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Boom Boom
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posted 27 March 2008 09:41 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've long been a fan of folk music (since 1962) and since around 1990 have also listened to a bit of country and bluegrass.

Some of my favourite performers such as Nanci Griffith, Kathy Mattea, and Mary Chapin Carpenter combine a bit of both folk and country music influences, to such an extent that it almost sounds like "country folk" if that is imaginable.

I'm a newcomer to bluegrass, although I've listened to it here and there over the years.

So - anyone besides me have favourites in these genres?

In folk music, I guess I'm more partial to Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, the young Bob Dylan, Nanci Griffith, the young Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and Murray McLauchlan. Actually, I have about 100 favourite performers in folk music!

In country music, I like Kathy Mattea, Garth Brooks, the young Glen Campbell, Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and a few others.

In bluegrass, I guess I like some Pat Flynn, Flatt and Scruggs, and just about anyone who plays banjo. Pat Flynn plays guitar for Nanci Griffith and Kathy Mattea, and played in his own group called New Grass Revival.

ps: no, I don't play any instruments - I wish I could play banjo and guitar.


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posted 27 March 2008 10:21 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's Kathy Mattea and Pat Flynn on YouTube doing "You're The Power" - a great performance:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0dLlccYbAy0

I also like Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch, James Taylor, Carole King, Tom Rush, and Jesse Winchester among others.

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posted 27 March 2008 10:22 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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posted 27 March 2008 11:12 AM      Profile for farnival     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
boomboom, ye might wanna check out an ol' feller by the name of Dock Boggs. one of the originals on the banjer.

my roomie, in addition do being a damn good sword,chainsaw, and fire juggler, has become a mighty fine banjo player and has been collecting older and older stuff.

one thing i missed when i moved to toronto from winnipeg was all my bluegrass pals jammin' at our houses when they weren't playing the bars (i too don't play) and was pleased to find a thriving scene here, what with the Foggy Hogtown Boys, Sheesham and Lotus, The Cameron Family Singers, Jughead, the Backstabbers, the list goes on.

you might want to look up my pals from winnipeg, the Derangers, and Romi Mayes too. and if you want the hairs on yer neck to stand up from the sheer beauty of thier singing, Jolie Holland, and a group from america called Sugarblue are two of my current faves.

and i would be remiss not to suggest something "old and in the way" from the likes of some guy named Jerry Garcia, and his pal David Grisman.

old tymey is good tymey! aaaaaahhhhh ha.


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posted 27 March 2008 11:18 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
indeedy!

I like Tony Rice/Dan Crary/Norman Blake as well, and Mark O'Connor. Did I mention Lyle Lovett? Gillian Welch? Mix of folk and bluegrass there.


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posted 27 March 2008 11:34 AM      Profile for farnival     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
oh gillian! if you want to check out something more 'modern', there's a group called Iron & Wine that are quite something. more in the 'alt-country' category, but i listen to them in the morning on the streetcar, smooth and moody.

and if you want to buy new window for yer pad, crank up ole Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder! i saw them last at the Winnipeg Folk Festival 2 summers ago, and they caused a storm to brew up that threatened a tornado, cut the show short and sent our 20 x 40 beer tent in the campground sailing 20 feet in the air!!!!!


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posted 27 March 2008 02:03 PM      Profile for Fleabitn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A good bluegrass band I really like are the Yonder Mountain String Band. Some excellent concert rcordings can be found at archive.org

i like iron & wine too, more alt/country/folk than bluegrass though. Check out the tune "The trapese swinger", its brilliant.


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posted 27 March 2008 02:15 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the recommendations!
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Catchfire
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posted 27 March 2008 03:34 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Boom Boom, have you heard the old Sun Records stuff? Not just the early Elvis, which is some of the most incredible music I have ever heard, but great early African American bluegrass. Joe Hill Lewis, Malcom Yelvington, The Howlin' Wolf (even some B.B. King!)

And then he gets into some of Elvis's contemporaries: Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison--all doing country tunes (well, except for Jerry). It's wonderful. I have a three disc set that is simply gorgeous. I'd mail you copies if I could, but it's currently in a box an ocean away from me.

