An early spring is the right time to highlight an early bloomer

It is such a nice day out there, and the weekend promises more of the same. So I was inspired to start looking for songs about spring to kick off our Friday night. Unfortunately, I kept finding nothing out there but sappy songs about chirping bluebirds and blooming daffodils and l’il puppy dogs, and I thought y’all deserved better than that.

Then I remembered this. There ain’t a word about spring in it. There ain’t a word in it at all. But it has the spirit of spring in it nonetheless. The guitar picker is a young rising star in the bluegrass world by the name of Sierra Hull. Enjoy, because they sure do.

(And please. If you want to talk politics, stick to the earlier thread. On this thread, it’s time to lay down the sword and shield and pick up something musical.)

– Jay Bookman

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TnGelding

March 18th, 2011
4:33 pm

General Lee was right again! What a glorious spring! Enjoy!

WOW

March 18th, 2011
4:37 pm

You want bluegrass? I got cho bluegrass right here.

Vince Gill/Alison Krauss/Ricky Skaggs – Go Rest High On That Mountain [Live]

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

WOW

March 18th, 2011
4:39 pm

Here’s some mo, Jay.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – I`m ready to go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8bLjIMX3bE

WOW

March 18th, 2011
4:41 pm

Dave R.

March 18th, 2011
4:45 pm

Hey, Jay! Don’t go discounting l’il puppy dogs, now . . :D

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
4:46 pm

and let’s not forget tonight folks,,,it’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIlJ8ZCs4jY

WOW

March 18th, 2011
4:48 pm

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
4:48 pm

Hillbilly

Since it’s bluegrass…ran across this one and thought of you…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vtOd_d40o

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
4:51 pm

WOW

March 18th, 2011
4:54 pm

josef

I bet he’s seen a lot of tail in his day if you get my drift.

@@

March 18th, 2011
4:55 pm

l’il puppy dogs, and I thought y’all deserved better than that.

AMEN!

My YouTube’s broke but Gaelic music’s more representative of Spring to me.

This one reminds me of goin’ up hills…down…’round the bend…back again, moldy leaves…

and scat.

TnGelding

March 18th, 2011
4:56 pm

I’m going to be very miffed if we have another hard freeze!

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

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
5:01 pm

gelding

Nice! Smooth…

WOW

March 18th, 2011
5:03 pm

Jay

March 18th, 2011
5:03 pm

WOW

March 18th, 2011
5:07 pm

Kamchak

March 18th, 2011
5:07 pm

Pogo

March 18th, 2011
5:08 pm

Both of the players are excellent Jay. Good pick.

WOW

March 18th, 2011
5:09 pm

Jay, sorry for the quick subject change, but this is just too funny.

The Wonderlic Test Scores.
Tim Tebows 22 brought so much joy & entertainment for the Cur fans last year. I understand Cam Newton scored 21, which is pretty good compared to Jim Kelly’s and Dan Marino’s 15 and especially Vince Young’s 6.

@@

March 18th, 2011
5:12 pm

HEY! My YouTube’s workin’.

Hillbilly Deluxe:

This one’s for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7zMFUBz_x0&feature=related

Paul

March 18th, 2011
5:17 pm

@@

“Gaelic music’s more representative of Spring to me.”

Yup.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5orfCHMmM8&feature=related

Now, if you wanna go spring themes in classical….

TaxPayer

March 18th, 2011
5:18 pm

A href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3Tr2PliEXw&feature=related”>I like me some strings too.

@@

March 18th, 2011
5:20 pm

Paul:

Now, if you wanna go spring themes in classical….

No thank you. I’m not hangin’ around.

Paul

March 18th, 2011
5:21 pm

@@

note downstairs for you -

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
5:24 pm

iRun

March 18th, 2011
5:32 pm

I’m gonna think of this around mile 20 on Sunday…maybe it will help me cross that finish line with some pep in my step…

Kamchak

March 18th, 2011
5:34 pm

josef

My desire for orchestral music begins to drop precipitously after the romance period.

This is the only thing I think is worthwhile from those silly impressionists.

For the night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1obAw1fS3o&feature=fvst

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
5:39 pm

K’chak

Would tend to agree, though I’m a huge fan of the nationalists…
but as for the one I posted you…this says it for me…

“Who wrote this fiendish “Rite of Spring”?”
di anonimo

Who wrote this fiendish “Rite of Spring”?
What right had he to write the thing?
Against our helpless ears to fling
Its crash, clash, cling, clang, bing, bang bing?

And the to call it “Rite of SPRING,”
The season when on joyous wing
The birds melodious carols sing
And harmony’s in every thing!

He who could write the “Rite of Spring,”
If I be right by right should swing

Mr_B

March 18th, 2011
5:46 pm

Jonix: Attributed to Mark Twain:
“I am informed by those who know about these things that Mr. Wagner’s music is much better than it sounds.”

wet wiccan

March 18th, 2011
5:48 pm

Kamchak

March 18th, 2011
5:53 pm

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
5:53 pm

wiccan

Awww! That’s sweet…

Mr. B…

:-)

carlosgvv

March 18th, 2011
5:54 pm

Jay, I guess you’ve never heard U-2 do “Beautful Day”.

