Bluegrass

Finally I run…..and listen to some Bluegrass from “down under” Mustered Courage!!

Powerlines

So with the temperatures yesterday only in the high 70s, there was no reason not to run other than laziness! So on went the running shoes and off I went. I spent half of the run trying to decide whether  I should just turn my four-mile run into a three-mile run or at least not run up the hill at Pancoast! I did neither once I was over the hump at 2 miles and was heading down Pancoast, I was able to tell myself, 2.5 down 1.5 to go, and then 3  down 1 to go, etc and I finally made it all  the way to the end, all 4 miles of it in the record shattering time (can you read the sarcasm in the words?) of 45:25 – oh boy! The splits 1 – 10:21 2- 11:43 uphill 3 – 11:07 downhill 4 12:14 ugh!! Hey what can I say I’m old and it’s my first run since July 28!! Let’s hope that it gets better. Oh and I also have the excuse, that it’s August, a month when my hay fever allergy keeps me perpetually tired!!

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A Fine Run w/ Bluegrass from The Boxcars & Info via Runner’s World Re: Music and Running!

The Boxcars

Well, whether I needed a little motivation or not to get me out on the road and running today, I got some yesterday, when I ran into the best runner on my high school cross-country team yesterday, while shopping at Target. See he is running a triathlon today I’m not really how far the swim and the bike ride are but the run part is a 10K! While  know there’s no way in hell  I can even come close to competing with him, it does give me some incentive though just to keep plodding along. Anyway the weather was fairly co-operative today staying in the low 80s, but even with that I waited until the sun was down a little and ran a course that I knew was shaded for most of the run!!  While my overall time was nothing to write home about, my average pace of 10:51 a mile over four miles is acceptable, at least for me, especially since I kept my heart rate under 160 even going uphill!

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Some late night – early morning bluegrass from Monroeville – “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” – Happy Birthday Lester Flatt!!

Lester Flatt

On yesterday’s date June 19th  in 1914- Bluegrass guitarist and mandolin player Lester Flatt of Flatt and Lester FlattScruggs was born. From Wikipedia:

Lester Raymond Flatt (June 19, 1914 – May 11, 1979) was a bluegrass guitarist and mandolinist, best known for his collaboration with banjo picker Earl Scruggs in the The Foggy Mountain Boys (popularly known as “Flatt and Scruggs”).

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Monday Morning Get Moving Music!! Michael Cleveland – “Lee Highway Blues” (video)

Michael Cleveland
Ok so it's a rainy Monday here in New Jersey. the weekends over, time to get that body moving and that means some music from the great fiddler Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper.... From AllMusic.. Henryville, IN, native Michael Cleveland quickly became known as one of the hottest attractions in bluegrass, aptly achieving recognition for his blistering and unconventional fiddle style, not for the fact that he is blind. His love for bluegrass began early, and in 1990 he first appeared at Bill Monroe's renowned Bean Blossom Festival. In 1993, at the age of 13, he appeared as fellow fiddler Alison Krauss' guest at the Grand Ole Opry, soon appearing on A Prairie Home Companion and playing before the U.S. Congress.Read More

“Into the Night” with Tony Rice and Friends on Tony’s 63rd Birthday!! (video)

Tony Rice
Also celebrating his birthday today, born on June 8th is the great musician Tony Rice. Tony was born just a few months before me in the year of 1951. Tony Rice is a great guitarist whose solo work and work with brother Larry, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson (Rice,Rice,Hillman &Pedersen) appear in my library! Here's some background for those of you who don't know Tony. From Wikipedia:

Life’s Soundtrack – A Busy Work Day in the Pines Music by Old Buck!

Old Buck album

In the PinesToday I was in the Pines of South Jersey testing concrete that’s being used in the re-construction of the spillway, for the dam at the upper lake at Camp Inawendiwin Tabernacle, NJ. So I thought it only fitting that the soundtrack to the site should have a little twang to it. The band I chose for the ride to the site is a new band with an “old name and music type – Old Buck from  Walkertown, NC  and they play some mean old timey music. On their Facebook page they describe their music as “kickin’ stringband fiddle music and songs. kick ass, cookin’, and flat out“.

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Today in Music – Happy Birthday Laurie Lewis!!

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

Born on this day in 1950, is a musician that  often gets overlooked in my music library (my bad!) Laurie Lewis. I know there’s been times when the iPod is on shuffle and one of her songs comes on and I say hey that’s great, but that the next time I’m looking for something to listen to, I scroll right past the Ls! So today let’s says “Happy Birthday, Laurie and thanks for all the years you’ve given the bluegrass scene great music!

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Morning Music from Progressive Bluegrass’ – Greensky Bluegrass!!

GSBG All Access

GSBG All Access

This morning, when I went out to get coffee, I took my iPod me and was looking for some good morning music. Some tunes that I hadn’t heard for a while. I put the iPod on shuffle and fast forwarded through several tracks that didn’t seem to quite fit the bill. Then I came to Greensky Bluegrass’ album Live-All Access Volume 1, and said, yes, this is the one. The song that came on was “White Freightiner Blues” and soon great progressive bluegrass set my foot a-tapping!

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