Monday, May 10, 2021

Geography Div (Infrastructure subsection)

We could so do this:

France’s inter-city high-speed rail lines superimposed on the Midwest with Chicago taking the place of Paris.

... but we probably don't have the will. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Pandemic Production subsection)

This Covid thing certainly has generated a lot of creativity in how music groups geet things out there.
Here are three Swedes Doing Randall Hylton's Cold Sheets of Rain.
All the instruments are European made.

Mandolin - Erik Igelström Banjo - Jens Koch Guitar, bass and Vocals - Max Tellving

Monday, May 3, 2021

Geography Div (Downa Local subsection)

 The pub is more than just a bar, and no two are alike even if they have the same name.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Snowman subsection)

Back in February, the Amanda Green Band had to cancel a concert in Virginia due to it being snowed out. They decided to video some of the performance at home where they were rehearsing and release them as The Snowman Sessions. 
Here is Gordon Lightfoot's Bitter Green.
RIP Aaron.

Amanda Cook - Vocals/Guitar, Carolyne Van Lierop-Boone - Harmony/Banjo, Troy Boone - Harmony/Mandolin, Josh Faul - Bass, George Mason - Fiddle and Aaron “Frosty” Foster - Lead Guitar

Monday, April 26, 2021

Geography Div (What's in a name subsection)

 It's amazing just how many State name aren't derived from Native American words.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Crypto Currency subsection)

I'm not sure just what this bitcoin stuff is, and I'm not sure I want to know!
Anyhow, here's Cole Quest and the City Pickers (animated) doing Bitcoin Gambler.

Cole Quest Rotante - Dobro / Harmony Vocals, Christian Apuzzo - Guitar / Vocals, Matheus Verardino - Harmonica, Mike Mulhollan - Banjo and Larry Cook - Bass

Monday, April 19, 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

New video from Beck Buller; Don't Look Back, from her latest album Distance and Time.

Becky Buller (Vocals/Fiddle), Dan Boner (Vocals/Guitar), Nate Lee (Vocals/Mandolin), Ned Luberecki (Banjo), and Daniel Hardin (Upright Bass).

Saturday, April 10, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass

Sixteen year-old Daisy Caire doing Remy's Breakdown. 
What caught my eye was the grandson's name !! (and he's much cuter than the goat!)

She is supported on this track by Laurie Lewis on bass, Brandon Godman on fiddle, and Rainy Miatke on mandolin. This tune had won 2nd place in the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest in 2019 – when she was 14.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass (Basque subsection)

I keep sayung how amazed I am by the spread and popularity of Bluegrass music throughout the world; often combined with local twists. Here's Howdy Bluegrass doing Titi's Breakdown.

Gorka Arranz on guitar and main vocal, Julen Maestro on diatonic accordion, Jon Arzelus on double bass, Jose Mari Pulido on banjo, and Urbil Artola on reso-guitar

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

Geography Div (Neighbor to the North subsection)

Today  in 1867, the British Parliament  passed the North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada. 

Lots of stereotypes up there, eh?

Saturday, March 27, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Whatca' doin' for Covid? subsection)

So many bands are idle due to the virus. Here's what Frank Solivan is doing.
Anyhow, here's Frank and Dirty Kitchen doing Bluegrass Breakdown.

Frank Solivan - Mandolin, Chris Luquette - Guitar, Mike Munford - Banjo and 
Jeremy Middleton - Bass

Saturday, March 20, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

I first heard this song performed by Steve Gillette (the composer, along with Tom Campbell) who was the opener for Judy Collins, at the Golden Buff in Boulder, Colorado 52 years ago. I immediately fell in love with it. Here is Darcy Farrow performed by Jeff Scroggins and Colorado.

Jeff Scroggins - Banjo, Greg Blake - Guitar, Vocal, Tristan Scroggins - Mandolin, Vocal, Ellie Hakanson - Fiddle, Vocal, C.B. Deonson - Bass

Note: Greg Blake will be joining The Special Consensus , replacing Rick Faris

Monday, March 15, 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass (Chicago style subsection)

Special Consensus' founder and leader Greg Cahill hails from Chicago. Here's his tribute to local radio from their latest album (of the same name ) Chicago Barn Dance, the IBMA 2020 Song of the Year.

