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Saturday, July 14, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

Toronto's Slocan Ramblers together with the Alan Jeffries Band doing the Bill Monroe standard Wheel Hoss.



Slocan Ramblers: Frank Evans - banjo Adrian Gross - mandolin Darryl Poulsen - guitar Alastair Whitehead - bass Alan Jeffries Band: Alan Jeffries - guitar Andrew Sneddon - resophonic guitar Ryan Dillman - banjo Kyle Cunjak - bass


Saturday, July 7, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div ( Tribute subsection)

Dean Webb, one of the original members of the Dillards passed away on June 30th. Here are the Dillards doing Hickory Hollow in Denmark in 1999. Now, Rodney Dillard is the only remaining living member of the group.



Dean Webb - Mandolin, Mitch Jayne - Bass, Rodney Dillard - Guitar and Doug Dillard - Banjo.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Youth subsection)

... and they're all under 21 !! Cane Mill Road from North Carolina doing an original composition Good Love.



The band consists of 15-year-old Liam Purcell on mandolin and fiddle, 18-year-old Tray Wellington on banjo, 20-year-old guitarist Casey Lewis, and 20-year-old Eliot Smith on bass.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Geography Div (Boys & Girls subsection)

Maybe the Maybe the women are just leaving?

US STATE: FEMALE VS. MALE TOTALS 1995-2014


Saturday, June 23, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Progress subsection)

The Sonoran Dogs doing a cover of the Balsam Range hit Last Train to Kitty Hawk.



Brian Davies - bass Mark Miracle - mandolin Peter McLaughlin - guitar Tyler James - banjo

Monday, June 18, 2018

Geography Div (Trade War subsection)

Hey tRump voting states. How ya think that yer boy pissing off the Canadians (or the Mexicans for that matter) is gonna work out for yer local economies ??


Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Litle Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Old Guys subsection)

Four "Seniors" doing Bluegrass Breakdown. 
Tony Williamson Just received the 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award,



Tony Williamson - Mandolin, Charlie Cushman - Banjo, Tom Gray - Bass and Dick Smith - Guitar

Monday, June 11, 2018

Geography Div (Oops subsection)

Today, in 1770, Captain James Cook discovered Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately, he had to run aground on it to make the discovery.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Little Saturday nite Bluegrass Div (Furiner & Murican)

Spanish banjoist LLuis Gomez and guitarist Chris Luquette (from Frank Solivan's Dirty Kitchen) here playing banjo in a great melodic style duet of The Devil's Dream.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (South American subsection)

I mean South, really. Che Apalache hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, that's really south!
How's this for Bill Monroe's Uncle Pen?



Joe Troop - fiddle, Pau Andrés Barjau Mateu - banjo, Franco Martino - guitar, Martin Bobrik - mandolin

Monday, May 28, 2018

Geography Div (More 2B or Not2B subsection)

SUICIDE RATES CLIMB IN EVERY REGION IN USA FROM 99-2015

Saturday, May 26, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

He recently announced that he's leaving the band that bears his name. Here's the Darrell Webb Band doing Lost John.



Darrell Webb – mandolin, Rachel Maye – fiddle, Carl White – bass, Jared Hensley – guitar and Sam Crabtree - banjo

Monday, May 21, 2018

Geography Div (historic things subsection)

Today in 1927 (well in France anyway) Charles Lindberg completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Thus establishing the rule that all times on airline schedules are local (heh).


Coincidently, on this same date five years later (1932) Amelia Earhart completed the first Atlantic solo by a woman. (Newfoundland - Ireland)





Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div ( sorta old timey subsection)

David Davis and the Warrior River Boys doing the old Charley Poole number Milwaukee Blues. 
It's got most of those old timey things: hoboes, trains, twangy singing (heh), and some great acoustic accompaniment.



