Friday, February 03, 2006

"New" old-time string band music

String band music is making something of a resurgence in popularity these days. Possibly fueled by the popularity of bands such as Nickel Creek, who have blended the string band instruments with pop and rock, or by the satirical groups such as the Boxcar Preachers who, while being great musicians, seem to poke fun at the style.

But there are bands out there playing good, traditional string band music. Portland, Oregon's Foghorn String Band are an excellent example. These guys don't rely on silly stage shenanigans or digital tom-foolery, their tight instrumentals and honest vocals are all that's required to get an audience on their feet and dancing. In fact they host, with caller Bill Martin, a popular, free monthly square dance in Portland.

The interplay between the fiddle and mandolin on this live recording is just wonderful. Foghorn perform and recorded their first 2 CD's just as you see them pictured above, seated in a semi-circle, as if it was an informal jam session. I have not had the pleasure of seeing them perform, but it sure sounds like they are enjoying themselves, and it's contagious!
"Roll up the rug, you know Mama don't want you dancin' on it!"

Foghorn - Lacy Brown/Hangman's Reel

Foghorn - All Night Long


Anonymous Lucy said...

Those were great, Ed! You've got to get me to Hopeless; this jackass is driving me nuts w/his shit-for-taste in music. AC/DC was blasting when I got in this morning, and yep, we got into it!! If it weren't for you and Walt, I'd of killed him by now!

February 03, 2006 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your right Ed roll up the rug and start buck dancing if you can

Lucy one thing to remember, is he will be deaf long before we will
so hang in there.


February 03, 2006 9:18 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Now, now, dear, violence is not the answer (unless you can make it look like an accident). Headphones and a little hooch in your coffee, yep, that's what does it for me.

These guys are damn good! Hit their site, Foghorn, they have 2 other cuts there.

February 03, 2006 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I don't have to make it look like an accident... they'll never find all the pieces ;) and I don't have the coffee flavorings we were discussing the other day.

That okay, John Prine in me headphones, knowing there'll be lots o' beer & picturing his face on the volleyball tonight will get me through the day. Gee I feel better already... thanks guys!

February 03, 2006 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Wow those other cuts are great; absolutely love "Lacy Brown/Hangman's Reel" just awesome!!

Ed, you know how to get me in a better mood. Thanks bunches!

February 03, 2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Rob Hutten said...

Awesome tunes - thanks again! This blog kicks donkey euphemism.

February 03, 2006 12:26 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

These fellas are awsome! And thanks for the kind words again, Rob. And for that different version of "40 miles of Elbow Room".

February 03, 2006 4:33 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Those Foghorn boys sure look like Canadians, the country Oregon ought to part of. I hope these guys make it past our slippery fingered border guards one day soon.

February 05, 2006 10:34 AM  

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