Monthly Archives: February 2008

Tucker’s Grove Jam this Sunday

It’s time for another jam session at Tucker’s Grove County Park, set
between Santa Barbara and Goleta, California (often called “Noleta”).  Just follow Turnpike Rd towards the mountains.  It dead-ends at the park.  Keep bearing right until you can drive no further and you’re there! My friend Alan Aleksander hosts the thing these days – … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day at the Grange

There was a threat of rain Saturday night, but it didn’t stop a good number of bluegrass fans from attending our Groundhog Day Show at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall in downtown Los Olivos.  We honored the ground hog with a foot-tall stuffed example (battery-operated), dug up by bassist Tom Lee and stuck in front of the main microphone … Continue reading

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Song texts of the original Carter Family

Original Carter Family songs
I’m spending some time going over my entries for the texts to songs recorded by the Original Carter Family: A.P., Sara, and Maybelle, who recorded for various labels from 1927 to 1941.
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“Stringbeans” and the banjo in bluegrass

There’s been some discussion lately on BGRASS-L (a list mailer re. bluegrass music) about “Stringbean”, his association with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, and his banjo style.
Stringbean’s real name was David Akeman. Bill Monroe called him “Stringbeans”. It’s … Continue reading

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New resource at the Library of Congress

New at the Library of Congress
Announcing the American Folklife Center Online Card Catalog Covering
Field Recordings 1930 to 1950
“Traditional Music and Spoken Word Catalog ”
The Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center (AFC) announces the release of its online card catalog.. This … Continue reading

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