Sunday, December 31, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass - on Sunday ( Happy New Year subsection)

Bill Keith doing Auld Lang Syne in a variety of styles and with a variety of backup musicians.
Hope your 2024 is happy, prosperous and progressive.

Associated Performers:, 
Vocals, Guitar: Jim Rooney Mandolin: David Grisman Guitar: Tony Rice Upright Bass: Tom Gray , Fiddle: Vassar Clements Fiddle, Piano: Kenny Kosek

Saturday, December 30, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

A great video from Mark Stoffel (of Chris Jones and the Night drivers fame0 Barnyard Funk.

Mark Stoffel - Mandolin Ross Sermons - Bass Gina Furtado - Banjo Niall Murphy - Fiddle Chris Luquette - Guitar Tony Creasman - Drums, cowbell

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Boxing Day Div (The usual entries subsection)

The Irish Rovers doing my favorite song of the season Good King Wenceslas. 

... and it's message:
Therefore, Christian men, be sureWealth or rank possessingYe, who now will bless the poorShall yourselves find blessing.

 ...... and my tradition (borrowed from NPR) of John Henry Faulk's Christmas Story. 

Monday, December 25, 2023

Saturday, December 23, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Christmas Time subsection)

A Nice light, catchy tune written by Crandall Creek founding member Jerry Andrews along with a cute animated video done by group publicist Penni McDaniel, very simply titled Christmastime.

I thought I'd forgo Little Orphan Joe this year.

Jerry Andrews and Roger Hoard - Guitar,  Dustin Terpenning - banjo and mandolin, Sav Nelson - bass.Carly Greer - lead vocal and  Kathy Wigman Lesnock sings harmony.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Nothin' Fancy with a new Christmas Album, appropriately, A Nothin’ Fancy Christmas.
Here's God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Geography Div (Black Death subsection)

 Here's something to brighten the holiday season. Interesting map Showing the spread of the "Black Death" in Europe  1347 - 1352.

Scroll across to see Eastern detail ........

Saturday, December 9, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Happy Birthday subsection revisited + Christmas)

Looks like the mini-Bears made a digital error for my birthday .........
PS  - -  "Banjo" continues to progress with my training.

Anyway, it's that season again and here's one of my favorite songs of Christmas, Oh Beautiful Star of Bethleham from Marl O'Connor's Appalachian Christmas Tour in 2014.

Mark O'Connor - violin Carrie Rodgriquez - violin and vocals Cia Cherryholmes - banjo and vocals Forrest O'Connor - mandolin and vocals Joe Smart - guitar Kyle Kegerreis - bass

Monday, December 4, 2023

Geography Div (Talkin' Turkey subsection)

 It's that time of year when the damned things routinely invade the back yard. Fortunately, though extremely stupid, they've learned that when the deck slider opens, a BB from an air rifle awaits any straggler to encourage movin' on.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

ALittle Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Happy Birthday subsection)

 Well, tomorrow I will celebrate the completion of 78 years on this troubled planet. 

It’s gained me several things: four distinct careers - Military, travel agent, shuttle driver and Park Service Ranger; survival of cancer and a 60 year association with and love of acoustic Bluegrass and “folk” music, including (in my younger days) the opportunity to meet and jam with several noted performers and groups. It’s been quite a ride so far.

Anyway, my loving wife decided I needed more exercise, excitement and fresh air in my life so she bought me a present:

You might guess what his name is  - hint, it's more generic than Ephiphone or Masterbuilt


Monday, November 27, 2023

Geography Div (Just for fun subsection)

 You really can't argue with this one:

The Top States in America: You Really Can't Argue with This Data

Saturday, November 25, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Nice video by Florida group Remedy Tree, Don't Look Back.

Gabriel Acevedo (vocals and guitar), Abigail Acevedo (bass), Bryce Griffin (mandolin and vocals), and Nathan Beaumont (banjo and vocals).