Greg Cahill - Banjo, Rick Faris - Guitar, Nate Burie - Mandolin and Dan Eubanks - Bass.

Also performing: Becky Buller, Patrick McAvinue and Michael Cleveland on fiddles and Marcia 
Campbell doing the clogging.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Korean subsection)

The popularity of Bluegrass Music and its spread world wide never ceases to amaze me. Here's a group from Korea, Country Gongbang doing Nothing is Impossible. 

Hyunho (banjo), Yebin (vocal, mandolin), Kiha (double bass), Jongsu (fiddle) and  Sujnae (Guitar)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Pick 'em up Truck subsection)

“With Ford’s 1965 introduction of the Twin I-Beam, they touted several benefits of the new front suspension system including rugged construction, improved wheel alignment, reduced tire wear and front-end maintenance, smoother ride, and better control.

Jason Owen tells the story in this song of a country boy’s new found freedom driving Daddy’s truck on the backroads of Charlotte County, Virginia. Back in a time when gas was cheap, and the girl, she’s pretty! And then there’s Mamma, who worries every time he gets behind the wheel! We hope everyone enjoys this rural American story from a different era of time, and that a good vibe will be had by all with Daddy’s Twin I-Beam.” -- Steve Thomas (Props to John Lawless - Bluegrass Today)

Jason Owen (guitar and lead vocals) Steve Thomas - Mandolin & Vocals Josh Matheny - Dobro & Vocals Chris Wade - Banjo Evan Winsor - Bass

Saturday, February 20, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Rhonda Vincent was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Ferbuary 6. Here's on older cut by her and her band (the Rage), Kentucky Borderline.

Rhonda Vincent - Mandolin, Hunter Berry - Fiddle, Brent Burke - Dobro, Mickey Harris - Bass, 
Aaron McDaris - Banjo, Josh Williams - Guitar

Monday, February 15, 2021

Geography Div (Measurement subsection)

Like I said last week  .......... Here are the countries that don't use the metric system* !

*The other two are Liberia and Myanmar (Burma).


Saturday, February 13, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Bass subsection)

The bass is usually fades into the background in most bluegrass bands, outshone by the flashy banjo, mandolin and guitar. Bassist Jeff Picker's new album With the Bass in Mind emphasizes his instrument and talent. A trio version from the new album, here's Disturbance in the Kitchen.

Jeff Picker (bass), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), and Jake Stargel (guitar)

Saturday, February 6, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Carolyn Eyerly singing her composition Red Toad Road (there actually is one) from her new album
The Sunny Side of Life. Great voice and she's accompanied by some "all-stars" from the Northern Virginia area.

Carolyn Eyerly - lead vocal

 Danny Knicely on mandolin, Chris Luquette on guitar, Mike Munford on banjo, Ronnie Simpkins on bass, Ron Stewart on fiddle, and Fred Travers on reso-guitar. Harmony vocals are provided by Eyerly’s Sweet Yonder bandmates Mary DeGuire Romagnoli and Janine Lewis.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Geography Div (Let's pick on someone subsection)

 Today's victim: West Virginia ....... or is it West Virginia picks on everyone else? Anyway, this is what West Virginians see for the rest of us.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The title cut from the progressive grass group The Trailblazers new album Space and Time.

Jonah Horton - Mandolin Will Thrailkill - Bass Daniel Thrailkill - Guitar Alex Edwards - Banjo

Monday, January 25, 2021

Geography Div (Judgmental subsection)

I've put up "Judgmental Maps" products before, but they always dealt with US states and cities. 

Happened across this - - seems the idea has spread abroad. Here's Hungary.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div ( Slovakian subsection)

The international growth of Bluegrass Music has really been amazing. Here's a band from Slovakia, Blueland doing Michael Murphy's Carolina in the Pines or "Vždy keď ráno."