Mr_B

March 18th, 2011
6:00 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:01 pm

Thanks to my fan club for the dedications. ;-)

Ronnie Hammond passed on this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMRlOzWWeI8

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

March 18th, 2011
6:02 pm

I’m old enough to really miss Richie Valens. What a great talent gone way too soon …………….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiGg8D4hFLc

Soothsayer

March 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

Amazing isn’t it? That video was shot some years ago. Sierra is now a delightful young woman now. It’s inconceivable to most people just how difficult it is to play at that breakneck tempo. And they make it look easy!

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
6:03 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:04 pm

This guy passed on this week, too. One of the first songs I remember really liking when I was a very small boy. Even then, I had to have a melody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMtL_kqUxN4

I took that Wonderlic test over at Schultz’s. I got a 37.5 but I never was worth a dang at football.

retired early

March 18th, 2011
6:06 pm

Jay

She’s “got it”.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:07 pm

Kamchak

March 18th, 2011
6:09 pm

josef 6:03, that’s just wrong. (but I wish I’d thought of it first!)

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
6:09 pm

Springtime…?

And you can see Russia if you look close…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVK-PlfvGR0

WOW

March 18th, 2011
6:10 pm

“Jay, I guess you’ve never heard U-2 do “Beautful Day”.”

That song is terrible.

WOW

March 18th, 2011
6:13 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

Saw a comment of yours on the AJ Green board. You a UGA fan/grad?

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:18 pm

WOW

I’m not a grad or a fan. Don’t really follow college sports. I’ll watch a game if I have nothing else to do but that’s about it.

I’ve always felt U2 was a tad bit over-rated but I do like this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbN7MWmvzoE&feature=related

Paul

March 18th, 2011
6:19 pm

josef nix

as soon as I read “Springtime…? Oh what the hell, why not”

I just knew what you’d link to….

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

March 18th, 2011
6:23 pm

Now “this” lovely lady I really do miss ……… she traveled with Billy for so many years ………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpMVu-N6EAE

WOW

March 18th, 2011
6:26 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

That was back when U2 was talented and stood for something.

WOW

March 18th, 2011
6:26 pm

1811/1801 – 0311/0317

Did you check out AJ Greene’s Wonderlic scores?

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
6:29 pm

Normal

March 18th, 2011
6:30 pm

it may not be blue grass, but given the world situation, it’s appropriate… ;)

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

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:30 pm

Normal

March 18th, 2011
6:35 pm

here’s another by the Kingston Trio that I like…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8e9F8PV-m4

godless heathen

March 18th, 2011
6:35 pm

That little Hull girl can shore pick that git-tar.

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
6:37 pm

Normal

:-)

Hillbilly
Mike and the Mechanics…way underrated…

one of the most beautiful songs every written and recorded to me…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGDA0Hecw1k

kayaker 71

March 18th, 2011
6:40 pm

Check out some of Sierra’s earlier videos on You Tube, especially the one when she was in the 6th grade and played with Allison Krause and her band. She played mandolin and stole the show. Krause is her hero and she wants to pattern her career after her. She’s a hellova picker.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:41 pm

The great Kenny Baker on the fiddle. Not only was he a great Bluegrass fiddler, he was also a great Western Swing fiddler, spending many years playing for Ray Price.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nIR-6Zrq24

Paul

March 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

josef nix

Predicable? Nah – just a bent sense of humor. Matter of fact, I was thinking of posting it but you beat me to it!

TaxPayer

March 18th, 2011
6:46 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:50 pm

josef

I’m a big fan of Mike and the Mechanics. Mike Rutherford was a big creative force in Genesis, even though he and Tony Banks aren’t as well known as Gabriel and Collins. The Mechanics had two fine singers too, Paul Young and Paul Carrack (who sang Living Years).

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:52 pm

This is not the same Paul Young from Mike and the Mechanics. Fine singer in his own right, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM-JYJzzesc

Normal

March 18th, 2011
6:52 pm

Don’t know why, but Paul reminded me of this song…Slow Dance…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-TWbfHVbKY

:D

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
6:57 pm

Normal

March 18th, 2011
7:00 pm

Of course this is my…and others here… theme song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46bkXgxb66E

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
7:01 pm

Still can’t believe this woman isn’t a household name.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ync-JWy8q0w

Kamchak

March 18th, 2011
7:05 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
7:08 pm

Sonny Osborne once said that Earl Scruggs had the perfect right hand. His son Randy Scruggs had a pretty good one, too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLWUkaq9Paw&feature=related

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2011
7:14 pm

I was listening to this during a run yesterday, and it occurred to me that the apparent name of the fictional company in this ditty, “Burning Sky”, also stood for “BS.” And it suddenly made a bit more sense.

