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Posted: Apr 26, 2015 - 7:31am

My humblest apologies to the Club for being late with my latest effort. Lazy is probably the only one in the group (due to a Facebook Friendship) that knew I was experiencing technical difficulties. I was experiencing a "disk write error" when trying to write ("burn") the finished playlists to CD on my ancient Powerbook G4. Took me a while to resolve, but turned out that slowing the write speed down and also clearing some much needed hard drive space on old Betsy was the solution.

I have all the CD's written. Yes, "All", since each club member will be getting 3 discs. Two are Volume I & II for this months submission, and the third will be a copy of the Love Bomb disc sent to Triskele that I wanted to share.

Just putting together the art and track listings, so please bear with me for another week. Besides the above, been kinda crazy between troubles on the home front, responsibilities on the outside and busy at the job between client demands and co-workers out on vacation or ill.

Hope the wait is worth it. I'm happy with the mixes I put together. And again I apologize for not being very involved in the feedback part of this club with reviews and comments, even though I listen to all the mixes I receive many times over and have enjoy each disc I receive. 
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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 - 9:36pm

 Lazy8 wrote:


The weird swoopy sound in the Roe Family tune isn't a theremin, it's a musical saw. That's (ahem) not a universally admired sound so I left off another tune by the Fiddle Rats. Who were amazing in their own way but not as...accessible. Yeah, that's the word.
 
That's definitely what I thought I heard.  Very cool.  Haven't heard a saw incorporated in anything since as a kid watching some of the old C&W shows in the 50's and 60's.  And to think about the pedal steel guitar also used primarily in that genre and also by Alvino Rey back on the King Sisters TV show.  Then along came Gilmour ...
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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 - 2:13pm

 oldviolin wrote:
Not in the club for various reasons, but I enjoy the discussions immensely. I appreciate the way you introduced your latest compilation to the thread and I look forward to getting in on some of what sounds like some very fine music indeed. {#Good-vibes}

You'd be welcome. Jump in any time!
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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 - 12:46pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
 sirdroseph wrote:
Finally got to listen to CD 2.  Highlights; 1st CD as I was listening, I would put a check mark by the songs I particularly liked or jumped out at me, found myself listing every song and finally came to the conclusion I love the whole thing!  If any particular highlight would be tracks 6, 7 and  any song with the Theramin in it is ok with me so The Roe Family Singers got a chuckle.{#Lol}  As for CD 2, was very enjoyable but overall not as much as CD 1.  However probably my favorite tune of both CDs resided there; Special Consensus - Dusk till Dawn.  This is one of those songs to where if someone were to ask; what is bluegrass?  I would trot out this song as a fair representative of all that is holy in bluegrass, will certainly be looking these guys up for more tunes!{#Clap}  Overall great effort and I might say that CD1 of this collection may have been my favorite offering of yours to date.{#Cheers}

Thanks for the props, everybody. This was a lot of fun to put together.

 
Not in the club for various reasons, but I enjoy the discussions immensely. I appreciate the way you introduced your latest compilation to the thread and I look forward to getting in on some of what sounds like some very fine music indeed. {#Good-vibes}
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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 - 12:39pm

 sirdroseph wrote:
Finally got to listen to CD 2.  Highlights; 1st CD as I was listening, I would put a check mark by the songs I particularly liked or jumped out at me, found myself listing every song and finally came to the conclusion I love the whole thing!  If any particular highlight would be tracks 6, 7 and  any song with the Theramin in it is ok with me so The Roe Family Singers got a chuckle.{#Lol}  As for CD 2, was very enjoyable but overall not as much as CD 1.  However probably my favorite tune of both CDs resided there; Special Consensus - Dusk till Dawn.  This is one of those songs to where if someone were to ask; what is bluegrass?  I would trot out this song as a fair representative of all that is holy in bluegrass, will certainly be looking these guys up for more tunes!{#Clap}  Overall great effort and I might say that CD1 of this collection may have been my favorite offering of yours to date.{#Cheers}

Thanks for the props, everybody. This was a lot of fun to put together.

