Monday, January 30, 2006

Reminder: Now pickin' an' singin' at The Oak Park Arms ...
Session starts at 9:30 a.m. Get details here.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Two More Contemporary Bluegrass Bands You Oughtta' Hear

1. Steep Canyon Rangers -

2. The Biscuit Burners -

[ Another Furry Young String Band ]
High On The Hog String Band

These strappin' young fellers are from Colorado. And they're givin' away three MP3s right about here. Visit their official Web site here.
[ Lane asked, do tell ... ]
Railroad Earth

From their first gigs in May 2001, Railroad Earth has been an undeniable force whose superb songwriting, singing and performances from the stage have made them one of the most talked about bands to arrive in years. ust three weeks after jamming together for the first time, the six band members went into a local recording studio and laid down 5 live tracks with no overdubs except backing vocals. Within a week they had a manager on board and, on the strength of their demo alone, they landed a slot on the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. That was their tenth gig! Railroad Earth's newest release and first-ever DOUBLE LIVE album, "ELKO," will be released on their new label, SCI Fidelity Records, on January 24, 2006.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

~ R.I.P. ~
Janette Carter of the Carter Family dies


The last surviving child of the original Carter Family, Janette was the daughter of Sara and A.P. Carter. Age 82 and ill for some time, Janette died this past Sunday in Kingsport, TN. You may read further details from the Associated Press here.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Reminder: Now pickin' an' singin' at The Oak Park Arms ...
Session starts at 9:30 a.m. Get details here.

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Peter Rowan + Tony Rice on Google Video - Free!

This home-made performance video from Magnolia Fest Midwest is hilarious. It's about six or seven minutes in length. And the initial three minutes or so is a comedic storytelling bit that leads right into the tune. I won't give it away here (but it's got something to do with the "Free Mexican Air Force."). You've got to see it for yourself. Great pickin', too.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Presents Trad Fest 2 - January 27th + 28th featuring Foghorn Stringband, The Wilders and Ira Berstein & Riley Baugus at the OTSoFM on Lincoln Ave. Special bonus free MP3 of Foghorn Stringband right here! (Note: I wrote about Foghorn Stringband and The Wilders on the blog awhile ago ... check the archive for links and more downloads.)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Don't Forget ...
Now Playing at the Oak Park Arms ...
See below for details ...
!!! News Flash !!!
Live at Fitzgerald's - Sat, Jan 28th
Special Consensus + The Grascals
We're all familiar with the Special C. But you may've only heard about The Grascals. They're Dolly Parton's touring band, for one. But they're a top-flight bluegrass band in their own right. Each member of the band has played with and/or behind bluegrass legends. Their debut CD has garnered excellent reviews, too.

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Mighty Fine Online Store for Bluegrass/Newgrass CDs

The Bluegrass Harmonica Mastery of Buddy Greene
You've got to hear it to believe it. But ... whew! Mighty fine! Based in Nashville, Buddy plays guitar, harp and sings, plus he's recorded with Jerry Douglas, Ron Block, Sam Bush and many others. His interpretations of Gospel songs are especially, well, inspirational. Greene's latest CD is "Hymns & Praise Songs." He offers a 2CD set of Gospel songs collected from previous releases for only $15. And his previous studio release is called "Rufus." Great cover art!

[ Makin' Mountain Music for City Folk ]
The Biscuit Boys

New CD from Old Town School Artist Mark Dvorak

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Order online from

"Mark Dvorak is a folk singer’s folk singer who follows unerringly in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy and Art Thieme. His natural style of performing can make an old song sound new and a new song sound familiar."

Visit Mark's Web site right here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Now Playing at The Oak Park Arms!

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Exciting News ... The formerly Something's Brewing group (that's Jim and Mary, Bob, Bob, Rick, Jack and others) has found a new home at The Oak Park Arms retirement community. The musicians play in the former hotel ballroom, which is an acoustically compatible space. Plus ... the OPA provides coffee and pastries for the players! (Acoustics be darned ... gimme a danish!) Many thanks to Bob Lopardo for stewarding the place and process.

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While the gig is solely for residents and their guests, the audience is warmly engaged and appreciative of the music. The Oak Park Arms is on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue, and the pickin' starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends, well, whenever the group gets tired. Musicians associated with the OP Farmer's Market band are welcome to join the circle.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Cape Breton Fiddlers - A Quick Guidelet
Last year I bought Natalie MacMaster's latest CD and loved it. She performed at The Old Town School, but I missed that. Although she's added "modernist" elements to Cape Breton roots music, she stems from the tradition of the Canadian maritimes that still flourishes.

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Start with The Cape Breton Fiddlers Association with free MP3 downloads. Then check out Allie Bennett's Links page to see a wide range of traditionalists and modernists. One "modernist" is Jimmy Rankin of the Rankin Family whose latest CD, "Handmade," is quite good. (Sample some tracks here.)

Don't miss out on the Cape Breton Live Radio site. I'm watching a streaming video of Natalie and Buddy (her Dad) MacMaster in a local concert setting. It's superb. Enjoy! Finally, there's an informative, easy-to-read posting about Cape Breton fiddle music on the Wikipedia. - You can download official live shows and albums by Garcia/Grisman, David Grisman, Yonder Mountain String Band (pictured), String Cheese Incident, Doc Watson & David Grisman, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys and more. (Note: There are hard rock bands as well.)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Web Radio from East Tennessee's Own -
Bob says Jack loves this radio station. Some of you may remember Miguel bringing letterpress postcards to the Buzz that say "My Grass Is Blue." Those are WDVX promo cards. The station has since moved to downtown Knoxville, home of the Volunteers.

First check the program guide. Then tune in online via the Webcast.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Upcoming Shows of Note
  • Jan 15th - Marty Stuart at The Old Town School
  • Jan 21st - Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys (rockabilly) at Fitzgerald's
  • Jan 21st - Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek) and Mike Marshall at The Old Town School
  • Jan 27th - Subdudes (roots rock) at House of Blues
  • Feb 1st - BR549 (honky tonk) at Schubas
  • Feb 3rd - Son de la Frontera (traditional Cuban roots) at Hot House
  • Feb 15th - Bobby Bare Jr (son of the legendary songwriter) at Schubas
  • Feb 19th - Guy Clark and Terry Allen (fine Texas songcraft) at The Old Town School
  • Feb 19th - Old School Freight Train (new school bluegrass) at Schubas
  • Feb 23rd - Buckwheat Zydeco (a zydeco original still strong) at House of Blues
  • Mar 19th - Ray Price (a living legend at 80!) and Robbie Fulks at The Old Town School
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