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Once again, the WHACKO-TV Arts and Entertainment department traveled to Ida-john, Idaho for the 5th Annual Bad Folk Singer Hoedown. The contestants this year have come from near and far to show the world that American folk ballads still tell a story about the struggles of the common man. We offer this excerpt of some the 75 hours of folk music we shot at the Ida-John Culture Center.Once again, the WHACKO-TV Arts and Entertainment department traveled to Ida-john,... more
"In 2007 a box-set entitled 'There Is A River: The Elektra Recordings' was set to be released, only to be withdrawn shortly afterwards, in a gesture that symbolized singer-songwriter David Ackles's life-long failure to break through to a larger audience. Yet this failure is hardly due to a lack of critical appreciation...""In 2007 a box-set entitled 'There Is A River: The Elektra Recordings'... more
“They, whoever they are, they f*cked it up.”
http://veracitystew.com/?p=40630“They, whoever they are, they f*cked it up.”... more
For the past year Roy’s been traveling with his wife and partner in all things, Melanie Harby, and in every state they visited they’ve posted a video – a new verse to the hilarious “Vote Republican,” one of the many songs they’ve co-written. -- WATCH...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=40544For the past year Roy’s been traveling with his wife and partner in all things,... more
Check out the latest from progressive folk singer Roy Zimmerman:
"Ann and Mitt Romney struggled...you're getting sleepy..."
http://veracitystew.com/?p=39283Check out the latest from progressive folk singer Roy Zimmerman: "Ann and Mitt... more
Pete Seeger, The Dillards, Joan Baez, The Modern Folk Quartet, Joe & Eddie – No On Prop. 14 Rally – Hollywood Bowl – 1964 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles/Backstage Weekend « Past DailyAnother concert from the '60's nobody thought existed.
Hilarious! - Roy Zimmerman scores again...
"Some voters may experience dizziness, sudden onset amnesia, electile dysfunction, and vote Republican…you're getting sleepy..."
http://veracitystew.com/?p=38365Hilarious! - Roy Zimmerman scores again... ---- "Some voters may experience... more
The latest from our favorite progressive folk singer, Roy Zimmerman, needs to go viral!
http://veracitystew.com/?p=37115The latest from our favorite progressive folk singer, Roy Zimmerman, needs to go... more
Attend the tale of Romney, Mitt
Athough he doesn’t remember it
He clipped a classmate one afternoon
Like some kind of barbarous Vidal Sassoon
Then sauntered off to English Lit
Did Romney, Mitt
The Demon Barber of Wall Street
http://veracitystew.com/?p=35268Attend the tale of Romney, Mitt Athough he doesn’t remember it He clipped a... more
Roy Zimmerman is a national treasure!
Ladies, you can trust us with your health care…you’re getting sleepy.
Make your GP the GOP, the Grand Old Patriarchy…you’re getting sleepy.
We support your right to choose…to vote Republican…
http://veracitystew.com/?p=33245Roy Zimmerman is a national treasure! Ladies, you can trust us with your health... more
Following up on our Kate McGarrigle interview in the last issue, we now hear from sister Kate McGarrigle and also their mom Gabby McGarrigle, not to mention cameo appearances from two future music stars (at a tender age).Following up on our Kate McGarrigle interview in the last issue, we now hear from... more
WATCH Roy Zimmerman 's latest musical jabs at the GOP (and look for a special nod to the great Barbara Jordan.)
"We’re the party of values…you’re getting sleepy.
So, when we see a gay solider, we go boo…you’re getting sleepy.
If women are allowed in combat missions…you’re getting sleepy.
Men will want to protect them, or rape them, one or the other, or both…you’re getting sleepy.
We support the military unconditionally unless they do away with homophobia or misogyny…
…you’re getting sleepy…"
http://veracitystew.com/?p=32766WATCH Roy Zimmerman 's latest musical jabs at the GOP (and look for a special nod... more
Bluegrass great Earl Scruggs dead at 88
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:25 AM EDT, Thu March 29, 2012
(CNN) -- Earl Scruggs, whose distinctive picking style and association with Lester Flatt cemented bluegrass music's place in popular culture, died Wednesday of natural causes at a Nashville hospital, his son Gary Scruggs said. He was 88.
"I realize his popularity throughout the world went way beyond just bluegrass and country music," Gary Scruggs told CNN. "It was more than that."
For many of a certain age, Scruggs' banjo was part of the soundtrack of an era on "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" -- the theme song from the CBS sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," which aired on CBS from 1962 to 1971 and for decades afterward in syndication.
But much more than that, he popularized a three-finger picking style that brought the banjo to the fore in a supercharged genre, and he was an indispensable member of the small cadre of musical greats who created modern bluegrass music.
Scruggs was born in 1924 to a musically gifted family in rural Cleveland County, North Carolina, according to his official biography. His father, a farmer and a bookkeeper, played the fiddle and banjo, his mother was an organist and his older siblings played guitar and banjo, as well.
