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I woke up and remember having to go into my room to get some clothes or something out of my chest of drawers. I was very quiet, as I could hear Rev snoring and didn't want to wake him. Well, I got whatever it was and I was headed toward the door when I heard in a commanding voice,"Don't move or you're dead!". I turned around to see Rev with a .38 revolver in his hand pointed in my general direction, but sort of moving around so as to cover a wider target area. I remember screaming something to the effect of, "No--don't shoot." Rev replied, "One wrong move and you're dead." Well, then I started talking a mile a minute..."Rev, it's me, it's Barry, don't shoot Rev...I was only getting something from my chest of drawers..." Finally, Rev said, "Is that you, Barry?" The incident was soon over, and I had escaped with me life. I guess, from his perspective, it must have been kind of weird to be alone, blind, on the road 3,000 miles from home and rooming with a bunch of lunatic young musicians many years his junior. But to this day, the picture of Reverend Gary Davis that sticks in my mind the most is early in the morning, half-awake and blind as a bat, with a .38 in his hand pointed in my general direction. It was one of the most frightening moments of my life - Barry Melton

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Offline Johnm

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"Music From The South" from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop
« on: January 11, 2014, 11:20:46 AM »
Music FromThe South
A new DVD release from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop.

WATCH the sampler: http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=9989.0

Hi All,

This music performance video follows on the heels of the recently released "Legends of Country Blues Guitar" and it is equally impressive.  High points include 6 tunes from ace fiddler Clark Kessinger, backed by Gene Meade on guitar and an expert bluegrass banjo player. There are four songs and a talking segment with the great Kilby Snow, for which he is joined by his son, Jim, and buddy, Mike Hudak.  This footage is from the Newport Folk Festival, and it is great to see Howling Wolf and Booker White taking in Kilby's music, as they do that of his interlocutor Jimmie Driftwood, who plays the picking bow.  There are also two songs from Lily Mae Ledford and the Coon Creek Girls (just two of them), tunes from Canray Fontenot and Alphonso "Bois Sec" Ardoin, and incredible footage of Ed & Lonnie Young and the Fife and Drum Band.  Also featured are Jesse Mae Hemphill and a number of different people playing the diddly bow, attached to the wall of a house.  I don't think of this footage as having been filmed all that long ago, but seeing it makes me realize what a different world we live in now, if only by virtue of only a couple of the people shown in this film still being alive.  Highly recommended.

All best, Johnm

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Re: "Music From The South" from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 05:45:34 AM »
Aren't these performances just repackaging of performances that were already out there on DVD?  Just curious, it seems that if you have been collecting the DVDs one might already have much of this material.

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Re: "Music From The South" from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 04:14:05 PM »
On which DVDs? I don't recall performance footage of Kilby Snow at Newport, though he's watching the blues performers in Devil Got My Woman. The Ardoin footage was apparently out on VHS but not on DVD according to Suzy T. I don't recall seeing the diddly bow footage from the trailer either. But I might just not have prior incarnations.

The material from Newport on the other new DVD, Legendary Country Blues Guitarists, was mostly new to me. Son House, Skip James and Booker White playing together for instance. (Mostly Booker and Skip, with Son wandering around like a pain in the ass.)



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Re: "Music From The South" from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 01:39:08 PM »
I haven't seen the Kessinger footage but there is a lot on a DVD from Newport.  I also have some Kilby Snow on a DVD, will have to dig through the discs to see.

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Re: "Music From The South" from Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 03:26:43 AM »
The footage is all new to DVD. It was only available before on VHS.

 


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