I was a little surprised (and gratified) by the tunes people picked as favorites, but I'm glad I got to make the introductions. As I mentioned earlier I think all this deserves a wider audience so if I helped turn anybody on to something well...mission accomplished.

Some tune-specific comments:

The weird swoopy sound in the Roe Family tune isn't a theremin, it's a musical saw. That's (ahem) not a universally admired sound so I left off another tune by the Fiddle Rats. Who were amazing in their own way but not as...accessible. Yeah, that's the word.

Larry Unger now tours with a band called Notorious, which includes (or at least used to—seeing some signs she might not be with the band anymore) the amazing fiddler Eden MacAdam-Sommers. Go hear this band. You're welcome.

Rik James (yeah, he's heard it), the host of local college radio show Americana Backroads and organizer of our folklore society concerts, is good friends with the guys in Special Consensus. He gets them up here every year, and the next show won't have turnout limited by a blizzard since it'll be in June. They are a lot like some earlier bluegrass legends like the Reel World String Band or the Seldom Scene—a rotating pool of stellar talent. Their sound is cleaner and less ornate than a lot of modern bluegrass bands who (it seems to me) are letting their desire to show off their virtuosity get in the way of the music. I like my bluegrass spare and uncluttered.

I just found the latest (last?) cd from Perpetual e-Motion in the mailbox last night. This one's more traditional and less out there than their first. Still checking it out (it's in the car player) but so far so good, but as good as their music is to listen to it's even better to dance to.

One band I wish I'd had room for is the Hillbillies From Mars. They told an amazing story on stage, but that one will just have to wait.
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Posted: Apr 19, 2015 - 9:28am

Finally got to listen to CD 2.  Highlights; 1st CD as I was listening, I would put a check mark by the songs I particularly liked or jumped out at me, found myself listing every song and finally came to the conclusion I love the whole thing!  If any particular highlight would be tracks 6, 7 and  any song with the Theramin in it is ok with me so The Roe Family Singers got a chuckle.{#Lol}  As for CD 2, was very enjoyable but overall not as much as CD 1.  However probably my favorite tune of both CDs resided there; Special Consensus - Dusk till Dawn.  This is one of those songs to where if someone were to ask; what is bluegrass?  I would trot out this song as a fair representative of all that is holy in bluegrass, will certainly be looking these guys up for more tunes!{#Clap}  Overall great effort and I might say that CD1 of this collection may have been my favorite offering of yours to date.{#Cheers}
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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 - 10:58am

 Lazy8 wrote:
This mix covered a couple of themes I've been meaning to get to: a personal connection to music and music that I think needs a wider audience. 

I started grabbing tunes and had a good start at a comprehensive playlist when I started looking at playing time. I wasn't anywhere near done but I was already in multi-disc territory. I decided to limit it to two discs and still had over half an hour extra left over.

I decided to include tunes based on how interesting the backstory was. I still had too much, but it got more manageable. I guess what I'm saying is there's a lot more where this comes from.

The liner notes:

I went looking thru my collection to pick a theme for this disc and it occurred to me that an awful lot of the music I own was picked up at live shows. These songs are all from discs acquired directly from the musicians who made them. I’ll list the venue for each and tell a long rambling story anecdote about each. I’ll try to keep it brief but no promises.


What a beautiful collection of songs.  I listened to the first disc about a week ago.  I finally was able to get to the second one today.  I've been battling bronchitis for the past three weeks and haven't felt like doing much of anything other than sleeping 16 hours a day.  The second disc was really wonderful to listen to for a mind seeking some peaceful reflection during one of the first time in ages I've felt like even listening to music of any kind.  The only acts I've even heard of were Patty Griffin and the Wailin' Jennys.  Griffin's Ohio was warm and fuzzy just from hearing it here on RP.  The rest was all new.  If I had to pick one track that really stood out and hit the spot it was #9 on the second disc, Flying Tent.  The diggeridoo is one of my favorite instruments and although I did hear it in some other tracks, this one just worked real well for me.

This collection was like reading a journal with musical accompaniment or vice versa.  Thanks for sharing part of what appears to be a wonderful journey through small town music appreciation.  All's I've ever had the ability to do is the big hall stuff and the acts that go with it.  Much appreciated and thanks for the time and effort that went into this.  It was like drifting down a lazy river on a sunny summer afternoon.

