“Eli Renfro” [Dark Country: Songs For October]

Series Intro: October is a month of lengthening shadows and stirring shades, as the chill creeps in, all things green turn beautiful colors before dying, and the dark presses ever closer. Country and traditional music captures darkness the way no other genre really does. Songs of loss, damnation, violence, madness, murder, suicide, and terrors of [Read More...]

Dark Country: Songs For October

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October is a month of lengthening shadows and stirring shades, as the chill creeps in, all things green turn beautiful colors before dying, and the dark presses ever closer. Country and traditional music captures darkness the way no other genre really does. Songs of loss, damnation, violence, madness, murder, suicide, and terrors of both this world and [Read More...]

A Bluegrass Legend Regains His Voice

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Tony Rice is giant in bluegrass music, as famous for his innovative guitar picking as for his voice: clear and strong and high, like a bluegrass voice should be. If you want to know what this means, here’s a taste: That’s how it’s done, folks. Tony has been through tragedy, and 19 years ago his [Read More...]

“Five Flat Rocks”

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In case I didn’t convince you that $5 was a steal for some great gospel bluegrass from The Del McCoury Band, here’s a little more proof for your consideration. Just the thing to light up a dreary, damp Saturday morning: Israel rebelled in peril back in David’s time ‘Cause Goliath was the champion of the [Read More...]

Try Some Bluegrass Gospel: You’ll Like It

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Del McCoury is the best bluegrass vocalist alive, and perhaps the best ever. His voice is so pure, so high, so lonesome, it could cut glass. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but for those who love the old sounds, it doesn’t get much better. I’ve seen Del live (in concert with the late great [Read More...]

Doc Watson, RIP

As I mentioned on Saturday, the great guitarist and singer Doc Watson was in the hospital for colon surgery. He required a second procedure, and his condition was listed as critical over the weekend. Earlier today, he passed away. From the obituary: Doc Watson was born March 3, 1923 in what is now Deep Gap, [Read More...]


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