Monday, July 31, 2006

As the world should be

Wow! We drove back from Floyd today, still high from three days of peace, community and outstanding music.

There is no festival like FloydFest. Nestled amongst the trees high atop the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, six stages of continuous music, and a renewal of my own belief in the good in people.

I danced to the Old Time and Cajun sounds of Dirk Powell and the Balfa Toujours, sat in on intimate workshops with Rory Block and David Bromberg, laid on a hillside and listened to Iris Dement, shared a watermelon while listening to the fiddle of Adrienne Young. Just too much to list.

Oh, it's not easy to come back to the grind of the workday. I've brought you all a little piece of the perfect world I visited this past weekend.

Rory Block says she wrote this song to answer the first question every interviewer asks.


Rory Block - Live at FloydFest.mp3


I have copied the file from the Rockridge Brothers to my hosting site for those of you who could not access them due to corporate firewalls. Go back a few posts and give a listen. They were a big hit at FloydFest.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Gone to FloydFest



I'm off for a weekend of music and more at FloydFest 5: Roots Alive.

See ya there or see ya here Tuesday.

Y'all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals



It has been a while since I was stopped in my tracks by a CD. Even longer since the CD doing the stopping was from a relatively little known artist.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are a Vermont-based band that I was not familiar with even though they have been performing since 2002 and have 2 CDs under their belt.

Led by twenty-two year old Grace Potter, the Nocturnals have toured with Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, the Dave Matthews Band, The North Mississippi Allstars, and a host of other equally impressive artists. Truly homegrown, Grace and her band live together on her parents compound near Waitsfield, Vermont.

That soulful voice has earned Grace Potter comparisons with Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner. Not bad company to be compared to!

While it was young Ms. Potter's powerful, bluesy vocals that first caught my attention, it soon becomes clear that all of the members of this band contribute to the groove. Grace Potter, along with her soulful voice, plays piano and a classic Hammond B-3 organ reminiscent of Stevie Winwood, Garth Hudson, and Ray Manzarek. The Nocturnals feature the tasteful electric guitar and slide resonator guitar work of Scott Tournet; the impressive drum/percussion of Matthew Burr; and Bryan Dondero's hypnotic upright and sometimes hard-driving electric bass. The Nocturnals play as if they have been together for decades, with well-crafted arrangements that meld together in a way that I haven't heard since the classic albums of the '60s & '70s. In fact, the entire CD, flows coherently from the first cut to the last in a way seldom heard since those classic albums in your collection.

Since I received this CD it has found it's way back into the CD player every chance it gets, and with each listen I am more impressed. It would be hard to pick out one or two outstanding cuts as the entire CD is outstanding and flows so naturally.

Hit their website for more info and tour schedule.
If you only buy one CD this year, you'd be hard pressed to find a better choice than Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - "Nothing But The Water".
"Nothing But The Water" and the band's debut CD "Original Soul" are available from indie911, CD Baby, Homegrown Music, Plan 9 Music, and local record stores across the U.S.



Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Toothbrush and My Table

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Left Behind



Update -
It seems many folks are not able to get to the video due to corporate firewalls.
I recommend trying from home, this video shows the power and immense talent of these young folks as only a live performance can.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Back on the road!


We're back on the road!

I've only got a quarter of my file space available, but it's a start.

I have re-posted the Lunchboxx post, this time with working files.

It's good to be rolling again!

Dark and off-the-wall (Reposted)

Up in Newark, Delaware (that's "New-Ark", Delaware, not "New-Erk", New Jersey) is a club known as one of the top college bars in the country by several generations of drunken college kids. The Stone Balloon is where local blues artist, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, came to national attention.

My sister has lived near the campus of the University of Delaware for most of the past thirty years. When I go to visit my sister and her family I am always treated to an evening on Main Street in Newark. The Stone Balloon is the centerpiece to a lively nightclub scene. David Bromberg's violin shop is down the street, and there is no telling who may be in there trading licks with one of the best session men there ever was.

Across the street from the Stone Balloon is a "head" shop, the Home Grown, where you can find incense and hemp clothing, Attached to this '60s throwback is a little place called the Home Grown Cafe. The Home Grown Cafe is a bright, cheery place with a nice up-scale decor, wonderful food, and a great bar. On Friday and Saturday nights they have live entertainment and that is where I first heard the acoustic urban blues of Lunchboxx.