Saturday, November 18, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

One of my favorite bands, Sister Sadie doing their new single Willow.

fiddler Deanie Richardson, banjo picker Gina Britt, guitarists Jaelee Roberts and Dani Flowers, and bass player Maddie Dalton

Studio supplemented by mandolinist Tristan Scroggins, Seth Taylor playing a subtle electric guitar, and drummer Tony Creasman.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Geography Div (Peaceful Venue subsection)

"Peaceful" mentions per 1000 reviews on Trip Advisor:

For a better view, go here

Side note: Mrs Bear and I were married at the Chapel in the Hills.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Arizona subsection)

Well, here we are, Bear and Mrs in Phoenix and right about now attending the Bear's 60th high school reunion. Thought it would be appropriate to put up something by an Arizona group, The Sonoran Dogs here doing Alice in Nogales.

Mark Miracle - mandolin, Peter McLaughlin - guitar, Tyler James - banjo

Former Bassist Brian Daives has obviously been replaced and I can't find her name anywhere (even on the band's wwebsite or facebook page - other thn her first Joleene (?)

Monday, November 6, 2023

Geography Div (Set yer watch subsection)

 Well, Daylight Savings Time ended yesterday - did you remember?? 

Think about this: The time difference between Western Samoa and American Samoa is 24 hours, even though the two places are only a little over 200km from each other

Saturday, November 4, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Brrrrrr !!)

Well, it is November and here in the Black Hills we've already had our first taste of Winter.
Larry Cordle's newest,  November Wind.

Sorry  - -  can''t find any info on the attending musicians - -  hate it when this happens.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Saturday, October 28, 2023

A Little Saturday Night Bluegrass Div (Halloween subsection)

Well, It's almost Halloween .......
The Country Gentlemen doing Bringing Mary Home.

John Duffy - Mandolin, Charlie Waller - Guitar, Eddie Adcock - Banjo and Tom Gray - Bass

Monday, October 23, 2023

Saturday, October 21, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Bluegrass is filled with "murder ballads." Here's a new on from the Price sisters, Ten Cent Pistol."

Lauren Price - Mandolin, Leanna Price - Fiddle, Trevor Holder on banjo and Connor Vlietstra on guitar, and Dennis Crouch on bass 

Monday, October 16, 2023

Geography Div (What's in a name subsection)

 Did you ever wonder .... ?

Map of What Every Country’s Name Means.

by u/DarkEnergy9

FIRST NOTE: This is the etymologies of the ENGLISH names of the countries, not the native names.

SECOND NOTE: There are various countries which have names that are debated by etymologists and historians, so if you think one is wrong, it is most likely just a different theory than the one that you know of. Along with that, some countries have names that spread through multiple languages, so their name meaning comes out a little wonky, like Portugal comes from “Portus Cale”, with Portus meaning “Port of-” in Latin, but Cale also meaning “Port” in old Celtic, leading to the conclusion that its name technically means “Port of Port.”

Saturday, October 14, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Nostalgia subsection)

John Lawless' comments say it all. Most people don't realize that the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was a banjo player.
Here's Old and in the Way doing I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bentl

Monday, October 9, 2023

Saturday, October 7, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (that young, really ???)

 14 year old Wyatt Ellis Doing Grassy Cove along with Sierra Hull (when I heard on the radio that Sierra was his "mentor" I was a bit amazed since she's barely old enough  !!

Mandolins  - -  Wyatt Ellis and Sierra Hull, Guitar - Justin Moses, Fiddle - Deanie Richardson, Banjo - Cory Walker and Bass - Mike Bub

Monday, October 2, 2023

Geography Div (Get Your Pencils out subsection)

Like Tengrain at Mock, Papers, Scissors often sez, for 1/5 of 1 point on the internet  exam contest (#2 pencils only), get busy ........... feel free to enlist any Hobbits nearby ..........

Based on the map of the imaginary world source 1.A, choose the incorrect statement in sub-questions 1.1 to 1.10. There is only one incorrect statement in each sub-task. Some of the statements refer to items a-i on Map 1.A. Correct answer 2 p., wrong answer 0 p., no answer 0 p.

1.1 Land cover 2 p.

  • There is one lake in the area.
  • Only the northern parts of the area are marshes.
  • There are no surface waters in Mordor.
  • The area is mainly covered by forest.

1.2 Topography 2 p.

  • Mountains separate Mordor from the rest of the map.
  • Minas Tirith (a) is located in the river valley between the mountains.
  • Mount Doom (b) is visible from the town of Minas Tirith (a).
  • Edoras © is located on the lower slopes of the mountain range.

