Tuesday, 16 September 2014
This is a minimalist’s dream of an album. For the most part it is just Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott and a guitar or two. There are guest appearances (my favorite is John Prine singing on his own song “Paradise.”) But for the most part this is just two guys singing and strumming (and occasionally picking) together. This is front porch, late afternoon, music.
Saturday, 06 September 2014
When: September 26 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Tickets: $15.00 at the door
Children 10 and Under: Free
Kicking off the new HVBA Showcase Concert Series this year are The Feinberg Brothers and we are so lucky to have such a prestigious band open this season for us.
The Feinberg Brothers are a bluegrass duo from Long Island, New York. Consisting of brothers Rourke and Patrick, the two are among the top, young bluegrass artists in the North Eastern United States. Having grown up with the sounds of bluegrass emanating throughout their house, their love of the genre came quickly. And it didn’t hurt to have some of the area’s best musicians come to pick at the house, giving the boys easy access to a wealth of talent. The brothers had front row seats for sessions from Andy Falco, Patrick Falco, Terry McGill, Dave Thompson, Dave Hampton, and Michael Cleveland, who all offered and received tutelage from along the way.
Friday, 05 September 2014
Yes! The bells toll for us! Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes created the recording session they’ve all wanted to do together and we are the beneficiaries! This recording was done knowing Mike Auldridge, battling cancer, had little time left.
Mike Auldridge’s cool, smooth style has mesmerized many a dobro player. His uncanny intonation, slick riffs and mellow tone are musical fruit. Gone now, with his death, a few days after Christmas 2012. He was born December 30, 1938. His recorded music abounds but watching him play up close was a joyful event!
Sunday, 17 August 2014
The Secret Of The Banjo’s Twang Revealed By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist
Acoustic experts have long puzzled over the origin of the banjo’s distinctive metallic timbre. Now a leading theoretical physicist has figured it out
The banjo is a stringed instrument that produces a distinctive metallic sound often associated with country, folk and bluegrass music. One of the most famous examples is the duelling banjos scene in the film Deliverance which clearly shows the difference in the sound produced by a banjo and a guitar.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Bill Keith's Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association deserves a separate post of its own, I think.
Bill is best known for developing the “melodic style” of banjo playing, the most important and widely used extension of Earl Scruggs’ three-finger banjo technique. Melodic banjo playing uses ingeniously coordinated right- and left-hand fingerings to allow the player to execute fast scales and scale-based passages smoothly and efficiently. Fifty years later, banjo pickers are still playing licks that Bill devised, and melodic banjo playing is still referred to as “Keith style.” I think it’s fair to say that without Bill to show the way, we would not have the music of Ben Eldridge, Courtney Johnson, John Hartford, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck, Scott Vestal, Jens Kruger, Alison Brown, Noam Pikelny, and many others. Bluegrass music would be much the poorer without Bill’s contributions and musical legacy.