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Other Musical Interests / Re: Ken Burns Country Music series in the works
« Last post by Stuart on Today at 03:16:49 PM »
One of my concerns is that in spite of the fact that very little is known about the specifics of the "pre-history" of what would come to be known as "Country Music" (or "Blues," for that matter) simply because little or nothing was recorded or documented, this is never really stated up front. I enjoy listening to the stories about how things came to be, but I'd wouldn't mind if someone said that this is our "best guess."

There's an old TIC joke among historians that the farther we are removed from an event, the clearer it becomes--and the more certain we are in our knowledge of it. 
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First, an "Acoustic Blues Summit" at the Royal Room on September 22, 7:30, with some familiar names/faces for people who've attended the Port Townsend workshop:

http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com/event/acoustic-blues-summit-featuring-john-long-the-jelly-rollers-and-the-hounds-of-townsend/?instance_id=112

Second, Jim Kweskin and Meredith Axelrod doing a late afternoon show on Sept 28 -- 5 pm -- also at the Royal Room

http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com/event/jim-kweskin-meredith-axelrod/?instance_id=105

Third, the next day, Sept 29, Jim and Meredith move from Seattle south to Seattle north for a 7 pm show at the Phinney Center:

http://www.seafolklore.org/wp/events/jim-kweskin-meredith-axelrod/

And a reminder that Del Rey will be doing a show at Couth-Buzzard Books in the Greenwood District starting at 7:30 on October 11, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society.

One more: Orville Johnson will be sitting in with an acoustic jump blues band called the Jump Monkeys at Couth-Buzzard, September 27, 7:30. Two band members are recent Port Townsend Workshop participants.

Wow, fat city for acoustic blues in the Seattle area for the next week or two! Support these musicians if you can.

Lindy
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Country Blues Lyrics / Re: Fred McDowell lyrics
« Last post by Johnm on Today at 11:58:32 AM »
Hi all,
"My Baby Has Eyes Like An Eagle, Take 2" comes from Fred McDowell's album "Levee Camp Blues", on Testament Records.  It is very trance-inducing, with a great signature lick answering every vocal phrase from beginning to end.  It sounds improvised, or at least, very loosely organized, with two-line stanzas at the beginning of the rendition eventually switching to three-line verses as the song goes along.  Here is Fred McDowell's rendition:



INTRO

I believe, darlin', I believe I'll go back home
Lord, I believe, baby, I believe I'll go back home

Lord, I'm gonna acknowledge, tell my Daddy I done wrong
I'm gon' tell my Daddy, Lord, I know I done wrong

Lord, my baby's eye like an eagle, she watches me all the time
My baby's eye like an eagle, the watches me all the time

Lord, it was late at night, baby, when I first lay down
I ain't gwine no higher, darlin', baby, it's no lower down
I ain't gwine no higher, baby, it's no lower down

I ain't gonna bear no quittin', baby, either no jumpin' down
I ain't gonna bear no quittin', darlin', honey, it's no jumpin' down
I'm gon' stand right here, my whiskers drag the ground

Lord, I ain't gon' marry, baby, either settle down
Lord, I ain't gon' marry, either settle down
I'm gon' drink good whiskey, run the women down

All best,
Johnm   
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I watched the first episode last night and really enjoyed it. Though it obviously did not touch on or go in depth into all of the threads that joined to form the roots of country music it did tie many of the major ones together. When I first started delving into the early history of country/American music (not that many years ago) I found myself consulting multiple books, articles, liner notes, interviews, etc to get a grasp on the various contributing factors. Watching the main points I gathered from that research get summed up in two hours was actually somewhat of a relief in a way. There was also some great footage and photos, some of which I'd seen and others that were new to me as well as some stories and bits of history I had not heard. While I'd love to watch a full 16 hours devoted to just the roots, Ken Burns and his team are of course making documentaries for the "public" and based on some comments I've seen online, including one despairing that, "after an hour the documentary had yet to get to Hank Williams", I don't think the majority of the public would be as gung ho for a deep dive into the roots as some of us. Anyway, that's my 2 cents. I look forward to watching the rest over the next few weeks.
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Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop / Re: Port Townsend 2019
« Last post by jed on Yesterday at 02:41:59 PM »
I really enjoyed seeing familiar old folks - and a plethora of young folks - with guitars and associated stringed instruments at PT this year!  It was a great time on all fronts - even arising early for the timely soul-searching course made sense. 

As usual, I had to depart early, but still got to stay for ribs - worth it!

2019 was Jerron's last year as Artistic Director; this is a note about our 2020 AD:

https://centrum.org/2019/08/centrum-names-jontavious-willis-artistic-director-for-acoustic-blues/

Next year at PT promises to be pretty cool, and I hope to see several of y'all there then!
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Arrgh! Saslow is sick and not coming to the events this weekend. I am very disappointed. But the show must go on. I will include some of his pieces in the concert. And I will teach the workshop on his ragtime compositions the next day. (Date wrong in the original post: concert is 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 21, workshop 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Both at Artichoke Music in Portland, check their website for tickets and other info.) Thanks!
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SOTM - Song Of The Month / Re: SOTM September 2019 - Mama Don't Allow
« Last post by Johnm on Yesterday at 09:27:02 AM »
Hi all,
Here's one from the Kentucky Ramblers that starts out as a cover of Luke Jordan's "Cocaine", morphs into "Mama Don't Allow", and even gets into "Salty Dog" a bit.



All best,
Johnm
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Performance Corner / Re: 99 Year Blues
« Last post by Prof Scratchy on Yesterday at 09:26:37 AM »
Very enjoyable performance! Thanks for posting!


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Other Musical Interests / Re: Ken Burns Country Music series in the works
« Last post by Stuart on Yesterday at 08:41:31 AM »
I thought episode one was pretty good, bearing in mind it's a made for TV series that will attempt to cover a lot of ground. Obviously, they can only do so much and being overly critical is unfair since it doesn't pretend to have the breadth, depth and detail of the writings on the subject that some of us have read.

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Other Musical Interests / Re: Ken Burns Country Music series in the works
« Last post by TenBrook on Yesterday at 07:54:50 AM »
Just an update that the first episode in this series premiered last night. I have not had a chance to watch yet but it should be available to stream on your local PBS site.
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