A little travelin’ music that’s done some travelin’

Bluegrass, in its purest form and in various mutations, seems to be seeping its way into a lot of popular music these days. I think it’s great, both because I love the music itself and because it helps to ensure that an important strain of American culture and the instruments and players that helped create it survive for at least another generation or two.

In fact, listening to Mumford and Sons, I think its preservation is pretty much guaranteed, given that these boys are from London. No, not London, Kentucky. The one in England, with the queen and the prince about to marry his princess and all that.

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AmVet

November 19th, 2010
3:47 pm

And that across the pond connection is why I have always loved Celtic music as well.

Does anyone remember this lady?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Ritchie

Vetobama

November 19th, 2010
3:48 pm

Alison Krauss rocks.

Gandalph, the Fun

November 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

Blue Grass is so right wing! I Love it!

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
3:53 pm

Ah Jay! Great tune! I posted some of their stuff last Friday.

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
3:54 pm

Ah, which reminds me, I need to burn their CD for me kid.

Kamchak

November 19th, 2010
3:55 pm

AmVet

I’m a longtime listener of The Thistle and Shamrock.

Matti

November 19th, 2010
3:56 pm

Nice vibes, Mr. Bookman. While I am a disciple of the hard stuff, I also feel a kinship with the haunting sounds of my genetic heritage.

AmVet,

Here’s one of my favorite Celtic songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B7sH5QLyXY
This CD helped me through my ‘04 post-election suicidal urges, along with the scathing anger (and horrificly accurate perspectives) of Trent Reznor.

jm

November 19th, 2010
3:56 pm

Jay, gotta say, you’ve been on a roll today….

Among the things that make this country so fantastic.

Democracy. Not necessarily invented here, but a damn good model for all its flaws.

Work Ethic. Despite a few bad apples, most people around this country want to work hard. Sometimes they don’t know how, or where to go to do so. But they want to work smart, and work hard.

Our Military. Smartest, bravest, tough souls around. Yeah, there’s wasteful spending in the budget. But the people are fantastic.

Our Companies. Small and large. Sometimes led astray by errant managers. But innovative, creative, competitive, and helping build our prosperity.

Discourse. People will argue. But it stays mostly civil. And when tempers flare, we still remember we’re all Americans.

And damn good, I mean really good, music. Jazz, bluegrass, rock and roll.

God I love this country.

Can’t wait to hit my Thanksgiving trail through New Orleans to Austin. Weeehaaa!

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

Good choice, Jay…

During troubled times we do tend to get back to our roots…

Gandalph, the Fun

November 19th, 2010
3:57 pm

jm

November 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

How many other countries have a holiday called Thanksgiving? Where they just give thanks with their friends and family for making it another year with the help of their fellow Americans. No commercialism, just good food and good company. Huh?! That’s right. Only the US of A baby….

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

Jay,

Have you heard this CD? It’s excellent. I’ve been jamming to it for a couple weeks now.

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

Kam, I kinda figured a NC boy like you would!

Back in the 80s I’d record the programs onto cassette and mail them to my dad, who shared a love of Celtic/Bluegrass with me. Lo, he has been gone for 22 years now.

So I must confess, it has bittersweet memories for me. But sometimes the pain and heartache feels good. At least it makes me feel alive.

Matti, wow, loved that. It reminds me of an Irish kaddish…

carlosgvv

November 19th, 2010
4:06 pm

jm

Well said!!! Have a nice weekend.

TaxPayer

November 19th, 2010
4:10 pm

They got Laura Bush’s book cover advertised in the spot to the right on my screen. I get the eebie geebies every time I see it. Those eyes… She probably put a spell on George. Something she learned from that Christine lady probably.

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
4:11 pm

How ’bout a little real bluegrass…………. ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xdn6htjkx0

Mick

November 19th, 2010
4:11 pm

Joe the Plutocrat (the artist formerly known as paleo-neo-Carlinist)

November 19th, 2010
4:12 pm

sounds like these Mumford blokes came over here, headed to Kentucky for some tobacco and ended up grabbing some bluegrass instead? gotta say, I’m sure I dig the vibe – maybe ’cause I heard these guys on DaveFM a couple weeks ago and wasn’t impressed. I guess the Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, et al were nurtured by American Blues, Soul, R&B and Rockabilly, but I’m just not feelin’ it.

