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Offline Rivers

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Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« on: April 26, 2009, 06:58:12 AM »
Great little interview with Steve on NPR is playing on KUT as I speak. Some live playing, some tracks from Short Blue Stories.

It's interesting chat with a good interviewer, in which we learn Steve is going to Bulgaria as a cultural ambassador! Life imitates art, we nominated him for a similar role in one of the quotes, which went like this:

Boy, I oughtta kick your ass... -  Steve James, US goodwill ambassador live in Europe  :P

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103467828
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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2009, 07:09:08 AM »
I always start the day with NPR and what a wonderful surprise hearing this interview this morning.  It brought up many fine Steve James moments from blues camp in Port Townsend. Hearing the slide mandolin number was a first for me and I'm all smiles. 

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2009, 07:12:58 AM »
Thank God for NPR Janmarie, and our local affiliate KUT. Their interviewers are the best bar none.

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2009, 08:54:57 AM »
great interview. thanks for the link.
so what's with this brand new steve james model national?  not much detail there.  the wood bodied resorocket maybe.... 

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2009, 09:05:12 AM »
Nice to see good things happening with Steve, new CD, ambassadorship (Bulgaria, what a hoot), new signature reso model.  A really great interview.  I till scratch my head at slide mandolin - but the clip that was played was as nice as I've heard.  :D

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2009, 09:20:00 AM »
Nice to see good things happening with Steve, new CD, ambassadorship (Bulgaria, what a hoot), new signature reso model.  A really great interview.  I till scratch my head at slide mandolin - but the clip that was played was as nice as I've heard.  :D

I'll second all that. And Rivers--Thank You for posting the link.

Re: slide mandolin--Why not? I saw Ken Bloom play a slide autoharp version of "Sittin' On Top of the World" in the mid-70s, so the possibilities are endless.

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2009, 09:48:19 AM »
I remember back in the 1970s that Big Jim Pitts used to play some wild bottleneck mandolin with anarchic country blues band, Brett Marvin & the Thunderbolts.

Not too sure about the picture of Steve - he looks like some kind of guitar-picking serious criminal.  He's over here in June, so will have to ask him about that photo.
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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2009, 04:17:43 AM »
Rivers, thanks for the tip on the interview.  Steve is one of my favorites, and such a great story teller as well.  I love the quote (to paraprhase because I don't think I have it exactly): Sure, I played rock and roll.  I backed Bo Diddley.  If that isn't rock and roll, I don't know what is!


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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2009, 03:53:51 PM »
Jack Johnson plays a bottleneck mando - it's cool.

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR and elsewhere
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2009, 09:58:34 AM »
Anyone near Austin can catch Steve James next week at Fiddler's Green, a great little music store dedicated to us folkie types here in Austin.
He's on the bill with Fat Man & Little Boy, should be a good night. If I'm over my (non-pig) flu by then I'll be there.

More info here: http://www.fiddlersgreenmusicshop.com/

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2009, 02:49:34 PM »
PP aka Brett Marvine and the Thunderbolts. The year before last at the the EBA we had Graham Hine (of Thunderbolts fame) who took slide classes for a day at very short notice. The problem was he was billed and hyped up - totally by mistake - as a Tampa Red expert because he had played a couple of the his tunes way back.

It was all very sad as people were almost walking out of what started as a full class and he ended the day with two people. To say he was vey upset at the end was an understatement and I felt very sorry for him as it wasn't his fault.
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2009, 02:57:58 PM »
Great point I'm sure Richard. But I have no idea what it is. 

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2009, 01:10:40 AM »
Richard - I met up with Graham again last year for the first time in ... cough, cough... years.  He's a really nice person who woud be concerned about that kind of thing.  Very unprofessional of the organisers not to clarify things with him first.

Earlier this year, Graham did an Italian blues festival with Roger Hubbard, playing individually and together.
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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2009, 07:47:12 AM »
Ah I see. Can we try and stay on topic please folks. I'm no saint in that regard either but this thread is about SJ gigs. Much obliged.

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2009, 01:32:25 PM »
Rivers, I can't see the floodgates opening and this thread being deluged with Thunderbirds posts any more than I can with a tsunami of references to NPR\KUT which is something which equally, I have no idea what it is about.

As for Steve, we have talked about doing a gig over here on his way through next year we just need to organise an audience!
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2009, 04:09:47 PM »
Read the thread title if in doubt whether on- or off topic.
Tangential discussion, please start another thread if you want to discuss. Brett Marvin has zip to do with anything here.

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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2009, 01:14:31 AM »
Surely a little logical deviation is allowed?  These things are called "threads" and as such don't necessarily have to go in a straight line, the way I see it. As Richard correctly points out, this is a minor diversion, hardly likely to develop into a completely new topic.
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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2009, 12:28:32 PM »
What a lot of hot air about nothing! It's not as if it's a significant thread about some deep aspect of the music we love being sidetracked. I'm off to play my guitar.


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Re: Steve James resonating on NPR & elsewhere
« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2009, 03:37:43 PM »
Here's Steve in his role as the U.S. Cultural Envoy to Bulgaria, helping out a Bulgarian bluegrass band.




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