Thursday, September 16, 2010

Doc Watson

I can't believe I never saw this before. That's all I have to say. That and "how the @#!& does he do this?"


Tuesday, September 14, 2010


We just got back from a great trip to Nashville, where we performed at the Americana Music Association Conference. We were honored to play a set at the World Famous Station Inn. I just found a Youtube video from our set (Thanks, HomerMFishbulb!).

And here are some other fabulous artists we met down in Music City.

Our soul sister, Nora Jane Struthers. She can write 'em and wail 'em:

A bunch of Nashville legends decided to make a band. They call themselves 18 South and they do it right. We'll be playing with them at the Albino Skunk Bluegrass Festival in October:

British-American-Scottish-Canadian bluegrass band, the Coal Porters:

Stalwart of Nashville's Lower Broadway music scene, Paul Burch:

Yeeee haw!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ross's new song!

I just stumbled across a You Tube video from our show in Chicago last month. It's the first ever video of Ross's new song, The Heart of My Mind. The song is gorgeous, as is Zara's singing.



Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Frank Wakefield

Frank Wakefield is at least as crazy as he looks. And he looks pretty crazy. He's also largely responsible for my all-time-favorite bluegrass album "Red Allen with Frank Wakefield and the Kentuckians."

The first (and only) time I met him I spoke to him for 20 minutes, during which time he "backed talkwards" consistently without clarification. Then he handed me his nearly priceless Lloyd Loar mandolin (the one he famously baked in an oven and painted white) and disappeared for half an hour while he got changed for the show.

He has almost 200 videos on his youtube channel. I settled on this one because it happens to be the most recent. Check out some others for more pithy observations like "This microphone sounds more like it does than it did a while ago" and (to the audience) "This was fun, I hope you get invited back."