Kamchak

November 19th, 2010
4:16 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
4:19 pm

Joe the Plutocrat (the artist formerly known as paleo-neo-Carlinist)

November 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekf15ICKnxI

you want to talk about some music that done some travelin’, listen to the GA Satellites play some blue-grass filtered through early 70’s Faces. that’s like across the pond twice in each direction. this song gives me goosebumps, and these cats are locals

Paulo977

November 19th, 2010
4:21 pm

Matti
I just love Celtic music
Here’s another http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaqQnhBtxaIone

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
4:22 pm

HD, like Please, Please Me I’ll never grow tired of that. Lightning quick and unforgettable.

Mick, outstanding!

HD, back at ya…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXNwVnOZ6BU

@@

November 19th, 2010
4:26 pm

Bluegrass!!??!!

No way….more like astro turf.

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

Hillbilly

Let’s not forget how much we owe them, too…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0Omz5Zyquk&feature=related

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
4:29 pm

Kam, saw her live a few years ago, not knowing a thing about her, and was amazed with her talent. (And I’m not easily impressed…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUASuKpNkwc

Jefferson

November 19th, 2010
4:29 pm

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

Here’s another tune from the same artist — Dust Bowl Dance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaxrANJnU2E

Joe the Plutocrat (the artist formerly known as paleo-neo-Carlinist)

November 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

@@, touche’!

jm

November 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
4:31 pm

It’s funny how iTunes lists their music as “alternative” —- weird.

Del

November 19th, 2010
4:32 pm

AmVet, Good one, so I just had to put one up for Buck Owens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIuep-pOS0U&feature=related

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

Mick

November 19th, 2010
4:37 pm

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
4:39 pm

Matti, AmVet (and all)– as I was sorting my music today, I came across this Peter Gabriel tune — great bagpipe intro —

Come Talk to Me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAmMw1GSrtY

@@

November 19th, 2010
4:39 pm

My contributions for the night.

Sticks That Made Thunder

If this one don’t get ‘ya movin’, your feet are planted in cement.

Devil Town

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

josef

Here’s another one. It’s interesting how different people hear different things in songs; most everybody I know hears this song as happy and upbeat. I hear it differently, to me it’s a very dark, fatalistic song. Maybe my roots are the reason I hear it that way. Who knows?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbmQQ4RfzVE

soames

November 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

Not exactly bluegrass but it’s hard to put these guys in a box…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abQRt6p8T7g

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
4:43 pm

And here’s my favorite Peter Gabriel tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0FBi5Rv1ho

I’d like to dedicate it to Sarah Palin.

Dusty

November 19th, 2010
4:45 pm

Well, this is not exactly bluegrass, but…who knows? You might like it. A friend sent it to me a few days ago. The real alternative!

GRAND COURT PIPE ORGAN (6 keyboards + 28,000 pipes) 650 voices..THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS… from Random Acts of Culture.

Look it up, fiddle dee dees..

Bosch

November 19th, 2010
4:48 pm

Dusty,

Do you not know how to use the googly? And copy paste a link? You know how lazy us libs are……

Dusty

November 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

Dear heart lazy Boschie,

I too am lazy. Did not want to go back and look it up. Just whistle Hallelujah! You’ll be in a Thanksgiving mode and…out of breath. .

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
4:53 pm

The master of mandolin cross-picking and as nice a man as you’ll ever meet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKEmPdkUAHU&feature=related

For anybody who’s never been to a bluegrass festival, the musicians are extremely accessible. Most all of them will take time to talk to you and some even wander out in the parking lot for jam sessions, with whoever wants to join in.

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

An old Bob Wills standard that’s been adopted by many of the bluegrass fiddlers. As pretty a melody as I’ve ever heard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECaRypsk-BY

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

Bosch, I saw him a few years ago at Chastain, and all I can say is WOW!!!

A consummate performer with a catalog to die for.

He was performing his new (and stellar) album Up.

One of the gems from that effort…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpHveYQyPJw

Kamchak

November 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

Bosch—Peter Gabriel back at cha.

Solsbury Hill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DndUuKHBZIU

Matti

November 19th, 2010
4:58 pm

Paulo977, that Celtic Woman was awesome.

