Travelin’ music from just down the street

I posted these guys — the Carolina Chocolate Drops, from Durham, N.C. — a while back, but since they’re appearing tonight down the street at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points, and since I’ve already got our tickets in hand, I thought I’d give ‘em another shout-out.

We’ve been blessed with a wide variety of ways to tap into music, from satellite radio to iTunes to standard radio to downloads to Pandora to Youtube videos, but there’s nothing better for musicians and audience alike than experiencing music played live. No matter how good the sound recording or how data-rich the video, it can’t communicate the energy and emotion that flows in live performance.

– Jay Bookman

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Erwin's cat

November 30th, 2012
4:05 pm

nice find Jay

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 30th, 2012
4:14 pm

I don’t think anyone can match her “sawin’ “, but this old dude comes close…

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

indigo

November 30th, 2012
4:19 pm

This appears to be an all black band.

Jay, if a white band called itself “the Carolina vanilla drops”, what do you suppose the reaction would be?

If any of you think America’s obsession with ignoring this sort of double standard is harmless, you’re living in a fool’s paradise.

Aquagirl

November 30th, 2012
4:20 pm

Somebody’s cranky today.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 30th, 2012
4:21 pm

Logical Dude

November 30th, 2012
4:23 pm

Unless you’re completely autotuned. . and then the live show sucks.

Better to trust the bands that have a better sound live than in the studio!

Logical Dude

November 30th, 2012
4:23 pm

I guess I should have prefaced my post with Jay’s quote: No matter how good the sound recording or how data-rich the video, it can’t communicate the energy and emotion that flows in live performance.

Unless you’re completely autotuned. . and then the live show sucks.

Better to trust the bands that have a better sound live than in the studio!

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 30th, 2012
4:28 pm

I know it’s not amped up Blue Grass, but it is the last day in November…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5XUfp4e2-g

Have fun all y’all, I gotta go…Grand Kids to see…It’s Mexican night….have a great evening…

josef

November 30th, 2012
4:28 pm

WOW

Two t*rds in the FNM punchbowl already…all we need now is Cow Patty Jolly Good Fun…

And Indigo…I admire the hell outa the Chocolate Drops…if you’re a lover of traditional Hillbilly music
(and, yes, being half Hillbilly myself, I assure you, that’s the correct term), these folks are f*ckin’ amazing in their artistry, knowledge of, and respect for the genre…

Jay

November 30th, 2012
4:30 pm

Indigo, two words:

Vanilla.

Ice.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 30th, 2012
4:31 pm

Balls, before I go…Friday night we lay down our ideologies and play music….a way to sooth our savage souls

JamVet

November 30th, 2012
4:31 pm

For you cats still hung up on race…(give it a rest, huh?)

Four guys from Snellville/Stone Mountain…

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

Jay

November 30th, 2012
4:31 pm

And Balls, discussion of politics in the music thread is frowned upon, for lack of a better term.

That Black Guy

November 30th, 2012
4:34 pm

No matter how good the sound recording or how data-rich the video, it can’t communicate the energy and emotion that flows in live performance.
_______________________________________
I also can reveal the “singers” who can’t sing.

Rihanna comes to mind.

Saw her live with my daughter. After the show, we both were like “People pay her to do that?” :lol:

That Black Guy

November 30th, 2012
4:35 pm

TaxPayer

November 30th, 2012
4:36 pm

Indigo,

Don’t you have a black face routine to perform some place. :roll:

That Black Guy

November 30th, 2012
4:37 pm

indigo, go downstairs and twist up.

Come back when you’re

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They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
4:38 pm

Atlanta Mom

November 30th, 2012
4:39 pm

Jay,
I’ll be looking for ya. Got my tickets a while back.

skipper

November 30th, 2012
4:41 pm

Jay,
As I told you before (you can check) the lasy time you posted these guys, my wife went out and bought the CD. She plays it in her store, and people like it. These guys are good.
Thanks!

josef

November 30th, 2012
4:45 pm

Matti

November 30th, 2012
4:45 pm

Will Brad be there? Brad’s hot.

