Thursday, 14 January 2010
Friday, 18 December 2009
If you love bluegrass instrumentals, treat yourself to a great and inexpensive gift from your local Dollar Tree store. Don’t be fooled by the cardboard jewel case for the album Smokey Mountain Memories, thinking it might be amateurs. The group un-named) is clearly composed of topflight performers on banjo, guitar, base, and mandolin. You get 10 tunes, some familiar standards and some not heard often. There are two vocal numbers, one forgettable, the other not bad. You won’t find the fiddles and flutes claimed on the wrapper, but this is still a great CD, with some wizard playin’ especially in “Billy in the Lowground” and “Cherokee Shuffle.”
Wednesday, 09 December 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and Bluegrass Time by Phil Zimmerman is more than a collection of photographs. The book also contains a host of stories, biographies and interesting bluegrass facts, from the secrets of Bill Monroe’s mandolin to the famous jam on the back of the flat bed truck.
The book spans a vibrant time in bluegrass history from the early 1970’s to the early 1980’s. A time when giants walked the earth and today’s big names were just starting out. Festivals at this time were just starting to become three day events and bands like the Grateful Dead were rubbing elbows with groups like Charlie Moore and the Dixie Partners.
Wednesday, 04 November 2009