The Goat rodeo sessions playing Attaboy. The Goat rodeo Sessions ia a genre-bending collaboration between mandolinist Chris Thile, cellist Yo Yo Ma, violinist Stuart Duncan, and bassist Edgar Meyer. The result is a record of Classical/Bluegrass compositions for string quartet.
Pete Seeger and The New Lost City Ramblers playing Ragtime Annie. The New Lost City Ramblers were an Old-Time string bands prominent during the early sixties, the years of the Folk Scare. The members were Mike Seeger, the half-brother of Pete, John Cohen, and Tom Paley.
Dom Flemons playing Po’ Black Sheep. Dom Flemons is a Folk singer and Old-Time banjoist, as well as a former founding member of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. He learned to play plectrum banjo with a unique style of fingerpicking, unaware of the five-string banjo Clawhammer style.
Dan Tyrminski playing The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn for the Transatlantic Sessions. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn is a song from the soundtrack of Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? which heavily featured Bluegrass and Folk musicians such as Ralph Stanley, Alson Krauss and Union Station, Gillian Welch, and Emmylou Harris. Dan Tyrminsky sang the vocals of George Clooney’s character in the Soggy Bottom Boys.
Dan Tyrminski playing Down in the Willow Garden for the Transatlantic Sessions. Tyrminski is a Bluegrass singer and guitarist, and plays in Alison Krauss and Union Station, along with Jerry Douglas. The song is an Appalachian murder ballad that originated in Ireland in the early 19th Century, but was made popular by the 1947 recording by Charlie Monroe, brother of Bill Monroe.
Pete Seeger singing Michael Row The Boat Ashore. The video was from when Pete was forced to perform for colleges as no radioes were allowed to play his music. The song is a spiritual penned by freed slaves of the st Helena Island during the Civil War.
Pete Seeger singing Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Pete Seeger was one of America’s most beloved Folk singers during the Folk Scare of the 1960s. He was a passionate activist his entire life, and came under heavy scrutiny by the House Un-American Acts Committee during the height of McCarthyism because of it. Pete combined a virtuosic skill with the banjo with an ability to make crowds sing in perfect harmony. He developed the long-neck banjo, his own style of playing, and wrote one of the definitive instructional books for learning to play the banjo which would influence banjoists such as Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck.
Pete passed away yesterday, he will be sorely missed.
Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three playing Claude Jones, and Drinkin’ Whiskey Tonight. Pokey LaFarge is an American roots singer and guitarist. He became involved in Blues, Swing, and other genres of early-20th Century roots music having been exposed to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon after a teenage obsession with John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, and Jack Kerouac. The South City Three are Ryan Koenig (washboard and snaredrum), Adam Hoskins (banjo-guitar), and Joey Glynn (bass).
Bela Fleck playing Throw Down Your Heart. The tune comes from Bela’s African project, from which an album and documentary were recorded and filmed, in which he took the banjo to Tanzania, The Gambia, Mali, and Uganda t find the original roots of the banjo and record with the musicians there.
Skip James was a Blues guitarist and pianist. He was born in Bentonia, Mississippi however his unique style of intricate fingerpicking in Open D-Minor tuning has more in common with Piedmont Blues fingerpickers than with other Delta Blues guitarists. This style would come to be known as the Bentonia School.
James was rediscovered by John Fahey, Henry Vestine, and Bill Barth in 1964. The simultaneous rediscovery of Son House led to a revival in American interest in the Blues during the years of the Folk Revival.
Bob Brozman playing Debussy in Madagascar. The song was a tribute to the music of Reunion Island, an African island nation off the coast of Madagascar that absorbed European diatonic harmony and African modal harmony and rhythm. The European harmony, in this instance, comes from the French Impressionist Claude Debussy. The Instrument is a Bolivian Charango, a five-coursed cousin of the guitar and ukulele.