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Posted: Apr 10, 2015 - 11:04am

 Lazy8 wrote:
This mix covered a couple of themes I've been meaning to get to: a personal connection to music and music that I think needs a wider audience.

I started grabbing tunes and had a good start at a comprehensive playlist when I started looking at playing time. I wasn't anywhere near done but I was already in multi-disc territory. I decided to limit it to two discs and still had over half an hour extra left over.

I decided to include tunes based on how interesting the backstory was. I still had too much, but it got more manageable. I guess what I'm saying is there's a lot more where this comes from.

The liner notes:

I went looking thru my collection to pick a theme for this disc and it occurred to me that an awful lot of the music I own was picked up at live shows. These songs are all from discs acquired directly from the musicians who made them. I’ll list the venue for each and tell a long rambling story anecdote about each. I’ll try to keep it brief but no promises.



 
This collection is like a nice big slice of Americana. I enjoyed your backstories and am somewhat jealous of your concert experiences. Pretty much all of this was new to my ears. I have a little backstory for Jason Isbell myself. I went to see James McMurtry (I'm a big fan) at City Winery a few years back. I thought he was the headliner but turns out he was the 2nd act and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit was the headliner. My buddy and I had never heard of him and we both came away very impressed and in possession of their CD. I now am a more than casual fan of him and Drive by Truckers as a result.

As you know I listen to these mixes mostly in my car. I had your latest effort on when I was driving thru some back country roads on my way to a group hiking trip and it was just PERFECT for the time of day and the atmosphere. It is now my official "on my way to go hiking" disc. Thanks for the tunes! {#Cheers}
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Posted: Apr 9, 2015 - 11:41am

This mix covered a couple of themes I've been meaning to get to: a personal connection to music and music that I think needs a wider audience.

I started grabbing tunes and had a good start at a comprehensive playlist when I started looking at playing time. I wasn't anywhere near done but I was already in multi-disc territory. I decided to limit it to two discs and still had over half an hour extra left over.

I decided to include tunes based on how interesting the backstory was. I still had too much, but it got more manageable. I guess what I'm saying is there's a lot more where this comes from.

The liner notes:

I went looking thru my collection to pick a theme for this disc and it occurred to me that an awful lot of the music I own was picked up at live shows. These songs are all from discs acquired directly from the musicians who made them. I’ll list the venue for each and tell a long rambling story anecdote about each. I’ll try to keep it brief but no promises.

Disc 1

1.       Montana Mandolin Society – Icarus                                                        Ellen theater, Bozeman, MT

Shortly after this album was released the band just sort of petered out. Before it did it launched or boosted the performing careers of several friends, some of whom you’ll hear from later.

 

2.       Bulgari - Trugnala e biala Dona                                                  Salvation Army church, Bozeman

A Bozeman Folklore Society concert.  As the folk dancers in the audience recognized tunes they got up and danced around the church. Not sure the venue approved (we never did another concert there) but the band did. They did Brubeck’s Take Five as an encore but they played it in some bizarre Bulgarian rhythm, like 9/13 or some such. It was pretty cool.

 

3.       Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg - Carolyn Sanaskol                         Pilgrim Church, Bozeman

I don’t normally care for Dobro but these guys kicked it. Also some fine clawhammer.  Ivan is Canadian but sings Appalachian music. Go hear ‘em if you get a chance.

 

4.       Darrell Scott - A Crooked Road                                                                                  Ellen Theater, Bozeman

One of my musical heroes so I was a little starstruck when he signed my CDs. Didn’t get to ask him all the questions I wanted to about his songwriting, just mumbled some incoherent thank-you and tottered off into the cold night air. He was sweet and down-to-earth.

 

5.       Sassafras Stomp - Washburn Blues                                                          Verge theater, Bozeman

Sassafras Stomp is Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis, a couple who farm in Maine in the warm months and tour playing concerts and dances in the winter. They are beloved fixtures in the dance world I come from, and they’ve played our dance weekend (an annual event) twice. The opening act that night was Weatherwood (about whom more, below) and they traded places on stage in the middle of a tune. While playing. Best stage transition ever.