Girl wif’ fiddle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in_d2SMHamo

skipper

November 30th, 2012
4:47 pm

@That black Guy,
I disagree…..her voice reaches deep….and yes, I have experience singiing! I love these guys, and gotta give my Lib buddy Jay credit for turnin’ us on to them!

skipper

November 30th, 2012
4:49 pm

p.s. it is “Rhiannon”, TBG.

moonbat betty

November 30th, 2012
4:50 pm

Vanilla Ice, now that’s funny!

fiddlin’ good time

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g26HsDXqAM

Mick

November 30th, 2012
4:52 pm

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
5:01 pm

Fred ™

November 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

Fred ™

November 30th, 2012
5:07 pm

Wow. A political post on the FNM that was so bad it got deleted. I don’t even want to know. Hey balls, this one is for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01sOWCVImjg

Fred ™

November 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

Moonbat Betty, my favorite far right wing fanatical nutcase, this one is for you. It’s not “on topic” nor is there any hidden meaning, but I’ve always loved it and I think it’s a genre you like as well. I don’t know how old you are, but I saw these guys in Concert a couple of times and they didn’t disappoint. I have another one after this and then I have to leave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlJA-cN2C_0

josef

November 30th, 2012
5:13 pm

FRED

Got it….

BLACK GUY

Good to see ya…where ya been…?

Fred ™

November 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

And as promised Betty, here is a hard rock classic. This song sucks when played on low volume. If glass isn’t shaking, it’s too low……. my mouse was shaking so badly when I tried to copy/paste the address that I knew it was almost at proper volume…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R82OM5tzcrk

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

Evening Bookmaniacs.

Nice selection Jay. Concerts are a hassle, but nothing like seeing live music.

Speaking of lady fiddlers, here is the lovely and talented Amanda Shires playing with her fiance Jason Isbell in an HQ video from Letterman. Something missing on this live edition, is that on the studio version of the song when Jason says “hate” she hits an awful cat-gut squawk on the fiddle.

http://youtu.be/flxp5Y0GjZE

skipper

November 30th, 2012
5:17 pm

@Fred,
Holy sh*t, “Green Grass and High Tides”….The Outlaws! Reminds me of my college days (and likewise of Jay’s previous “legalization” blog!) lol

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

Atlanta Mom

You’ll recognize Jay because he will be doing this :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7ADBjD9YH4

JamVet

November 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

Fred,

You’ve got that right! One of the greatest of the greatest in the entire southern rock catalog.

The BOSE system in my Infiniti always gets one helluva workout when I play that one!

Here’s another one. It starts out harmless enough, but when Knopfler gets it cranked up, the windows will rattle…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39wdlhLl4vs

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

Fred: When I read And as promised Betty, here is a hard rock classic. This song sucks when played on low volume. If glass isn’t shaking, it’s too low I thought of GG&HT before I clicked the linkee thing. The bass riff that carries on through the entire song is some more awesome. Cranking it now!!!

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
5:27 pm

Damn! I missed the stoner blog.

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

A couple about the previous thread (Robin Williams and Dave Chappelle)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xosib6JQcl8

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

:-)

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

josef

November 30th, 2012
5:30 pm

okay, druggies d’un certain age…remember this one…

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

indigo

November 30th, 2012
5:30 pm

Jay – 4:30

That is NOT what I asked you. You’re one of the few here smart enough to know just how damaging this racial double-standard is. Because of that, it’s difficult to understand your flip attitude on it.

Unless, of course, office politics are at play here. If that’s the case, I completely understgand.

Atlanta Mom

November 30th, 2012
5:32 pm

Common Sense isn’t very Common
If that’s how I’ll recognize him, I hope he shares :)

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
5:32 pm

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
5:34 pm

indigo

November 30th, 2012
5:37 pm

Aquagirl, JamVet, TaxPayer, That Black Guy

Thinking a serious problem will just magically go away on Friday afternoon and/or thinking this double-standard issue isn’t worth mentioning shows a serious lack of maturity and understanding on your part.

emz

November 30th, 2012
5:38 pm

Good post! I discovered them several years ago — would love to see them live.

getalife

November 30th, 2012
5:39 pm

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
5:40 pm

Jam

Check out these ole skool Rush tune…………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZOgc8CgWUU

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
5:40 pm

To tie in previous thread with pretty ladies and stringed instruments.
(And for 5 bonus points, who are the famous Daddies of this duo?)

http://youtu.be/3Taxn50VbZc

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
5:41 pm

indigo: All serious problems go away on a Friday afternoon with FNM and the proper medication.