1.3 River network 2 p.

  • The Ringló river (d) flows down to the southwest.
  • The Ringló river (d) is not a branch of the Anduin (e).
  • Anduin (e) flows from south to north.
  • Edoras © is in the catchment area of Anduin (e).

1.4 Weather and climate 2 p.

  • The weather in the Lebennin area is often warmed by warm downdrafts.
  • The climate of the Lebennin region is wetter than that of the Anórien region.
  • The prevailing wind direction in the Lebennin area is from the sea.
  • The seaside balances the temperatures in the Lebennin area.

1.5 Road network 2 p.

  • The road from Minas Tirith (a) to Edoras © passes through the forest in two places.
  • The area between Minas Tirith (a), Morannon (f) and the northern parts of Mordor has the densest road network on the map.
  • The road from Edoras © to the Ringlo river (d) is longer than the road to Mount Doom (b).
  • The southern part of Mordor has a dense road network.

1.6 Interactions between regions 2 p.

  • The southern part of Mordor is peripheral.
  • Morannon (f) is a key transport hub.
  • Edoras © is the northernmost town in the region.
  • From Edoras © to Minas Tirith (a) there is both a road and a water route.

1.7 Air directions 2 p.

  • Minas Tirith (a) is located west of Anduin (e).
  • From Minas Tirith (a), the bay shown on the map is to the south-west.
  • Minas Tirith (a) is located east of Mordor.
  • From Minas Tirith (a), Mount Doom (b) is to the north-east.

1.8 Scale 2 p.

  • A proportional scale would be more appropriate for this map, which can be zoomed in and out.
  • The scale line indicates how much distance on this map corresponds to 100 km in nature.
  • The scale line indicates that the area shown on this map is about 350 kilometres wide in a south-north direction.
  • The scale line indicates that if the width of this map in the east-west direction were 45 centimetres when printed, its scale would be 1:1 000 000.

1.9 Distances and areas 2 p.

  • Minas Tirith (a) is about 100 km from Mount Doom (b).
  • The distance from Minas Tirith (a) to the sea by river is less than 400 km.
  • The plateau south of Morannon (f), surrounded by steep mountains, is less than 2 500 km2 .
  • Nindalf (g) is about 3 000 hectares in size.

1.10 Elevation curves 2 p.

  • The highest point of the Ephel Duath mountain range (h) is about 800 m above sea level.
  • Nindalf (g) is less than 200 metres above sea level.
  • The summit of Mount Doom (b) is about 200 metres above the surrounding area.
  • In the mountain area designated as site (i), the western slope is gentler than the eastern slope.

(Source: reddit.com)

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Dib

The Fretliners .... Dreaming of the Dawn

Dan Andree - Fiddle Tom Knowlton - Guitar Sam Parks - Mandolin Taylor Shuck - Bass

Monday, September 25, 2023

Geography Div (Got Kids ????)

 One of the most cited statistics and/or criticisms of unemployment is child care costs:

Monday, September 18, 2023

Saturday, September 16, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Willie Div0

Don't much care for Billy Strings, but this with Willie is getting a lot of airplay. Kind of a fun song.
As Willie is said to have on his birthday, " I've outlived my d***"

  Mickey Raphael joining in on harmonica. Other players include Billy Failing on banjo, Royal Masat on bass, Jarrod Walker on mandolin, Alex Hargreaves on fiddle, Shannon Forest on snare and Doug Jerrigan on pedal steel.Apr 27, 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Unspoken Tradition doing Irons in the Fire.

Ty Gilpin - Mandolin, Tim Gardner - Fiddle, Audie McGinnis - guitar, Zane McGinnis - -banjo, and Sav Sankaran -  bass,

Monday, September 4, 2023

Geography Div (DOG help us subsection)

 Polarization of US states - the last time a state voted for the opposing party

Insanity  - -  Doing the same thing over and over.

Saturday, September 2, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

The Travlin' McCorys doing The Whole of the Moon.

Ronnie McCory - Banjo,  Robbie McCory - Mandolin,  Jason Carter - Fiddle,  Alan Bartram, - Bass  and latest recruit Cody Kilby on guitar.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Prospectin' subsection)

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway doing a number from their new album City of Gold. It's about (what else) gold. El dorado.

