The BLUEGRASS thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jerry, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff Thread Starter

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    New England
    Some of the hottest live bluegrass that I've ever heard is from the "mid-generation." Unreleased recordings by a band calling themselves "The Acoustic All-Stars." The line up included Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan and Mark Schatz. The live recordings I recommend you search out were taped at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia on January 23, 1988. Tony in his prime vocally, and instrumental pyrotechnics by the band.

    Give a listen:

     
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  2. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    I got into bluegrass through listening to Jerry Garcia projects such as Old and in the Way and his Acoustic Band. Also the Grisman , Rice collaborations. That led to a larger appreciation of that world of music. BTW, just watched the movie Deliverance a few days ago again and really had fun listening to the duel.
     
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  3. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

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    Lawrenceville, NJ
    For me there was the Ballad of Jed Clampett, then that.
     
  4. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

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    Lawrenceville, NJ
    What a treat seeing them live at Merle fest around 90 or 91
     
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  5. The Killer

    The Killer Big Town Tom Cat

    Location:
    UK
    I like a lot of bluegrass, old and new. Of the more modern bluegrass albums I own, my most played is probably Spring training by John Starling and Carl Jackson. Not a duff track on it. Great stuff!

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    The Dillards are another band worth checking out if you don't know them, quality musicianship.
     
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  6. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff Thread Starter

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    New England
    I would have said that "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" was the first bluegrass I was aware of, but there are drums on that. In my opinion, if you have drums on a bluegrass recording, that's country, not bluegrass. That's why I have a problem with The Dillards and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and some Sam Bush albums....

    My other early bluegrass experience was probably the Deliverance soundtrack. That, by the way, has weird direct and indirect connections: Clarence White and Woody Allen.
     
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  7. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

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    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Didn't country traditionally shun drums as well?
     
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  8. Spadeygrove

    Spadeygrove Forum Resident

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    Charleston, WV

    Word! If drums were meant to be in bluegrass music then Bill Monroe would've put 'em there himself, hence the mandolin 'chop' being the only necessary percussion in bluegrass music. I'm very much a purist in this sense.
     
  9. Spadeygrove

    Spadeygrove Forum Resident

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    Charleston, WV
    At first, yes. Drums were frowned upon at the Grand Ole Opry back in the day. I believe that Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys were the first to use a drum set at the Opry.
     
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  10. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

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    A group with a decent claim to being the founders of rock and roll. The maid dividing line between some of their early stuff and "Rock Around the Clock" is the use of the word "Rock".

    I would be shocked if the guy who played the RATC guitar solo (still one of the best solos in rock IMO) did not have a large Texas Playboys collection.

    (Sorry to derail a bluegrass thread)
     
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  11. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    Location:
    clifton park,ny
    I've had the good fortune of seeing a fair amount of great bluegrass over the years including; old and in the way, bill Monroe, ricky skaggs, Clarence white when he was in the byrds, frank wakefield, tex logan, doc Watson, earl scruggs and many more. I've been friends with peter rowan and his brothers for over 40 years and have seen him many times. I worked for a local band in the 70's and we opened for vassar clements many times. he was a true gentleman and an amazing player. chris and lorin rowan even did a house concert for me several years back. that's me on drums with them that day.

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  12. Spadeygrove

    Spadeygrove Forum Resident

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    Yep and Bill Haley & the Comets had unusual instrumentation for a 'rock & roll' group for that time including steel guitar and accordian.
     
  13. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff Thread Starter

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    If you don't own this album, I suggest you rectify that. The only album on the Round Records label that doesn't feature a member of the Grateful Dead prominently playing on it. No need with this lineup of bluegrass virtuosos!

     
  14. jhw59

    jhw59 Forum Resident

    I think I have that somewhere but you can't mention the Birchmere without mentioning the great Seldom Scene. After John Starling left they went through several guitar players. I was fortunate enough to see a show with Tony Rice (still singing then) with Doc Watson "opening". The finale with the Scene and Doc was astonishing.
     
  15. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk Freedom

    Location:
    Gilbert AZ
    Rather than straight Bluegrass for lack of a better term I'll say I'm a Newgrass fan and generally on the all instrumental side but that doesn't exclude me from liking David Grisman, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall etc. I love some of the genre bending stuff like Bill Frisell Nashville and Yo yo Ma Appalachian Waltz and Journey. I've not a large collection of this stuff so I'll keep an eye on the thread for recommendations.
     
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  16. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    Location:
    San Diego, CA, USA
    Any recommendations either studio or live with "more pickin' and less singin' "

    Can be old school bluegrass or newgrass.

    I have Yo Yo Ma's Goat Rodeo Sessions, some Alison Kruass & Union Station Live.
     
  17. vivatones

    vivatones Forum Resident

    One of the best, The Country Gentlemen, performing "Fox On The Run"
     
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  18. vivatones

    vivatones Forum Resident

    And another, Grand Ole Opry stars the Osborne Brothers with "Rocky Top"
     
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  19. nancybrooke

    nancybrooke Forum Resident

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    Seattle, WA, USA
    Yay, a bluegrass thread! I need recommendations for late 60s/70s "hippie" bluegrass, my latest find was this LP by Emerson's Old Timey Custard-Suckin' Band. I'm always looking for covers of then-contemporary singer/songwriters (especially Dylan; Emerson's did a Jesse Winchester song on this one). Also anything along the lines of Cliff Waldron & The New Shades of Grass (Traveling Light is a favorite).

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  20. Ken E.

    Ken E. Forum Resident

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    New Providence NJ
    Rhino's "Appalachian Stomp" is a great introduction for the newbie.
    I also highly recommend the legendary "The Seldom Scene".
    This music is as elemental as air and water IMO. It is truly American, yet its influences span the globe.
     
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  21. Otlset

    Otlset free-range audiophile

    Location:
    Temecula, CA
    I really like bluegrass music. Usually top-flight musicians, acoustic instruments, and always catchy tunes tightly played.

    About 1984 a friend highly recommended an LP called "Cowboy Calypso" by Russ Barenberg. So I found it and man, what a great collection of really catchy instrumentals! Recommended.
     
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  22. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

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    Expat in Helsinki
    As pure bluegrass goes, the man who invented it not only forbade drums, he wouldn't even consider a dobro part of bluegrass!! Mr. Monroe knows!
     
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  23. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

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    Expat in Helsinki
    Not pure 'grass, but Doc Watson is my fave... I used to mow his grass... here's a story I wrote about him when he died... don't panic... intro is in Finnish, but the main story is English... Tuottaja Will Shade muistelee Doc Watsonia
     
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  24. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff Thread Starter

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    New England
    Here are some "more pickin' and less singin' " selections:

    The David Grisman Quintet.
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    The Bluegrass Album Band Volume 6
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    David Grisman "Hot Dog"
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    The Stanley Brothers "Complete Starday & King Instrumentals"
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  25. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    Location:
    San Diego, CA, USA
    Very Cool! Thanks!
    After scaring the neighbors with Sabbath, I can put on some Bluegrass to chill down and tap my toes! :righton:
     

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