Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Black Diamonds from the coal fields

I first heard the Black Diamond Band some years back, at the Central Virginia Family Bluegrass Music Festival in Amelia, Virginia. I got reacquainted with their music on my way through West Virginia a few days back.
The Black Diamond Band is from the coal mine country of southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia and their sound is true to the traditional high lonesome bluegrass sound of the Allegheny Highlands. This area was home to the Carter Family, and Ralph & Carter Stanley and the Clinch Mountian Boys. Today the area is a hotbed of bands playing in the traditional style, the Black Diamond Band is one of the bands leading the way.

Black Diamond - Julie Ann.mp3

Black Diamond - Black Diamond Coal.mp3

Listen to clips and buy Black Diamond CDs here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed it's good to have you back behind the wheel.
The selection for the day are "GREAT" what else can I say
but you know me this is what I love.


June 29, 2006 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

...what Joey said! Great tunes!! It is good to have you back at the helm; welcome home.

June 29, 2006 7:34 AM  

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