JamVet

November 30th, 2012
5:42 pm

Purple dude, let it go.

You’re just embarrassing yourself now…

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
5:48 pm

JamVet

November 30th, 2012
5:48 pm

jonix, loved that 5:30. And that band in the day.

JamVet

November 30th, 2012
5:50 pm

BTW, indigo. if you want to have a confab about that topic sometime over the weekend, I suspect you might get a spirited discussion…

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
5:56 pm

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
6:01 pm

indigo

November 30th, 2012
6:01 pm

Jay, you have a terrific opportunity here. With your penchant for attracting young posters, opening up an academy and calling it “Jay’s academy for boys and girls who are desperate to play grownup”
would make you a fracking fortune.

And, I’m sure all the adolescents here would be more than happy to spread the word.

USA Patriot

November 30th, 2012
6:02 pm

Jeepers Indigo! Give it a rest, it’s Friday, good music, good people. We can agree to disagree on some political issues during the rest of the week. Chill & enjoy the music!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

And, Merry Christmas!

indigo

November 30th, 2012
6:03 pm

josef – 4:28

My post had NOTHING to do with how good this band is.

You’re a good boy but I do wish you’d improve your reading comprehension.

josef

November 30th, 2012
6:04 pm

ZamVet

An interesting group they…just when you thought you had a handle on them, they’d come up with something not quite so bubblegum on drugs…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umhsU565rfs

JamVet

November 30th, 2012
6:05 pm

TBs, great call with the Rush!

Loved this quote under your 5:56 – “Leave me alone and let me ROCK and ROLL!!!!”

heathen, Nelson and Guthrie progeny? Great find…

indigo

November 30th, 2012
6:05 pm

USA Patriot

Ignoring something bad with the hope that it just will go away is a behavior I outgrew years ago.

Finn de Siècle (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 30th, 2012
6:08 pm

A 40 minute set 18 months before they put out the Chronic Town EP:

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2012/11/30/rem-688-club-atlanta-1981-rare-video/

josef

November 30th, 2012
6:09 pm

INDIGO

No, you just had to interject race where it didn’t belong and your own, oh I dunno what to call it, but this sorta comes to mind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeGs9O7C3IM&feature=fvsr

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
6:10 pm

Jam

Before I forget, have a safe and enjoyable trip tomorrow.

USA Patriot

November 30th, 2012
6:11 pm

Ind(iot) – Wow, you sorry son-of-a-gun! Glad I’m not anywhere near you this evening (other than this here ‘puter). Try to relax and enjoy the jams!

Merry Christmas!

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
6:12 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh_0oaJcMgY

_________________________________________

JamVet

November 30th, 2012
6:14 pm

jo, my naivete, even now, makes me LOL at myself. (Before seeing that, I had no idea.)

TBs, thanks, buddy. As you can imagine, I’m pretty stoked.

I’ve always loved it when I was a…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzGhc9XRv9Q

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
6:15 pm

Georgia

November 30th, 2012
6:21 pm

The music is catchy. It makes me want to tweet, but you can’t thread unmusically. If Jay doesn’t want us fillibustering his party, then why does he play songs that makes us glad we’ev got opposing thumbs? Mobile ajc

Soothsayer

November 30th, 2012
6:22 pm

indigo

November 30th, 2012
6:23 pm

josef – 6:09

Yes, it DOES belong. You’re either too stupid, ignorant or in denial to accept it.

josef

November 30th, 2012
6:24 pm

indigo

November 30th, 2012
6:24 pm

Jay, your Friday evening blog is called “travelin’ music”.

A much better name would be “the children’s hour”.

josef

November 30th, 2012
6:26 pm

Indigo

I’m a rural Southern Jew boy f*ggot with an Indian life partner…you want misery? If you can trump that, then bring it on :-)

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
6:27 pm

heathen, Nelson and Guthrie progeny? Great find…

Jam: Yup. I had the pleasure of meeting Amy Nelson last spring. Delightful young lady and not hard on the eyes, either. I see you are taking a road trip. Be careful.