Young Earl's exceptional gifts were apparent early on. He started playing the banjo at age 4 and he started developing his three-finger style at the age of 10.
"The banjo was, for all practical purposes, 'reborn' as a musical instrument," the biography on his official website declares, "due to the talent and prominence Earl Scruggs gave to the instrument."
While Scruggs' status as the Prometheus of the banjo may be overstated, many musicians feel he changed the game. Fiddler John Hartman, quoted in Barry R. Willis' "America's Music: Bluegrass," summed it up this way: "Everybody's all worried about who invented the style and it's obvious that three-finger banjo pickers have been around a long time -- maybe since 1840. But my feeling about it is that if it wasn't for Earl Scruggs, you wouldn't be worried about who invented it."
In an article on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's website, bluegrass historian Neil V. Rosenberg described Scruggs' style as "a 'roll' executed with the thumb and two fingers of his right hand" that essentially made the banjo "a lead instrument like a fiddle or a guitar, particularly on faster pieces and instrumentals. This novel sound attracted considerable attention to their Grand Ole Opry performances, road shows, and Columbia recordings."
In 1945, Scruggs met Flatt when he joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, for whom Flatt was the guitarist and lead vocalist. Along with the group's mandolin-playing namesake were fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts (alias: Cedric Rainwater).
Scruggs and Flatt left Monroe in 1948 to form the Foggy Mountain Boys, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame website. Along with guitarist/vocalists Jim Eanes and Mac Wiseman, fiddler Jim Shumate and Blue Grass Boys alum Rainwater, the group played on WCYB in Bristol, Tennessee, and recorded for the Mercury label.
He married Anne Louise Certain that year. In the '50s she became Flatt & Scruggs' business manager. They were married for more than 57 years until her death in 2006.
The Foggy Mountain Boys' roster changed over the years, but Flatt and Scruggs became the constants, the signature sound of the group on radio programs, notably those sponsored by Martha White Flour, and as regulars at the Grand Ole Opry. They became syndicated TV stars in in the Southeast in the late 1950s and early '60s, and they hit the country charts with the gospel tune "Cabin on the Hill."
But it was during an appearance at a Hollywood folk club that brought them into contact with the producer of "The Beverly Hillbillies" and led to "The Ballad of Jed Clampett." It was their only single to climb to No.1 on the country charts.
The 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde" featured their 1949 instrumental "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," with its distinctive Scruggs-style banjo solo perhaps the most ubiquitous of bluegrass sounds.
The duo split in 1969, and Scruggs' fame as a solo and featured act continued to grow, even as his most iconic licks echoed through the years among his acolytes -- basically, anyone who played banjo, and many who picked other instruments.
Playing "Foggy Mountain" on banjo became a staple of Steve Martin's comedy routine, and blossomed into a reverential tribute. In November 2001, Martin and Scruggs were joined by Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Jerry Douglas and others on "Late Show With David Letterman" to play a fiery version of the song -- soloing alternately on banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, steel guitar and harmonica. Even Paul Schafer took the chorus for a spin on piano.
In an article in the New Yorker in January, Martin wrote, "A grand part of American music owes a debt to Earl Scruggs. Few players have changed the way we hear an instrument the way Earl has, putting him in a category with Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix."
Flatt & Scruggs were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985, six years after Lester Flatt's death. In 1991, Scruggs, Flatt and Monroe were the first inductees in the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
His sons Gary and Randy both are accomplished musicians and songwriters, and played with their dad in a 1973 album, "The Earl Scruggs Revue."
CNN's Cameron Tankersley, Denise Quan and Andy Rose contributed to this report.
Earl Scruggs' unique three-finger-roll style revolutionized the banjo and its role in bluegrass and country music.
.CNN... . Bluegrass great Earl Scruggs dead at 88 By the CNN Wire Staff updated... more
When I’m elected I’ll invade Iran. You’re getting sleepy….
I won’t take any crap from Castro, Musharraf, Putin, or Rachel Maddow. You’re getting sleepy…
http://veracitystew.com/?p=30846When I’m elected I’ll invade Iran. You’re getting sleepy…. I... more
“I’m not concerned about the very poor….you’re getting sleepy…”
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/15/vote-republican-50-0-roy-zimmerman-serenades-romney-video/“I’m not concerned about the very poor….you’re getting... more
"Mitt Romney is a job creator....and Vultures bring Roadkill back to life..."
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/11/a-musical-message-for-mittens-romney-video/"Mitt Romney is a job creator....and Vultures bring Roadkill back to... more
"In the 1970's, all me and my women friends talked about were the four topics covered here: sex, relationships, family, and career. The difference is that Kate and I didn't know each other. She was hardly naive, yet she trusted me. As an artist and a woman, Kate McGarrigle symbolized my ideal: she sought a reasonable balance between the old way of sacrificing everything for others, and taking ownership of one's life.""In the 1970's, all me and my women friends talked about were the four... more
The New York Times...