Lunchboxx is a fine guitarist, singer, and songwriter who plays some very fine covers of standards by a wide variety of artists such as Mississippi John Hurt, Stephen Stills, Townes Van Zandt, and Skip James, and you can clearly hear each of these varied influences in his music. His own, slightly off-the-wall, original compositions (Don't Go Near That Room and Lord, Uncle Jimmy Hates Flies are two examples) are strong and sometimes strange tunes accompanied by his smooth finger-picked guitar and deep baritone. Another reviewer had this to say about Lunchboxx, "He doesn't tan particularly well".

I can't argue with that.


Lunchboxx - Walkin' Till I'm Through.mp3

Lunchboxx - Anthony's Blues

Lunchboxx - France Blues.mp3


Lunchboxx has 3 CDs, Tall As Wide, Don't Go Near That Room, and My Friend John. All are available from cdbaby.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Good Old-Time music from the hills of ... Sweden ?


This weekend I plan to be enjoying some great music in the mountains at FloydFest 5: Roots Alive. If you have never attended this wonderful three day World Music Festival in Floyd, Virginia, then you are missing out on one of the best festivals there is.

Most of you are familiar with Floyd, Virginia as it is the home of the Floyd Country Store and County Sales. Located in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia, Floyd is a popular stop along The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Musical Trail.

FloydFest is a young festival, this is only the 5th annual, but has already earned a reputation as one not to miss. For a little more background on FloydFest, see this article in The Richmond Times-Dispatch

I was looking over the schedule, planning my trip, and thought I would look into a few of the performers I was not familiar with. One that caught my attention was a young group of ex-punk rockers from Sweden who have caught the Bluegrass and Old-Time bug.

The Rockridge Brothers are; Pontus Juth on upright bass, Peter Frovik on guitar, Ralf Fredblad on: banjo and fiddle, and Kristian Herner on clawhammer banjo. They are currently touring the United States (Virginia, West (By God) Virginia, and upstate New York). They have a good feel for the music for being so far removed from the area. If you get the chance, catch these guys while they are here.



Rockridge Brothers - Been All Around This World.mp3


Rockridge Brothers - Let Me Fall.mp3


Update - I have copied these file to my file host for those of you that could not access them from the public host due to corporate firewalls.


** - I have mentioned The Crooked Road in this space before. With the help of the world's best yard sale bargain hunter and my good friend, Walt, I have been working on a week-long post dedicated to The Crooked Road and Virginia's contributions to the world of music. Watch for it here on the Bus in the coming weeks, after my file hosting nightmare is resolved, of course.

Looks like I owe a few beers!


S'pose I shouldn't be suprised that so many of the riders on the Bus correctly identified R Crumb (and his son Jesse).

cjs, rcrumb, phillip, brian, greg, and pineyflatwoodsgirl: I will gladly quaff a few beers with such cultured folks as you. I don't get around the country like I used to, but should our paths ever cross...

I will be at FloydFest this weekend, if anyone else will be there, leave a comment (my email is still not working) and we'll try to hook up.
I'll bring the beer.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Easin' into Monday

I seem to feature a fair share of musicians from the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore area here on the Bus. I tend to be a bit biased, since I grew up in that area, but the greater D.C. area does have a very vibrant music scene. During the 1960s through the '80s anyone who was anyone in bluegrass music needed a following in the Baltimore/Washington corridor. The Seldom Scene, Country Gentlemen, Don Reno and Bill Harrell, the Bluegrass Cardinals (who moved from California to northern Virginia to be part of the movement).

Mostly known as the "Capitol of Bluegrass", the area has a strong musical community. Other artists that have ties to the area include: Jim Morrison of the Doors; Blues powerhouse, Ruthie Foster; Roomful of Blues; The Nighthawks; street musician, Bob Devlin; Roy Clark; Danny Gaton...

I have recently become aware of a very talented multi-instrumentalist from Takoma Park, a suburb of D.C. on the Maryland side. Mark Sylvester plays in several local bands and teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. He spent last summer in Vancouver, British Columbia as music director and composer for the well received theater piece Other Freds.