 

6.       Larry Ungar and Ginny Snowe – Lucky Penny      Bear Hug dance weekend, Flathead Lake, MT

Larry Ungar (no relation to Jay) has written something like a thousand waltzes. If you’ve danced the waltz in the US chances are you’ve heard at least one of his tunes. While they were on stage the band kept trading instruments behind the fiddler’s back so every time he looked behind him there was somebody different playing the bass. They did it so seamlessly if you closed your eyes (or faced the audience) you’d never know.

 

7.       Four Shillings Short – The Bigler                                                                               Pilgrim Church, Bozeman

Four Shillings Short is Aodh Og O'Tuama on things you blow into and Christy Martin on things with strings (including hammered dulcimer and sitar). They tour the country in a van and have no permanent address, so they play most nights of the week. It takes them two years to complete a lap of the US, something they’ve accomplished five times. Their show was a bit involved to mic but well worth it—they’re bound to be in your neighborhood sooner or later, go hear ‘em.

I ran into them six months later at an Irish festival in Butte, MT and Aodh recognized me from the show. I know the Irish are legendary for long memories (and short tempers) but I have no idea how he does that.


8.       Retrospectacles - Elzic's Farewell                                                                            NW Folklife, Seattle

Danced to this band at Folklife and based on that performance we hired them the next year for our dance weekend. They are technically Seattle based but they’re all college students studying all over the place. Their piano player, Scotty Leach (who may be the Benmont Tench of dance music) had to fly in from Nicaragua. Scotty, by the way, is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet—even after several days with no sleep, many many airports, and US Customs.

 

9.       Patty Griffin – Ohio                                                                                                        Ellen Theater, Bozeman

Maybe some of the people in the audience wearing Led Zeppelin t-shirts were disappointed that Robert Plan didn’t show up but she did an excellent performance despite an awful sound system and a venue change at the last minute.  Amazingly humble person despite having enough talent for an entire band. The audience was very vocal in their enthusiasm (something that happens a lot here, and which freaks some musicians out) and she handled it well.

 

10.   The Roe Family Singers - The Buckeye Tree                                                                         Pilgrim church

They brought their own mics so sound setup went faster than expected. I had time to take them out to dinner. Turns out old-time bands really like Korean food, at least our local. The singer taught herself to clog by watching YouTube videos.

 

11.   Storyhill - Blazing Out of Sight                                                                   Wilson theater, Bozeman

Two local boys made good—you may have heard them on A Prairie Home Companion. Storyhill is named after a local sledding hill/dog walking trail/makeout spot. They host an annual music festival at a nearby lake.

 

12.   Annalisa - Either Way                                    Museum of the Rockies amphitheater, Bozeman

Heard her playing with her band, Bearfoot Bluegrass. They’re from Alaska. Got to hang out with them a little; the guitarist played a carbon fiber guitar. She let me try it—you had to really wail on it to get it to make any sound. Anyway…I only had enough money for one CD so I bought Annalisa’s solo effort.

 

13.   Nina Nastasia - The Blackened Air                                                                                           My living room

Got a phone call from a friend of the band; they would be passing thru and could they stay with us? So we made a party out of it. Barbecued a bunch of elk and lamb, and tried barbecuing portabella mushroom caps for the first time for the one vegetarian (there’s one in every band). One of the musicians had a one-man-band suit with him in the van; my midmost tried it on and stomped around making noise with a huge grin on his face. Turns out he was the first person to ever wear that suit besides its owner.

They gave me some CDs to pass out to local radio stations; turns out there was an extra.

 

14.   Chirgilchin – Doshpoulour                                                                                                           Ellen Theater

Every time throat singers come to town they sell out whatever venue they’re playing and this was no exception. They had a translator on stage to explain the stories the songs tell; one involves sheep blocking a road and has the musicians making “baaaaa!” noises (it was too long to include, go buy the album Aryskan's Wind if you can find it if you need to know what that sounds like).

I got to meet the band but I have no idea what they wrote on the CD.

