Posts Tagged ‘bluegrass’

Saturday Matinee – Utopia, The Nicholas Brancker Band, Bernard “Pretty” Perdie & Co., and The Cleverlys

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Utopia (2019) is a short by filmmaker Kosta Nikas. A man lives in a society where citizens police each other with their mobile phones. [Found here.]

The Nicholas Brancker Band plays 60’s-70s spouge, a style that was “Barbados’ answer to ska in Jamaica and calypso in Trinidad.” I’d heard before but never knew it had a name until recently (thanks to Queen H.). Jump to 01:10 for the music.

Tighten Up (Part 1) is a cover of the classic 1968 Archie Bell & the Drells hit. Music starts at 0:40. This all-star lineup features:

Bernard “Pretty” Perdie – drums
Chuck Rainey – bass
David T. Walker – guitar
Sonny Phillips – organ
Bill Bivens – tenor sax
Virgil Jones – trumpet
Pancho Morales – percussion
Lou Donaldson – alto sax

“If Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, and Spinal Tap spawned a litter of puppies, it would be the Cleverlys.” – NYT

As long as we’re doing covers, The Cleverlys‘ take on The Proclaimers 1988 song is a good’un. A lot of the songs they cover are parodies of a sort (I expected to hear “pterodactyl” in the refrain) but they play I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) straight… mostly.

There’s a hunderd other things that I can think of to post, but I gotta wrap it up and ship it out. Have a great weekend, and you know what to do.

Saturday Matinee – Blender CG Compilation, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Mountain Music & Joe Bonamassa

Saturday, 30 January 2021

I’m on the Blender email list, and occasionally they link to video tutorials/demos. I don’t use the CG program, but its capabilities blow me away. The guy who compiled the animations ran out of audio at about 03:10 but dealt with it pretty well.

In 1965, David Hoffman filmed some genuine hill music from the mountains of North Carolina for a television documentary. Music starts at 04:28. (If you want to hear the four and a half minute lead in, start at 00:00.) Hoffman filmed those same musicians in the best clogging video you’ll find.

This animated cartoon music video of Richard Hell and the Voidoids‘ single “The Kid with the Replaceable Head” (Radar, 1979) was created by Washington D.C. kid’s show “Pancake Mountain.” The song was written by Richard Hell, and this recording was produced by Nick Lowe.

2009 Joe Bonamassa sounds a lot like 1974 Robin Trower. I like it.

Have a great weekend or something. More to come.

Saturday Matinee – Christmas Songs from the Bands of the USN, USA, USAF, USCG & USSF

Saturday, 12 December 2020

United States Navy Band featuring
Senior Chief Petty Officer Keith Arneson, banjo
Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Friedman, guitar

This bluegrass medley by the United States Army Band featured
SFC Dean G. Woods, vocals, guitar
SFC Marlisa D. Woods, vocals, fiddle
MSG Michael J. Ford, vocals, harmonica
SFC Kristopher C. Armstrong, string bass
CW5 (ret.) Charles Vollherbst, banjo

The United States Air Force Band jazzed it up a bit. None of that hillbilly crap for them (even though they’re all rednecks).

The United States Coast Guard Band played one of my favorites. Kinda.

The United States Marine Band did a good job with this one.

The United States Space Force Band is still in it’s infancy, but this works as a placeholder.

Have a great weekend, see you back here tomorrow if I’m not at the mall.

Saturday Matinee – Andre Antunes, The Cleverlys, Ricky Skaggs & The Whiskey Gentry

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Hold onto your earflaps people. Andre Antunes has a hit on his plate, and he included the lyrics so everyone can sing along.

The Cleverlys Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door is pure gospel bluegrass. Awesome happens at 02:30 with Irl Hees on bass. He’s no longer with the band.

In November 2019, Mr. Hees was charged with felony domestic battery in the second degree and felony aggravated assault of a household member.

“Hees said the argument was over his communication with an ex-wife. He said at some point during the argument, Heather DuBroc walked into the kitchen, picked a pistol up off the kitchen table, and pointed the weapon at him.” [Source]

Ricky Skaggs is one of the greatest mandolin players to come out of the 1980s bluegrass revival, and Highway 40 Blues is one of my favorite early morning roadtrip songs. Skaggs continues performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

Another of my favorites is the ballad of Colly Davis, written by Steven F. Brines and Jim Smoak. I’ve heard a few versions, but this one by The Whiskey Gentry blew me away.

That should keep you rollin’ a while. Have a great weekend folks, and do whatever seems righteous. See you back here tomorrow for more things to click on.

Saturday Matinee – The Darlings, The Dillards, New Grass Revival, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, and Victor Wooten

Saturday, 14 November 2020

The Darlings were a regular feature on the Andy Griffith Show, usually showing up whenever there was trouble brewing (like when Ernest T. Bass tried to woo Charlene Darling). The Darlings were The Dillards.

The Dillards, live at the Tonder Festival in Denmark in 1999. Entertaining intro to Ebo Walker, song starts about 03:45 in.