Mark's guitar work is crisp and precise, flowing beautifully from his guitar whether flat-picked or finger-picked. Fans of guitar masters Michael Hedges and Alex DiGrassi will want to keep an eye on this young man. His first CD American Gypsy is available at CD Baby.
Stop by his website for more info.

Mark Sylvester - Urban Nocturne.mp3

Mark Sylvester - Caravan.mp3

Update:
Well, it turns out the firewall where I work does block this site!
I'm still working on a fix.

Hitchin' a ride


The Bus has been down for nearly a week now. I have absolutley had it with Comcast Tech Support. It's time to take matters into my own hands and get the Bus back on the road.

We'll be hitchin' a ride from other file hosting services and download sites until I regain access to my own file hosting services. I know that many of the riders on the Bus catch their ride while at work and are "protected" behind corporate firewalls. I will post only from sites that are not blocked by the firewall where I work, which has a very stringent policy.

I've got a cold homebrew for any riders who can identify the man with the thumb in the photo above. I have been a fan of his since the early 1970s.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Bus is in the shop! - Update



Music links are not working.
Bear with me for a day or so. The Bus is in the shop for a tune up.

Actually, I had my phone service switched to digital VOIP yesterday and during the installation my internet mail and storage space (where I host the .mp3 file) was knocked out. The service tech tells me it is a common occurance when phone service is added to an existing internet and cable TV connection.

I now pay Comcast more each month than I pay for gas, and I own five cars!

I hope the Bus will be back on the road very soon.

Update -
My battle with Comcast continues. I have removed the posts that were rendered useless by the incomptence of Comcast Tech Support. I will repost them when I resolve my trouble with Comcast or switch IPs.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

County 709 to 2719



County Records, based in Floyd, Virginia, has been the premiere record label of Old Time and Bluegrass music for four decades. I'd venture that most of the riders here on the Bus have at one time, subscribed to the County Sales Newsletter, own a few County records (or CDs), or at least are familiar with County and Floyd.

During the early days of radio it was rare to hear recorded music. Most radio shows were live, on-the-air performances. Often, a band would do their radio show on Saturday afternoon and be playing in town at a local schoolhouse that evening.

That started to change during WWII, when many big city radio stations made the switch to mostly recorded music. But in the rural communities up and down the Appalachians the live radio show remained a way of life well into the 1960s. In fact as the rest of the country was moving towards recordings of Elvis and the Beatles, the interest in Old Time music was gaining in the mountains of North Carolina Tennessee, and Virginia, where roots run deep.

The community of Camp Creek is located in Surry County, North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, not too far below the Virginia line. I've mentioned Surry County in this space in the past. You may recall that Surry County was the home of Fred Cockerham, whom I've featured here before. Surry County, like most rural Appalachian communities, has a strong connection to the sounds of Old Time String Bands.

Kyle Creed was the best banjo picker in Surry County, and probably most surrounding counties. He had assembled a band including himself on banjo, Fred Cockerham on fiddle (and sometimes fretless banjo), Paul Sutphin on guitar, Verlin Clifton on mandolin, Ronald Collins on guitar and Ernest East on fiddle. All were regulars on the radio, schoolhouse and fiddler's convention circuit. Teamed up as The Camp Creek Boys they were one of the hottest string bands in all three states.

In 1967 they recorded an album for County Records (catalog number County 709). The record was a huge hit, not just in their native hills. Folks who purchased the record, then wrote it's praises in letters to County Records, were from such far-flung places as New England and California! I believe that it was the Camp Creek Boys use of twin fiddles that influenced the Highwoods String Band.

It's no wonder! The Camp Creek Boys were the definition of southern Old Time String Band Music in their time. In 1997 County Records re-issued old County 709 as a CD, County 2719.

Buy a copy here.

Camp Creek Boys - Lonesome Road Blues.mp3

Camp Creek Boys - Let Me Fall.mp3

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Friday Freestyle Radio

Friday at last!

It's been one of those weeks and I've been looking forward to this weekend more than I usually do.

To start the weekend right, and keep the flavor of the past dozen posts, I've been dusting off some older CDs and found a few goodies that just sound good to me. Just a couple of songs that should have been heard on the radio before the corporate takeover of our airwaves. There is over a century of recorded music now, why is it mostly the mediocre that gets airplay?

