Some John Hartford…
Vivian Howard, the chef and star of A Chef’s Life on PBS wrote in her cookbook, Deep Run Roots: “Ground corn distinguishes the food of the Americas from that of the rest of the world”. It turns out down in America they make hooch from… Read More
I confess I love train songs. Is that so bad? Here’s Ken Perlman performing Reuben’s Train (and more) in Ireland. Here’s a nice square-dancey stringband version of Reuben’s Train by the Hogslop stringband Bluegrass freaks might say wait a minute, that’s Train 45 and so… Read More
This performance was shared by someone on one of the facebook banjo groups. I liked it a lot so I thought I’d share it here as well. It’s a mighty sad tune about coal mining by two women from Kentucky. Beautiful performance! Here’s a link… Read More
Some people in Ontario awoke to snow on the ground today – and it’s just October 17. Yikes. Let’s listen to Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys from 1945, singing about that day when Nellie lost her way…
If it ain’t there when I get back, I’ll raise hell in the Cumberland Gap. There are about as many versions of this tune as there are banjo pickers. In fact, it’s played in most of the various clawhammer tunings, including one known as Cumberland… Read More
The Cumberland Gap, a mountain pass in the Appalachians located where Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia meet, is also the name of a song first recorded in 1924. There are countless versions. Here are a few that I really like. Let’s start with bluegrass, and Flatt… Read More
Regular readers know the truth. I’m an unrepentant folk music freak enthusiast. That’s just the way it is. I think it was squeezebox king Flaco Jimenez who said something about folk music being very simple music dressed up to seem really complicated. Still, there are… Read More
This is for all the folk music freaks out there who secretly wish they were rocker dudes.
My brother Salvelinas Fontinalis sent this video over. It seems unremarkable until just after the 1:30 mark. Check out how cool this player is. Remarkable that the band managed to finish the song.