Also, Leadbelly is pure gold.

quote:
Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams

I love Irene, God knows I do
(Too late)
Love her until the sea run dry
If Irene turns her back on me
(Whatcha gonna do?)
I'm gonna take a morphine and die
(She said, "go ahead and kill yourself then!")

Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams



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posted 27 March 2008 04:03 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I started my record collection in 1962, so I have some nice stuff.
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Catchfire
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posted 27 March 2008 04:11 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
1962? Way too late, longhair! Grab the 1952-56 Sun records tunes and don't look back. Wine spo-dee-o-dee drink wine!
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posted 27 March 2008 04:17 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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posted 28 March 2008 05:55 AM      Profile for jrose     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I most partial to Phil Ochs.

In fact, everyone should take a break from work and listen!


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posted 28 March 2008 08:10 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had a Phil Ochs album on vinyl once, didn't like it, don't have it anymore. I never liked Janis Ian, either.
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posted 28 March 2008 08:31 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Catchfire:
Also, Leadbelly is pure gold.

quote:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams
I love Irene, God knows I do
(Too late)
Love her until the sea run dry
If Irene turns her back on me
(Whatcha gonna do?)
I'm gonna take a morphine and die
(She said, "go ahead and kill yourself then!")

Irene, goodnight, Irene, goodnight,
Goodnight, Irene, goodnight, Irene,
I'll get you in my dreams



There's a great version of Goodnight Irene on Ry Cooder's 'Chicken Skin Music'. I recommend all of Ry's early albums, from 'Jazz' on back.

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Noise
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posted 28 March 2008 08:39 AM      Profile for Noise     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
At last years folk music fest, I got the opportunity to listen to the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir. If you follow the CD link on their page, there are a couple songs available to listen... Give 'Oh Sorrow' a try.
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posted 28 March 2008 09:16 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another great folkie/blues performer is Odetta - I have all her albums.
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posted 28 March 2008 09:21 AM      Profile for Noise     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You meanOdetta? Must say there is impressive tributes to her on that page, but I'm not familuar with her music.

Since you have all her albums... How many does she have and would you be able to recommend one for me to start at?


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posted 28 March 2008 09:49 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think her best album by far is One Grain Of Sand :

ETA: I misspoke. Amazon.ca has albums by Odetta that I don't have.

I prefer her early albums.

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posted 28 March 2008 10:14 AM      Profile for Noise     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the recomendation Boom Boom, gimmie 2 to 4 weeks for delivery
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posted 28 March 2008 10:28 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Her (Odetta) early albums are acoustic folk, her later albums are blues and jazz.
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posted 10 May 2008 12:51 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Lard Tunderin' Jeezus:

There's a great version of Goodnight Irene on Ry Cooder's 'Chicken Skin Music'. I recommend all of Ry's early albums, from 'Jazz' on back.

Because I'm such a big fan of Allan McFee, the very first tune I ever played as a radio host, back in 1994, was Chloe, from that record.

These days I play folks such as Bill Munroe, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank, Carson Robison, and of course, Vernon Dalhart.

The version of Chloe that I play most often now is by Spike Jones.


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posted 10 May 2008 12:56 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bill Munroe is great! Bluegrass in general is wicked!

For a few years I played the banjo. Not going to lie, I sucked. Music isn't my strong suit and it was a difficult instrument. I eventually had to sell it for rent last year I really regret that choice.


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posted 10 May 2008 08:22 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For the best in folk music sung in Spanish and English, you really have to hear Perla Batalla - this link (top left corner of web page) has her singing several songs, including the great Turtle Island.

excerpt:

Left our track
On the back
Of the floodless Earth
Crossed the ice
On the night
Of the proud hunter
Gave our thanks
On the banks
Of the darkened sea
Said a prayer
As we carried on
Our journey east

We’re celebrating
Our story
We’re celebrating
The new horizon
We’re celebrating
Our story
We’re celebrating
Turtle Island


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