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RANTS, RAVINGS and RUMINATIONS along with
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass div

New group Stillhouse Junkies doing Colorado Bound


Fred Kosak (Vocal/Octave Mandolin), Alissa Wolf (Harmony Vocal, Fiddle), Cody Tinnin (Harmony Vocal, Bass)

Saturday, May 14, 2022

A Litle Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Solo subsection)

New Jersey instrumentalist Frank Ruck from his new solo album Americana Wandering
doing New Banjo Reel/Saint Anne's Reel.


No need to list musicians, Frank does everything!

Monday, May 9, 2022

Geography Div (Road trip subsection)

Can't make to Europe this week? Well, go to Ontario (the Canadian Province) and you can visit many of the principal cities on one tank of gas!!



Saturday, May 7, 2022

Monday, May 2, 2022

Geography Div (Cultural subsection)

The US divided  into "cultural regions." Sure would make our Congress look different, eh ?



Cultural Regions of the U.S. - Round 4- The 50 States Reimagined.

by u/Inzitarie

Cultural Regions of the U.S., the fourth and final map.

Now with FIFTY sub-regions, a new & improved color scheme, and the inclusion of the unincorporated territories!

Beneath the borders of the 50 states lay 50 “other” states. This map takes a shot at mapping the ambiguous phenomenon of “culture” and answering the question “Does the US have it?” Well of course it does, we have tons of yogurt!“ Waitno,notthattypeofculture!

This map shows the U.S. as 6 major cultural regions divided between 50 sub-regions. Of course trying to define a concept as slippery and abstract as culture, then plot it onto a discrete visual medium is impossible to do perfectly, or at all really. So consider this map as more of a summary reference with limited granularity– aka sorry if you’re favorite hometown sports bar in a small suburb outside Cleveland didn’t get it’s own cultural sub-region on the map.



Saturday, April 30, 2022

A Little Sad Saturday Nite Bluegrass (Goodbye Mom subsection)

Mama Bear was borne away on Tuesday, a little less than three months from her 100th birthday. She'd been wondering aloud for a couple of years why God didn't want her. Her passing is a blessing, as her quality of life has been going downhill for the past almost three years; she's at peace now. 
A photo of her four generations: Mom, my Sister, my niece and her great-grandchild ....... life goes on.


I will hold the memory of our last visit (her 99th birthday) lovingly in my heart.

Alison Krause and the Isaacs perform the Stanley Brothers' Angel Band.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Geography Div (Stargazing subsection)

Most everywhere else,  street lights, house lights, security lights, and so on  ..........



Saturday, April 23, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

A group from just up the road in Montana, Kitchen Dwellers doing Wise River.


Torrin Daniels (Banjo and Vocals) Max Davies (Guitar and Vocals) Joe Funk (Bass and Vocals) Shawn Swain (Mandolin)

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Mandolinist Mike Compton has released an album (Rare and Fine) of unreleased and many unrecorded  Bill Monroe pieces.
Here's the video of Orange Blossom Breakdown.


Mike Compton on Mandolin, Russ Carson on banjo, Jeremy Stephens on guitar, and Mike Bub on bass, Rare and Fine also features Shad Cobb, Laura Orshaw, and Michael Cleveland on fiddle.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (RIP subsection)

Roland White, mandolinist in the breakthrough bluegrass group The Kentucky Colonels, passed away on April first at the age of 83.
I met Roland in 1965 when the Colonels were passing thru Arizona. How time flies.
Here's Roland and a whole passel of bluegrass greats doing a tribute to the Colonels.
RIP Roland ........

Saturday, April 2, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

New video from Wildfire, Quiet Country Town.


Robert Hale on guitar and lead vocals,  Curt Chapman, on bass;  Johnny Lewis on banjo;  Matt Despain on reso-guitar; and Scott Napie on mandolin. 


Monday, March 28, 2022

Geography Div (Northern neighbor subsection)

Mrs Bear and I just got back from our Florida Vacation. I heard lots of people from Canada.



Saturday, March 26, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

New video from Dunlap and Mabe, Can't Hold Me Down.


Jack Dunlap: Guitar, mandolin and vocals Robert Mabe: Banjo and lead vocals Alex Kimble: Bass and vocals Mason Wright: Fiddle

Monday, March 21, 2022

Geography Div (Arms sales subsection)

 Of course our providing military equipment to Europe were minuscule during the reign of the orange bastard. We're now making up for it.



Saturday, March 19, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Furriner subsection)

From France, Bluegrass 43 doing Dear Old Dixie.


Philippe Ochin - mandolin Alain Audras- upright bass,  Jean-Marc Delon - banjo, Jean-Paul Delon - guitarist  and fiddler Anna Takayasu,

H/T Lee Zimmerman, Bluegrass Today

Saturday, March 12, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

A fairly new single from Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive, Hello Blues.


Terry Baucom - Banjo, Will Clark - Mandolin, Clint Coker - Guitar and Joe Hannabach - Bass

Saturday, March 5, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

All-around musician Chad Darou's new single is a song called North End of a South Bound Train, written by Ed Williams, where Chad demonstrates his abilities on reso-guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass, supported by Ray Legere on fiddle and David Carey on bass. Mallory Evans sings the lead, with Chad and Kristin Darou providing harmonies.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Geography Div (Next US Solar Eclipse subsection)

 785 days until the next Great American Eclipse over North America. 