 

15.   Jason Isbell – Stockholm                                              Big Sky Summer Music Festival, Big Sky, MT

Someone in the crowd kept calling out song requests; Jason got irritated and asked “How much did y’all pay to get in?” (It’s a free festival.)

They did a fabulous show and closed with a kick-ass version of Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.

 

16.   Mean Lids - Trip to Pakistan/La Sansonett                            Wintergreen dance weekend, Bozeman

Was amazed at how little luggage they carried. The banjo player had a take-down banjo that fit in a carry-on suitcase. Loaned them my beater Subaru for the weekend; my midmost had thoughtfully used it to haul two dead deer the weekend before and the carpet had blood on it.

 

17.   Pete's Posse - The Virgins/ Grateful Place                                                                           Pilgrim church

Pete Sutherland has been one of my musical heroes for decades so it was a real thrill to get to meet him. His band included a hot-shot teenage fiddler just out of high school. Turns out they had spent the night before at a mutual friend’s house in Billings. Got his business card; hope to hire them for a dance someday.

The song Grateful Place kinda sums up Pete’s attitude toward life. He spends a lot of time teaching and mentoring young musicians back in Vermont. It’s nice to see someone putting his money where his mouth is.

 

18.   The Latter Day Lizards - Rainy Night in Montague             Stellar Days and Nights dance weekend, Buena Vista, CO

The sounds you hear in the background are contra dancers stomping and whooping it up, and that’s how I heard them first as well. They aren’t your typical dance band—a lot jazzier and swingier. It’s a trip dancing a traditional square to these guys. Shared a ride with two of them and got to buy them a beer in the Denver airport. Their next gig was a week-long English Country Dance festival in Hawaii. Brutal.

 

Disc 2

1.       Genticorum - La Grondeuse Opossum                                                   Wintergreen dance weekend

Three of the absolutely sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. I don’t think anybody has as much fun at what they do as Quebecois musicians. I was the only member of the organizing committee who spoke any French so I got to introduce them at their concert. The fiddler (the guy doing foot percussion on this tune) travels with his own chair so it won’t collapse on stage. We nicknamed him Obelix.

 

2.       Greg Brown - Small Dark Movie                                                                Gateway Inn, Gallatin Gateway, MT

Greg used to be a park ranger in Yellowstone and played his first open mic nights in Livingston on his nights off. We took the kids to this show because his music up to then was kinda family-friendly, but he had just gotten divorced and he was all about the dark and brooding at this point. Tells fantastic stories on stage but the kids were disappointed they didn’t get to hear Rooty-Toot-Toot For the Moon.

 

3.       Fiddle Dundee - Waiting for Snow                                                          Grace Bible Church, Bozeman

I didn’t technically acquire this record from the band since it was never released, but I did help pay for it. That’s my youngest on guitar. The band has since recorded a full CD but it’s not out yet, and 2/3 of its current members are moving to Hawaii with their parents so the band will soon be no more.

 

4.       Ben Bullington - Twangy Guitars                                                                                              Pilgrim Church

First heard this song on the local college radio station and it stopped me in my tracks. Besides the personal resonance it has for me it’s the best depiction of what it’s like to live here I’ve ever heard.

A few months later I heard it in concert and sat there with tears rolling down my cheeks. It still has the same effect on me. Ben helped organize the Red Ants Pants Festival and played it every year until he died in 2013 of pancreatic cancer, which he was already suffering from when I heard him. Last year the White Sulphur Springs High School choir opened the festival with his songs.

 

5.       Iron & Wine - Monkeys Uptown                                              Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT

My kids and I are all long-time fans so when I heard this show was coming but had already sold out I worked the network. Somebody knew the sound guy and my youngest and I got comped. VIP treatment! Thanked the sound guy after and he told us this was the hardest-working band he’d ever toured with—they played every single day, a festival or a concert or a dive bar, but somewhere.

I wasn’t that impressed with this album until I heard this stellar show (including a ten minute version of House By the Sea) and we listened to the disc on the way home.

 

6.       Hit & Run Bluegrass - The Whole World Round                                                                 Pilgrim Church

Unquestionably the best-dressed bluegrass band I’ve ever heard.