Miloš "Miki" Tomka - guitar, lead vocals Stanislav "Sancho" Tomka - acoustic bass Pavol "Reyo" Daňo - mandolin, baritone vocals Ralph Schut - banjo, tenor vocals

Monday, January 18, 2021

Geography Div (Fortification subsection)

 Seems our nations capital is being turned into an armed camp to prevent the orange horde from destroying it (and leaving the Democrats yet another mess to clean up).

Yet there was a time when the District was really a fortified entity -- Here's what it looked like in 1865.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

A Little Saturdar Nite Bluegrass Div

Another band from the Colorado bluegrass scene, Turkeyfoot. Here doing Red Bandana.

Alex Koukov - Banjo, Bridger Dunnagan - Fiddle, Dave Pailet - Guitar, Jordan Brandenburg - Guitar and Michael Rudolph - Bass

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Sitting in that front seat Div

Today, Mrs Bear voiced her displeasure and utter bewilderment concerning the events of the past week.

I can't help but agree with her, but I said we have a front seat on history. How many people are allowed that? 
I remember a high school classmate telling me (while at Arizona State University) that President Kennedy had been killed.

I remember listening to the AFRTS broadcast of the Apollo 11 descent and landing on the moon while in a Minuteman ICBM Launch Control Center in central Montana.

I remember watching the Nixon hearings (to the aggravation of my crew mates) while sitting alert behind a nuclear strike aircraft at Minot AFB, ND.

I remember the consternation during the Iranian takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran and my fellow Officer's dismay when President Carter cancelled the B-1 bomber program.

I remember President Reagan being shot and having to replace the Presidential authenticators.

I remember the Beirut bombing and my Joint Staff USMC team chief being detailed to Lebanon (and his subsequent tales of recon missions with the Israelis).

911 ..... the employees asking me how, as a pilot, an airplane could possibly have struck one of the Towers ..... and then, watching the second one hit.
The Pentagon employee whose car failed to start who said he was so lucky and booked a trip to WDW.
Sitting on my deck under the final approach route to BWI and hearing nothing.

(I won't go into my surviving cancer or the death of my wife)

The three days of sleeplessness and anger when DJT was elected as President.

Watching the Republicans fail to consider any evidence and fail to convict him during impeachment.

Seeing an armed, angry mob attack our Capitol during a joint session of the Congress in order to upset the results of a duly constituted and administered election.

Watching his supporters scatter, like cockroaches exposed to a sudden light, attempt to justify, condone, support and deflect his seditious role in the insurrection and their role in it.

Like I said, having a front seat on history can be an honor ....... however fiightening. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Geography Div (Navigation Upset subsection)

 Everyone who has ever had to navigate an airplane knows the difference between "True" and "Magnetic" compass bearings. 

It seems that they are moving apart more rapidly.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Hey, we Playa the Bluegrass subsection)

I realize we're all tired of Mr Zoom. Mrs Bear's vocal quartet can only practice in person (eight feet apart and outside -- which during the winter is really hard) 
It's even harder to put together a performance.
Bluedust seems to have managed it with Kentucky Lincoln Breakdown from their album Travelin'.
I guess they'll have to since they hail from Italy !!

Dino Barbe - Banjo, Josh Villa - Mandolin, Tony Spezzano - Lead Guitar, Perry Meroni - Rythmn Guitar and Stefano Zanrosso - Bass

Monday, January 4, 2021

Geography Div (Aged Voter subsection)

There's lots being said about the influence of younger voters on our political future. Here's a breakdown of the median ages by congressional district.


Saturday, January 2, 2021

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Phil Ledbetter has parlayed on his recent bout with cancer and has organized a core band for his All Stars of Bluegrass concert series. From the new album Swing For The Fences, Here's an instrumental track written by band members Alan Bibey and Jason Burleson. Avery Stokes.

Phil on reso-guitar, Robert Hale on guitar, Jason Burleson on banjo, Alan Bibey on mandolin, and Steve Gulley on bass.