Posts Tagged ‘ Americana ’

‘bama Ghost Music

Hailing from Auburn, The Pine Hill Haints has been turning out what they call Alabama Ghost Music since 2000. I’m not sure what exactly Ghost Music is, but I like it.

Jamie Barrier, Haints frontman, was introduced to the Southern musical tradition by his grandfather, and with his grandfather’s influences, he named his new band after the Pine Hill Cemetery where he practiced singing to himself as a kid. Barrier’s Pine Hill Haints now include washtub-bassist and banjo player Matt Bakula, Katie Barrier–Jamie’s wife–on washboard and mandolin, and drummer Ben Rhyne.


Levon Helm wins Grammy for Best Americana Album

Congratulations to Levon (you might remember him from The Band) for winning his second consecutive Grammy, for ‘Electric Dirt,’ in the first-ever category of Best Americana Album of 2009!!!!
Levon received the recording industry’s highest honor at the 52nd Grammy Awards. ‘Electric Dirt’ was produced by Larry Campbell, features the Levon Helm Band and was the follow-up release to ‘Dirt Farmer,’ which won the 2007 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.

Bluegrass, Newgrass & Hip Hop

Recently I had a conversation with a friend of mine who prefers Hip Hop to Bluegrass and I felt the dialog was worth sharing, since most of us have friends who might not know what all Newgrass has to offer.

I think the first thing to note is that Newgrass is not necessarily traditional Bluegrass. While Newgrass is definately kin to Bluegrass, the lines between genres are blurring. Our generation is taking our grandparents’ traditional bluegrass music and evolving it into something new and exciting. Much like traditional bluegrass chronicled the lives of mountain folk before us, Newgrass communicates the struggles and accomplishments of today’s culture, while taking into account the cultural influences we experience day to day-which includes Hip Hop among many other genres of music.

One doesn’t have to look far for these influences. Check out the chart topping Newgrass band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ take on the song “Hit ’em up style”.

Hey y’all, the Hackensaw Boys are headed your way!

WHEN: April 10 / 9 PM
VENUE: 123 Pleasant Street
WHERE: Morgantown, WV.

One of the hardest playing and most exciting groups on the newgrass scene. Do yourself a favor and pay the bargain price of $15 (they’re giving it away) and go see the show. You can thank me later.

Avett Brothers in Athens

Avett Brothers Concert 2/24/10 Review
Via our Appalachian Correspondent, Amy Jones

The Avett Brothers concert on February 24, 2010 in Athens, Ohio was packed with their ever- enthusiastic fans. Coming back from an almost two month break, the bands expected high-energy level wasn’t fully felt until the second half when “I killed Sally’s Lover” was played. With that song, the Brothers were back.

The Ohio University Memorial Auditorium worked well for the Avett Brothers. The sound was cohesive and enjoyable from almost anywhere in the auditorium. A house drummer was used in lieu of Scott or Seth Avett. This kept them from scurry between songs. Aside from the new face at the drums, the focus remained on the music.

The set list was lightly peppered with new material: Four in all from their latest album, “I and Love and You”. Despite the lack of new material the fans were gifted with a rarely performed favorite “November Blue”. The choices for set list set the tone from the beginning as almost melancholy. I did say, almost. The sincerity of the Avett Brothers lyrics pulls us back from the brink by reminding us that the humanity that took us there can save us. This talent is probably a big reason the group appeals to so many. I know it’s why I count myself a fan.

Ollabelle…Get Back Temptation. Shout It.

Ladies and Gents, Old Crow Medicine Show!