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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 !