But there was also a real Ebo Walker, an upright bass player from Kentucky, and the song is not a tribute. From a  Reddit discussion:

Harry Shelor

“Crazy story time. Ebo Walker’s real name is Harry Lee Shelor Jr, (there’s a song called Ebo Walker, which Harry took the name from). Harry cultivated and grew marijuana. He ended up shooting a Kentucky State Police Detective by the name of Darrell Vendl Phelps. He began serving a 50 year sentence in 1981.”

Shelor was released from prison in 2013, age 70.

Prior to his arrest in 1981, Harry Shelor/Ebo Walker was a founding member of The New Grass Revival.

New Grass Revival covers Townes Van Zandt‘s White Freightliner Blues (ca.1981). This lineup consisted of

Sam Bush – mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals
Pat Flynn – guitar, vocals
John Cowan – bass guitar, vocals
Béla Fleck – banjo, guitar, vocals

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, featuring Victor Wooten on fretless bass , his brother Roy “Futureman” Wooten on Drumitar. That’s one tight trio.

Victor Wooten won the Bass Player of the Year award from Bass Player magazine three times and is the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was ranked No. 10 in the Top 10 Bassists of All Time by Rolling Stone.

That set of connections happened somewhat by accident, just like a lot of things these days. Find something fun to do this weekend accidentally, and when you’re done c’mon back here. Got some cool stuff for you to click on.

Saturday Matinee – Igorrr, The Wise Guyz, Firebird Trio & Billy Strings

Saturday, 1 August 2020

“It feels satisfying that, after all those years on the internet, I still can be wtfed.” -YouTube comment

I don’t know what to make of that, so you’re on your own. Igorrr (aka  Gautier Serre) claims to have synesthesia and perceives music as colors.

Like Ukrainian rockabilly? The Wise Guyz do a damn fine job.

Too hot to handle and too cold to hold, Australia’s Firebird Trio takes the heart of rock and roll and nails it to your forehead.

“Looks 14, sings like a 40 year old and jams like he’s been playing for a hundred years.” -YouTube comment.

William Apostol, aka Billy Strings, was exposed to bluegrass at a young age, and it shows. I’ve got turmoil and tinfoil on my mind these days, too.

Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll figure it all out tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Black Oak Arkansas, The Osborne Brothers & John Lee Hooker+

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Black Oak Arkansas‘ 1971 cover of LaVerne Baker’s 1956 hit is a good one, but that video is just embarrassing.

The Osborne Bros.‘ 1972 recording of Midnight Flyer was covered by a lot of folks (including the Eagles). I like the original better.

John Lee Hooker, with Elvin Bishop. Paul Butterfield, J.J. Cale & Carlos Santana, in 1986. That’s some badass boogie.

Yeah, that’s an eclectic mix.  I couldn’t quite find what I was originally looking for, kept getting distracted and then forgot where I started.
Have a great weekend, folks. Go outside, do what you wanna do, and ignore the virus-shamers – they’re not worth the attention.

Saturday Matinee – Tommy Burst, Stefan Ilic, Steyr 80A Sincrobulli & Robbie Robertson

Saturday, 21 March 2020

I had something similar that shot plastic pellets. Since there were no refills, you had to chase them down after spraying the playground. (Not sure, but I think the bad guy is Otis from The Andy Griffith Show.)

Serbian trio featuring Maestro Stefan Ilic on fiddle [via].

More tractor? Don’t know anything about this one except it’s an Austrian Steyr 80A Sincrobulli.

Robbie Robertson remakes The Band‘s classic The Weight, with performers from around the world. That song is one of my all-time favorites.

We have some tough times ahead, and the best thing to do is to ignore the newsmedia fear-mongers. The biggest threat is not the Wuhan v-word, but the overwrought government reactions to it, so work with what you got until the storm passes… and it will.

See you back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – G-AAH, Billy Strings, Billy Gibbbons & Stéphane Grappelli

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Aviator Amy Johnson was honored with an Underwood typewriter animation.tribute [via]. She achieved worldwide recognition when, in 1930, she became the first woman pilot or aviatrix to fly solo from England to Australia. She flew the G-AAAH Jason, a second-hand trainer airplane.

Billy Strings [h/t windbag].

Billy Gibbons with ratrods [h/t Octopus].

Stéphane Grappelli

Great early morning road trip music back when I was running early morning road trips. 1930s sunrise swing always worked for me.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Robot Attack, Weasel Pops, Speedgrass & Mall Boogie-Woogie

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Nice amateur work: “Four years ago I set out to make a short film with my two boys and an iPhone. It’s done now. We hope you like it.” The background story is pretty cool, too [via].

Talent Night: Be patient with this one. The kid’s good, and I bet he’s a fan of PDQ Bach.

How ’bout some Speedgrass?

Fast pickin’ by a band with a great name: Trampled By Turtles. They have to change their strings each time they play that one.

Okay, so where do we go from here? Oh wait. I know.
How ’bout some British shopping mall piano boogie-woogie?

I don’t know who those two are, but they appear on several videos at the same location.

Have a great weekend, folks, see you back here in the wee hours. Or later.


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