Life’s Soundtrack – Jimmy McCarty and Friends

The Washington Monthly: Steve Benen: It’s the demand, stupid

Way to go Mitt you got it right, but maybe it’s wrong in the eyes of your party!

So you think September’s been a good running month for me! I certainly do!

You know what’s nice? To be running comfortably enough that at certain parts of the run including the last mile you can say I’m going to pick it up now and it actually happens! According to the GPS on my watch which may be a little off

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Sunday Night -“An Evening with Tom Russell” in Vienna Virginia

So with the lights low at the Jammin’ Java in Vienna Virginia on Sunday night the announcement came “Ladies and Gentlemen, Tom Russell” and one of my heroes Tom Russell took the stage, with lead guitarist Thad Beckman, and thoroughly entertained me for the next two plus hours! The show opened with Tom telling abbout his trip to Duluth Minnesota and then to Hibbing birthplace and home of Bob Dylan and then the Mesabi Range. From his notes Russell describes his trip like this:

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Life’s Soundtrack – The Lost Pines and Ana Egge

So after I finished reading the upadate to the Bloggess’ post I have no fucking idea what I’m doing (UPDATED: I still have no fucking idea what I’m doing, but I feel much better about it.) I decided to check out one of the other blogs she supports or ratherthe blog that support her wine-sluushie habit. I say other because I always read one of her supports’s blog Tellling Dad, which is very, very funny! Anyway now that I’m back from the Most Annoying YouTube Video Ever. The blog I checked out was Jenny From the Blog presents . . . . The Suburban Jungle Our Babysitter May be in a Cult, but at Least She’s Available Saturday Night and who would have known that for over a year a few years back I’ve was a Pescatarian! So early today I was looking over the Euro-Americana Chart and saw two names that looked interesting at number 18  The Lost Pines and their album Sweet Honey   and at number 9 Ana Egge and her latest Bad Blood. So I gave them both the 30 second test, I found both of them interesting and put them on the iPod for a trip to Target.

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Emerging Artists – Part 2 – Monroeville!

So I am glad that I wrote yesterday’s post about emerging bluegrass artists BEFORE my run, because after my run I was wiped out! The run was a solid 4 plus miler and my fastest time over that course this year! Anyway I apologize to the third bluegrass band that I’ve been listening to Monroeville for not posting about their self titled debut album. Monroeville is a six member band hailing  from the East Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina areas. The members are: Daniel Salyer – Vocals., Bass Travis – Vocals, Dobro Seth Taylor – Guitar Zane Petty – Banjo Matthew Munsey – Mandolin/Vocals Matt Flake – Vocals, Fiddle While the band may be new, the members have a lot of experience!  In addition to being the bass player, Daniel Salyer is also fine songwriter having cuts with Junior Sisk, The Lonesome River Band, Mark Newton and many others. Travis Houck has played dobro on stage with Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, and Porter Wagoner and traveled across the country representing the  East Tennessee State University (where he graduated from the bluegrass program) in their top band called the ETSU Pride Band. He was a foundational member of Barry Scott & Second Wind where he recieved a GRAMMY® Nomination for his work on their debut project, “In God’s Time.” Travis also is the founder and owner of Blue Edge Knives. At 17, banjo player Zane Petty has been nominated for a GRAMMY®, toured across the country and internationally, been featured in numerous articles and magazines and played for production shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Mandolinist Matthew Munsey is also talented producer and recording engineer with a GRAMMY® Nominated project under his belt for the aforementiond band Barry Scott & Second Wind. Not to be outdone by his bandmates Seth Taylor has won several guitar championships including Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina State champion. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Doc Watson Guitar Contest at Merlefest in 2008 when he was only fourteen, and then one year later, in 2009, he won the Merle Watson Banjo Championship! Matt Flake who plays fiddle in the band has won state champion competitions on three different instruments in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Alabama. Together they’ve put out a great debut album with a more traditional sound then the two other bands. While I like the whole album the opening track “Rambler’s Song” is probably my favorite! So check them out! As for me I’m going back and check out some of the other emerging artist at The Mast Farm Inn Emerging Artist Page! Well looking back over the group of bands, there are several bands that I’ve already listened to and liked including: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, The Hillbenders. Rockin’ Acoustic Circus. Breaking Grass and Town Mountain! All I can say is the folks at The Mast Farm Inn know their bluegrass!
Here’s the band performing “Devil’s Rope”

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Twang Tuesday – Emerging Bluegrass Artists – Part 1

So the other day Rockin’ Acoustic Circus (RAC) a great young bluegrass band posted a link on Facebook to The Mast Farm Inn Emerging Artists Series for 2011. Since I really like RAC, I’ve checked out several of the other bands that are part of the series and I’ve found several new bands that I really. really like!! The three bands that I started with (see I say started with because I’m going to check them all out!) are Northern Departure, Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, and Monroevillle. Here’s what I found!

