Category Archives: fruits

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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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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Andrew Manze – Tartini: The Devil’s Sonata

There are very few solo violin recordings. Sometimes it seems as though guitars, banjos, basses, etc were all invented for the sole purpose of backing up the violin. This is of course not true, but it illustrates my point. Having … Continue reading

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Béla Fleck – 2 Albums

Well it’s past time that this blog paid a bit of tribute to the banjo’s greatest contemporary icon. In the taxonomy of the Grapevine, there are several divisions. Roots are the foundation of our music. Fruits are the perfection of … Continue reading

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Sam Rizzetta – Bucks and Does

Ok, so not a whole lot so say on this one, but you’ll probably appreciate a short post after the last few. Nothing shocking or out-of-place here, just extremely beautiful, tonal, resonant, music. Almost totally unaccompanied, the resounding tremors of … Continue reading

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Modern Mandolin Quartet – Modern Mandolin Quartet

I really ought to post more classical albums. There’s some really terrific stuff in that mega-genre, and while some of it is geared for pampered victorian prunes, plenty of it can be enjoyed by those with a flair for the … Continue reading

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Rachid Halihal – Traditional Songs of Fez, Morocco

I’d never heard of this guy before picking up the cd used a year ago. But it’s pretty damn good music, I must say. It might be worth mentioning that all the guitars and fiddles in the world have evolved … Continue reading

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John Jackson – Rappahannock Blues

I haven’t really posted much of anything lately, owing to the fact that I now have two jobs and little time for philanthropiracy… so I also neglected to post this news which is now a month late, about a newly-released … Continue reading

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