 

7.       Joy Kills Sorrow - Darkness Sure Becomes This City                                                         Pilgrim Church

An urban bluegrass band from NYC. Great fun to hear traditional instruments and technique applied to modern lyrics.

 

8.       Nat Kendal Presents - Heart of Stone                                     Zebra Cocktail Lounge, Bozeman

I used to work with Nat back before he became a full-time musician. He was touring with his band, Eightrack Mind, and met me at the bar before the show with a fistful of CDs to distribute to local radio stations. This is from his solo work.

 

9.       Perpetual e-Motion - Flying Tent                                                             Wintergreen dance weekend

Hardest-working band I’ve ever worked with. They did sound as well as headlined the show and spent a week in the area doing free promotional shows and touring Yellowstone. Another band I loaned my beater Subaru to. Sadly they have announced they are splitting up later this year; there’s still time to catch them live. If you can’t make it to some of the most exhilarating dance music you’ll ever hear enjoy this number, which they wrote as kind of a calling card to show off what they can do.

There are only two people here, one on fiddle and the other playing guitar and didgeridoo. They loop and sample to build their layered sound. That really baked some dancers’ noodles.

 

10.   Special Consensus - Dusk 'Til Dawn                                                                                         Pilgrim Church

These guys are a big draw in the bluegrass world so when they walked into the venue to see only a dozen or so in the audience you could see their faces fall. Until they started playing, and the crowd (if you can call it that) was into it. Hollering and applauding solos, it lit them up. It wound up being a damned fine show.

 

11.   christopher of the wolves – two hulusi                                 Sidewalk at NW Folklife, Seattle

We were taking a lunch break at Folklife, sitting in the shade on a little grassy knoll and listening to buskers. One nearby was a one-man band with a huge didgeridoo stretched out on the sidewalk, drums, flutes, and probably more. He had a little cart with a stack of CDs on it, and on his back was a sign that read “All $400”.

My midmost asked if he could have four dollars for a CD and we thought what the heck, this sounds kinda cool, why not. Off he skips to the busker and hands him the money. After a brief conversation the busker breaks out laughing and hands him a CD.

It turns out he was selling a package of all his CDs for four hundred, and each was ten bucks. But apparently a cute kid trumps a marketing plan.

 

12.   The Wailin' Jennys - Bright Morning Stars                                                                            Ellen Theater

During the show they told stories of shopping for shoes in Bozeman (despite the audience’s best efforts they never figured out the pronunciation of “Schnee’s”) and their last gig in town, which included an episode of projectile vomiting and a trip to the hospital. At one point they announced that the only part of the theater they hadn’t heard from was the balcony; someone shouted “More balcony in the monitor!”

If I had brought more money I’d have scored solo albums from each of them; I’ll just have to be content with a CD signed by all three. Despite being thronged by fans they were gracious and friendly.

 

13.   Weatherwood – Ice Fall                                                               BFS contra dance, Eagles ballroom, Bozeman

Three of the best musicians in the area—two former Montana Mandolin Society members and my youngest’s fiddle teacher. The ice fall in the title refers to a local ice climbing attraction.

This is the only Weatherwood tune I’ve gotten on the playlist at RP. They told me every year they get a check for a couple bucks.

 

14.   Shel – Freckles                                                                                                                 Weber Mandolin

OK, I didn’t technically acquire this from the band, my youngest did. He got it when he built them their mandolin. He was smitten (google up pictures of the band if you want to see why) but their music is quite lively too.

 

15.   Baskery - The Big Flo                      Red Ants Pants Music Festival, White Sulphur Springs, MT

Three sisters from Sweden who play a very raucous show—including at one point the banjo player standing on top of her sister’s bass drum. They look like teenagers but the oldest is 30 or so.

This song is about a Boeing 727 that was sacrificed in a crash test. How could I not fall in love with them?

 

16.   Brother - The Machine: 2006 (Keep The World Turning)                                Hamilton Scottish Games, Hamilton, MT

My wife’s band was the opening act in the music tent, then they had an afternoon show and a ceilidh dance to play for at night. All day to kill (I’m the roadie) in the pouring rain (good Scottish weather!) so I hung around to hear the other bands. These guys came on after lunch.

