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Any Bluegrass music fans 'round here?

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It's one of those genre's that you either love or think of the movie Deliverance. :)  I was lucky enough to see Earl Scruggs before he passed away back '12.  He had to sit down to play, but boy did he make that banjo SING!  I've also seen Steve Martin (the comedian) play in person.  I knew he played the banjo in his comedy sketches, but didn't realize just how good he is and how serious he takes it. 

For any fans of the Andy Griffith show, the Darlings (Dillards in real life) are from right down the road from me.

My wife gave me a mandolin a few years back, but I'm still not very good at it.
 

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Love it, listen to it around here a lot. My wife's family was a traveling bluegrass band for years (she plays flat-pick guitar). Keep practicing -- the world needs more mandolin!
 

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Porter ODoran said:
Love it, listen to it around here a lot. My wife's family was a traveling bluegrass band for years (she plays flat-pick guitar). Keep practicing -- the world needs more mandolin!
I've finally mastered tuning the thing.  :)  I can play the guitar, but not picking.  Did your wife's band ever make it down to the Ozarks?  I might have seen them.
 

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GabrieltheCelt said:
Porter ODoran said:
Love it, listen to it around here a lot. My wife's family was a traveling bluegrass band for years (she plays flat-pick guitar). Keep practicing -- the world needs more mandolin!
I've finally mastered tuning the thing.  :)  I can play the guitar, but not picking.  Did your wife's band ever make it down to the Ozarks?  I might have seen them.
Yeah, I think they made a loop thru there every year. But they just played churches. Gospel bluegrass band.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
GabrieltheCelt said:
Porter ODoran said:
Love it, listen to it around here a lot. My wife's family was a traveling bluegrass band for years (she plays flat-pick guitar). Keep practicing -- the world needs more mandolin!
I've finally mastered tuning the thing.  :)  I can play the guitar, but not picking.  Did your wife's band ever make it down to the Ozarks?  I might have seen them.
Yeah, I think they made a loop thru there every year. But they just played churches. Gospel bluegrass band.
I love listening to a local program called Believer's Bluegrass.  Did they ever cut a record?  If you don't mind me asking, what did they call themselves?
 

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GabrieltheCelt said:
Porter ODoran said:
GabrieltheCelt said:
Porter ODoran said:
Love it, listen to it around here a lot. My wife's family was a traveling bluegrass band for years (she plays flat-pick guitar). Keep practicing -- the world needs more mandolin!
I've finally mastered tuning the thing.  :)  I can play the guitar, but not picking.  Did your wife's band ever make it down to the Ozarks?  I might have seen them.
Yeah, I think they made a loop thru there every year. But they just played churches. Gospel bluegrass band.
I love listening to a local program called Believer's Bluegrass.  Did they ever cut a record?  If you don't mind me asking, what did they call themselves?
They cut a couple three records. She's also in an all women bluegrass band -- secular -- now. Don't know if I should give the name, as I've talked about the poor girl rather controversially in some threads around the time of our divorce. I'll give it some thought.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
GabrieltheCelt said:
Porter ODoran said:
GabrieltheCelt said:
Porter ODoran said:
Love it, listen to it around here a lot. My wife's family was a traveling bluegrass band for years (she plays flat-pick guitar). Keep practicing -- the world needs more mandolin!
I've finally mastered tuning the thing.  :)  I can play the guitar, but not picking.  Did your wife's band ever make it down to the Ozarks?  I might have seen them.
Yeah, I think they made a loop thru there every year. But they just played churches. Gospel bluegrass band.
I love listening to a local program called Believer's Bluegrass.  Did they ever cut a record?  If you don't mind me asking, what did they call themselves?
They cut a couple three records. She's also in an all women bluegrass band -- secular -- now. Don't know if I should give the name, as I've talked about the poor girl rather controversially in some threads around the time of our divorce. I'll give it some thought.
I understand. 
 

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One of the first things my wife and I did after we got married was attend a bluegrass campground in the Alabama foothills. This was shortly after Katrina wiped the Gulf Coast clean, and so when we showed up in a car (and only a car) with Louisiana tags, they refused to take our money because they thought we were homeless evacuees even though we insisted we weren't. Half of the acts who played the festival formed there on the grounds after the individual members met up.

I plan to take a truckload of instruments and try to join in should I ever make it back.

 

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I like Irish trad music, so I tend to like bluegrass too when I hear it, though I haven't really explored it much apart from a Stanley Bros' album I own.
 

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Bill Monroe is 'aight.
 

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Agabus said:
One of the first things my wife and I did after we got married was attend a bluegrass campground in the Alabama foothills. This was shortly after Katrina wiped the Gulf Coast clean, and so when we showed up in a car (and only a car) with Louisiana tags, they refused to take our money because they thought we were homeless evacuees even though we insisted we weren't. Half of the acts who played the festival formed there on the grounds after the individual members met up.

I plan to take a truckload of instruments and try to join in should I ever make it back.
Bluegrass folks are the coolest and kindest.
 

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I spent a bit of yesterday evening working on an arrangement of Are You Washed in the Blood? for guitar and mandolin. Since I misplaced my hymnals during the last move, I'm reconstructing it from memory/by ear. It would be easier to just listen on YouTube, but it's sort of how I unwind after a 13-hour workday.
 

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Yep, the old stuff. Stanley Brothers make my top ten. Bill Monroe isn't far off. Similarly held eclectic tastes

A lot of the new stuff has something wrong with it to my ears. Almost like a pop, contemporary christian music thing going on, with a fake vocal twang.

It's funny, I was reading about the differences between Old Time and Bluegrass the other day. Some interesting, cogent pieces that seemingly helped explain it. But the analysis seemed too crisp, and I frankly think it's largely wrong. I'll keep trying to figure it out.

 

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Cognomen said:
Yep, the old stuff. Stanley Brothers make my top ten. Bill Monroe isn't far off. Similarly held eclectic tastes

A lot of the new stuff has something wrong with it to my ears. Almost like a pop, contemporary christian music thing going on, with a fake vocal twang.

It's funny, I was reading about the differences between Old Time and Bluegrass the other day. Some interesting, cogent pieces that seemingly helped explain it. But the analysis seemed too crisp, and I frankly think it's largely wrong. I'll keep trying to figure it out.
Bluegrass is to Old Time what Led Zeppelin is to Delta. The bluegrass style was developed to be revolutionarily technically dazzling. At about the same time guitar rock was developed.
 

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And, agreed, most of the Nu-grass is just sad.
+1

A fake bluegrass twang sounds just as bad as a fake British accent in the movies.
 

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I don't know if fits as nu-grass, but I like Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, I haven't heard everything from them, but as far as I heard, I find it very nice and interesting.
 

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juliogb said:
I don't know if fits as nu-grass, but I like Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, I haven't heard everything from them, but as far as I heard, I find it very nice and interesting.
Meh.
 

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Porter ODoran said:
They cut a couple three records. She's also in an all women bluegrass band -- secular -- now. Don't know if I should give the name, as I've talked about the poor girl rather controversially in some threads around the time of our divorce. I'll give it some thought.
;)
 
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