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Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 20, 2010 - 08:20pm PT

So I was at the Leap on Friday, and while roping up for a dusk climb of Sinbad-Herbert I was talking to some nice climbers who happened to also be bluegrass musicians. They, like me, had decided to skip the Grass Valley Festival for a weekend of climbing.

Anyway, I had so much fun on the route that I wanted to bust out the banjo the minute I came down, but alas my banjo and my new friends were both far away. Yet I was left with an idea...

Any other mando, fiddle, or flatpicking guitar players climbing in the Sierras? If so, well you know what to do...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 20, 2010 - 08:23pm PT
hey there say, bertrand... .what a neat share... hope you find some players... :)


*i'm not near any areas, but i play the spoons, and they seem to fit in with all kind of music...

sure love to hear music stories such as these...
:)
Pate

Trad climber
Jun 20, 2010 - 08:41pm PT
I played "Doc And Dawg" at full volume at my office today. I followed it up with some Del McCourey.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 20, 2010 - 08:45pm PT
Bump for Mooser
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2010 - 09:04pm PT
Neebee, spoons and bones sound great with banjo. come climb in California and we'll start the hoedown.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 20, 2010 - 09:13pm PT
I play a little guitar, banjo and mandolin.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 20, 2010 - 09:39pm PT
I play a little mando, guitar, and 5-string, too, and I listen to it even better. Ask Ghost.

(Chinchen - are you aware of the Maltby Jam?)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 20, 2010 - 10:38pm PT
Perry (Chief) does. A lot.

That is, the person who posts as "Chief" - not to be confused with "The Chief".

Bump.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 20, 2010 - 11:29pm PT
Mrs. Wayno just put on Steve Earl w/ Del McCoury and the Boys. I guess I'll hafta leave the puter be and go downstairs and ...

Bluegrass Bump!

Chief

climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 02:22am PT
Not climbing in the Sierras or anywhere for that matter right now Bertrand.
I'd be lying if I said I can really play bluegrass.
From a strictly rhythm point of, it sounds a lot simpler than it really is.
I try to play bluegrass but I don't feel like I'm there yet.

Respect the groove,

PB

Practicing bluegrass on a shaded 37 D28
Practicing bluegrass on a shaded 37 D28
Credit: Chief

Opening for John Reischman and the Jaybirds at the BAG
Opening for John Reischman and the Jaybirds at the BAG
Credit: Chief

My current axe March 16, 1935 Martin D28 <br/>
Backstamped, 95% original w...
My current axe March 16, 1935 Martin D28
Backstamped, 95% original w/Musselwhite bridge and neck set.
Holy Grail bluegrass instrument, (Oh yes it's mine, and I'm not worthy).
Credit: Chief



neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jun 21, 2010 - 02:33am PT
hey there say, bertrand... wow, thanks for the invite... actually, i do not climb, but i'd like to play...

say, i take neat photos of the greatoutdoors (now due to a new camera) and i hike a lot... :)

but it is my brother (chappy) that is the climber of the ol' family...
:)

will sure be with you and the ol' bluegrass playing, though, in spirit...
:)

(used to play the casatanets, too, but sadly, when i got divorced they got lost in the move,as many things were moved through many homes---i had even had a back-up pair, but all gone now--neat black ebony wood, too, they were)...


well, i will definately keep my spoon playing up to par...

have FUN all... :)

:)
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 21, 2010 - 05:45am PT

Opening for John Reischman, Chief?
Not worthy?

HA! Way too modest, sir.

I bet you rock!!!!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 06:16am PT
A real bluegrass player would not allow me to make the claim so let's just say I can play a good slopgrass groove on my guitar. Although I don't own one and they're a lot of work, I like playing the upright as well.

Bluegrass gospel/country/blues vocals are more important to me than fancy picking. I like trying to cover singing every part from bass to high lonesome.

Delhi Dog took this punk to see Bill Monroe in Jackson CA 30 years ago and I haven't been the same since.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 21, 2010 - 09:24am PT
I'm not a bluegrass player, just a folk-rocky, but my nephew is a bit of a prodigy on mandolin. His name is Miles Petterson (remember it), he lives in Eagle, Colorado and plays in the Eagle, Glenwood, Carbondale area with Don Paine in the Last Minute String Band. At a bluegrass festival in Lyons Colorado last year he won best young artist and got a new mandolin. The following are a couple of pics, the really fuzzy one is him at the festival playing the mandolin he won. You should hear him, he's amazing!

Credit: ydpl8s

Credit: ydpl8s

Credit: ydpl8s

I'm a pretty proud Uncle!
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 21, 2010 - 09:40am PT
I play Irish and bluegrass. There's a really good banjo guy named Trout Man who does the climbing circuit. Great player and self-taught, which means he can never explain what he is doing or how he is tuned. Then there's George and Laila from Colorada who do some FINE FINE frailing.

Here's me in all my glory. If it were an hour later, say 9 A.M., you'd be seeing my bottle of bourbon beside my chair.

Enjoying a bit of music before being served my morning coffee and burr...
Enjoying a bit of music before being served my morning coffee and burrito by my dear climbing partner The Filth, in Joshua Tree.
Credit: harihari
Bad Acronym

climber
Little Death Hollow
Jun 21, 2010 - 10:53am PT
Speaking of which, check out the new Punch Brothers CD, "Antifogmatic".

Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2010 - 11:18am PT
Excellent work Hari! Anyone ever haul their guitar up to a ledge? More photos please.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 12:51pm PT
Any climbing bluegrass musicians have video or audio files of your music? I don't, but I'm sure someone must.
EdBannister

Mountain climber
CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 01:27pm PT
if you love bluegrass you may want to check out WDVX

http://www.wdvx.com/webcast.html
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jun 21, 2010 - 01:53pm PT
Spider plays bluegrass, but not in front of others.

Been a fan since the beginning. There are many great groups but one stands out: Billy Hill & The Hillbillys. Super tight band, awesome musicians. They play 5 times a day, 365 days a year at the Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland.

Yesterday at the 4:30 show they played a great version of Jackson Brown's "Take It Easy." And of course, their usual epic version of "Orange Blossom Special."
Chief

climber
Jun 21, 2010 - 02:04pm PT
Ditto for The Punch Brothers. Although I'm not a big Thile fan, I've done workshops with their guitar player Chris Eldridge, formerly of The Infamous Stringdusters. Those guys are the real deal.
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Jun 21, 2010 - 02:14pm PT
I just put some bluegrass on the headphones and opened up ST and this came up... I play a bit of 12-string. Broken ankle should mean more practice time this summer...


Anyone ever haul their guitar up to a ledge? More photos please.

