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Ed Perl, the founder of the Ash Grove on Melrose in West Los Angeles, the center of the folk revival in L.A., recalls Alan's coming in the club while Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were appearing. He walked straight up to the stage, and after the second number he asked Monroe where he got the song he'd just played. "I was shocked," Perl said. "Nobody ever did that, let alone to God. Bill responded, "Is that you Alan?" and they proceeded to talk about and demonstrate the influence of black music on Bill and bluegrass - from Alan Lomax, The Man Who Recorded the World, by John Szwed

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Offline Flatd7

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Blues In The Blue Ridge
« on: April 13, 2006, 08:06:04 AM »
I was talking to Mary Flower about her Fall trip to the East Coast. She told me about a great program that is running in a few weeks. Music in the Mountains, also called "Blues In The Blue Ridge" is a Guitar, Mando and Uke camp in Little Switzerland, NC. The staff includes Mary, Mike Dowling, Steve James, Scott Ainslie and Del Rey. Never heard of this one before, Sounds like huge fun.

The website shows a very beautiful venue. The Tuition is average to low at $595 for five days with lodging. You pick three classes a day. With this staff there would be some great after class entertainment. I can't get away, but if I could . . . . . . . . . .

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Offline uncle bud

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Re: Blues In The Blue Ridge
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2006, 08:16:45 AM »
Sure looks like a beautiful location. So what's Steve got against bananas?

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Blues/Roots Fingerstyle Guitar
Steve James - For the guitarist with some experience playing chords and/or single note melodies who would like to incorporate the two into simple and attractive thumb-and-finger style arrangements with an emphasis on old time blues, country, and ragtime guitar. We will work on adding to your repertoire and technique, plus a few hot licks. Some TAB supplied. Please bring your
instrument and supplies, pencil/pen and notebook, and an audio recorder if you like (no video please). Thank you for not eating bananas.

Offline Flatd7

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Re: Blues In The Blue Ridge
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2006, 08:22:48 AM »
You'll have to go to the source on that one. The last time I asked him about something like that he said, "I don't know, go ask Keb Mo'"

Never a dull moment with Mr James.

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Re: Blues In The Blue Ridge
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2006, 09:01:02 AM »
So what's Steve got against bananas?

Maybe it's a Walter Vinson smell-compulsion kinda thing?  Country blues - it does things to ya...

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Re: Blues In The Blue Ridge
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2006, 09:40:31 AM »
Some questions are best left unasked.  :P

Looks like a great workshop and beautiful to boot.  I wonder how you get there -- fly into Knowxville and rent a car?

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Re: Blues In The Blue Ridge
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2006, 12:33:02 PM »
Some questions are best left unasked.  :P

Well...  maybe bananas remind him of the fruit basket he once have had.


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