Monthly Archives: December 2008

Jo Ann Kelly – Blues and Gospel

Looking like this, who wouldn’t guess Jo Ann Kelly was a belter of a blueswoman? Well, I had a request for some “rare blues, the kind only found on your blog”. Well I hope this fits the bill, having both … Continue reading

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Seventy-Eight Records

Hey everybody. There’s a great new blog that’s just popped up, especially for you Old-Time and Fahey fans. It’s called Mr. Kev’s Old Time Tunes. It’s the latest of the Grapevine-inspired blogs, so welcome Mr. Kev into our blog-family and … Continue reading

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It Came Upon a Midnight Queer…

Christmas time is usually marked by a frenzy of crazed consumers out trying to placate their gods of money, desire, and spiritual materialism. And this crazed frenzy is fueled by the incessantly jovial, nostalgic, and sentimental music that have come … Continue reading

Posted in banjo, bluegrass, fruits, Guitar, jazz, Jug Band | 3 Comments

Alan Lomax Collection – Songs of Christmas

The winter solstice sunrise in Newgrange, Ireland I’ve got two seasonal holiday posts for ya. This, the first, is mainly historical in interest. It should give you an idea of some of the ways that different western cultures celebrated Noel … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Davy Graham (22 November 1940–15 December 2008)

We lost one of the true originals, folks. The John Fahey of Britain, and more. Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Martin Simpson, Martin Carthy, John Martyn, Richard Thompson, not to mention rockers like Jimmy Page and Roy Harper – all of … Continue reading

Posted in Guitar, memorial, seeds | 6 Comments

Doc & Merle Watson’s Guitar Album

And now for something from that other family of 3 generations of guitar wizards: The Watsons. Not quite so world-famous, not so many compositions dedicated to them, but I would argue they have played an equally important role in the … Continue reading

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Los Romeros – Carmen & others

“The Royal Family of the Guitar” they’re called. The mighty Spanish family of classical guitar virtuosos, led by their fearless patriarch Celedonio Romero. He and his 3 boys, Pepe, Angel, and Celin rose to fame in the late ’50s or … Continue reading

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