There's a first ukelele ascent of the Nose here...great TR, though not exactly bluegrass
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:10pm PT
this might be worth a small discussion about trying to fit square musical pegs into round holes. i started out with banjo and guitar in high school. earl scruggs was my hero, but i just could never get that fascinating syncopated improvisation down. i was better at frailing. my three-finger style just turned into a horse gallop and threw everyone else off.

i have lots of musical influences in my life, and i just try to enjoy what i do when i can do it, but i rarely live up to anyone's expectations. recently connected with "pa" on here--she's from italy and we happen to know the alpine song repertoire, unique and as at-home in the mountains as appalachian music. (bluegrass is from kentucky. riding horses might help get off the constant gallop, who knows?)

anyway, a couple pics on my music, including sprucing up the banjo a bit.
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Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:14pm PT
Credit: Tony Bird
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:15pm PT
Credit: Tony Bird
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:17pm PT
woodburning on the resonator--hard to read--can't foto worth a darn.

it has a genuine wildwood flower, but the reference is to a more recent song, the rose: a river that drowns the tender reed, a razor that leaves the soul to bleed, a hunger, an endless aching need.

can't get away from the hectic eclectic.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:19pm PT
Cool, Tony. I can't quite make out the words on the back of your resonator. BTW, did you make this banjo?
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:36pm PT
Meanwhile, here's my mando:
Credit: mooser
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 03:54pm PT
the words are from "the rose" as i posted up there because i knew you wouldn't be able to read them.

the banjo is sears, roebuck, around 1963, most of the black paint rubbed off, so i decided to decorate.

really a pretty mandolin there, mooser. i have a little "potato bug" mando i got from my italian grandmother when i graduated from high school (1965). it prefers doing mikis theodorakis (zorba the greek) to bluegrass. sometimes you have to let the instrument have its own way.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 04:18pm PT
Bizarre...the post following your resonator pic wasn't there when I asked the question. Looks like we were simul-posting.

My first 5-string was a Sears banjo, too. 1970. My second (the one I still own) is an Iida, and it's got great sound.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 21, 2010 - 04:38pm PT
I build a few instruments of bluegrass.....




mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 21, 2010 - 04:54pm PT
Really nice, Chinchen! You know, my brother began making a mandolin for me (F-style) before he died. Just out of curiosity, do you finish projects others have started? Not sure I could afford it, but I sure don't want to leave something so sentimental in a half-finished state.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2010 - 06:13pm PT
Holy Capo, JohnRoe. That is an Awesome TR. I wonder if Shay would allow his uke photo to be reposted here. I have photos of my Crafters 5-String, but I will hold off for the one I will take next week from the top of 3rd Pillar of Dana. ---wait, scratch that. the thing weighs 20 lbs. No way I am hiking in with that beast even condsidering the glorious backdrop.

Mooser I would love to hear how the mando-build goes.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 21, 2010 - 10:14pm PT
I pick. I grin. I do all that stuff.

Haven't played much true bluegrass with others in a while though. For up-tempo tunes, I prefer to play my banjo full-tilt, but I can't seem to find any guitar players that can keep up. Not bragging or nuthin', just stating the facts. Besides, I got three fingers going, to their one pick, so... Mostly been working on the dobro since my ankle break almost two years ago. I've upgraded guitars from this old Regal somethin' or other:

Credit: Willoughby

to a Rob Ickes model Wecther-Scheerhorn. Holy smokes do I love the tone and playability - hardly top end, but what a value! Banjo is a 70s Gibson Mastertone, and I love it beyond words. It's been very good to me.

Credit: Willoughby


Speaking of the Stringdusters, just caught them in Reno the other week at the Brewfest. Almost nobody there, crazy...



Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 21, 2010 - 10:38pm PT
Gotta get me some dobro soon...
Mooser, keep in touch. Ill be settled in Bishop soon.
Chief

climber
Jun 22, 2010 - 06:11am PT
Bluegrass rules!
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 22, 2010 - 08:48am PT
Will do, Chinchen.

Meanwhile, Herschel Sizemore's "Billy in the Lowground" is one of my all-time faves. Random, I know, but so what? http://www.rhapsody.com/herschel-sizemore
Chief

climber
Jun 22, 2010 - 10:32am PT
Nothing random about Herschel Sizemore or Billy in the Lowground.
How about Rebbecca or Tim Stafford's Horshoe Bend?
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 22, 2010 - 10:37am PT
Hey Perry, do you have a regular bluewgrass crew to play with in Squampton, or do you hook up with scratch bands? E.g. your pic of opening for Reischman, is that yoru regular band?

chris
Chief

climber
Jun 22, 2010 - 03:25pm PT
chris,

No regular crew, just whoever will put up with me at the time.
Mostly play for my dog.
nutjob

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Jun 22, 2010 - 04:07pm PT
I'm a guitar player.

I'm on the shallow wading pool end of dabbling in bluegrass. I joined a bluegrass jam session/class about a year ago and realized how much work I'd have ahead of me. The main issue is not the mechanics (I can change chords quickly enough, I have the finger dexterity to play stuff), but just learning the repertory. People call out song names, and launch into the chord changes, which I can't track in real-time even after watching a couple of cycles. My brain is stuck in pop/rock/blues progressions, but the changes in bluegrass are just not intuitive for me.

The only way I see to clear that hurdle is to practice a lot of bluegrass, but I don't like it enough to exclude other types of playing and I just don't make the time for practicing in general. I don't have the heart to stick with it long enough while I suck, like I did 20 years ago when not much else competed for my time.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 22, 2010 - 06:04pm PT
Its not so bad Nutjob. Most bluegrass songs have only two parts. An "A" progression and a "B" progression. Each is usually played twice before the other is played twice and round they go. You take a solo and play through the whole cycle once.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 22, 2010 - 06:14pm PT
No fancy bridges to cross...
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
Sprocketville
Jun 22, 2010 - 06:32pm PT
i can mop the floor with most guitarists, so bluegrass, sure, why not.

and afterwards we can have a boxing match, just like big mon use to do.

roy clark was also a mandolinist/boxer.

go figure.
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 22, 2010 - 07:18pm PT
Hey Nutjob--

Ask them to call out the #s. I = root, III = 3rd etc. If it starts in say G, G is I, C is IV and D is V. That way you know where to go-- it's called the Nashville something-or-other system-- and pretty much anybody who knows a tune can tell you "Yea, little georgia rose, we play it in A and it's 1,4,1,5,1,4,1,5 and we got a chorus and bridge that's 4,1,4,5,1,4,5,1,4,1"

At least you don't play Irish...where if you have to ask, you are automatically regarded as not worthy...


chris
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jun 22, 2010 - 07:58pm PT
I play some bluegrass. Luv it but work it in with other musical interests, all of which are acoustic. Keep it real.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 22, 2010 - 08:30pm PT
Here's a couple old hardmen getting together near where I lived in NC.

I think they got the right idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUzVUNJKiDc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUzVUNJKiDc
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 22, 2010 - 08:40pm PT
By the way John Hardy is in A:

4-4-1-1
4-4-1-1
4-4-1-1
5-5-5-5
5-5-1-1 (there is no B part)

Nutjob, let's play it.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 22, 2010 - 09:26pm PT
Bertrand - Sweet video! Sad to see Merle Watson, given his untimely death, but great to listen to (and watch) that whole gang.
Chief

climber
Jun 22, 2010 - 11:07pm PT
Bluegrass has become an all encompassing genre that draws on many other musical styles. It's evolved from Appalachian fiddle tunes and the thin high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe and his Kentucky Bluegrass Boys to a multifaceted catch all that includes traditional bluegrass, old time and folk with influences from blues, swing, jazz and classical music.

Musicians like Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor and Bryan Sutton have rewritten the roles of acoustic stringed instruments in contemporary music and bluegrass today has evolved considerably from the Beverly Hillbillies or Deliverance theme tunes.

The essence of bluegrass as I understand it (ten years into flailing away at it), is the "forward leaning" nature of it's rhythm. The bass nails the beat and the mando "pushes" with an off beat muted chop providing a pitched percussive element not unlike a ska or reggae backbeat. If the bass stays on time and the mando pushes just enough, a tension is created and it's called "drive". The difficulty for greenhorns is not pushing the breaks and letting the tune from run away to the point where you've gained six to ten clicks on the metronome over the course of the tune. Conversely, bigger jams will kill the edge and render any attempt at drive into amorphous muck.