October 5, 2011
Bert Jansch, an Influential Folk Guitarist, Is Dead at 67
By WILLIAM GRIMES
Bert Jansch, a guitarist whose blend of classical, jazz, blues and traditional British folk music inspired a long list of folk and rock guitarists in the 1960s and ’70s, including Donovan, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Paul Simon, died on Wednesday in London. He was 67.
The cause was lung cancer, The Associated Press reported.
Mr. Jansch caused an immediate sensation with his first album, “Bert Jansch,” released in 1965. He was a mostly self-taught musician. And his idiosyncratic style, with its intricate finger work and bent notes, as well as his bold reinterpretations of traditional material, exerted a powerful influence on a generation of young guitarists. A founder of the progressive British folk group Pentangle, he remains an almost talismanic figure for today’s young artists like Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart.
“With the release of his first album in 1965 he completely reinvented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequaled today,” Johnny Marr, the former guitarist for the Smiths, wrote in a foreword to the paperback reissue of the 2000 book “Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival,” by Colin Harper. “Without Bert Jansch, rock music as it developed in the ’60s and ’70s would have been very different.”
Mr. Jansch (the name rhymes with blanch) became obsessed with the guitar after a teacher in his elementary school in Edinburgh brought one in for a demonstration. His parents could not afford to pay for more than a few lessons, so he tried to construct his own instrument. “The second one I made was even playable, and I learned to chord a D on it,” he told Frets magazine in 1980.
After buying a guitar at age 15, he began listening to records by Woody Guthrie, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee and Lead Belly. Gradually he incorporated influences from classical music, jazz and traditional Celtic and British folk songs. He was particularly influenced by Davy Graham, another seminal guitarist, whose composition “Angi” (also spelled “Angie” and “Anji”) became the centerpiece of Mr. Jansch’s first album.
Mr. Jansch remained reserved about describing his style and how it evolved. “Everyone asks that but I’m sorry, it’s a mystery to me how it developed like this,” he told the newspaper Scotland on Sunday in 2004.
Neil Young, who included Mr. Jansch on his American tour last year, once called him the acoustic equivalent of Jimi Hendrix as an influence on guitar players. Donovan recorded a cover version of Mr. Jansch’s protest song “Do You Hear Me Now” on his “Universal Soldier” album and paid tribute to him with “Bert’s Blues” on the album “Sunshine Superman” and “House of Jansch” on “Mellow Yellow.”
Mr. Page, who succumbed to the spell of Mr. Jansch’s first album when it came out, did his own instrumental version of “Blackwaterside,” a traditional song from Mr. Jansch’s third solo album, “Jack Orion” (1966). Retitled “Black Mountain Side,” it appeared on Led Zeppelin’s debut album.
Herbert Jansch was born on Nov. 3, 1943, in Glasgow and grew up in Edinburgh. After leaving school at 15, he became a fixture at the Howff, a local folk club. Two of the club’s regulars, Clive Palmer and Robin Williamson, future members of the Incredible String Band, encouraged him to break out of the narrow Edinburgh scene.
He made his way to London and performed on the streets and in small clubs. After recording “Bert Jansch” on a reel-to-reel tape deck, he teamed up with the singer and guitarist John Renbourn, his second guitarist on “It Don’t Bother Me” and “Jack Orion” and his duet partner on the influential album “Bert and John” (1966).
He and Mr. Renbourn began performing at the Horseshoe Hotel on Tottenham Court Road with the future members of Pentangle: the singer Jacqui McShee, the acoustic bassist Danny Thompson and the drummer Terry Cox.
The group made its debut in a sold-out performance at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 1967, and went on to become one of the most dominant folk groups in Britain. It was known for its innovative and eclectic style, which had a marked jazz influence, and for the complex intertwined guitar parts in the “folk baroque” style.
The group’s first album, “Pentangle,” was released in 1968, followed by “Sweet Child,” “Basket of Light,” “Cruel Sister,” “Reflection” and “Solomon’s Seal.”
On New Year’s Day 1973, Mr. Jansch left the group, whose members were buckling under the strain of five world tours. Retreating to a farm in Wales, he returned to a solo career and recorded the album “A Rare Conundrum.” In the late 1970s joined with the fiddler Martin Jenkins to form a duo, Jansch and Jenkins, which became Conundrum after adding the bassist Nigel Smith. For a time Mr. Jansch performed and recorded with various revived versions of Pentangle.
Drinking problems derailed his career for a time, but he rebounded in the 1990s with the album “When the Circus Comes to Town.” He later recorded two critically praised albums, “Crimson Moon” and “The Black Swan,” featuring younger folk-influenced artists.
Mr. Jansch’s first two marriages ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, Loren Auerbach, and two sons, Kieron and Adam.
.The New York Times... October 5, 2011 Bert Jansch, an Influential Folk Guitarist,... more
One of the most influential names in the Folk Music movement of the early 1960's. Never heard of him? Shame.One of the most influential names in the Folk Music movement of the early 1960's.... more