It’s hard to believe this semester is coming to a close and my studies with Bluegrass are ending (for now). Although it’s impossible to articulate the sum of my experiences over the course of a few months, this final post is an attempt to reflect on what I’ve learned and what has impacted me the most. I’ve … Continue reading Reflecting on the Semester
This past semester has flown by, thanks to the fun I’ve had in our Bluegrass class. I was initially hesitant about this class, that we would be discussing the technical side of music, note reading, and instrumentation. To my surprise, we covered instead bluegrass’s influential role in everything from modern rock and roll, to its … Continue reading A Semester in Review
“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” Overall, I can thank this class for giving me a larger appreciation for everything Appalachia. Before taking this class I had never taken a course in the school of Appalachian Studies, but I have found few classes as rewarding as this one. … Continue reading Learning from Experience
The American Music Abroad program (AMA), run by American Voices (an NGO) and highlighted in Craig Havighurst’s article “Saving the World with Banjos”, has provided many folk and Bluegrass artists with the opportunity to take their talents to other countries, with the intention of showcasing authentic American music and building connections through performance across the … Continue reading Are we really ‘Saving the World with Banjos’?
Here’s where I live and where Fincastle, Virginia is: Fincastle, Virginia: Fincastle, Virginia 1965 Carlton Haney: Performers: Set the stage for: Fincastle, Virginia set the stage for many other festivals to come. Sadly, the festival did not stay at the Cantrell sight very long. The festival was moved to Lithia, Virginia (which … Continue reading Fincastle Presentation
The following presentation links 12 of my favorite songs to my home of Clarke County VA. I hope you enjoy what you read here and there are video links to some great songs in the slides.
“Mule Skinner Blues” –Bill Monroe (1930) What instruments are used? Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo How does the sound compare to traditional bluegrass? Very traditional vocals, and playing styles How was the popularity of the song? How successful was it? Performed on the WMV Has been covered a few times (i.e. Dolly Parton) “What a … Continue reading Bluegrass Presentation