It's way easier said than done.

t*r

Trad climber
turn around, bright eyes
Jun 22, 2010 - 11:29pm PT
if this bluegrass gathering comes to fruition, please email me the 411! i grew up listening to bluegrass. my (now deceased) father played steel guitar.

love the guitar with the wildwood...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewnfWoSQz3o

Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Jun 23, 2010 - 07:31am PT
Dr Sprock, Sounds like a challenge. Come mop the floor with me. I played punk in the late 70's before playing everything but jazz by the 80's.

Chief, You got it right. Mandolin is the percussive element of a bluegrass band.

I like to play Old Joe Clark at about 200 BPM (beats per minute).

Any true fans must see the early 90's documentary, High Lonesome, filmed just before Monroe's death.

My old boss at Taos Mt Outfitters used to be in a band named the Monroe Doctrine (future members of Hot Rize). Bill took 'em under his wing and had them open all his shows. RIP Bill and Charles Sawtell.

For those that may know of Sawtell from Hot Rize, I've never heard a guitar player play so far back on the beat.
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 23, 2010 - 09:44am PT
Ya, basically it's like country music (think early Johnny Cash) except that in country you have the snare drum on the off-beat, whereas in bluegrass (no drums) the mando plays the off beat. BOOM-chuck, BOOM-chuck.

Best bluegrass band I've ever seen in my life was from I think Slovenia. Saw them in Vancouver last year, name escapes me, absolutely blew the roof off the place...and not a word in English. They sounded and rocked totally bluegrass, yet the soloists threw in a few weird solos in non-trad modes, which sounded pretty cool.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 23, 2010 - 09:52am PT
I can't answer t*r's question about bluegrass festivals in her area. But last year Jonathan McEuen played at the FaceLift. He was and now again is with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, plus does bluegrass stuff. Enchanting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McEuen
Chief

climber
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:06am PT
Got to see Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck and Zakir Hussein a couple years ago.
Three virtuosos who occasionally clicked and sounded amazing.
I think most of us were in awe and at times a bit uncomfortable watching Edgar openly enjoy a torrid love affair with his bass violin.

Listen to Skip Hop and Wobble if you want to destroy the bluegrass stereotypes and cliche's.
Likewise with Bela Fleck's Perpetual Motion or Tony Rice's Native American.

Back to more practicing.
(Manzanita, Devlin, Dixie Hoedown, Cold on The Shoulder and Old Train)

edit; Forgot to mention the classic Big Sciota or as we call it in Vancouver, Moe Sihota (now that's remote inside BC humour!)
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 23, 2010 - 10:08am PT
Love Old Train!
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jun 23, 2010 - 11:12am PT
Chief say...
The essence of bluegrass as I understand it (ten years into flailing away at it), is the "forward leaning" nature of it's rhythm. The bass nails the beat and the mando "pushes" with an off beat muted chop providing a pitched percussive element not unlike a ska or reggae backbeat. If the bass stays on time and the mando pushes just enough, a tension is created and it's called "drive". The difficulty for greenhorns is not pushing the breaks and letting the tune from run away to the point where you've gained six to ten clicks on the metronome over the course of the tune. Conversely, bigger jams will kill the edge and render any attempt at drive into amorphous muck.

Wow ^^^^ I never heard/read it explained that way before..."forward leaning". The tension and release is what makes great music. I will listen to bluegrass now for that mandolin pushing. Thanks Chief.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 23, 2010 - 11:14am PT
Chief, at every jam I hesitantly call Dixie Hoedown. Everyone says they know it, and then they all miss the B minor in the B part. But I love playing that tune!
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 23, 2010 - 11:44am PT
Mighty, My old musician buddy Warren Floyd plays with John McEuen quite regularly, seen him tons of times. Here are a couple of pics of Warren with John.

That's Warren on the bass singing, Jim Ratts on the guitar
That's Warren on the bass singing, Jim Ratts on the guitar
Credit: ydpl8s

Warren with John and Doug Kershaw
Warren with John and Doug Kershaw
Credit: ydpl8s
Chief

climber
Jun 23, 2010 - 02:16pm PT
Betrand,

The B minor in the B part of Dixie Hoedown is the essence of that tune's appeal and what differentiates it from the usual fare. I call it the "Puff the Magic Dragon" chord change cause it's identical.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 23, 2010 - 04:19pm PT
Wow. I just tried it and.. it's Puff! G, Bmin, C, G. Got any good recordings of either of them?

I am going to start reserving DH for people who really know it.
hafilax

Trad climber
East Van
Jun 23, 2010 - 04:59pm PT
What are some good standards to know in the off chance that I come across a spontaneous hoedown?
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Jun 23, 2010 - 05:04pm PT
This discussion answered some questions I've had for a while, regarding the backbeat strumming.

It seems to me that when the guitar is strumming, it's also on the backbeat. It also sounds like an upstroke. Am I hearing it correctly?
Chief

climber
Jun 23, 2010 - 06:43pm PT
Wow. I just tried it and.. it's Puff! G, Bmin, C, G. Got any good recordings of either of them?
Not sure on the first, Peter Paul and Mary on the second.


What are some good standards to know in the off chance that I come across a spontaneous hoedown?
Top ten parking lot picking tunes? Here's ten standards that will work in a jam anywhere.

Gold Rush
Red Haired Boy
Salt Creek
Bill Cheatham
Wildwood Flower
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Blackberry Blossom
Arkansas Traveller
Jerusalem Ridge
Old Joe Clark


It seems to me that when the guitar is strumming, it's also on the backbeat. It also sounds like an upstroke. Am I hearing it correctly?

Yes. It can be a downstroke or upstroke strum on the offbeat.
The style that some call "boom chick" provides both the beat and backbeat.
Some guitar players like to emphasize the offbeat, it's situational.
A lot of the best bluegrass rhythm players can easily provide some of both and transition as required, McCoury, Rice and Sutton for example.

If there's no mando in the mix or when that instrument is taking a break others can and do fill in with a muted slap with fiddle bow, a banjo cluck, reso brush or guitar strum. Once you recognize the dynamic it becomes fascinating to hear it when the big boys and girls play.
It's not the notes, it's the groove.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 23, 2010 - 07:45pm PT
Chief, that's the killer lineup. I'd add a personal favorite as well: Cherokee Shuffle.
Chief

climber
Jun 23, 2010 - 09:15pm PT
Ditto for the First Nations moccasin drag.
Personal favorite.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2010 - 11:16am PT
FNMD, classic!! I'd also swap Red Wing for J-Ridge on that list.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2010 - 11:19am PT
Is anybody here in California? I would seriously like to make this hoedown happen.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 24, 2010 - 11:24am PT
I say we gather at the Alabama Hills....
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2010 - 01:25pm PT
Ya! I could do that in late July / early August. Mooser, Chief and the gang, come down here.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 24, 2010 - 01:36pm PT
Sounds fun, bertrand, but I'll be climbing up this-a-way in late July.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 01:45pm PT
let's talk about puff the magic dragon--is that song about marijuana or isn't it?
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 24, 2010 - 03:47pm PT
Amazing how many of that list are/were Irish tunes too.

So Perry are you hosting a jam anytime soon in Squamish? Hordes of Yanks come up every summer. There's got to be the odd one who will have both an instrument, enough tips left at day's end to play, and a few tunes under their belt. And a few of us from Vancouver play as well.
scuffy b

climber
Eastern Salinia
Jun 24, 2010 - 06:06pm PT
I have never heard of anyone except one writer for Newsweek ca. 1966
who thought that song was about marijuana.

