Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pete Sutherland – Poor Man’s Dream

Not much to say about this one, it’s just a fine bit o’ music. Flying Fish had a way of recording these albums that make you feel like you’re sitting on a back porch with friends, even when the music … Continue reading

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Oscar Shumsky – Eugène Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin

Another solo violin masterpiece! Just as good as Andrew Manze playing Tartini, but in a totally different way. It gets back into a corner and stares you in the eye like it will kill you, and then it takes off … Continue reading

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Blind Willie McTell – Atlanta 12-String

Some people call him the greatest bluesman of all time. I don’t think that’s true, at least not so long as Son House and Skip James are still riding the great greyhound bus in the sky. But coming in closely … Continue reading

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Louisiana Cajun French Music

Well it’s about time this blog had some cajun music. It was sorely missing from my gumbo of old american roots and fruits. Now remedied!Zydeco and Cajun are the premier cultural expressions of the spirited and hardy people of southwest … Continue reading

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Marc Savoy with Dewey Balfa and D.L. Menard: Made in Louisiana – Cajun Accordion Music

One of the all-time great Cajun jam-sessions, by three masters of the genre. Listen & dance! Marc Savoy – accordion, Dewey Balfa – fiddle, D. L. Menard – guitar Lotsa hype below, in case you needed any hints… In the 1970s, … Continue reading

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Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard – Who’s that Knocking?

The venerable Ron Thomason has said in describing Hazel Dickens, “She never let questions of pitch or timing get in the way of the music.” He’s also said that “She brought back the chill, the feeling of excitement and power” … Continue reading

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