Brilliant US fiddler Stuart Duncan appeared in the
latest series of BBC Four's Transatlantic Sessions.
Here he is, with Jerry Douglas on dobro, Russ Barenberg
on guitar and Danny Thompson on bass, playing "Lee
Highway Blues" -
"Dr. Ralph Stanley’s funny, sad, gossipy behind-the-scenes autobiography, 'Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times'. This is not the man of few words you see in concert and at merchandise tables. Here he talks at length about his fatherless childhood, his heroic mother, his brother Carter’s musical brilliance and fatal alcohol addiction. He pays his respects to such legendary Clinch Mountain Boys as George Shuffler, Roy Lee Centers and the effervescent Curly Ray Cline. And Ralph devotes an entire chapter to his friendship with Bill Monroe. Then there are the harrowing and hilarious tales of the road, the accidents and miraculous near misses. It’s a grand and glorious summation of a musical life well lived."
10 song mix of tracks by the winners of this year's International Bluegrass Music Association Awards - including Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dailey & Vincent, Dan Tyminski, etc - see full list of winners on the IBMA site - take a listen here
Our good friend, radio DJ Gail Comfort, has recently left London to go back to her home town of Winnipeg in Canada. We'll really miss her. Fortunately she'll continue doing her weekly alt-country show 'The Comfort Zone' on CMR Nashville and she's just released the first two episodes of her new Canadian Comfort podcast featuring all Canadian artists - great stuff! Take a listen -
Don't miss this wonderful mix by saraht on 8tracks which includes tracks by Bela Fleck, Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus & Tim O'Brien, Tony Furtado and Dirk Powell, Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg & Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush & David Grisman, The Avett Brothers, Emmylou, Alison & Gillian and more.
[Click the play button to listen from the start or double click on the artist/song title to hear individual tracks]
Ralph Stanley - Pretty Polly Bill Monroe - Get Up John David Grisman with the Nashville Bluegrass Band - A Life of Sorrow Harry Choates - Fais Do Do Stomp Hank Williams Sr - Honky Tonk Blues The Rosinators - In My Time of Dyin' Bob Dylan - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean The Golden Gate Quartet - Daniel Saw The Stone John Renbourn - Country Blues Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys - Come, Jilie Blind Willie Johnson - Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying
On Tour in the UK - April 2009 [A mix of artists touring the UK this month]
Playlist (plays in random order)
Jackson Browne - Late For The Sky Jim White - A Town Called Amen Bob Dylan - Moonshiner Van Morrison - Astral Weeks/I Believe I've Transcended Foy Vance - Homebird Alabama 3 - U Don't Dans 2 Tekno Anymore Amadou & Mariam - Mon Amour, Ma Cherie Heidi Talbot - Time
['Cindy's Breakdown' by The Rosinators] This video on YouTube has recently been featured on The Bluegrass Blog and The Bluegrass Ireland blog Michele & Steve Dulson with Strings at Angie's birthday bash at The Grosvenor, London SW9
Fliss and Caroline at Simon's birthday gig at The Gaff, London N7