First up is Bob Neuwirth. "Bob Who?", I can hear many of you asking. Neuwirth is known more to musicians than he is to listeners. During the 1960s he was part of the Boston Blues-Folk scene, where he learned his craft from the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and the Rev. Gary Davis. After hitchhiking to the west coast, he worked the Bay area clubs and spent time on the road with Bob Dylan. He made a few documentary films before traveling to Nashville with Kris Kristofferson. He co-wrote the song "Mercedes Benz" with Janis Joplin and has recorded or worked with Robert Earl Keen Jr., Tom Russell, John Cale, Patti Smith, k.d. lang, Peter Case. In recent years he has produced other documentary films such as "Down From The Mountain". He most recently recorded a CD in Havana, titled Havana Midnight, with some of Cuba's top musicians. This cut is from his 1988 release Back to the Front.

Janis Ian started life with a tough row to hoe. Born to interracial parents in 1951, she legally emancipated herself from them at the age of 15. She wrote and sang her first hit song "Society's Child" at that time. The song was controversial even for the turbulent '60s and many radio stations banned it from their playlists, but that couldn't stop it from hitting #14 on the Billboard charts during the summer of 1967. Her most notable song At Seventeen, about teenage angst, is as pertinent today as it was when it reached #3 on the charts in 1975. With well over thirty albums to date, Janis Ian has not slowed down. She is an outspoken critic of the RIAA and was one of the first artists to post free downloads on her website.
This cut is from her 2000 release God and the FBI.

I've featured a few cuts from Katy Moffat in the past. Early on, when the style of music they play was called "Progressive Country" Katy, and brother, Hugh Moffat gathered a large audience drawn to their heartfelt songs and harmonies only siblings can produce. Katy's voice is rich with emotion and amazing no matter what she is singing, be it country, blues, folk, or Tejano with Rosie Flores (when Katy and Rosie both add their powerful voices to a song, it's an event to be savored! The two are currently putting the finishing touches on a new release together.)
This cut is from Hugh and Katy Moffat's 1994 Dance Me Outside


Bob Neuwirth - Eye On The Road.mp3

Janis Ian - Boots like Emmy Lou's.mp3

Katy & Hugh Moffatt - Right Over Me.mp3

Y'all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Storyteller, baseball fan, social commentator


Chuck Brodsky is a master storyteller, songwriter, social commentator, and baseball fan. His songs are well crafted tales full of sharp-witted emotion and humanity that, in my mind, puts them in good company with the likes of John Prine and the late Steve Goodman. Like Prine and Goodman, Brodsky can turn a good phrase with humor and fine song-crafting.

Originally from Philadelphia, he now resides in the mountains of western North Carolina. His music is just at home in the city as it is in the mountains. Wonderful stories that draw the listeners in offering a look into the deepest emotions of the characters. His CD, The Baseball Ballads is a collection of stories of baseball forgotten heroes and dreadful mistakes. While everyone is aware that Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line by being the first black man to play for the Dodgers, Brodsky introduces us to the story of Eddie Klepp (The Ballad of Eddie Klepp) the first white man to play for the Negro League's Cleveland Buckeyes. Brodsky is a true historian of the game. In fact, the CD is played at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and available in the gift shop.

Chuck Brodsky has been a regular on Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" for years and he and his song "Radio" are in the movie "Radio".


Chuck Brodsky - Take It Out Back.mp3
from the Last Of The Old Time CD

Chuck Brodsky - Trees Falling.mp3
from the Color Came One Day CD

Chuck_Brodsky-Dangerous_Times.mp3
from the Color Came One Day CD


Listen to clips and buy Chuck Brodsky's new CD Tulips For Lunch (and all of his previous releases) here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Something old, something new


Born into a musical family, Joel Mabus was destined to play music.

His parents, Gerald and Ruby Mabus were traveling musicians with road show editions of Prairie Farmer’s WLS Barn Dance. His dad and uncle played barn dances, medicine shows & small town radio stations throughout the lower Midwest before the war.

My wife and I have always had a collection of instruments lying around the house that our children were encouraged to play. The Mabus family had the same philosophy, and by the time young Joel was in grade school he had taken to his older brother's Silvertone mandolin. Guitar, banjo and fiddle would soon follow.