Paulo977

November 19th, 2010
4:58 pm

On to Australia and remembering my cousin who just left after a short visit.
Hear the haunting didgeridoo in the background….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg2IX65EPYY

Matti

November 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

Bosch,

Love me some bagpipes! (and kilts!) And PG too. I’ve got “So” on vinyl somewhere… heh. Sledgehammer is my all time fave.

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
5:03 pm

@@

November 19th, 2010
5:07 pm

SoCo:

Left you a response downstairs.

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
5:08 pm

Celtic music…?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubSCPBkTyWY&feature=related

The Acadians are originally from the Breton region…

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

Kamchak

November 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
5:16 pm

Doc Watson, the late Merle Watson and T Michael Coleman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgoZjinEZ5A

Joe the Plutocrat (the artist formerly known as paleo-neo-Carlinist)

November 19th, 2010
5:20 pm

OK, I’m about to hit the road – to harvest red cabbage, collards and beets from my little Copperhead Road. so speaking of roads, beats, and travelin’ – a time machine back to the 80’s when MTV types and record company marketing weenies “visualized” Steve Earle’s roots/rock bootlegger anthem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvaEJzoaYZk

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

Pogo

November 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

SOUTHERN ATL

November 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

SOUTHERN ATL

November 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

Sooth

If you check in, this one’s for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCfsbzFXyzc

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
5:42 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 19th, 2010
5:45 pm

Well, some of this music is a little weird, but most of it is real music. I might could change my mind about some of the bloggers on here.

Time for my Friday night at Billy Bob’s. Where there’s always alot of noise because people set about two spaces from each other and yell to talk so people won’t think they’re gay.

stands for decibels

November 19th, 2010
5:45 pm

Reg King passed away earlier this month–just heard about it this week.

Fantastic singer in a great English 60s band, the Action. Here’s their amazing cover of the Marvellettes’ “I’ll keep on holding on”

SOUTHERN ATL

November 19th, 2010
5:45 pm

AmVet@3:47 that is good info to know!!!

Pogo

November 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

Saw him in Brussels Amvet and I saw him over here and I think I saw the very best. Music is the healer and it crosses all divides.

Soothsayer

November 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
5:56 pm

Two Dan Fogelberg songs that had a strong Celtic/bluegrass influence…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjYSrbLTifk

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aNwlthvBxk

md

November 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

Peter Gabriel???

And check out Phil on Drums……….with hair!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKIkzGGAG9s&feature=related

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
6:04 pm

sooth
@ 5:48

Good choice!

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
6:12 pm

Hillbilly

Here’s one for ya from a master…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuIo3-9akMU

Soothsayer

November 19th, 2010
6:18 pm

Pogo

November 19th, 2010
6:21 pm

It’s too bad that the Friday afternoon karma that is created on this blog by the music can’t overcome all the other trash that we all think is SO important in our lives that it consumes the other 166 hours of our existance on this planet. If it did, then maybe this world would be a saner place. There IS room for rational thought because none of us are right all the time but we have all come to live in a world that is so ideologically divided upon who IS right and who is wrong which is delineated upon political lines by the media that we are destroying ourselves. And our leaders and the media are letting us do it to their benefit adn our detriment. Perhaps it is naieve and utopian to think that the people (us) have the answer to our problems but one thing is for sure; our leaders andour media have failed us. It doesn’t matter which party one subscribes to, they have let us down. Can we ever come together? That answer lies within all of us. But, at least we agree upon the music.

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
6:24 pm

SOUTHERN ATL,

One of he many things I love about Friday nights (besides the tons of great music) is the variety and the fact that one never knows what exactly is gonna strike someone else’s fancy!

From the 1920s to the 2000s and from every continent, we’ve something for everybody!

Unquestionably one of the very greatest artists to ever to hail from the Peach State…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fd8_gojNXc

Soothsayer

November 19th, 2010
6:24 pm

@@

November 19th, 2010
6:37 pm

josef:

Not to intrude on music night, but here’s the fourth installment on Friedman’s “Geopolitical Journey”.

Geopolitical Journey, Part 4: Moldova is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

Turkey is next. That’s the one I’ve been waiting for.

