There is a fiddle tune called Spotted Pony or The Spotted Pony, normally played in the key of D, which seems to be pretty common among old time players. I had heard a different Spotted Pony, a Missouri tune played in A, on a recording… Read More
Shovels & Rope….
Gaelynn Lea performing Watch the World Unfold
Fred Hellerman, last of the folk group The Weavers, has passed. He was 89. RIP.
This weird and hypnotic minor key tune is called 41st Ave. Unlike many of the tunes I like to play, this one is not really old – it’s a contemporary tune. I learned it in a workshop taught by Cathy Barton Para at this year’s… Read More
This post is inspired by a Tweet from my friend Vin. Atongo Zimba… The Polkaholics…. Митко Таралежков и Бат’ Невен UND Fighting Sioux Band
Let’s keep that soul theme going a bit longer. Here’s The Temptations performing I Wish it Would Rain. I was out playing Go last night with my friend Vox (who played extremely well and beat me 5 games to 2) and while it was muggy… Read More
I may be a banjo freak, but I love me some Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Groove.
Some soul for a Thursday morning. The gold shoes are a nice touch.
New Orleans clarinetist Pete Fountain has passed at 86. When I was a kid my dad played a lot of Dixieland and New Orleans jazz records around the house. He could tell all the players by their sound and he often quizzed me. Who’s that… Read More