Apparently a big deal in their native Australia before the other brothers left, the remainder of the band soldiers on. But a band featuring highland pipes, electric guitar, synth, and didgeridoo that references George Orwell in their lyrics…how could I skip this?

After the ceilidh as things were breaking up the bagpipe judges showed up to play. They’d been sitting in bad weather all day listening to amateur pipers do their best and they had a little whisky in them and it was time to cut loose. Just then the piper from Brother crashes the party and it was on. One bagpipe indoors is a lot, three or four at a time each trying to outdo the others is a riot. High point of the event. The wife’s band is already booked for next year.

 

17.   John McCutcheon - Step By Step                              A now-defunct supper club in Encinitas, CA

We had been fans of John for years when we heard he was playing a funky little restaurant (a converted house) two days before the place closed. We managed to get tickets and he put on a phenomenal show, playing a half dozen instruments, including the house piano. Got to hear him a few years later at a school auditorium; he left his fiddle case open on stage to take requests while he was on a break. The only thing we had to write on was a Far Side desk calendar. He’s going thru the little slips of paper, mumbling “mm-hmm…ok..” when suddenly he stops and says “That’s sick!”

He played our request tho.

 

18.   Carla Sciaky - Fathers Now Our Meeting Is Over                                Same supper club, two days later

Another artist we’d wanted to see for years was booked to play the same supper club its last night in business. Got to see her play another stage full of instruments and scored all her records—which have since become even harder to find than they were back then.

One of the people singing harmony on this song is Pete Sutherland. And so the circle closes.




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Posted: Apr 9, 2015 - 10:42am

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So it's April. Anybody still waiting for my mix? Am I going to spoil any surprises if I post the contents?

 
I'm good
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Posted: Apr 9, 2015 - 5:24am

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So it's April. Anybody still waiting for my mix? Am I going to spoil any surprises if I post the contents?

 

Yea, I am good.  Will be listening to disc 2 this weekend. Really enjoyed disc 1, loves me some roots music!{#Music}
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Posted: Apr 9, 2015 - 5:24am

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What happened?

 

Had a mega flu; just now getting better. {#Wave}
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Posted: Apr 8, 2015 - 2:17pm

So it's April. Anybody still waiting for my mix? Am I going to spoil any surprises if I post the contents?
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Posted: Apr 5, 2015 - 10:49am

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10 days were just wiped from my life. Never take your health for granted. I survived, will finally get to listen to cd 2 of  lazy's mix and will comment later this week!{#Wave}

 
What happened?
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Posted: Apr 5, 2015 - 8:11am

10 days were just wiped from my life. Never take your health for granted. I survived, will finally get to listen to cd 2 of  lazy's mix and will comment later this week!{#Wave}
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Posted: Apr 3, 2015 - 10:35am

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A police theme then {#Wink}

 
Its more like how a dj got out of the booth long enough to get a donut.
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Posted: Apr 3, 2015 - 8:25am

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This will soon become the Multiple Mixtape Culture Club at the rate these suckers keep multiplying.

Brevity may be the soul of wit but it' hell on a mix disc when your theme is a little too broad.
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Posted: Apr 3, 2015 - 8:21am

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 I'm still kicking around my next effort.  

The working title is "Out For Donuts"  

I'll put that out there for the imagination to chew on ...

 
A police theme then {#Wink}
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Posted: Apr 2, 2015 - 3:47am

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This will soon become the Multiple Mixtape Culture Club at the rate these suckers keep multiplying.

 
 I'm still kicking around my next effort.  

The working title is "Out For Donuts"  

I'll put that out there for the imagination to chew on ...


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Posted: Apr 2, 2015 - 3:13am

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Started writing (or Burning as some would say) my mixes to CD yesterday. The club members will be receiving a 3-Disc Mailing. Volume 1 & 2 of my April 2015 Mix and also a copy of the Love Bomb put together for Triskele.
{#Drummer} 

 
This will soon become the Multiple Mixtape Culture Club at the rate these suckers keep multiplying.
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