RW-(the original)

November 19th, 2010
6:39 pm

Just a technicality, but if you define hail from as being most associated with then JB was from the Peach State. If you define it as place of birth he’s from the Palmetto State.

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

Pogo,

How can I change the world
When I can’t change myself?
Try again tomorrow…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v10gEIUcK70

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

@@

THANKS! I was trying to find that! The Turkey one should be interesting…keep me posted….

AmVet

November 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

True RW, after I wrote that, I thought, “Hey, I think he’s just from across the river”. I checked and shonuff, Barnwell, SC.

Thanks.

Off to the gym…

Fred

November 19th, 2010
6:45 pm

Just damn, I was too late to the party. ANd a hillbilly bluegrass party at that. How about some popular rock songs done in bluegrass style? Why that would be Hayseed Dixie. These are great:

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAWl5peI8HY

Hell’s Bells (AC/DC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t7HLkldXbg&feature=related

Walk This Way (Aerosmith)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muyqMrsuLXw&feature=related

Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlgSo6X30d4&feature=related

And of course we have to include their version of Dueling Banjo’s:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpBdmYRWRP8&feature=related

md

November 19th, 2010
6:49 pm

One of my 1st concerts for someone not named Pink Floyd, or Wings, or Tull

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtSQFewjDD0&feature=related

Annie had a mesmerizing voice and cause quite a bit of hormonal imbalance……

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
7:00 pm

MATTI For you, especially…

and, Mary Katherine, thinking of you, too…and, of course, you Dusty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUzVJL9rGvc&feature=related

Paul

November 19th, 2010
7:00 pm

What a great evening.

AmVet, josef – the other Celtic fans -

Some of her music’s real Celtic, some New Age influence, her first group, Clannad, had jazz influences. This is a bit of a mix. I listen to her quite a bit while working – positive influence on the flow of work and the creativity.

Enjoy Enya.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w48SACavHg

Jay

November 19th, 2010
7:07 pm

Fred, your post was kicked out initially because it had 3 or more links, which the system detects as spam. I freed it earlier.

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
7:08 pm

josef

Bill Monroe was once asked, of all the singers he’d had in the Bluegrass Boys, who was the best. He said, without hesitating, Mac Wiseman.

Fred

November 19th, 2010
7:08 pm

Ah, ok Jay. Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind going forward. Could you kill the double post?

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
7:10 pm

Sooth’s 6:18 went straight into my favorites file. Very good song and performance.

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
7:10 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
7:15 pm

Anybody remember this one? Featuring the late John Duffy and the late Charlie Waller.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRFLZfv7Vw8&feature=related

md

November 19th, 2010
7:16 pm

And for the beginning of the holiday season, the TSO hotties…………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_924414&v=wQNirj6lbGY&feature=iv

If you like rock/orchestra/vocals/xmas songs, one has to see these guys in concert….they put on a nice show. But don’t go thinking it is an orchestra…….good rock and roll .

Some may even get to see the old Cooper guitarist Al Pitrelli……………

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
7:16 pm

PAUL

It is a language that sings even in speech…I wish I knew it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPiqmrSHitU&feature=related

Soames

November 19th, 2010
7:17 pm

How about some Trampled By Turtles…new grass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOD48_b6h-g – Texas Troubadour inspired tune if you ask me..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjdkc14-zwQ&feature=related

I grew up listening to Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy MArtin, Grandpa Jones…all that good stuff. One of my favorite genre’s.

Music seemes to be one of the few things that unite those of varying political persuasions that’s why I like the travellin music thread. The rest of the arguing on the other blog posts is just noise..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxaMoNbcQCc

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
7:21 pm

JAY

My 7:16 is hung up…any idea why?

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
7:22 pm

I see….

It’s in the link… there’s the SH*t!

Jay

November 19th, 2010
7:23 pm

Josef, the code had a four-letter word that made it impossible to post. Freed now.

Kamchak

November 19th, 2010
7:25 pm

josef

your link was hung up due to the four letters before U&feature

josef nix

November 19th, 2010
7:27 pm

JAY, K’CHAK

Yeah, yeah…I caught it, too! :-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 19th, 2010
7:27 pm

This guy was well-known in the bluegrass world for having a large ego and a not so likeable personality but he was a master showman and a great rhythm guitar player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK7GpEzqaao