who plays bluegrass?


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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.

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

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:


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.



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.



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


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.

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 ;)


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

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...?

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 R´co, 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

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....


LOL...."Grassy Desert Rounders"


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

Social climber
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

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

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

and one fer the hobos

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Sep 20, 2010 - 07:22am PT
The Warbler

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.

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

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.
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