Warrior River Boys:  David Davis on mandolin and lead vocal,Robert Montgomery on banjo, Marty Hays on bass, Stan Wilemon on guitar, and Philip James on fiddle.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Geography Div (Long way to go subsection)

Today, in 1804 Captains Meriwether Lewis And William Clark set off from St Louis to fulfill their commission from President Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.



Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Different Styles subsection)

I've never been a fan (probably because I can't) of frailing banjo. Here are John McEuen, one of the founders of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Earl Scruggs doing the old fiddle tune Soldiers Joy.

Friday, May 11, 2018

SPEAKING TRUTH DIV

On MSNBC today, Republican operative Steve Schmidt had his say on John McCain and that fraud currently occupying the White House.



That is all ................

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vision Div (Founding Fathers subsection)

So many folks are always going around quoting the "Founding Fathers" (usually those on the right of the political spectrum). Here's one for any and all to ponder:

“When it shall be said in any country in the world,’ my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners; my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want; the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend because I am a friend of its happiness’; when these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and its government.” 

Thomas Paine — Rights of Man, Part the Second 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Geography Div (Had the flu yet ? subsection)

The past season was pretty rough for the flu -- I had it and I'd gotten vaccinated. This representation sort of jumped out at me since I live in South Dakota. Naturally, we don't have a million people, so naturally the rate is pretty high. (We also have only one area code, but two time zones and, one would think one political party).


Saturday, May 5, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (More from the international subsection)

A group from (where else?) Barcelona, Spain doing a cover of Mark Knopfler's Marbletown.



Barcelona Bluegrass Band: Lluis Gomez - Banjo, Joan Pau Cumellas - Guitar, Maribel Rivero - Bass and Miguel Talavera - Harmonica.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

A Litle Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Distaff subsection)

I always love to hear all female bluegrass ensembles. Here's the new single Swept Away from Bassist Missy Raines' new album.



The All-star cast of musicians besides Missy on Bass are Alison Brown - Banjo, Sierra Hull Mandolin, Molly Tuttle - Guitar and Becky Buller - Fiddle

Monday, April 23, 2018

Geography Div ( Is anyone learning? subsection)

A couple of weeks I showed the growth in the US Prison population. Would it surprise anyone to know that the number of students living on campus only marginally exceeds the number of adults in prison ??


Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (International subsection)

From the other side of the International Dateline come the Bluegrass Police -- yes, they're Japanese.
Here they are doing Tatsuya's Breakdown. 




Tatsuya Kuwahara - Banjo, Satoshi Hoshikawa - Mandolin, Yuuko Wakabayashi - Fiddle, Tomonari Hiazumi - Bass 
and Mitsutaka Sometaya - Guitar..

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Reunion subsection)

News has it that Sawmill Road is getting back together for real.
Here they are at the Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival in 2017 doing the Bill Monroe classic Uncle Pen.



Bruce Johnson - fiddle, Dick Brown - banjo, Mark Miracle - mandolin, Charlie Edsall - guitar, and Steve Spurgin - bass.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Diplomacy subsection)

The Henhouse Prowlers from Chicago doing Jackie Wilson's (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher.
The band does diplomatic tours for the State Department and serves as "Bluegrass Ambassadors.
Sure presents a better image of our country than some folks I've read about lately.



Ben Wright - Banjo, John Goldfine - Bass, Kyle O'Brien - Fiddle and Chris Dollar - Guitar

Monday, April 2, 2018

Geography Div (sorta historical subsection)

Today in 1513, Ponce de Leon reached Florida and claimed it for Spain. Well, you know the rest.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass ( More English subsection)

The Coal Porters (get it?) doing Chopping the Garlic.



" Lately I have been thinking about moving home, but with the tenor of the nation under Trump, there is no way my family will even consider this.” - Sid Griffin -- What's not to love, eh ?

The Coal Porters: Kerenza Peacock – fiddle, Paul Fitzgerald – banjo, Sid Griffin – vocals, mandolin,
Andrew Stafford – bass and Neil Robert Herd – guitar

Monday, March 26, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass

Midnight Skyracer doing Fuel to My Fire from their debut album FIRE.