Here’s one for JamVet, Road Warrior.

http://youtu.be/RvV3nn_de2k

getalife

November 30th, 2012
6:29 pm

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 30th, 2012
6:29 pm

josef

हो गयी चाटुकार

:-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 30th, 2012
6:30 pm

Good pick, Jay.

Tom Middleton directed my to The CCD a couple of years ago and they’re just amazin’.

Soothsayer

November 30th, 2012
6:31 pm

I’m a rural Southern Jew boy f*ggot with an Indian life partner…you want misery? If you can trump that, then bring it on

I think Redneck’s got you beat!

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
6:32 pm

I’m a rural Southern Jew boy f*ggot with an Indian life partner…

Is that considered a “niche” demographic? LOL!

Soothsayer

November 30th, 2012
6:33 pm

USA Patriot

November 30th, 2012
6:35 pm

Sooth – ONE of the best! Let it Roll…….just not the tide!

Casey Kasem

November 30th, 2012
6:36 pm

Good evening Bookman bloggers. Hope all is well. It has been awhile, but the requests are coming in fast and furious for one of your downtrodden. Without any further delay, I dedicate this song to the Indigo man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWiXyAAw1Ek

Indigo: Keep your feet on the ground but keep reaching for the stars…….

:-)

josef

November 30th, 2012
6:41 pm

CASEY

And this one…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aahtK6W7l78

(going back to yours, now…one of my favs…)

TaxPayer

November 30th, 2012
6:42 pm

Light[en] up, Indigo. Kick back and relax. Enjoy the show.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 30th, 2012
6:46 pm

F. Sinkwich

November 30th, 2012
6:46 pm

This one always brings a tear to my eye. Thanks Jay for a great blog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6TcpfBHlbs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 30th, 2012
6:48 pm

Soothsayer

November 30th, 2012
6:49 pm

Back in the day, I used to date a woman who was a dead ringer for Linda Ronstadt — a scorpio. WOW! Too bad she had mental problems — a complete revenge-a-holic over some creep who had dumped her! But, then again, who don’t!

This here’s a public service. Use at your own risk!

josef

November 30th, 2012
6:52 pm

COMMON SENSE

@ 6:29

:-)

Heathen…

My be…I got a cousin who fits the profile… :-)

I think my favorite, though, is a friend from Pine Bluff who’s an Indian-Indian, her dad is from India and her mom is a Choctaw…youngest boy’s first love was an Arab Indian–mom is Choctaw and dad is from Syria… :-)

Soothsayer

November 30th, 2012
6:53 pm

WOW! Kam, those were some “healthy” girls, there. I thought that second one from the right “took my picture” there at first. I had to look closely to see that she was, in fact, “clothed.”

josef

November 30th, 2012
7:01 pm

TAXI

:-)

SOOTH

“…they’s a lot o’ pressure gits built up in there…”

Maybe Sue Ellen oughta put a rock on her haid… :-)

Soothsayer

November 30th, 2012
7:03 pm

OOOOOPs! I meant Taxpayer!

godless heathen Christmas has declared war on me

November 30th, 2012
7:04 pm

I think my favorite, though, is a friend from Pine Bluff who’s an Indian-Indian, her dad is from India and her mom is a Choctaw

That would be Indian squared, i think.

They BOTH suck

November 30th, 2012
7:05 pm

josef

November 30th, 2012
7:10 pm

And lest I forget, niche demographics…one of my running buddies back in the day…An Indian Arab Jewish d*ke… Dad was Choctaw, Mom a Syrian Jew…HER lover was a heavily melanin enhanced Louisiana Creole… :-)

Well, D… here’s to you…you and Unmentionable TRY and stay outta trouble this weekend…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1zBEWyBJb0

Soothsayer

November 30th, 2012
7:16 pm

josef

November 30th, 2012
7:17 pm

BOTH (and ZamVet from earlier…)

Always time for Seger…and I’m older now and still running..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmrkY-EZy74