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Old 06-19-2019, 05:54 PM
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Those of us fortunate enough to have discovered bluegrass music are treated to great instrumental music as well as a history lesson. From the old great story tellers like Johnny Horton up to today's bands bluegrass is alive and well.

It makes me wonder how a part of this nation turned it's back on history for what it is and has begun the systematic destruction of memorials and battle flags.

I'm pretty certain at the time these fine young men from the north and the south went off to fight the most costly war in American History, none of them thought that they would be reviled and their sacrifices would have been forgotten,the statues of their beloved leaders torn down and ruined.

I guess it's just part of the instant gratification generation fighting for the reins. What say you?
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:56 PM
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Yeah no way this stays topside.




...but I agree.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Yeah no way this stays topside.




...but I agree.
Not political,historical.
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Originally Posted by muskamoot View Post
Not political,historical.
Agree with that too, but do you really think it'll stay that way without adult supervision?



I love bluegrass...not just for the pickin n grinnin, but for the storytelling as well.

Edit to add: as to the destruction of monuments and other symbols from that time in our history - I think it's ridiculous. That was a war fought on our soil, among our own countrymen. For better or worse, it helped shape the future of this country. All these things in our history, good and bad, made this the greatest country the world has ever known.

It is unfathomable to me that any American would want to forget it.
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:13 PM
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Still a little history telling left in country too

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Old 06-23-2019, 06:43 AM
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I liked your post because both topics are of interest in my life. Bluegrass is best when it's live and in a festival atmosphere. I've limited myself to the Spring Fest at the Suwannee River Music Park but my bucket list includes the Delfest in Cumberland, MD with a couple of extra days to visit Antietam Creek Battlefield park and ride the Steam Engine out of Cumberland. As for the monuments, I think it's ironic that Robert E. Lee really didn't want to be memorialized. The soldiers of that time and era were more religious and dedicated to the cause to an extent that we can't imagine in todays world. It wasn't uncommon for men to desert and return home if they survived a bloody battle and witnessed it's horror. Deserters were often hung in front of the troops to discourage others from treason. I am grateful that we are a strong nation because of our diversity and democracy. It's hard for me to criticize today's generation because they don't know and respect our history when I not sure if I really know our history. Each book I read, and I read many about the War Between the States, is the work of the author who try to be objective but I can always detect a little bias. By far, Shelby Foote is my favorite. .
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We have local BG jam sessions, one on wed night, one on sunday night. Good stuff. Wed is Jimmies on Wrightsville Beach, Sun is Satellite downtown.

Got a funny story to tell. Several years ago went to Wilkesboro for Merle Fest, camped near the river. Late night a jam session formed right near my tent. The music was awesome. Guitars, banjos, mandolin, and this gorgeous young lady playing a fiddle. Lots of drink (and other things) going on around the circle. I stayed up and listened, but eventually crawled in the tent. Late at night most departed. But at like 2am I woke hearing Mozart. Crawled out of the tent and listened to that young lady play her... violin!! When she finally finished, I talked to her a bit. Turns out she was a violinist in the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra!!!

At one of the jam sessions at Jimmies, there was this dude doing really nice fiddle work. Turns out he was on officer at the local Coast Guard station (one guy said he was the CO, not sure). He must have gotten transferred as have not seen him in a bit.

I wish that Raleigh violinist would come to the beach!!!

Did I mention I like fiddle???

A pretty girl doing nice fiddle work... Nothing better under the sun.
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My first run in of Bluegrass was as a 13 yr old kid on vacation in Fl., My brother and I were at a theme park of some sort and we came across 2 brothers that at one time had their own TV show, playing at the park. For whatever reason they sat and talked with us for a good half hour about how they came to be, the history of the music and then a little private show for us. Man these guys were great and have had a special spot for BG ever since. I wish I could recall their names or what the TV show was, I recalled it at the time (early to mid 70's).
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Love me some bluegrass, and the original steeldrivers are right up there with the best.
Been loving these guys for awhile.maybe not true hardcore bluegrass but great band and music just the same.
And these lyrics relate to the topic.
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Got hooked on Appalachian bluegrass when my son decided to go to App State in Boone NC. Heard some at a local bar and the rest is history. My spotify playlist is 90% BG!
One on my play list:

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FWIW - I did my thesis on the (real) history of Bluegrass. It has it's roots in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Italy, and Africa. A true melting pot.
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Mountain music will set you free!!!
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bluegrass take on a classic 1952 Vincent Black Lightening
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
Love me some bluegrass, and the original steeldrivers are right up there with the best.
Been loving these guys for awhile.maybe not true hardcore bluegrass but great band and music just the same.
And these lyrics relate to the topic.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r9jwGansp1E
This band is awesome. I first saw them in a tiny venue in Greenville in 2010 with like 30 people and you could have heard a pin drop the entire show. A previous poster talked about a good looking girl playing fiddle. This one played the fiddle and the electric guitar. Blew me away. They have since played to huge crowds at red rocks and sell out shows immediately in NC and Europe. We go see them every chance we get.

And the OG steeldrivers stuff is the best. I like anything Stapleton is a part of. He's a talented dude.


Check out Steep Canyon Rangers and Big Fat Gap band too.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVqOh5rc6Co

@ 2:16 when the steel guitar kicks in!

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Originally Posted by mymojo View Post
bluegrass take on a classic 1952 Vincent Black Lightening
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAxLpwreeFs

if we’re going to explore the roots ( in America) this gentleman must be included.

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I have this recording on a bluegrass compilation on cd. I love this stuff !
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Alison Krauss is a fabulous violinist and vocalist who excels at all genres, including bluegrass. Damn, I love her!
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Can't forget Doc Watson! Here's a bronze of him in Boone NC:


https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...ng&FORM=VRPPLA
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Also, if you truly love bluegrass, Cajun is very closely related and surely derived from the same European, then Appalachia roots.
I have no idea what they’re saying but I love the band anyway.


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