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Old 04-01-2016, 12:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Just a heads up, Bradley's Barn is the Beau Brummels release you need to hear, Triangle has some cool ideas too but Bradley's Barn is a hell of an experience, the production quality is so bizarre for 1968.
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There's 3 reason why the Rolling Stones are better. I'm going to list them here. 1. Jimi Hendrix from Rolling Stones was a better guitarist then Jimmy Page 2. The bassist from Rolling Stones isn't dead 3. Rolling Stobes wrote Stairway to Heaven and The Ocean so we all know they are superior here.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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One of benefits of a long morning commute is the opportunity to sit back and really focus on an album start to finish, it's a great way to break in albums you've never heard before, and when it comes roots rock, cruising down the highway across the countryside at sunrise is just about the best possible way to soak in these albums. Spent the last three mornings giving The Marshall Tucker Band's first three albums that treatment.

At first I was disappointed in myself for passing the Marshall Tucker Band by so many times over the last couple of years without giving their albums much of a chance, I was only familiar with 'Fire on the Mountain' and that track never really clicked with me, so I never developed much of an interest in checking them out any further, but on second thought there has never been a better time in my life than now to hear these albums, having recently settled down far from the city in my favorite corner of the Fraser Valley. Similar to my experience with Little Feat early last month I've found out that I was completely wrong about the Marshall Tucker Band, these three albums are fantastic and an absolute joy to listen to.

My initial impression of the Marshall Tucker Band, before this week, was that they leaned too far to the country pop side of the Country Rock spectrum for my taste. I think coming to that conclusion after hearing "Fire on the Mountain" is fair, it's a great song, but in the grander scope of Marshall Tucker Band material it's much less adventurous than some of their more bluesy jam oriented early 70s material. Now that I've really had a sit down with their early albums I've realized how adventurous they really were, adventurous in the same way that The Allman Brothers were adventurous, which is no surprise in retrospect considering they launched their careers on the same label, Capricorn Records.

This is exactly the sort of approach to roots rock that I spend so much time looking for, where a band of immense talent and musicianship pulls in as much influence as possible from the past, tastefully brings it all together, and produces something unbelievably inspired and novel for its time. The Marshall Tucker Band at their best (the below tracks in my opinion are a few excellent examples) are only second to The Allman Brothers for me right now, besides a few slightly less impressive tracks here and there I don't think I could be more satisfied with these three albums. The musicianship, songwriting talent, and creativity that this band as a group brings to the table is awe inspiring. I will definitely be combing through the record shop for these three releases this weekend.

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Old 05-03-2016, 10:41 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Some lesser known gems I've come across recently:



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I've been geeking around on this thread all day... Lots of nostalgia here, as well as some interesting new recommendations for me explore...

On a bluegrass note, I love the use of the mouth bow in this little number by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, not something you hear very often. (Never mind the lyrics )

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Was jammin' some Ozark Mountain Daredevils on the highway this morning:



And some Wet Willie:

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Can't forget about OMD's radio hit:



I think I had a K-Tel record with that on it.

...and here's a great cover of a fiddle players standard played on Telecasters:

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...and here's a great cover of a fiddle players standard played on Telecasters:
My favorite version of Orange Blossom Special:



Absolutely insane, whoever they had on electric fiddle is absolutely on fire.
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I've been geeking around on this thread all day... Lots of nostalgia here, as well as some interesting new recommendations for me explore...

On a bluegrass note, I love the use of the mouth bow in this little number by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, not something you hear very often. (Never mind the lyrics )

I want to get into bluegrass, since I like country. I just can't.
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I want to get into bluegrass, since I like country. I just can't.
I have a hard time getting into pure bluegrass as well but there are some absolutely beautiful examples of country albums written by musicians trained in bluegrass where the two genres mix together very nicely.

First that comes to mind is Doug Dillard & Gene Clark's Fantastic Expedition collaboration album. Fantastic musicianship and songwriting front to back. Seamless mixture of ideas from country, rock, folk, and bluegrass.

Great road songs.



Doug Dillard was great at incorporating bluegrass styles into easier to digest mixtures of more popular styles. So you end up with the tones and atmospheres of bluegrass AND the vocal/melodic hooks that most bluegrass doesn't care about.

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Threw together a quick chart that may serve well as a starting point for people new to these genres.

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