Monday, October 29, 2007

Dr. Ralph Stanley
Ralph Stanley & his Clinch Mountain Boys at Fitzgerald's
Thu., Nov. 15th, 8pm, $25 with The Henhouse Prowlers
"After 55 years in the business, Ralph Stanley is still the best banjo picker and tenor singer in bluegrass music. As a recording artist, he has performed on more than 170 albums, tapes, and CDs. Ralph's played throughout the United States and in many foreign lands, too, including several tours of Japan. In addition to the many honors Ralph has received as a bluegrass musician, including membership on the Grand Ole Opry, he is also a Shriner, a member of the Primitive Baptist Universalist Church, and active in his local community, having served on the Dickenson County School Board."
O Brother Buy My Dobro!

Regal RD 75 Square Neck Resonator
guitar (aka Dobro): Solid mahogany back and sides, solid spruce top, bone nut, spider bridge, spun cone, maple saddle, solid headstock with excellent tuners, includes a Stevens(R) steel and finger picks, plus a gig bag. It's only limitation (in my view) is that it's a 24.75" scale, making it a wee bit narrower at the nut and teeny bit shorter end to end.

I bought this guitar brand new at The Old Town School's Different Strummer for $350 plus $45 for the bag and this 'n' that for the picks 'n' steel. Plus tax.

You get it all for merely $150.

This guitar is no longer in production. If you want to try it, visit Musicopia on Roosevelt Road west of Oak Park Ave. Or drop me an email -
In a file photo Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner, right, sings 'Someone I Used To Know' with Dolly Parton during his induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, May 4, 2003.  Wagoner, the rhinestone-clad Grand Ole Opry star who helped launch the career of Dolly Parton by hiring her as his duet partner, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2007. He was 80. (AP Photo/John Russell)
Country star Porter Wagoner dies at 80 - Yahoo! News
Porter Wagoner was known for a string of country hits in the '60s, perennial appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in his trademark rhinestone suits, and for launching the career of Dolly Parton.

Sunday, October 28, 2007


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Date: 2007-10-28, 7:55PM CDT
This is a mint condition Washburn prototype mandolin. Is has Solid Flamed Maple back and sides and a Solid Spruce top along with maple binding. Great sounding Mando. Email with any questions,

Sunday, October 07, 2007

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Jack Swain Showcase Performace - Don't Miss This!

Thursday 10/25, 8:00pm, at Fitzgerald's
6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn

Spade Kitty Records night at Fitzgerald's! Two bands - Trakan and The Red Plastic Buddha - will do a very special suburban label showcase as a pre-release show. Also on the bill are local sensations Jack Swain and Alex Mizicko and friends.

More info at

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Raising Sand Raising Sand: MP3 Downloads: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
To be released on Oct 23, "Raising Sand" is a complete album that blends two distinctive voices from totally different strains of popular music. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant is a high-voiced screamer who's mellowed through the years. Yet he retains the edgy timbre befitting his "Hammer of the Gods" upbringing. Alison Krauss needs no introduction. She possesses the purest soprano in bluegrass, country and beyond. Absolute beauty, she has.

On the ballads their voices blend wonderfully in a strangely-new-yet-familiar way. But the rock-tinged tracks are just okay. When they invoke Mountain Soul, it's blessed harmony.

Check out the download system. It's a new online music store with MP3s formatted at twice the audio quality of iTunes. Buy only the tracks that suit your taste. Or take the whole album for $8.99, a considerable discount from the plastic disc.