Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mighty Fine Historical Recordings on CD


Dust-to-Digital : About Us
Dust-to-Digital was started in February 1999 by Lance Ledbetter, a radio disc jockey at WRAS — the student-run voice of Georgia State University. Having been recently introduced to vintage 78 rpm records by the reissue of the Anthology of American Folk Music in 1997, Ledbetter decided to set out on a search for rare gospel recordings.

Four and a half years later, Goodbye, Babylon was released. The six CD box set was accompanied by a 200 page book and hand-packed with raw cotton in a wooden box. The response from music fans around the world was astounding, and Dust-to-Digital followed up the gospel set with Where Will You Be Christmas Day? in 2004.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mighty Funky World Beat

Adam Grosso's band Euforquestra will be performing at Martyrs this Friday, November 30. They will play from 9:00 to 10:00pm, and be followed by Bumpus and Garaj Mahal, featuring the jazz guitarist Fareed Haque in a "jam band" quartet.

Martyrs is at 3855 N. Lincoln in Chicago (between Addison and Irving Park). The kitchen opens at 6:00, so think about going early for dinner.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mighty Fine Concerts at The Old Town School

2008 Concerts at the Old Town School
Click the link for details. There's the Trad Fest Open House in late January with Foghorn Stringband and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Also concerts with the singer-songwriter/producer Joe Henry, the New Orleans pianist/composer Allen Toussaint, the Celtic Fiddle Fest, the David Grisman Quintet, Cowboy Junkies with special guest Mary Gauthier and, among many more amazing shows, the ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro with guests Sarah Lee Guthrie (Arlo's girl) & Johnny Irion (whose recently released solo CD is very, very good).

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Bluegrass Blog is Mighty Fine

Have your say on The B!

Yet another good ... some would say great ... bluegrass music site.

Mighty Fine Americana Music Site


Since first launching the OPFMB blog site, I have noticed the number of "Americana Roots" music sites have blossomed across the Net. Check this one out.

Americana Roots : Merle Haggard - The Bluegrass Sessions
"Surrounding himself with some of the best musicians in the business (Marty Stuart on mandolin, Carl Jackson on guitar, Rob Ickes on resophonic guitar, Charlie Cushman on banjo, Aubrey Haynie fiddle and Ben Isaacs on bass) as he runs through 12 songs – three new songs, two covers and seven Haggard classics receiving the bluegrass treatment."

Curious? Read the rest by clicking the link. Americana Roots is a great site. Try it, you'll like it.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Upcoming Mighty Fine Jam Session

The Django Jam continues each second Friday of the month. Come check it out next Friday, November 9th, 7:00 pm, at the Zen Community of Oak Park - Empty Sound Temple, 163 N. Humphrey Ave. in Oak Park (1/2 block north of Lake St., 1 block west of Austin Blvd).

If you have any questions, call Bob Althouse at 708-445-1651.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Mighty Fine Upcoming Shows ...

Charlie Louvin

The surviving Louvin brother released his first studio recording in a long, long time last year. This is perhaps our last chance to see this living legend in performance.

Sunday, Dec 16. $20.
Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, 773-525-2508


John Prine with Iris Dement
Favorite son. Esteemed songwriter. Cancer survivor. Maywood's own. Angel from Montgomery. Need I say more?

Friday, Feb 8, 2008. $49.50 - $59.50.
Chicago Theater


Sones de Mexico
Like any large nation, Mexico boasts regional folk music forms that differ in style and substance. Unfortunately, here in the States we tend to generalize, which robs us of distinguishing between them. The Mexican Son (the word son means almost literally "song") is, generally, a southern folk form native to Guadalajara and vicinity.

Friday, Nov 23. $12.


Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys
See my notes below. Opening act, the Henhouse Prowlers (pictured above), are a group of Chicagoans who play with conviction and respect for the Appalachian tradition, yet they're never stale. Let's call them unconventional traditionalists. Listen to a track on their MySpace page.

Thursday, Nov 25 at 8pm. $25.