Molly Tuttle - Acoustic Guitar and Vocals Bronwyn Keith-Hynes - Fiddle and Harmony Vocals Dominick Leslie - Mandolin Kyle Tuttle - Banjo and Harmony Vocals Shelby Means - Bass and Harmony Vocals

Saturday, August 19, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegras Div (Country crossover subsection)

I've always thought that most "Country Music" is simply Rock 'n roll with boots on. Alan Jackson's Bluegrass Album  does a pretty good job. Here's Blacktop.

Sammy Shelor on banjo, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Tim Crouch on fiddle, Tim Dishman on bass, Rob Ickes on reso-guitar, and Scott Coney on guitar. Ronnie Bowman and Don Rigsby were on hand to provide harmony vocals, 

Monday, August 14, 2023

Geography Div (Safe? subsection)

 Don't know if this will affect your choice of destinations, but we're glad to be in London!!

Saturday, August 12, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (European Subsection)

One of my favorite songs. Steve Spurgin's A Walk in  the Irish Rain,  Here done by the Irish Hoppers.

Marko Logar – Guitar, Vocals, Anton Cigula – Mandolin, Vocals, Milan Kebrič - Bass, Bojan Cvetrežnik - Fiddle and Dragan Verber – Banjo, Vocals

Monday, August 7, 2023

Saturday, August 5, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Irish Subsection)

What could be more than Oh Danny Boy ?? (since Mrs Bear and I are in IrelandWild Mountain, hailing from my alma mater UC, Boulder.

Andy Maroney - Drums,  Joseph Maul - Bass, Sarah Jones - Vocals David Potter - Banjo, Renee Fine - Violin and  Mike Nile - Guitar/Mandolin

Andy Maroney - Drums

Joseph Maul - Bass

Sarah Jones - Vocals

David Potter - Banjo

Renee Fine - Violin

Mike Nile - Guitar/Mandolin

Andy Maroney - Drums

Joseph Maul - Bass

Sarah Jones - Vocals

David Potter - Banjo

Renee Fine - Violin

Mike Nile - Guitar/MandolinAndy Maroney - Drums

Joseph Maul - Bass

Sarah Jones - Vocals

David Potter - Banjo

Renee Fine - Violin

Mike Nile - Guitar/Mandolin

Andy Maroney - Drums

Joseph Maul - Bass

Sarah Jones - Vocals

David Potter - Banjo

Renee Fine - Violin

Mike Nile - Guitar/MandolinAndy Maroney - Drums

Joseph Maul - Bass

Sarah Jones - Vocals

David Potter - Banjo

Renee Fine - Violin

Mike Nile - Guitar/Mandolin

Monday, July 31, 2023

Saturday, July 29, 2023

A Little (Foreign) Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Seems only appropriate seeing as Mrs Bear and I are currently in Oslo.
Norwegian Bluegrass by Ila Auto doing Wayfaring Stranger. 

IMathias versen (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Are Fevang (vocals, dobro, national steel), Kay Arne Sulutvedt (banjo), Kai Henrik Ryen (mandolin, vocals, snaredrum, washboard), Karl-Joakim Wisløff (bass, vocals

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Geography Div Special - - the Winners

 Tomorrow is the anniversary of "Custer's Last Stand."  Here are some of the survivors .........

Monday, July 24, 2023

Geography Div (Say what subsection)

 After you're done with your normal conversation, what's your second language??

Saturday, July 22, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div ( Scandanavian subsection)

Mrs Bear and I are off to Scandinavia for a cruise so here's Buster Sledge doing Way Too Pretty.
Three Norwegians and a Californian, I'll let you figure out who's from where.

Michael Barrett Donovan on lead vocals and fiddle, Mikael Jonassen on banjo, Jakob Folke Ossum on guitar, and Vidar Starheimsæter on bass. All four share with harmony vocals.

Monday, July 10, 2023

Geography Div (Tipping Subsection)

 A while back I posted what was the expected tip for taxi drivers around the world.

Here's an interesting graphic on what "tipped" employees can expect if you leave nothing.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway doing San Joaquin. 