Leanne Thorose: Lead Vocals and Mandolin Tabitha Agnew: Banjo Charlotte Carrivick: Guitar and Vocals Laura Carrivick: Fiddle Eleanor Wilkie: Bass and vocals

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Stupidity Div. (Criminality subsection)

The Austin Bomber made a huge mistake. Why would anyone under investigation and subject of a massive police manhunt go anywhere near Round Rock, Texas?
It's the home of one of the most famous donut shops in the country -- and everyone knows about donut shops and cops, eh?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Geography Div (try this subsection)

It would be pretty unfair (if it were blank) to give this to someone and have them fill in the names, eh?


Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Local Color subsection)

I heard this recently on SDPB. This is from the 2017 Sioux River Folk Festival.
A Sioux Falls group The Rocky Mountain Oysters playing a reunion set. The first number is named Inventing the Sandwich.
Watch as much as you want to ....... It's a pretty good set of an hour or so ..... (I know how to start an "Embed" but not how to end one).



Their Facebook page doesn't link the members to instruments, but here are the members and I think what they're playing:
Tim Coates - Guitar, Charley Smith - Mandolin, Neil Issacson - Bass, John Donahue, Jr - Banjo and Tom Schaffer - Fiddle.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Occasional Mid-Week Molly

"Some days, I'd feel better about having Punxsutawney Phil in the Oval Office - at least he doesn't lie about the weather." -- Molly Ivins

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Tonight, Michael Cleveland and Flame keeper will be performing with the Louisville Orchestra.
The Bill Monroe tune White Northern Clouds will be on the program.
This is from the 2010 IBMA Fanfest.



Michael Cleveland, Fiddle, Tom Adams, Guitar; Jessee Brock, Mandolin, Marshall Wilborn, Bass; and Jessie Baker, Banjo.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Geography Div (Guns vs Butter subsection)

The next time you need to go to the store for milk or .45ACP semi jacketed hollow-points, where would you rather live??


Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (learning subsection)

I've posted this before, Tony Rice doing Norman Blake's Church Street Blues. Fans and wannabe pickers -  If you're interested (and are a tablature person), there's now a transcription for the album done by Chris Brennan and there's some interest in getting someone to publish it.




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Occasional Mid-week Molly

Though originally said about her home state, it applies equally to South Dakota:

• It's a low-tax, low-service state--so shoot us. The only depressing part is that, unlike Mississippi, we can afford to do better. We just don't. -- Molly Ivins

Monday, February 26, 2018

Geography Div (2B or not 2B subsection)

"Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them" W. Shakespeare.

Wanna guess the most popular tool ??




Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

A group I haven't heard before, Claybank, doing an instrumental named for a car many have not heard of ... Studebaker.



Tyler Thompson - Banjo, Zack Arnold - Mandolin, Jacob Greer - Guitar, and Gary Trivett - Bass

Friday, February 23, 2018

Memories Div

Years ago (I'm sayin' 60's) when I was busy standing on a stage behind a Martin guitar and flunking out of Arizona State University; I used to occasionally appear and socialize with a guy who played bass and classical guitar who used to routinely do Oscar Brown, Jr's The Snake as part of his sets. He always got a good deal of applause (and attention afterwards) due to his presence and presentation. Rumor has it that one or two ladies ended their lives after receiving his attention and subsequent rejection, but that was just a rumor.....
Appears that Preznit Comb-over has made it part of his repertoire.

I guess donald of orange has finally admitted that he's one of the "reptile people," eh ? I knew it, Did you ?


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Occasional Mid-Week Molly

"I am not anti-gun.
I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife. In the first place, you have to catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives." 
-----   Molly Ivins   -----

Monday, February 19, 2018

Geography Div (where from subsection)

Today is that thunk up holiday, President's Day. When I was a kid (oh, so long ago), we looked forward to the month of February and two days off from school: Lincoln's birthday (12th) and Washington's (22nd) - now those were REAL presidents.
Today we have what I call "Lincington's Washday" and a clown posing as president. Oh well.......


Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Bob Dylan subsection)

The Infamous Stringdusters - winners of a Grammy this year (not the part shown on the tee vee) - doing Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's Alright.



Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi ( banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Canadian subsection)

The Dead South -- a band from Regina, Saskatchewan -- about as far from "south" as one can get.
Oh well, at one point, New Grass Revival was considered "radical."



Nate Hilts - Guitar/Vocals, Scott Pringle - Mandolin/Guitar/Backup Vocals, Colton Crawford - Banjo, Danny Kenyon - Cello

Monday, February 5, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass (Black Gold subsection)

With all the talk of saving the coal industry ........
Flatt Lonesome doing Brad Paisley's haunting You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive.



Flatt Lonesome: Charli Robertson - Lead vocal an Fiddle, Kelsey Hargill - Mandilin, Buddy Robertson - Guitar, Paul Hargill - Banjo, Michael Stockton, Resophonic Guitar, and Domonic Illingsworth - Bass.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Geography Div (regional judgement subsection)

Just up the road .... and where I spent a few years with the (cannot confirm or deny) nukes.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Who sez that ya haf ta be from the sticks to play Bluegrass ??
Red Wine is an Italian Bluegrass band that's been around for forty years !!
They'll be doing a short tour on the East coast in February.
Here's a video from 2016, Fiddle and Bow



Red Wine: Lucas Bellotti (bass), Martino Coppo (mandolin), Marco Ferretti (guitar), Silvio Ferretti (banjo)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

That "Midas Touch" Div (if the foo shits subdivision)

There's not much I can say aside from "BRAVO ZULU" to the curator of the Guggenheim. Perhaps the Sec Treas can get a sheet or two of those bills for our "reverse Midas" to use when he's done. Dog known he's taking a dump on the whole country every day.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Geography Div (Forced unemployment subsection)

Well, if our Federal government is still shut down THANKS OBAMA oops, TRUMP. Where's the biggest impact ...... might surprise you.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Chris Jones is one of the busiest people in the bluegrass community. Band leader, writer, disc jockey (Sirius XM) and frequent commentator on Bluegrass Today. The band recently replaced Ned Luberecki with Gina Clowes on banjo. Here's a new one from the Night Drivers, Tonight I'm Gonna Ride.



Chris Jones - Guitar & Vocals Mark Stoffel - Mandolin & Vocals Jon Weisberger - Bass & Vocals Gina Clowes - Banjo

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Academic subsection)

If they had offered a program like this years ago (many) I'd have attended ETSU !



Recorded at the final show of 2009 "Bluegrass On Broad" evening concert series in Kingsport, Tennessee on 28 August 2009. The East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band performance is traditionally the last concert of the Bluegrass On Broad season and is also a annual part of ETSU Pride Week which corresponds with the start of the Fall Semester. The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band is composed of leading students and faculty of the school's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Program in the Department of Appalachian Studies. Performing are Raymond McLain (fiddle), Dan Boner (guitar), Tara Sansom (fiddle), Leah Needham (dobro), Haley Stiltner (banjo), Danny Stewart (bass), and Colby Laney (mandolin).

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Clay Hess was the guitarist for Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder. He's now gone out on his own with a band of his own (tho he's been performing with them for a few years.
Here's a performance of Keith Allison and Mark Lindsay's Freeborn Man.



The Clay Hess Band: Clay Hess - Guitar, Dustin Frame - mando;in, Brady Wallen - Banjo,
Irl Hees - Bass and Brennan Hess - Guitar.



 Dustin Frame on mandolin, Brennan Hess on guitar, Brady Wallen on banjo, and Irl Hees on bass.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Geography Div (Happy New Year subsection)

Tho this is 2015, bet they haven't much changed for this new one.

Here's one that we can all make:
                     I will vote in every election and I will not vote against MY interests.




                        HAPPY NEW YEAR !