All posts tagged “old time music

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Clinch Mountain Backstep

I’ve been playing some of those dark “modal” tunes lately. Here’s one, called The Clinch Mountain Backstep. I believe this one comes to us from the late great Ralph Stanley, who played it with bluegrass picks rather than clawhammer (although he was a mighty clawhammer… Read More

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It’s about not knowing…

I was surfing around the YouTube a short while ago, getting my morning fix of old time music, when I stumbled across: 2 Guys Named Ben: Episode 12 Chicken Train. This immediately caught my attention because the Chicken Train CD is among my fave old… Read More

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Hippie Old Time

A lot of the tunes we play in old time music are in fact really, really old – but not all of them. There have been many great tunes written over the past 50 years which have become standards for old time players. I met… Read More

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Annie & Mac

Down at the Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival in Virginia, I was visiting at my new friend George’s campsite, when Patrick “Mac” McCauley and Barbara “Annie” Stevens stopped by. I really enjoyed hanging out, making friends, and jamming with these talented musicians. It was… Read More