Facts:

  • Maximum duration is nearly 2x the 2017 eclipse
  • 32 million Americans already live inside the path of totality
  • Many inspired by 2017 so interest will be off-the-charts 
  • More at: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/



Mrs Bear and I visited the 2017 event in Broken Bow, NE and it was spectacular !!






Monday, February 21, 2022

Geography Div (How cold? subsection)

 There are 4 great February cold snaps that impacted large portions of the Contiguous U.S. – 1895, 1899, 1936, and 2021. Which one produced the lowest temperature? Using data from thousands of stations and creating a 30 km grid, the clear “winner” was February 1899.

by @Climatologist49



Saturday, February 19, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Get well Pete subsection)

Founding member of Hot Rize, Dr Banjo,  Pete Wernick suffered a heart attack on Feb 1.
Hell, what's a heart attack to a guy that survived the crash of United flight 232 in Sioux City, IA in 1989 and played at the Winterhawk Bluegrass festival two days later.
Here's Radio Boogie, from Hot Rize's 40th anniversary show.
Get Well soon Pete!


 Pete Wernick,banjo; Tim O'Brien, mandolin; Nick Forster,bass; Brian Sutton,guitar. Along with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and stuart Duncan.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Geography Div (Love and Marrige subsection)

Well, it's Valentines Day so how 'bout a map of Matrimony ???


The State of Matrimony, GA Moray, 1909. (Photo: Courtesy Barron Maps)

Matrimonial maps survived into the 20th century, as evinced by the above creation, designed and published by New York restaurant owner George Edward Moray to promote his two eateries. This map is unusual in that the vast majority of the locations plotted are real place names. Three railroads labeled Ceremony, Elopement, and Common Law run into the State of Matrimony, while the Divorce Rapid Transit railroad runs out.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Goodfellers covering Don Henley's Dirty Laundry.


Lead vocals and guitar, Teddy Barncastle Harmony and mandolin, Ralph McGee Bass Tim Hill Banjo, Hersie McMillian Fiddle, Rex McGee

Monday, February 7, 2022

Geography Div (What Russia thinks subsection)

Since they've been in the news so much lately, here's what an autocomplete on a Russian search engine has to say about Europe. (Swedes being "tolerant" is a hoot).


 

Saturday, February 5, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Don't look up subsection)

A truly weird reprise of the Doors People Are Strange, done here by the Dead South.


Nathaniel Hilts - Guitar Scott Pringle - Mandolin Daniel Kenyon - Cello Colton Crawford - Banjo

Monday, January 31, 2022

Geography Div (What's Russia up to subsection)

 I saw news about this recently. Seems that it's also in the heart of the Irish fishing fleets prime grounds; they (the Irish) aren't happy.



Saturday, January 29, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Just for fun subsection)

In this adventure, the Bluegrass Babies, Mo, Bo, and Flo, visit with their animal friends in the state of Kentucky. Big Bru Brewster, the friendly singing bear, stops by to tell the story of mountain man Old Joe Clark in song. He is supported by a cast of wildlife characters, including Great Grandpappy Bru on bass, Hoppity O’Hare on banjo, and Phineas Paddlebutt, the Fiddling Beaver. Also featured are The Racrooners and the Woodchucklers singing on the choruses, and the Amazing Cardinalies, Bird Line Dancing champions of Kentucky. 
H/T John Lawless - Bluegrass Today

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Monday, January 24, 2022

Geography Div

 Did you ever wonder about front license plates ?? Well,  here's the skinny ..........



Saturday, January 22, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

 Heard this the other on Sirius XM's Bluegrass Junction. The Steel Wheels doing Scrape Me Off the Ceiling.


Jay Lapp (vocals, guitars, mandolin), Eric Brubaker (vocals, fiddle), Trent Wagler (lead vocals, guitar, banjo), Kevin Garcia (percussion), and Derek Kratzer (bass

Saturday, January 15, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The studio View of Rick Faris' new single Deep River. Notice the masks !!


Rick plays guitar and sings lead, with Russ Carson on banjo, Harry Clark on mandolin, Laura Orshaw on fiddle, and Zak McLamb on bass. Shawn Lane sang the vocal harmony.


Saturday, January 8, 2022

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass (RIP Div)

Here's a performance from 2012 of Blackjack with an all-star group of musicians.


J.D. Crowe - Banjo, Tony Rice - Guitar, David Grisman - Mandolin, Mark O'Connor - Fiddle,  Jerry Douglas - Dobro and Glen Worf - Bass

Monday, January 3, 2022

Saturday, January 1, 2022

A Litle Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Well, let's start out the New Year with some instrumental bluegrass. The Punch Brothers doing Cattle in the Cane.


Chris Eldridge - Guitar, Chris Thile - mandolin, Noam Pikelny - banjo, Gabe Witcher - fiddle, and 
Paul Kowert - bass.

A New Year's Wish

Words from The Dalai Lama:


May the poor find wealth,

Those weak with sorrow find joy.

May the forlorn  find new hope, 

Constant happiness and prosperity.


May the frightened cease to be afraid, 

And those bound be free.

May the weak find power,

And may their hearts join in friendship.