Only took me thirty-plus years to figure it out.

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:14 pm

Had this one running through my head this week… “such a dubious soul…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEwQ0iTHD-8

But, of course, Norm, this one is for you! From Ole Roger… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pf1zYwpSWQ&feature=related

Normal

March 18th, 2011
7:17 pm

Hillbilly,
\I agree…she sounds like a modern…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RhriAN7jME&feature=related

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2011
7:18 pm

oops, messed up the link @ 7.14. here ’tis again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS_qw33mR00

Normal

March 18th, 2011
7:20 pm

Josef,
back at cha…and this one has more meaning to me as time goes on…

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

Bruno

March 18th, 2011
7:23 pm

Howdy gang. Glad to see the music rolling.

HD, I had some Ferlin Husky cued up for you, but you beat me to it @ 6:04. According to the article I read yesterday, he sold 20 million records back in the 50s. That’s a boatload of records, especially way back when.

Here’s a local bluegrass group that I really like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6XMJjn9Nq8&feature=related

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
7:23 pm

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:24 pm

Jay

March 18th, 2011
7:28 pm

Oh man, Josef. A lot of memories on that one.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
7:30 pm

Bruno

I wonder if he got paid for those 20 million records. People often didn’t back then. Remember Hank Snow talking in an interview. His record label, that he’d been with since the 40’s, dropped him in the 70’s. He decided to look into things and had them audited. At that time, he could only audit back 5 years (some sort of statute of limitations, I guess), and said they owed him for $1 million, just for those 5 years. Imagine what they must have beat him out of in his heyday.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
7:33 pm

I’ve always loved this song. The things that go through my head, when I hear it, would make a movie. Might not interest anybody but me, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01Fo_75Wy-8

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:34 pm

norm

New meaning you say…? Since coming to Jay’s place…
From a pigeon to our blog friends…just so you’ll know..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uO5RKI-S8

And. of course, hillbilly, can never hear this one without thinking of you…

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

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:35 pm

JAY

Thought there might be! Here, too!

Bruno

March 18th, 2011
7:38 pm

HD–Ditto for most of the old blues players and most of the Motown acts. On one hand, I understand the record company’s POV–For every successful record, there are 20 or more flops. You have to cover the expenses on the flops one way or another. At the same time, fair is fair.

Robert Fripp sued his record company years ago. One of his complaints is that to save money, he engineered his album himself. The record company turned around and deducted $20,000 from his royalties for some mythical engineer’s fee.

Back in a short while, getting my picks together for the evening.

Jay

March 18th, 2011
7:40 pm

Excellent, Hillbilly. It made me homesick, and I didn’t even grow up that way….

Bruno

March 18th, 2011
7:42 pm

AmVet

March 18th, 2011
7:44 pm

Hey gang, busy at a bball party. But play on brothers and sisters.

Here’s one, that I thought of earlier today, for no reason at all…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbDKN0dk54M

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:45 pm

Hillbilly
@ 7:33
Great one…this one came up the other day on my pandora bluesgrass gospel station and has been rolling through my mind ever since…

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

Normal

March 18th, 2011
7:47 pm

Don’t know much blue grass, but I offer this tune instead…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t1zehYbnGc&feature=related

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:49 pm

BRUNO

THAT was TOO funny!!!

JAY

@ 7:40

Okay, I was trying to figure out whether or not to post this one to you…but… well, take it as it really IS intended…I like them a lot, name and song title here not the reason!!! “-)

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:50 pm

OOOPS

Evidentley you knew what it was before I posted it and… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGDmZw-liFg

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
7:53 pm

For my 9 direct ancestors who wore the gray………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMHyovwX7JM

Kamchak

March 18th, 2011
7:57 pm

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
7:57 pm

JAY

I PROMISE you, Normal and I may be pigeons at your zoo, but…no plot, just great minds… :-)

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 18th, 2011
7:58 pm

Well, if you can look on a fine early spring morning like we had today without thinking of this one, your soul’s all shriveled up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TWd3skb-Rw

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
8:06 pm

Jay

March 18th, 2011
8:06 pm

Yeah, ganging up on the carpetbagger….

Jay

March 18th, 2011
8:08 pm

and normal, for someone who doesn’t know bluegrass, that’s a great choice. chilling song.

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 18th, 2011
8:08 pm

Jay

We can forgive but we can never forget. ;-)

Jay

March 18th, 2011
8:10 pm

I’m not sure about the forgive part either ….

Jay

March 18th, 2011
8:10 pm

… but I do know that after that selection, Scout is putting Redneck on The List.

josef nix

March 18th, 2011
8:11 pm

Hillbilly and Normal…
I know it’s a matter of perspective, but when I first heard this one, the grey ghosts came calling passing on the rebel tradition…and I’m not being funny…I doubt the singer had “all that” in mind…but for a young gay boy at a time and in a place where, well, taking an unpopular stand…so to my four great-grandfathers…thanks…hope I’ve done you proud…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa6bI_95G9I