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Folk Monday – Old Friends Slaid Cleaves and Tom Russell!

So what’s been playing on the iPod over these last few days. A couple of the albums are the latest albums for two old favorites. The first is a two disc live album from Slaid Cleaves titled  Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horeshoe Lounge. I’ve been a Slaid fan since I first heard him one Sunday night on Gene Shay’s folk show. We’ve been to many of Slaid’s shows here in Philly and this album does a good job of capturing the spirit of his show.The album was recorded at two shows  one in April  4 and the other in September of 2010 at the Horseshoe Lounge in Austin. Helped out by frequent bandmates Michael O’Connor on acoustic lead guitar and vocals and Oliver Steck on accordion, harmonica, trumpet and harmony vocals, Slaid makes his way through 20 songs most of them from his last four albums No Angel Knows,  Wishbones,  Broke Down and  Everything You Love will Be Taken Awayalong with a couple of Don Walser songs, where Slaid’s  yodeling prowess is showcased. One new track “Go for the Gold” closes the show.

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Arty Hill’s Another Lost Highway

So this has been an interesting week! We felt the first earthquake on the east coast in 100 years and today we learned that they are evacuating William & Mary! So Elizabeth had to scramble to get a ticket to come home. She luckily got a ticket and the train is on it’s way leaving Williamsburg about hour behind schedule! During the scramble Peter and Missy (son three and his wife) were on their way home from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they were vacationing. They too were forced to evacuate. They were almost to Maryland and were waiting at a rest stop to find out whether or not Elizabeth could get a ticket. Because of she couldn’t they were going to turn around and go back to get her!! Also during this week Andrew (son twq) went round and round with the bank and the title company to get a copy of his title for his car that he paid off 2 years ago! He needs the title so he can get the check for his totaled car and then go find a new one! It doesn’t seem fair that you don’t hit anyone and you still end up with a car payment!! Peter also called the other day to tell us that he was offered the internship with the Department of Homeland Security that he applied for, pending his background check!! And finally today I ran, however slow, a second 4 mile with only one day rest for the first time in a long time!!  The soundtrack for the run was the latest release from Arty Hill Another Lost Highway. It’s a great album! On his Facebook page Hill says: “I’m a honky tonk singer/songwriter/guitarist” and he’s good one. Elmore Magazine says: Some call this music modern honky tonk. Heck, this is the way country music should sound, period.”The album consists of twelve original songs by Hill and during the album he spends time in “Omaha ICU”, and a “Halfway House”, needs a “12 Pack Morning”, and has a “Breaking Up Party”! You get the picture it’s a country album!! There’s a great song about playing steel guitar “King of that Thing” and the closing song a heartfelt number titled “The Last Time I’ ll Go Away”  Here’s another press quote from his website:

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A Morning Full of Story and Songs from Guy, Adam, Michael and Chris!

So this morning as I watched tube permeameter tests, I listened to Guy Clark‘s new album Songs and Stories and what a terrific album it is! The live album was recorded at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and it has a great homey feel. Guy is surrounded, sitting down as he notes on the introduction track, Clark by his musical family — his longtime sidekick and co-writer Verlon Thompson, along with Shawn Camp, Bryn Davies and Kenny Malone. according to his website: “It’s a comfortable atmosphere that feels like a peek into a 3am guitar pull at The Driskill Hotel“.
The albun is full of a bunch of stories about songs like “L.A. Freeway”, and Townes Van Zant’s “If I Needed You” Shawn Kemp and Verlon Thompson both get to do a couple of songs. But obviously the real star is Guy who is just a few months short of his 70th birthday (November 6th) and sounds as good as ever!

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Another Day Some New Furniture, and found music – The Hillbenders!

Ok so my wife’s drive to redecorate our house with furniture from Craig’s List from every corner of the Delaware Valley continued tonight as we went to pick up another love seat. This one was located in Dublin – no I said the Delaware Valley and this Dublin is located in PA a little north of Doylestown. So we took the work van and headed over the PA Turnpike Bridge. As I pulled up to the toll booth to pay the toll, the collector said, “You do know you have Easy Pass, right?” I said “Yea, I know (which means ah, no…)but I want to pay so I don’t have to reimburse the company.(yeah that’s the ticket) Yes it’s what a doofus does! But at least I’m not Governor of the State……

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