As a teen during the 1960's Joel began writing his own music based on the traditional old time fiddle tunes and bluegrass that he grew up with. As with most from our generation, Joel's music is laced with socio-political commentary, while maintaining a strong connection to his roots of traditional styles. After attending Michigan State University, where he studied anthropology, he chose to play music professionally in 1975.

I first heard Joel Mabus on Mike Flynn's syndicated radio program, "The Folk Sampler". I have since heard him play at several festivals and workshops. Every time I hear him I am taken by his deceptively simple-sounding tunes that are actually very complex compositions. His dexterity on guitar and his wonderful clawhammer banjo are complimented by his deep, rich voice and moving songwriting skills.


Joel Mabus - Flowers Of Michigan.mp3

Joel Mabus - The Sweets of May.mp3

Joel_Mabus_-_Back_Porch_of_Glory.mp3

Joel Mabus - You Can't Buy My Records at Wal-Mart.mp3


Visit joelmabus.com for more info, tour dates and buy a few CDs.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Blowin' the Blues


The harmonica and the blues: The two seem to have been developed for each other. In fact they did develop around the same time.

The harmonica first appeared around 1820, but wasn't widely available until a German clockmaker, Matthias Hohner began mass producing them in 1857. The first harmonicas, with their diatonic tunings, were made for European folks songs but were perfectly suited to the blues as well. Their small size made them extremely portable, and the fact that high quality instruments could be mass produced, made them very affordable.

Prior to the availability of the harmonica, many Blues musicians played the quills, a pan pipe-type instrument made of differing lengths of hollow reeds. Few recordings of musicians playing quills exist, but they do exist. Someone remind me to post some in the future.

One of the first harmonica players to record was DeFord Bailey, an early country music star and the first African-American performer on the Grand Ole Opry. Baily was one of the early members of the Opry and one of it's most popular. He toured with many other Opry stars including Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, and Roy Acuff. He was a member of the Opry from 1927 until 1941, when due to licensing conflicts with BMI -ASCAP he was prevented from playing his best known songs on the radio and was fired by WSM. He spent the rest of his life shining shoes, cutting hair, and renting out rooms in his home to make a living. DeFord Bailey died in 1982 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Noah Lewis, (on right in photo above) founder of Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers along with Gus Cannon, was known for being able to play two harmonicas at once. He would play one with his mouth and the other with his nose! I've discussed Cannon's Jug Stompers many times here before, including the fact that one of their tunes "Minglewood Blues" was a standard for the Grateful Dead. Noah Lewis was the composer of "Minglewood Blues", as well as many other tunes. He left the music scene in the 1930's as the popularity of Jug Bands was on the decline. Lewis died in 1961 near Ripley, Tennessee of gangrene brought on by frostbite.

Noah Lewis - Devil in the Woodpile.mp3

DeFord Bailey - Davidson County Blues.mp3

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Highwoods String Band


During the folk revival of 1950's, 60's, and 70's, the resurgence of interest in the traditional music of Appalachia resulted in many bands playing Old Time music to try to sound "authentic". The emphasis was almost academic, more as a re-enactment of times past. Something to please the folklorists and music collectors.
Thankfully, there was a small handful of bands that were playing the traditional music not as an act of preservation, but just because it was good music. You can tell the difference in their recordings. Two bands that come to mind when I think of the string band revival of the late 60's and early 70's are The Red Clay Ramblers and The Highwoods String Band.

Out in San Francisco in the late 1960's the streets were alive with all sorts of music. The Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Credence Clearwater Revival ..., and the Highwoods String Band (at the time they went by the name Fat City.)

The Highwoods String Band played Old Time music because it was fun, good music and they had fun with it. Throughout the 1970's the Highwoods String Band appeared at many of the festivals that were popping up across the country. It was at one of those festivals that I first heard them and picked up my first copy one of their LPs.

In 1994 Rounder Records compiled choice cuts from the three Highwoods LPs and issued "Feed Your Babies Onions: Fat City Favorites". The title refers to fiddler Walt Koken's frequent introduction, "Feed your babies onions so you can find `em in the dark", just before breaking into another hot fiddle breakdown.

The Highwoods String Band and the Red Clay Ramblers have influenced every string band to come down the pike since. Good time, hard driving music.

Buy a copy at Rounder Records.