The newsweek guy went all out, though, no left turn unstoned, so to speak.

Puff (get it?) the magic dragon (drag-on, get it?) lived by the Sea (code
for C, that is, Cocaine, get it?) and frolicked in the Autumn mist in a
land called Honalee (the uber well-known code word for the state of heroin
intoxication)

And Little Jacky Paper is obviously code for the ZigZag Man...

I have no doubt that the songwriter didn't know the song was about drugs
until he read it.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 06:13pm PT
eastside hoedown? i know someone in bishop i can harmonize with, but it'll probably amount to another square peg. can you sound like a hillbilly on "over the hill to the poorhouse"?

"paper" is what clinched it for me. never heard of anyone named paper. and hadn't heard that about honalee.

Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 06:15pm PT
haha--the flower child who'd sit by the ocean in complete communion with nature, sharing the good things with the wildlife, throwing tidbits to the seagulls laced in LSD ...

... leaving no tern unstoned.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 24, 2010 - 06:34pm PT
Well, it isn't exactly bluegrass, but it is folk music. Perry's favourite song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wik2uc69WbU
Chief

climber
Jun 24, 2010 - 07:48pm PT
Favorite tune? Not!
Mighty, we're going to have to sort this one out off line.
Glad to hear there's hardcore bluegrassers out there on the Forum.
Chris, I'm always picking and up for a jam.
If there's climber/pickers hanging in Squamish looking for a jam, give a call. Hell, we can get one going at Psyche Ledge or the Chief campground (not my front yard, the other one).

For the record, this is one of my favorites.

youtube tony rice church street blues (Can't figure out the link thing)
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:14pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JFgC3Ub10E

Tony Rice Rules!

Cattle in the Cane is one of my faves..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilaPcnatT-U
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Jun 24, 2010 - 08:24pm PT
If you do an east side hoedown, make sure to invite Annie Cashner. She just got back from dobro camp. I've had a lot of great jams with her and her pals and hubby. She's getting some good chops on that thing.....not to mention Fiddling Pete. Just sayin'
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 25, 2010 - 09:41am PT
Holy sh*t the man can play. Every time I listen to something like this, I realise that, in the grand school of music, I am still in not even kindergarten but pre-school.

Now if anybody wants to see that level of amazingness on mandolin, check out Jim Richter playing Munroe's "Tanyards."
Chief

climber
Jun 28, 2010 - 12:10am PT
bump for bluegrass.
Just picked with some fine musicians and singers from the US NW at the Chief campground.
Very nice.
tinker b

climber
the commonwealth
Jun 28, 2010 - 06:51am PT
the trespassers are a good band of climbers from yosemite and mariposa...

here's a clip from the roots festival in jtree...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uum-sAuudUA
they were the first band of the day after a very windy weekend...

this is them recording the devil makes three song "old number 7"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9Lg7vVIpCg&NR=1

and this one is about getting to hidden valley, joshua tree late night from andy, who is always a pleasure to be camped near and climb with...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU8NuGglj_g

they are definitely best live, and will be playing at the mobil in august i think...
both of their cd's are on itunes...
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 28, 2010 - 10:11am PT
Perry-- glad you met the folks. Think Thurs eve would be a go? I'm climbing Fri so would come up thurs night if there were music to be had...those Yanks have no phone so no way to get ahold of 'em.

anybody else reading this, the folks camped at Psyche Ledge in site #33 are pretty good. Upright bass (dunno how he fit it in his car), two singing guitarists and a very fine fiddler/mando. If you got chops, go see 'em; they are psyched to play and they're GOOD!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 28, 2010 - 10:17am PT
Maybe they should do a Canada Day concert on Thursday.

Where do they perform at Squamish, and when? The campground looked fairly full this weekend, so it must be a challenge.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2010 - 10:46am PT
Tinker, thanks for throwing that bone to us non-Canadians! I love seeing music at the Mobil station. And I was worried the only Musicians in Yosemite were the Yos Marching Band.

http://theymb.blogspot.com/
harihari

Trad climber
Squampton
Jun 28, 2010 - 12:58pm PT
Maybe they should do a Canada Day concert on Thursday.

Where do they perform at Squamish, and when? The campground looked fairly full this weekend, so it must be a challenge.

Anders-- I don't think they are here "as a band." Dunno if they even *are* a band. They are just 4 people whith big repertoire and acoustic instruments. Anyway, Thurs if weather permits, if not then somebody gets to harass Perry for a place to strum ;-)
tinker b

climber
the commonwealth
Jun 28, 2010 - 04:07pm PT
well noone can deny the greatness of the ymb, (i am their porter and childcare provider and am featured briefly in their second flick) but as far as musical talent goes yosemite has a few bands with a bit more...

here is the trespassers schedule...http://www.thetrespassers.com/calendar.html


Thursday, July 29th, 2010
The MOBIL - Tioga Gas Mart
6:30 p.m.
22 Vista Point Drive
Lee Vining CA 93541
(760) 647-1088
Price: Free

Once again - don't miss it! Bring your hula-hoops, sun hat, and dancing shoes (or bare feet). Get a great dinner and mango margaritas!
Saturday, August 7th, 2010
Mariposa Arts Park
Music on the Green - 6:30 p.m.
Downtown - Main St.
Mariposa CA 95338
Price: Free
Music on the Green - every Friday and Saturday in downtown Mariposa. This is wonderful opportunity to bring the family and dog, hear beautiful music, and run into new and old friends.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
The MOBIL - Tioga Gas Mart
6:30 p.m.
22 Vista Point Drive
Lee Vining CA 93541
(760) 647-1088
Price: Free
Our Final Mobil Show of 2010! Bring your friends and support one of our spectacular local businesses!

Friday, September 17th, 2010
The Queen's Inn
6:30 p.m.
41139 Hwy 140
Oakhurst CA 93644
Price: $5



also good local east side toons is sweetw#ter. here is their myspace page http://www.myspace.com/sweetw#terstringband
david's cello playing is moving to say the least...
they will be playing on sept 16th at the mobil. david is also known to sit in with the trespassers from time to time.


also from yosemite, but more rock than bluegrass is the adam burns band http://www.adamburnsband.com/adamburnsband/The_Adam_Burns_Band.html
here is their schedule:
Friday, July 2nd, 6:30pm

Bishop City Park
Saturday, July 3rd, 9:00pm

The Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite
Sunday, July 4th, 6:00pm

Mountain Sage Nursery, Groveland
Thursday, July 22nd, 6:00pm

Tioga Gas Mart, Lee Vining
Wednesday, July 28th

Mariposa Evenings, Mariposa Arts Park.
Saturday, September 18th, 1:00pm

Sunday, September 19th, Time TBA
Millpond Music Festival, Bishop


Friday, October 8th, 9:00pm
The Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite

the mountain sage http://www.mtnsage.com/index.html is another great venue on the 120 in groveland. you've missed some great shows already this season. in addition to adam burns july 22nd, Hot Buttered Rum & Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit will be playing July 17, 2010. even if you can't catch music, it's a good place to get a cup of coffee and some eats going in or out of the park.

j
Chief

climber
Jun 28, 2010 - 05:48pm PT
harihari,

Can't do Thursday, Ms. Chief's back from a long shift up north so she's got first dibs.
I've got the site 33 gang coming over for a jam tonight.
Nice folks, very keen but I'll be covering some Bluegrass 101.
Like I said before, it's not all the fast notes in bluegrass, like all other kinds of music, it's about the rhythm and groove.

edit; we had a great jam
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 28, 2010 - 09:42pm PT
...and the fast notes.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2010 - 01:02pm PT
Will those bluegrass playing climbers I met from Grass Valley please stand up?
Chief

climber
Jul 10, 2010 - 01:41pm PT
Legend has it that sometime back in the mid eighties, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush and Richard Green were tearing it up at Beanblossom or Galax or whatever and along comes Bill Monroe.
Bill asks Sam, "Boy, what do you call that stuff yer' playin' there?"
Sam replies proudly, "We call it Newgrass sir"!
Bill retorts, "Hell, that ain't no part of nothin'" and walks away.

