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/03/28/148915022/alan-lomaxs-massive-archive-goes-online The total Alan Lomax archive has been opened to the public for the first time. This is great news to music folk!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
This was recorded in 1940 about six years before Bluegrass was considered to have begun with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys with Flatt and Scruggs as members. This sure sounds like Bluegrass to me and it is a reminder that no one person every really invents anything. There are lots of hands on any plow but not all are seen. Check it out. Cousin Emmy in 1940.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
It was always my goal to have this blog be a clearing house of information including events. Recent emails have prodded me to get motivated to list the events and festivals you might be interested in. I am rather busy this weekend but hopefully I can start this work sunday. I always enjoy hearing from folks via email so don't be shy. Today I'm off to meet some "new" family members. It's going to be a good day!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Lets look at this Stephen Foster tune, shall we? Written in 1850 I believe. It qualifies as an OT song. It's one of my favorites to play. I did not worry so much about who was playing this tune today but wanted to just talk about how different OT and Bluegrass is OR is NOT that different when it comes to OT songs. The first clip is an example of strong OT musicianship. Now lets look at some bluegrassers doing the song. The most obvious difference is the banjo style. First one is clawhammer, the second is three finger style. Simple to figure this out. The use of a Dobro is the other change. Now, here is a classic example of OT again on the banjo. Not much differnce between all of them really. That's why I try not to draw too sharp a line between Bluegrass and Old Timey here. I can tell you that in the Ozarks especially, the lines get blurred a lot with most folks playing Bluegrass first and OT more of a second interest. Here in the Kansas City area the lines are not as blurred. The OT folks tend to stick to OT and the Bluegrass folks tend to stick to BG with a little crossover from time to time. Now, here in this clip you have the fiddler jazz it up a bit. Still, he stays close to the melody but has his little moment of improv which some people seem to love. I am less fond of that as I go on. I could have found and used some other clips that had BG folks going nuts but that would be less common. Just sayin...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I posted about the music on The Andy Griffith show once before and while most of it had a bluegrass flavor, not all of it was bluegrass. Once in a while the songs were real old time but jazzed up just a tad with a little bluegrass flavor. Rather than quibble about technicalities, I chose to remember Andy Griffith as a nice man who brought some Old Timey sensibilities and music to America's living rooms. For a lot of people this was their first introduction to hillbilly music of a real kind and not that "Nashville Sound" stuff. Andy grew up in the real appalacians small town world and certainly was not a phoney. At least in as much as we can know any actor or celebrity. I will miss him but his show remains and the music he showcased. Dang it all, but he done good! I would like to think he's up with the Lord now just a waitin for us to knock on that day so he can hollar out, "Ya'll come on in, take your shoes off and stay a spell".