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Discovering Appalachian music

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Recalcitrant, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. Recalcitrant

    Recalcitrant Tele-Meister

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    Very recently I've become interested in mountain music, along the lines of the Carter Family and Ola Bell Reed. I'd really like to hear your recommendations for the best artists in this tradition. Thank you very much!
     
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    I'm also interested in hearing some great mountain music!
     
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    Be sure to check out Alan Lomax's research on this music, as well as others. There's video out there and a documentary that I think you'll dig. Great music!
     
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    Check out the mando masters, of which I am not one, as evidenced below
     
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    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    This sort of thing? (Telekarster refers to the first of these - I type slower)



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    I also have an amazing album called The Land of Tahoe, that is fairly modern, but it's "field" recordings of some pretty old folks who carry the tradition.
     
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    Smithsonian Folkways got you covered, and I would suggest starting with their 'Classic Mountain Songs' album and branching out into various artists from there.

    https://folkways.si.edu/search?query=Old Time

    edit: I know old time isn't a perfect word for all Appalachian music, but it's the designation folkways uses to label most of theirs.

    edit 2: once you know more names etc... start digging into other labels like 'dust to digital' and 'document records'. For better or worse much of the crate digging has already been done by really knowledgeable people who release amazing collections.
     
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    If you want raw, unrehearsed, one take examples this two CD set will fit the bill.

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    You got it!!! That's exactly what I was ref too! Thanks for finding these!
     
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    teleman1 Friend of Leo's

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    We had a Bluegrass entertainer at my Brothers restaurant,(Funny Fellows) in Phoenix, AZ. His name was Joe Bethancourt. Multi instrumentalist. Awesome claw hammer banjo player.
     
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    This is still a very much alive music that is best experienced live. If you have any ability to visit the Appalachin region, you can see live music pretty much any time of year. My state has a music trail, https://thecrookedroad.org/ which is worth a veiw. Hopefully these venues will be up and going again very soon.
     
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    Many roots to follow. The old, old time stuff - even before the Carter Family and such, then the transition players (like Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Wade Ward, et al) from the hills to the towns and from the towns to the cities, where you have the new grass players like Sam Bush, John Hartford, Norman Blake, John McEuen and now the youngsters like Chris Thile and company.

    Sort of; can't generalize it all into a neat package.

    According to Flatt & Scruggs: once upon a time, all you needed to call yourself a band was a fiddle and a banjo. Lots of banjo tunings developed to work behind a fiddler. Here's Flatt & Scruggs at Carnegie Hall:


    Here's a Wade Ward tune, one of my favorite clawhammer banjo players.


    all in all, bluegrass is a relatively recent development - based in string music, jug band music, reels and barn dance music.

    As mentioned above, the live experience is wonderful. There are fiddler's conventions at many places in the Appalachians. I've been to the Old Fiddler's Convention at Galax, Virginia - but there's a whole slew of them and all are worth checking out.

    Even here on the TDPRI, we have some pretty fine players - here's our colleague @howardlo in a previous bluegrass; some pretty fine picking goin' on.

     
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    Start diggin`here!
     
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    I have a banjo made for me by Greg Galbreath in Eggleston VA and I'd love to visit!

    http://www.buckeyebanjos.com/my-story.html

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    Check out David Hoffman's channel on youtube...
     
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    My Dad gave me a 4 CD set of Flatts & Scruggs called 'Foggy Mountain Gold'. Over 100 songs, lots of great stuff!
     
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    As has been said, the live stuff is best. Many festivals are in cancel mode at the moment but they'll be back. Philadelphia is big enough to probably have a half-dozen "Old Time" jams by itself...probably more bluegrass jams. Look for jams or dances in your area, I looked up "Philadelphia Contra Dance" and found a list of ~20 jams, festivals and dances...gotta be a few good ones in there. There is also a traditional music society there called "PATMAD" (Philadelphia Area Traditional Music and Dance).
     
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