Highwoods String Band - Sleeping Lulu.mp3

Highwoods String Band - Way Down the Old Plank Road.mp3

Friday, July 07, 2006

Friday: Swamp Pop


Friday!


We haven't listened to any Cajun music for more than a few Fridays now.
With all of the heat, humidity and rain we've had here along the east coast recently I've almost felt as if I were back in south Louisiana. May as well put a few pounds of crawfish in the steamer, pour a few cold ones, and make the best of it!

In the past we have heard from the famous Falcon Family here on the Bus. Master accordionist Joe Falcon was one of the first Cajun artists to record in the late 1920's. Johnnie Allan is the great-nephew of Joe Falcon. Johnnie Allan was born John Allan Guillot in 1938, in Rayne, Louisiana. His mother, Helen Falcon Guillot played guitar and her sister played triangle, while her father, Ulysse Falcon, played both accordion and fiddle.

Desite his famous family, Johnnie Allan was born into poverty. He spoke little English before he entered school. Johnnie and his brother worked the fields with their sharecropper father each morning before running off to school. "We'd work one year to pay last year's debts," he says.

Johnnie saved the money he earned selling seeds to neighbors and bought his first guitar at the age of six. He later joined The Scott Playboys, as a rhythm guitarist. By the age of fifteen, he switched to the steel guitar and joined up with accordion legend, Lawrence Walker. By the time he was eighteen he was struck by the music of Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. In 1957 he left Walker's band and formed his own Krazy Kats, playing rock-influenced Cajun music often referred to as "Swamp Pop".

Let's get this party started!

Johnnie Allan - You Are A Great Lover, But You Can't Cook Cajun Food.mp3

Johnnie Allan - Samedie Soir Aux Magasin.mp3

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Where the sun never shines


One of the top duos in country music, The Louvin Brothers modeled their act after some of the best of the popular brothers groups of the 1930's. They were influenced by The Blue Sky Boys (Bill and Earl Bolick), The Delmore Brothers, The Dixon Brothers, and The Monroe Brothers. In turn they were a major influence on later brother acts such as The Everly Brothers.

Charlie (born Charlie Elzer Loudermilk, July 7, 1927) and Ira (born Lonnie Ira Loudermilk, April 21, 1924) were born and raised in northern Alabama. They performed throughout the 1940's and 50's gaining a reputation for their Country Gospel numbers. I suppose they were from the same belief as the likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, for as they sang their beautiful Gospel harmonies on stage, their off-stage lives were less than angelic.

During the 1950's the Louvin Brothers expanded their repertoire to suit the changing sounds of Country music and had a string of hits in the late 50's. By the early 1960's they decided to part ways. Each launched solo careers, with Charlie having a couple dozen moderate hits. Ira didn't fair as well. Shortly after the break-up with his brother, Ira was shot and seriously wounded during a drunken argument with his third wife, Faye. After his recovery he resumed performing. This time touring with his fourth wife, Anne Young. In June of 1965, while the couple were performing a week of concerts in the Kansas City, Missouri area, they were both killed in an automobile accident.

Charlie's beautiful tenor voice and guitar and Ira's high tenor and mandolin produced some great songs during their "experimental" stage in the later 50's, that influenced another generation of musicians. Their "If I Could Only Win Your Love" was the first hit by a young Emmylou Harris. Gram Parsons was fond of the Louvin Brothers, recording "Cash on the Barrelhead" as a solo artist and "The Christian Life" with The Byrds on the classic "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" LP.

Louvin Brothers - In The Pines.mp3

Louvin Brothers - Brown's Ferry Blues.mp3

Louvin Brothers - Cash On The Barrelhead.mp3

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

More from the Clinch Mountains: Mace's Spring


The Clinch Mountains of southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee are home to a long list of well known names in the Old-Time, Country, and Bluegrass fields. I would be remiss if I did not mention the folks that earned the area it's nickname as "the birthplace of country music".

A.P., Sara, and Mother Maybelle, The Carter Family.

The Carter Family Fold, in the little community of Mace's Spring, Virginia, at the foot of Clinch Mountain, still draws thousands of visitors from around the world.

The Carter Family - My Clinch Mountain Home.mp3

The Carter Family - Sow 'Em On The Mountain.mp3