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Old 01-17-2011, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Whip Out Your Banjos, It's Bluegrass Week!

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Yessuh, it is bluegrass week. Shet mah mouth! Bluegrass is a bran' of Amurican folk moosic wif various old wo'ld influences. Yo' probably haf a purdy fine idea already, but eff'n not, then Wikipedia kin probably he'p yo'. So, this hyar week is fo' celebratin' all thin's bluegrass.

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Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music, and is a sub-genre of country music. It has roots in Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish traditional music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of immigrants from the United Kingdom and Ireland (particularly the Scotch-Irish immigrants in Appalachia). In bluegrass, as in some forms of jazz, one or more instruments each takes its turn playing the melody and improvising around it, while the others perform accompaniment; this is especially typified in tunes called breakdowns. This is in contrast to old-time music, in which all instruments play the melody together or one instrument carries the lead throughout while the others provide accompaniment. Traditional bluegrass is typically based on a small set of acoustic stringed instruments including mandolin, acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, resonator guitar and upright bass, with or without vocals.
Bluegrass music has attracted a diverse and loyal following worldwide. Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe characterized the genre: "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound. It's plain music that tells a good story. It's played from my heart to your heart, and it will touch you. Bluegrass is music that matters."
I'll start mahse'f wif a li'l homage t'th' "Pappy" of th' junre, Mr. Billy Joe Munroe!



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Old 01-17-2011, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Earl Scruggs needs to be mentioned.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I love bluegrass! Really excited about this.
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Not really into Bluegrass, but I have these guys

The Punch Brothers- Rye Whiskey


Rye n Clover- Black Hoody Dream (he's kind of like bluegrass influenced folk-punk, but still)
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This is a bit of a stretch, but ... heh heh heh.

This is off his all banjo album that just came out 3 months ago or so... Spinal Clock


I had a friend recommend I post this. I reckon he's probably right. Lots of rock/metal/novelty filler, but at the 4:00 minute marker he goes all sorts of awesome with a banjo effect. He was between the age of 17 and 23 here.

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Here's Earl Scruggs Revue playing Banjo Man which I assume is a cover, but from which artist, I don't know!



I love the song though.
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Just a few:

One of my all-time favorite bluegrass songs right there.

Here are three more favorites of mine...

"Orange Blossom Special" by the Stanley Brothers. Some of the sickest banjo and fiddle playing you'll ever hear.




"Dooley" by The Dillards. This is basically the appalachian version of a narcocorrido which is interesting from sort of a sociological standpoint. The fact that the banjo melody is so gorgeous doesn't hurt either.




"Will the Circle Be Unbroken" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The album version of this song is better but this was all I could find on YouTube. Still pretty good. I'm rarely ever moved by religious songs but this is one of the that really does it for me.



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Nice. Though if one wants to be really picky it should probably be mentioned that the appalachian dialect is actually fairly different from the "Redneck" used by The Dialectizer.

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