Molly Tuttle - Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes - Fiddle and Harmony Vocals, 
Dominick Leslie - Mandolin, Kyle Tuttle - Banjo and Harmony Vocals and Shelby Means - Bass and Harmony Vocals

Monday, July 3, 2023

Geography Div (Scary Creatures subsection)

 Well, it's summer and folks will be traveling and getting outdoors. Never know what ya might see.

Saturday, July 1, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Happened across this. Nu-Blu, a band from Siler City, NC. This from 2012, Red Haired Boy.

Carolyn Routh, Bass Daniel Routh, Guitar Levi Austin, Banjo Austin Koerner, Mandolin

Monday, June 26, 2023

Geography Div (Stereotypes subsection)

Having lived in England years ago (and visiting every other year or so) I can identify with this (slightly snarky) depiction.

Saturday, June 24, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Been there drove that subsection)

Just stumbled across this song written by Kevin Williamson and performed by Anthony Howell,

It caught my eye because I've driven it several times when living and visiting Arizona.

Howell plays all the instruments and sings a vocal harmony with Kevin and Shawn Lane.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

Gina Furtado doing True Life Blues from her new album The Gina Furtado Project.

Gina Furtado (lead vocal and banjo), Malia Furtado (fiddle), Lu Furtado (bass), Drew Matulich (guitar), and Wayne Benson (mandolin).” 

Saturday, June 10, 2023

A Little saturday Nite Bluegrass Div

New release from Don Rigsby, Cold Ashes.

Don Rigsby - Vocal and Mandolin, Scott Vestal on banjo, Jason Roller on guitar, Tim Crouch on mandolin and fiddle, Josh Swift on reso-guitar, and Greg Martin on bass.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Geography Div (Sightings subsection)

 Don't ask me !!

... but I figure it must have something to do with alcohol consumption.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

A little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Jazzy subsection)

From Allison Brown's new album On Banjo, an almost Jazzy number harkening back to the days of the Allison Brown Quartet.
Sun and Water (Here Comes the Sun/Waters of March) written by George Harrison and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Low banjo: Alison Brown
Flute: John Ragusa
Piano: Chris Walters
Hammond B3: Mark T. Jordan
Bass: Garry West
Drums and percussion: Jordan Perlson
Additional percussion: Matt Coles

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Memorial Day div

I originally wrote this when I was living and working in the Washington, DC area. The feelings remain true to this day.

When I was growing up, Memorial Day fell on the same day every year; the 30th of May. We would huddle around the radio and listen to that famous command; "Gentlemen, start your engines." The Offenhauser's would roar and the Indy 500 would commence.

It was a single day, not the three (or four - -  or if traffic around the Great White Theme Park was any indication on Thursday, five day "celebration"). 

Thursday evening I drove past the now shuttered Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was surprised (as I am since its closing) not to see the young men (and the occasional woman) exercising their shattered bodies in the shaded grounds bordering 16th Street NW. I most recall one young man, seemingly more steel and modern technology than flesh, jogging jerkily (yet upright and proud) along the footpath - I slowed down, honked and gave him a "thumbs up." He raised his remaining appendage and pumped his only fist in acknowledgement. I'll never forget that.

Jon Talton had an excellent post yesterday. I won't repeat his disgust at the commercialization of such a solemn day of remembrance. Suffice it to say, I won't be shopping.

I'll always remember the ceremony that accompanied Remembrence Day when I lived in England. It wasn't just the ceremony at the Centopath in London's Whitehall, but what took place in almost every town and village that had a memorial to it's fallen.

 Although this was written by an Australian, sung by an Irishman and about a war so long ago, I can't think of a better piece of music to symbolize what Memorial Day really means.


                 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
                 Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
                 At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
                                    We will remember them.

Ode of Rememberance

Monday, May 29, 2023

Geography Div (Moving Van subsection)

 We know about this here in North Mississippi (otherwise referred to as South Dakota). Folks moving here to relive the 20th century and have FREEDUMB.

Housing prices going out of sight and property taxes skyrocketing. Oh well ......

Highest proportion of 𝗶𝗻𝗯𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 migration:

  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • South Dakota

Highest proportion of 𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗯𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 migration:

  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • West Virginia
  • Hawaii