When I hear some of the stuff people call bluegrass, I'm inclined to agree with Bill.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Jul 10, 2010 - 02:11pm PT
Sams Bush has always been kinda jam band like but Rowan and Green were in on the real deal early on. Pretty sure Rowan cut his teeth with Monroe.

For every Yonder Mt semi jam-bandish outfit using bluegrass stylings for the neo-hippy crowd, another sticking closer to the roots, like Open Road, makes a great record or two and calls it quits because it's hard to make a living playing it straight up. And out of left field, Steve Earle made one of the classic (mostly) bluegrass records of his generation (The Mountain, with Del and the boys).

Jam band bluegrass sells more records and fills up the festival lawns. Hopefully, like the blue grass folk revival of the 60's, it will inspire a new generation to check out the old dads.

Support your local bluegrass scene, throw a couple of bucks in the jar next time you do.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jul 10, 2010 - 03:29pm PT
Are we bashing Rowan and Bush!?!?!?!?
Both amazing musicians, just like Monroe who took the mandolin which up until then was an orchestral instrument and started playing fiddle tunes on it.... Everyone thinks their $hit dont stink.
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2010 - 04:57pm PT
For every Yonder Mt semi jam-bandish outfit using bluegrass stylings for the neo-hippy crowd, another sticking closer to the roots, like Open Road, makes a great record or two and calls it quits because it's hard to make a living playing it straight up.

TOTALLY.... so much dumb-down music out there passing for bluegrass amongst the scallywags.. Anyway, I want to play, not just listen from afar. I just met Nicole from the Barefoot Nellies...now if I can only get her into rock climbing!
t*r

Trad climber
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbrWu8XyAcM&feature
Jul 10, 2010 - 04:59pm PT
oh my god, could you guys play this song?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0D4oZwCsA&feature=fvsr

so bright, so vivid
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 10, 2010 - 05:03pm PT
Bertrand,

Artistic purists.........We must educate the public, then they will understand.

Stop liking that, like this;

As long as it causes dancing VS. consternation, there will be happiness !!!
Bertrand

Trad climber
SF
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2010 - 05:33pm PT
BWAHAHAHAHAAA.... I saw the double rainbow earlier, but not the REMIX. Ya, I'll definitely spike it with banjo licks.
go-B

climber
In God We Trust
Jul 10, 2010 - 05:35pm PT
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, and a little mandolin!
Chief

climber
Jul 10, 2010 - 05:42pm PT
I'm definitely not slagging Sam or Richard, monsters and legends in their own right.
Peter.....well, he continues to enjoy great company and writes the odd nice tune.
I'm not a fan of most of what Bill recorded, just a little too thin, high and lonesome for me.
Having said that I practice Gold Rush every day.
I was lamenting the well intended hayseed efforts that are sometimes perceived as representative of bluegrass.
These people play bluegrass.

Del McCoury
Seldom Scene
DGQ
Bluegrass Album Band especially UNCLE JERRY!
AKUS especially RON BLOCK!
Bela, Jerry and Edgar
Grier, Barenberg, Kilby, Sutton, Smith
Greencard, Stringdusters
Chris Thile..NOT!
EP

Trad climber
Way Out There
Jul 10, 2010 - 08:29pm PT
Saw the Stringdusters at High Sierra last week.Those boys are the real deal, not that jam grass that so many festy bands are playing.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 12, 2010 - 05:28pm PT
EP - I agree. But it's ironic that the Stringdusters' own festival is called "festy"


Exhibits A and B of Chief's "forward-leaning" hypothesis:

Credit: Willoughby

Credit: Willoughby

Pardon the silly attire, but it was "Wild West Weekend" up at High Camp (Squaw Valley USA); I figured I'd dress the part.

Not a bad backdrop for a gig, I might add:
Credit: Willoughby
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 12, 2010 - 08:47pm PT
As far as bluegrass in in the early 1990s, I think it pretty much begins and ends right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVl1ibykWZU
426

climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Jul 13, 2010 - 08:14am PT
Great link.

Anyone who has posted on this thread should get their sticker...prolly on 1/2 the climber rigs out here.


http://www.boxcarforeverbluegrass.com/free.htm


chum

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 13, 2010 - 11:10am PT
I'm a Seattle based bluegrasser/climber and I'll be in and out of Yosemite for several weeks coming up soon. With my instruments...

I actually just released my first CD, check it out.

http://www.bradleycarter.net
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BradleyCarter


Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 13, 2010 - 01:40pm PT
For anyone not familiar with the Infamous Stringdusters, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEghQY3M_8Y
Bertrand

climber
California
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2010 - 12:53am PT
Chum, are you down here yet? will you have a fixed location or are you roaming around and living out of your vehicle?

My banjo was in the car last weekend, but I was too busy epic-ing and bumbling around on the trail to find anyone to jam with.
pc

climber
Jul 21, 2010 - 08:34am PT
Chief, Do you happen to know a Vancouver/Victoria fiddler named Dan Lapp? Plays a lot. Even played in that fiddle fest at the Olympic opening shindig.

He and I went to school together and used to play a lot, of jazz, together.

That's as close as I come to bluegrass ;)

pc
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 21, 2010 - 08:42am PT
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 26, 2010 - 11:54pm PT
Credit: Willoughby

I just started playing with these guys. Should be fun. Drop on by if you're in the neighborhood.

I might also mention that we're putting together a 6-band lineup at Tallac Brewing Co. in S. Lake Tahoe for 21 August. Both of my bands will be there. Will you...?
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 2, 2010 - 05:32pm PT
This is going to be FUN!!!! I encourage any and all within easy striking distance to try to make it. And if you can get there early, the first of two bands I'll be playing with, ncle Rco, starts at 5ish. Also, it's worth mentioning that since both stages are outdoors, the music probably won't go past 10:30.



Credit: Willoughby
FireIntheCity

Mountain climber
from t'Hate-haunted canyon of human despair
Aug 6, 2010 - 02:14pm PT
Sorry 'bout the drifting, but I thought this thread needed a link to an important bluegrass related web service:

The Random Bad Bluegrass Band namer....

http://www.mandolincafe.com/archives/bandnames/

LOL...."Grassy Desert Rounders"





sween345

climber
back east
Aug 6, 2010 - 06:54pm PT
This lineup might be of interest http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
Jingy

Social climber
Nowhere
Aug 6, 2010 - 08:02pm PT
I wish!!!!

Just recently watched a dvd called "The Story of Bluegrass Music"...


Learned plenty!




I used to be a funny guy.. I know I was... (part of the reason I understand when others don't take me serious)...

I used to make fun of the hill billy, banjo playin, git-ar pickin', chaw spittin', toothless, moonshine runnin' kin-folk.... I mean..... how can you not find somethng funny in that?


