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'Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival' Now in Stores

September 27, 2006

There's always a lot of talk around here about what truly defines "folk music." Smithsonian Folkways is out this week with Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival, a three-CD compilation of songs recorded at concerts presented by Friends of Old Time Music in NYC between 1961 and 1965. Of the 55 tracks, only 3 have been previously released and several - by musicians such as Doc Watson and Joseph Spence - represent their first concert appearances. Among the list of now legendary artists included on the CDs are Mississippi John Hurt, Maybelle Carter, the Stanley Brothers, and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys. The box-set also offers up a 60-page booklet.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 4:50 PM | Comments (2)

Atlanta Banjo Record Set

September 18, 2006

On September 13, 239 banjo players gathered at Turner Field in Atlanta before a Braves game as part of a record-setting effort and tribute to banjo legend, Earl Scruggs. Scruggs and his son, Gary, attended the event, which included a video on his career from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Charles R. Jackson conducted and The Cedar Hill Band provided a core beat as the banjo mob played Foggy Mountain Breakdown for 5 sustained minutes to satisfy rules set out by the Guinness Book of World Records (a compendium of random facts compiled in book form to settle bar bets).

In a related story: Jim Blum, Joe Gunderman, Steppin' In It participated in an attempt at the Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival in Ohio to break the world record for harmonica playing.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 3:11 PM | Comments (1)

Dylan Debuts at #1

September 12, 2006

Bob Dylan's newest CD, Modern Times (out on Columbia), debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It sold 192,000 copies its first week on store shelves and is Dylan's first #1 since 1976's Desire. The album in generally being well received and tickets are now on sale for the supporting tour that starts next month.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 10:50 PM | Comments (5)

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