From the Twitter- & other -verses

A few odds and ends collected or sent on Twitter (and other sources) recently.  See @tomusicpix A retweet from @RootsMusicCanada Fair enough. RT @alannealottawa: Kiran Ahluwalia wasn’t impressed that presenter didn’t attempt her last name #cbcjunos http://yfrog.com/ny3sgsaj Via  @RealWorldRec: Creole Choir of Cuba recording ‘Tande’ in the Wooden Room at @RealWorldStudio http://youtu.be/fHBQ-jzgNBU (Creole Choir is better known in Toronto as Grupo Vocal Desandann) 60 years ago: the first rock & roll concert & first rock & roll riot. Alan Freed in Cleveland: http://t.co/0CyVP0uh via Assoc. Music Parents “I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my … Continue reading

Earl Scruggs, RIP

No doubt the most influential banjoist in the world died on March 28, at the age of 88. The website Bluegrass Today, is not surprisingly filled with appreciations of Scruggs’ career, including this article by David Morris, titled “A Legend’s Biggest Moments”. Here’s the irony of being asked to write about the highlights of Earl Scruggs’ career as king of the banjo and a bluegrass pioneer: What doesn’t make the cut as one of his top achievements would be the crowning moment for just about every other picker. Read more here. Scruggs’ signature tune, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, was first recorded … Continue reading

Newport Folk Festival: live (& archived) webcasts, Jul 30-31

NPR (National Public Radio) is webscasting this weekend’s Newport Folk Festival, starting at noon on Saturday & Sunday. A terrific lineup (see below). Details on the NPR website, along with links to archived webcasts from 2010   Saturday, July 30 All Times ET 6:00 pm: The Decemberists 5:50 pm: Pokey LaFarge 4:45 pm: Gillian Welch 4:30 pm: Delta Spirit 3:25 pm: Earl Scruggs 3:00 pm: Freelance Whales 2:00 pm: Gogol Bordello 1:45 pm: Typhoon 12:40 pm: The Felice Brothers 12:00 pm: Wailin’ Jennys More online later: The Devil Makes Three, Ramblin Jack Elliott, River City Extension and more. Sunday, July … Continue reading