Let's just say I've moved passed that phase, that phase ending some 10 years ago.

I can now put that portion of the country into greater context from what I had previously assumed.

The music was born out of Scottish/Irish traditions... (you ever notice the sometimes memorizing drone of the banjo?) I made the realization while watching the film. That bag-pipe that I liked so much when it played "Amazing Grace" I heard as child at the end of the movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" with Donald Sutherland makes it to the end of the film and points out the last standing human.

The harmony of the singers (even when individually I may not always understand a word they were singing) sometimes leaving me shivering (don't know why... it's just vocalization... but it just does that)


Yeah.. I wish that I could play bluegrass. It may give me something to do for the rest of my life, that may bring joy to others.

Cheers for allowing me to throw down some thought on the newly invigorated subject (for me at least)

Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Sep 20, 2010 - 06:56am PT
Heads up to any musicians going to the facelift. I'll be jamming thur, fri, and sat night. Not a real bluegrass musician per-se but I would like to do a whole set in the high lonesome at Yeller Pines.

Beginners are OK as long as you have rhythm.

High on a Mountain Top anyone?

Timid T (aka Andy Tomaselli)
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Sep 20, 2010 - 07:14am PT
Hey!
I'll jam...er...wait...damn.

Have fun TT
DD
ps
If'n yer in the pines...do a dedication of it for me:-)

pss
and one fer the hobos
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Sep 20, 2010 - 07:22am PT
http://www.chuckgrossman.com/mp3/abigail.mp3
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Sep 20, 2010 - 07:52am PT
I can pick a little bluegrass, at about a 5.6 level.

Sounds pretty nice on my crispy old D18 with some new strings.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Sep 20, 2010 - 08:18am PT
Warbler,

Hope you're on for some jamming next time I'm in the Valley.
Did you make it to Strawberry at Hetch Hetchy this year?
Photos of the D18?
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Sep 20, 2010 - 07:29pm PT
Delhi D,

You'll definitely be there in spirit. I better dust off my not so bluegrass version of In the Pines, somewhere between Ledbelly's and Cobain's versions but I'll try to conjure a little Kentucky Colonels.

Hope some of you bring some instruments to Yeller Pines.

Crowley plays mandolin but he never brings it, the big pussy.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Sep 20, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
Never been to Strawberry, Chief, that started up after I left those parts.

I hear it's a great time.

I'm always up for some jamming (if you got rhythm), but it's been quite a spell since I was able to spend time in the Valley.

Custom, redwood top birdseye maple sides and back, and the '69 D18
Custom, redwood top birdseye maple sides and back, and the '69 D18
Credit: The Warbler



Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Sep 21, 2010 - 05:16am PT
^^ sweet looking guitars!

"Crowley plays mandolin but he never brings it, the big pussy."

He can sing pretty well too...but he is a pussy.

Crowley dust that bad-boy off, throw on some new strings and go holler in the pines for me.
If you don't, by the time you do decide to play you'll be way behind my ability on the mandolin...

Any In the Pines will be good TT.
Look for me in the flames...

Cheers and have a fantastic time everyone...boo hoo:-(

DD
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Sep 21, 2010 - 06:03am PT
Warbler,

Nice guitars!
I'll give you the heads next time I'm headed for CA.
Could be this winter for a few weeks.

PB
Thorgon

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
Sep 21, 2010 - 05:52pm PT
A climbing friend of mine Carrie Bean plays the Stand-Up Bass in New South Fork Bluegrass... I have no such talent, so I aid climb and listen to Bluegrass on the Wall Blaster!


Thor
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Sep 21, 2010 - 09:33pm PT
These guys play bluegrass!
Move over Rover and let Tony take over!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhI-4Agmax4
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Sep 21, 2010 - 10:05pm PT
Those two sound really great together - the custom's got a real broad range, good volume and sustain, and the Martin's got a real bright and crispy sound.

I'd love to put some new strings on 'em and listen to some good players on them two.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Nov 18, 2010 - 08:01pm PT
Since my brother died (he played really good bluegrass guitar), I've found it kind of hard to connect with others musically in quite the same way. I'm trying, though.

The other day, a friend of mine who plays the "button box" came over to my place, and we jammed for a while (me on guitar and mando). We had a good time, even though it was Irish Trad music, not bluegrass. But dang, if my little Mac laptop with its Garage Band (and my Yeti mic) doesn't make for some serious one-man-bandage fun!

Button box guy and I laid down just a spontaneous track of Loch Lavan Castle (a British Isles fiddle tune), and it sounded kind of cool. I went back a few days later and added guitar. That made it sound way better. Then I added 5-string and bass tonight. Pretty much just the first take on each, but it almost felt like being at a jam (only I was jamming with myself).

Any of you musicians regularly record your own multiple tracks?

I think it'd be cool if we brought as many instruments as we could to one of the area shindigs.

My band (minus Button Box Guy):
Credit: mooser
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Nov 18, 2010 - 08:39pm PT
This guy used to sing and play bluegrass...
This guy used to sing and play bluegrass...
Credit: Walleye
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 18, 2010 - 09:59pm PT
I'm not sure how bluegrass or any music for that matter can get any better than this. One of my all time favourites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFjX4MDDhI0
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Nov 19, 2010 - 05:20am PT
Chief--that was beautiful, and a gathering of some of the current best!

Walleye--who is that crew?
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 19, 2010 - 06:26am PT
mooser

That's the Tony Rice Unit
Left to right
Ricky Simpkins on fiddle
Jimmy Gudreau on mandolin
Ronnie Simpkins on bass
Tony Rice lead and rhythm guitar
Wyatt Rice (aka. The Count) rhythm and lead guitar

Check out Unit of Measure for a detailed sampling of acoustic bliss.
TMO

Trad climber
Puyallup, WA
Nov 19, 2010 - 07:12am PT
Here is Piney Perkins my 1918 Gibson Mandolin. It loves bluegrass and I do too, I must confess that I'm not a fast enough picker to git 'er done.
1918 "The Gibson"
1918 "The Gibson"
Credit: TMO
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Nov 19, 2010 - 05:28pm PT
Thanks, Chief.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 27, 2010 - 11:44am PT
Hey Sports fans,
If anybody is planning on being in S. Lake Tahoe over MLK weekend, drop on by the Fallen Angel on the 15th. One of my bands (BISON) is opening for the Infamous Stringdusters. $10 advance/$15 day of.

WAIT!!! Only $10 to see the Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters ?!?!?!?!?!!!

That's right - $10.

"Who are the Infamous Stringdusters," you ask. Well, I've posted this link before, on this very thread, but it bears repeating:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEghQY3M_8Y


Here's a Facebook link for the Event, so you can invite all your "friends:" http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140630169324878
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 27, 2010 - 01:29pm PT
Here's a little snippet from the Stringdusters' acoustic encores at last summer's BrewGrass fest in Reno:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R36NabNk52Y
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Dec 27, 2010 - 03:42pm PT
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Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, California
Dec 27, 2010 - 03:59pm PT
""Crowley plays mandolin but he never brings it, the big pussy."









