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Old timey music

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by wilser, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Anyone else like this stuff? I didn't until I watched 'oh brother where art thou?' a long time ago and then I found myself really liking this stuff. Just saw a film called "song catcher" which also features mountain music prominently and I loved it! I also just found this site and it's got an incredibly big library of these kinds of songs


    anyone else giddy 'bout them old music?
  2. HomeBrewTJ


    May 16, 2004
    Lafayette, IN
  3. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    Drive over my way when the Vandalia festival is going on.

    Mountain, bluegrass, folk.....some very talented musicians man.
  4. when is that? my wife and I spent a weekend on a Babcock park cabin for our anniversary last year and would love to go back. How can I find out more about the festival?

  5. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    Absolutely. It's pretty much all my upright gets used for these days. I like old time music more than bluegrass even - it's a lot more about the song than the musicians which I appreciate.
  6. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    Here's my favorite modern old time-ish band http://www.boulderacousticsociety.net/ Good guys and terrific musicians. Some of their stuff is pretty goofy and light hearted and border more on slap stick.

    You might also dig:

    Uncle Earl. All female band. The celtic influence is really there in their vocals. Cool band. The lead girl actually does some gigs with Bela Fleck too.


    Caroline Chocolate Drops. All black old time band who are freaking amazing. Some of my favorite old time vocals. I think they actually got some new tunes on a new Denzel movie soundtrack.


    The Row Family singers. Husband and wife duo who have any number of other musicians sit in with them - jug, washtub bass, jaw harp, etc.

  7. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV

    The Vandalia is held at the Capitol in Charleston. Probably about 2-2 1/2 hours from Babcock. The festival doesn't take place in the backwoods, but the people come down from the mountains for the festival.
  8. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Yeah, great movies, both "O Brother" and "Songcatcher."

    The music is fun to play and sing.
  9. Deacon_Blues


    Feb 11, 2007
    I love the soundtrack to that movie too, especially the "I'm a man of constant sorrow" song. It grooves. :)
  10. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Appalachian folk music is pretty much where it's at for me. Delta blues, too. This is music as was before recording companies came in. I commend the Coen brothers for being curators of this stuff in regard to their current worldwide audience.
  11. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    I gather you don't know the expression "as was"? Look it up, my man.
  12. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    Pot, I'd like you to meet Kettle.
  13. hey guys, if you liked Oh brother then you should definitely rent or buy this concert DVD. It's called down from the mountain and features the songs from the movie (plus more) as done by the artists on the soundtrack. KILLER STUFF!

  14. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Bluegrass. It's your friend. Enjoy it.
  15. jkritchey


    Jul 23, 2002
    Northern Va.

    Plenty of modern, butt kicking players in addition to the old skool. IMHO, it connects old celtic songcraft with blues and jazz. Standard musical forms surrounded by blazing creativity. An excellent musical platform for any instrument.
  16. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Yeah, I can dig it. I've been a bluegrass fan for a long time and I like all the Americana stuff and old blues too. I can even dig shape note singing. I hear that's kind of "making a comeback". I took a class in college once that was all focused on that kind of music.

    One of the best concerts I ever went to was Ricky Skaggs at a bluegrass festival right after he went back to being traditional acoustic bluegrass. That was after he put out "Bluegrass Rules".

  17. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    For the record, hard core traditional old time musicians make a huge distinction between what they do and Blue Grass.
  18. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    blah blah

    I listen to both but don't really care so much about what someone wants to classify it.

  19. bassturtle


    Apr 9, 2004
    You can call it metal for all I care. Just saying that there is a difference. They're both great American art forms and I'm glad you listen to both.
  20. Mmm! Finally an Old-Time thread! I started playing old time music on banjo in September, and have been loving it ever since. Doc Watson, Tommy Jarrell, Clarence Ashley, Bascom Lansford, oh man all these people are great.

    It's straight up fun social music -- everybody knows the classics. An old time band came to my school and I sat in with them for a few hours churning out tunes. The music is surprising complex too - Lots of weird rhythm inflections going on.

    I was also lucky enough to take a class devoted to hymnody in the US before the Civil War, and while it was essentially the professor just ranting about whiskey and politics, it;s also great music. We participated in the New England Sacred Harp convention after spending the better half of the year on Sacred Harp shaped note music.

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