I'll bet Crowley likes Seals and Crofts then.
Dash Crofts sure can play a mean Mandolin.
My favorite album was "Year of Sunday"
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 27, 2010 - 05:41pm PT
Thanks for the bump, Jeremy!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 27, 2010 - 06:48pm PT

Walleye
You're so right, he used to sing too. . .
I got to see Rice and Norman Blake together years ago. . .
when he could still sing. What a duo!
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Dec 27, 2010 - 07:06pm PT
This ol' boy plays bluegrass -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS9oRdOfGDI&feature=related

Looks easy, don't it?
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Dec 27, 2010 - 09:19pm PT
Kevin he makes it look so easy I wannna take my guitars and smash em up, cause I'd never be able to be so casual playin something so hard. Like cruisen 5.12 with no problems. But I could NEVER smash up my babies! Well I'll just be frustrated thinkin I could get that good.
Peace
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 27, 2010 - 10:10pm PT
This old boy puts my mind at ease and inspires me to practice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xswwXOPhoTU

Living the dream
Living the dream
Credit: Chief

Happy Bluegrass!
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Dec 27, 2010 - 11:30pm PT
bump
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 28, 2010 - 12:21pm PT
Stringdusters - Magic #9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0uukT_rAgk

Dig that orchestration. And the chops. And the tightness, overall, but especially when multiple instruments are on the melody (e.g. the mando/banjo cascade around 0:50-0:55). Volume dynamics, and the light touch from the bass at times. Etc., etc., etc.

This song has garnered the band their first every Grammy nomination.
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 28, 2010 - 12:36pm PT
Posted this before on some other thread. Rice and Blake in Bishop, CA 1997
Credit: Walleye
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 28, 2010 - 01:35pm PT
The Tony Rice Unit with a 17 year old Alison Krauss on Fiddle. Great American Music Hall San Francisco, June 1989.
Credit: Walleye
troutboy

Trad climber
Newark, DE
Dec 28, 2010 - 01:49pm PT
And this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdUrg2Cqxdw&feature=related

Also, check out the solo by Bela

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jn3KCZEqxc&feature=related

TS
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 15, 2011 - 04:07pm PT
Just a reminder about the Bison/Infamous Stringdusters show in S. Lake tonight. If you're in the neighborhood, get there early. It may well sell out, and it's gonna be a good time!!!

Credit: Willoughby
go-B

climber
Revelation 7:12
Jan 15, 2011 - 05:24pm PT
Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek) - Bluegrass Guitar Solos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0kFphQKDQY&feature=related



Bridal Veil Falls - Chris Thile with Bryan Sutton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y_9Ct50QcI&feature=autoplay&list=MLGxdCwVVULXdURkkPcJAguSoMLAFnTKiH&index=41&playnext=2
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jan 15, 2011 - 07:37pm PT
bump for climbing
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 5, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
For anybody in striking distance of Meyers/S. Lake tonight, my band BISON is playing Divided Sky. I'm sure we'll sell out, as usual (sell outs that we are), so tarry not.
Aleister Crowley

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2011 - 02:26pm PT
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Feb 5, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
Is that Tim O'Brien?
Aleister Crowley

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2011 - 03:30pm PT
Yep...
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Mar 25, 2011 - 01:03am PT
nice pants -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOagiZ3YTsY
Matt Thomsen

Big Wall climber
Kentucky
Mar 25, 2011 - 01:57pm PT
Bluegrass sucks! I should know I live in the state where it was first created. Inbred music if you ask me...
Aleister Crowley

Trad climber
Mar 25, 2011 - 02:02pm PT


Fine mandolin, TMO...

How's the sound?
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 2, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
So stoked that I just got my 5-string back from Dusty Strings (the Seattle acoustic shop of shops), and am renewing my vows with it. Needed some refurb, and they did a great job. Still wondering what it'd be like to get a bunch of bluegrass/climbing folks together in L-worth, or somewhere, for some climbing by day and jamming by night.

I've had this since 1975 &#40;wish I sounded like I'd been playing it ...
I've had this since 1975 (wish I sounded like I'd been playing it that long!), which I bought on the same day and from the same shop that my brother (RIP) bought his Guild guitar. Many days of singing and playing with him through the years.
Credit: mooser
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jul 2, 2011 - 04:24pm PT
What's up lefty!

I play some bluegrass, in the moonlight.
In the midnight.
In the moonlight midnight moonlight!

Never played the banjo, though.
THAT's for inbreds!
I'm sure your instrument has find memories of your brother too.
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 2, 2011 - 04:31pm PT
Paddle faster!!

Actually, that shot was backwards, for some reason - see corrected image below. I'm a righty. Does that make me less in-bred? My wife's a lefty, but she's from San Diego. Definitely not in-bred.

Credit: mooser
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jul 2, 2011 - 04:44pm PT
Idunno, mooser....
looks like you might be hiding a toothless smile!
Dentures soaking in a cup? ;^}
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Jul 2, 2011 - 05:05pm PT
Spider plays bluegrass, but not in front of others

Add BB to that list..
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 2, 2011 - 05:09pm PT
What do you play, BB?

drljefe: I'd probably play a lot better if I had no teeth.
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Jul 2, 2011 - 05:38pm PT
My Precious...
#1
#1
Credit: blackbird
Credit: blackbird

Late 1700's/early 1800's.. Neck's been grafted once (original scroll!), original finish and she's been rebuilt - according to the record inside the body - only twice.

I've had her for about 15 years. I've got two others, but this one's my fav by a l o n g shot.

(actually been playing for about 30 years now off and on...)
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 2, 2011 - 05:55pm PT
Wowzer...
F10

Trad climber
e350 / Bishop
Jul 2, 2011 - 06:17pm PT
Ted a Bishop local was at the "open mic at the Looney Bean" last, kicks some major ass
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Jul 2, 2011 - 06:53pm PT
yeah moose, she's an amazing work off art and I am truly honored to be able to claim her as my own. phenomenol voice, amazingly rich & deep tone & timbre.. I literally feel this baby in my bones when I draw the bow...

Im running Prim steels & have filed the bridge to accommodate triple stops.

Not takin' it with me on my trip this summer 'cause it wiuld be just too hard on the instrument. Ah well... It'll be waiting when I get back!!
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jul 2, 2011 - 09:51pm PT
Not takin' it with me on my trip this summer 'cause it wiuld be just too hard on the instrument.

Sounds like a wise decision!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 27, 2011 - 12:52am PT
Lots of bluegrass in Tahoe this weekend, including this, which everybody should go to:

Credit: Willoughby

My band Bison kicks it off on Saturday at 5 PM.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 27, 2011 - 01:04am PT
^^
Bummer for me I'm too far away. Looks like a great line-up!
Enjoy!!
Cheers,
DD
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Aug 27, 2011 - 07:38am PT
Some bluegrass in the back country for sure:

Juniper Jam in Enterpise Oregon, Sept 3, 2011

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133970450025831

My old climbing parner from Hell's Canyon and the Wallowas playing guitar and fiddle for the band Corn Mash.


Head up there for the mountains and stay for the music. Should be good times. I wish I was there right now.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 4, 2012 - 10:06am PT
Ok, so I gotta bump this to brag on my nephew Miles. He's 14 and a killer mandolin player. This is a video of him (he's the one on the right) and his partner Zach at the Glenwood Springs Stars of Tomorrow contest. Yesterday they were on Pastor Mustard's bluegrass show on Aspen Public Radio being interviewed and playing for 1 1/2 hrs. There's a good chance this young duo is going to open for David Grisman when his national tour comes to Carbondale in July....enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2o2imK1_Yk&feature=youtube_gdata

ps - I can't seem to figure out how to make the video become imbedded in the thread. I tried pasting the info to the right of the "=" sign, but I didn't find the "share" option it talks about.

ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 4, 2012 - 11:19am PT
Bump, guess there are no pickers up this morning.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 11, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Been getting into Joy Kills Sorrow lately. Very unique and CRAZY talented. Their guitar player is the 2006 Winfield champ, and they don't even bother showcasing his talents on most songs. Mandolin player is a beast. Bass player won a John Lennon song writing prize, whatever that means, and the singer is actually a rippin' cellist, but I don't think she ever picks it up with this band. But she does have a George Jones tattoo, and rocks some crazy 80s fashion. Quirky. Regardless, talent to spare, all the way around. Check this out:

http://vimeo.com/36718185

EDIT - and no, I wouldn't call this "bluegrass" sensu stricto, but it's clearly an offshoot
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Sep 7, 2012 - 08:59am PT
Bump for music!

Still would love to have an Eastside Climbers Jam Weekend.

We don't exactly play bluegrass but my band The Eastside 5 is playing the Mobil this Sunday at 4.
10b4me

Ice climber
dingy room at the Happy boulders hotel
Sep 7, 2012 - 09:10am PT
Just got back from the First Mammoth bluegrass festival. It was pretty cool. I Recommend the bands Colorado(w/Jeff scroggins), and Backcountry(w/Chris Stuart). Friends of mine are learning the banjo, and I am thinking of picking up the mandolin
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Sep 7, 2012 - 09:12am PT
I can't wait for this bluegrass fad to end.

ENUF already.

So there!

J
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Sep 7, 2012 - 09:22am PT
"Bluegrass Fad"...lol.

It's only been a fad since 1920...


Join the revolution man!

Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Oct 6, 2012 - 02:40am PT
Playing the Brackendale Fall Fair a couple weeks ago.

Credit: Chief
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Mar 5, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
I still do.
Had a great time at Wintergrass, again.
Seldom Scene, David Grisman, Kenny Smith, Darol Anger, Travellin McCoury's, Della Mae and more.
Pickin till 04:00 every night, great stuff.

The Seattle Times ran this photo of yours truly Monday March 4.

http://seattletimes.com/html/picturethis/2020481549_playtimeatwintergrass.html

Chillin' with the 35 at the Hyatt Bellevue
Chillin' with the 35 at the Hyatt Bellevue
Credit: Seattle Times
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jul 20, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 20, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
i can play blueberry waltz with my teeth, have a set of bill monroe dentures that i pop in,

Burch3y

Mountain climber
San Diego
Jul 21, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Such a great thread - I LOVE bluegrass but my skills are very green. I have an old mando, banjo, and a beautiful TN flattop guitar. I'm best on the guitar, but my flatpicking needs some work.

Chief, any videos of you and your gang tearing it up?

Crafters of Tennessee - Brazilian back/sides, Sitka Top.  Better than ...
Crafters of Tennessee - Brazilian back/sides, Sitka Top. Better than climbing?
Credit: Burch3y

Credit: Burch3y
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 18, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Tried to post a photo of my recently acquired 1937 D28 but can't.
You'll have to take my word, it's a beauty.

Here's a great video of Sierra Hull instead.
This girl can pick!

http://youtu.be/rPVjmDcecB0

Still can't post a photo, not sure why.
Here's a link to the UMGF and a photo of "The Beast".

http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/topic/153665/37-D28#.UouKq6Vu8ds

Burch3y

Mountain climber
I offer nothing to the discussion
Nov 19, 2013 - 06:04am PT
EDIT: Ohhhhh boy. I wish I had the means to build up a collection of beautiful instruments. What a find.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 19, 2013 - 11:09am PT
For the record I only have 2 guitars (albeit very nice ones).
1937 Martin D28
2012 Martin D45 Authentic 1942
Burch3y

Mountain climber
I offer nothing to the discussion
Nov 19, 2013 - 11:34am PT
Chief,

It would seem you are a Martin man. Thoughts on some of the boutique shops, with respect to bluegrass instruments?

I love my old Crafters of Tennessee, but it needs a neck reset/fretboard work.

I've been impressed by a lot of the Collings guitars I've picked up, and I've played a couple slope shouldered "banjo killers" by Bourgeois with that bearclaw sitka top they did...such a nice sound and great action. I haven't really looked through the local guitar shops lately because I can't even afford to test those babies, much less buy one.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 19, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Burch3y

Although I like Martins I also appreciate other builder's and luthier's work.
Gibsons?
Gary Burnette owns a 1935 Gibson Advanced Jumbo that's known as "The Bone Crusher".
My friend Mark has a mid 30's Gibson Roy Smeck that peels paint.
Collings are awesome if you don't mind the bolt on neck and enough metal to build a battle ship.
Richard Hoover and his team at Santa Cruz build a nice guitar.
Love those Taylor necks.
Smaller shop builders?
Bourgeois, Huss and Dalton, Merrill, Blazer and Henkes.
Exclusive customs? Wayne Henderson, Marty Lanham, TJ Thompson, John Arnold, Dave Musselwhite?

If money was no object I'd have Musselwhite or Thompson build me a Style 45 dread or OM to prewar specs.

Some help huh?
Burch3y

Mountain climber
I offer nothing to the discussion
Nov 19, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
Burch3y

Although I like Martins I also appreciate other builder's and luthier's work. Gibsons? Gary Burnette owns a 1935 Gibson Advanced Jumbo that's known as "The Bone Crusher". My friend Mark has a mid 30's Gibson Roy Smeck that peels paint. Collings are awesome if you don't mind the bolt on neck and enough metal to build a battle ship. Richard Hoover and his team at Santa Cruz build a nice guitar. Love those Taylor necks.
Smaller shop builders? Bourgeois, Huss and Dalton, Merrill, Blazer and Henkes. Exclusive customs? Wayne Henderson, Marty Lanham, TJ Thompson, John Arnold, Dave Musselwhite? If money was no object I'd have Musselwhite or Thompson build me a Style 45 dread or OM to prewar specs.

Some help huh?

Thanks Chief!

I went through a phase years ago where I'd have to put my hands on every prewar or "prewar" guitar in a 50 mile radius - was a little obsessed even though my knowledge of what I was holding and my skill to play it were both so limited. Don't know enough about the build to notice the bolt-on/metal Collings issue. I did get to touch a nice Brazilian Tony Rice from Santa Cruz a few years back (was going for $10,000? maybe $15,000? Can't remember). I really like the H&D guitars as well, but something about the necks never felt good to my hand...not like I could afford to be picky, anyway.

On a whim, I was home visiting family in southern Ohio, and stopped by the local guitar center with my stepdad. They often end up with some interesting used Gibsons/Martins/etc from some random tradeins, or whatever. I picked up my current guitar, sat down and strummed it, and both of our jaws dropped - it wasn't a matter of if we'd buy it, but who was going to get to buy it.

I won.

The thing smells like a candy-store (brazilian RW), and I walked with it for $2400 - had a crack in the top that had been repaired. I had owned some nice Taylor DNs before that, but the volume/tone on this thing was on a whole different level. I wanted to have the neck worked on when I could afford to by the guys that made it, but I think that little shop has gone bye-bye - Mark Taylor and fam. I could be wrong, though.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 19, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Sounds like you scored a real winner.
Excellent.

Happy Bluegrass!

BTW, Wintergrass, Bellevue, Feb 27-March 2.
Burch3y

Mountain climber
I offer nothing to the discussion
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
^^^ I feel lucky.

Was looking at the place/dates for WG - be nice if I could make it, but it's a haul.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Apr 10, 2014 - 09:11pm PT
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