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  • Wyatt Rice-David Grier-Kenny Smith

    Wyatt Rice-David Grier-Kenny Smith

    This is a very cool video of Tony Rice’s younger brother Wyatt, David Grier (son of banjoist Lamar Grier) and Kenny Smith. All players are well known in the bluegrass and flatpicking world, and each player has something a little different to say on the guitar. I say a little different because they are all still basically playing out of the Clarence White, Rony Rice school of flatpicking. You would have to look far and wide these days to find […]

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  • JD Crowe and the New South- Old Home Place

    JD Crowe and the New South- Old Home Place

    This is a video that’s got to date back to somewhere around the 70′s of the band called “JD Crowe And The New South.” This band represents a major innovation in Bluegrass Music because till then, the music didn’t have nearly the sophistication that these 5 all star musicians brought to the table. The band consisted of: Ricky Scaggs, mandolin Tony Rice, guitar Bobby Sloan, bass Jerry Douglas, dobro JD Crowe, banjo What do I mean by sophistication? Well, the […]

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  • Earl Scruggs: Earl’s Breakdown

    Alright, I know it’s not guitar but I just had A BANJO RELAPS! For those of you that don’t know, Earl Scruggs is perhaps as much responsible for the sound of Bluegrass Music as the Father of Bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe. And most people think that Bluegrass Music is oldtime and ancient. Well, not so… 1945 Just a little older than Rock & Roll! My longtime friend Phil Wells who is a country music historian, once said that if Monroe […]

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  • Clarence and Roland On The Andy Griffith Show

    Clarence and Roland On The Andy Griffith Show

    Here’s a video cut from the Andy Griffiths Show back in the 60′s, featuring Roland and Clarence White. The group which was called “The Country Boys,” made several appearances with Andy. Check out this excerpt from http://ebni.com/byrds/memcw1.html  The Country Boys (a little background) “In 1958, banjo player Billy Ray Lathum joined. The group, now neither three nor little, shortened their name to “the Country Boys.” The next year, the band cut their first single, the Flatt & Scruggs tune “Head Over Heels […]

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  • Doc And Earl With Their Kids Pickin’ in the Back Yard

    The only thing nicer than Doc’s backyard is who he’s got pickin’ with him there! Here’s a casual video of these legendary players and their kids just having some fun, pickin’ some tunes. For those of you that don’t know, we recently lost both Doc and Earl this year. Doc’s son Merle, who has been gone quite a lot of years (1985), died in a freak accident when his tractor rolled over and down a steep hill near his home. […]

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  • Norman Blake: Wearing Out The Pick

    Norman Blake may not be a first generation bluegrass musician, but he definitely qualifies as first generation flatpicking guitarist. If you are a fan of Doc Watson then you will enjoy Norman for sure. He has always specialized as a fiddle tune guitarist, but also has a wonderful voice, a great songwriter (Ginseng Sullivan one of my favorites) and can play a whole host of other instruments. What I noticed at the end of this song is Norman’s pick is starting […]

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  • Earl, Doc and Ricky: “Who Will Sing For Me”

    For those of you that are not so familiar with bluegrass music, gospel music has played a major role in the formation of its form. This song, “Who Will Sing For Me” is as old as the hills, and represents a style that dates back before bluegrass, the stuff that Doc and Earl were listening to when they grew up.  Ricky? Well he’s younger but grew up hillbilly as well where music was perhaps the second most important thing in […]

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  • Jerry Garcia’s Last Film Interview

    Okay, no music to listen to here, but I thought this was something worth watching, especially if you are a fan of The Grateful Dead and/or Jerry Garcia himself. I never really considered Garcia to be a virtuoso musician but, he had that “Aura” about him so to speak, that was able to captivate audiences with his abilities. Let’s not forget that to this day, Garcia and his “Old And In The Way” band still is the #1 best selling […]

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  • Roy Clark – Malaguena, from the “Odd Couple’ TV Show

    Back in 1971, Roy Clark and the Hee Haw Show was in it’s last year but still very popular (at least in my mind). The show featured Roy Clark, Buck Owens and a whole pile of characters depicting the comedy and music of Nashville and the Southern USA. It was one of my favorite shows that had me mesmerized from the first time I heard the opening theme. Bobby Thompson for those of you that don’t know was the banjo […]

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  • Doc Chet and Leo Kottke- Just Having Fun

    Here’s Doc, Chet and a young Leo Kottke pickin the Last Steam Engine Train, obviously backstage somewhere unspecified. Doc’s guitar could make a funeral into a happy occasion, his warmth and banter with his fellow musicians is always something you could look forward to at any of his shows. Kind of what’s cool about this video is watching Chet Atkins, who seems to go out of his element by playing Les Paul style licks instead of what we would normally […]

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  • Clarence White: Flatpicking Guitar You Get A Line And I’ll Get A Pole”

    Clarence White: Flatpicking Guitar You Get A Line And I’ll Get A Pole”

    Here’s legendary flatpicking guitarist Clarence White featured on the Bob Baxter Guitar Workshop tv show back in 1973- pickin’an old mountain tuned called “You Get A Line And I’ll Get A Pole.”   I want to put things into perspective here. If you’ve been listening to a lot of the latest flatpicking guitarist, Clarence… well… may not seem to stack up to what’s going on these days. But you have to realize that his playing and technique was the foundation […]

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  • Pat Metheny Goes Acoustic: I Don’t Know Why by Nora Jones

    Pat Metheny Goes Acoustic: I Don’t Know Why by Nora Jones

    Well, actually “I Don’t Know Why” is written by Jesse Harris, and made popular by Nora Jones. Pat Metheny is legendary for his innovative guitar, but mostly on the electric. Here’s a great performance of Metheny on the acoustic:   I’m not sure what two guitar output jacks are for- maybe one of you can let me know. Perhaps it’s separate outputs for the bass and treble strings. He is getting a very well defined low end out of the […]

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  • Tommy Emmanuel Sings Nine Pound Hammer

    Tommy Emmanuel Sings Nine Pound Hammer

    I found this video of Tommy singing the Nine Pound Hammer- He’s not going to win any awards for his vocals but he’s sure gonna win em all for his absolutely outstanding guitar playin. Check out this video…   Just so you know, I’m writing this and listening at the same time.. Wow… after his solo on guitar (which was crazy of course) I wasn’t watching the video and thought I heard someone playing brushes. Well, it ends up it […]

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  • Vicki Genfan- Slap Tap Wow

    Vicki Genfan- Slap Tap Wow

    Here’s New Jersey guitarist and 2008 Guitar Player Contest Winner Vicki Genfan in a live performance at the Soave Guitar Festival, Italy.   The “slap-tap” technique brings the acoustic guitar to another level in my opinion that conventional playing such as the classical guitar technique and/or standard fingerstyle guitar does not encompass. Vicki who also plays the banjo and trombone, has performed at many folk style venues around the world. I haven’t heard her sing but she is said to […]

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  • 15 year old is “Phunkdified” … Ben Lapps

    15 year old is “Phunkdified” … Ben Lapps

    Here’s a kid named Ben Lapps, performing a Justin King song called Phunkdified. He’s 15 … wow.   What gets me is, it’s obvious that he’s a filler in this concert as the stage crew is setting up for the main act to follow. Follow? I want to see what could be better to follow here… (they should have left the camera rolling).

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  • Liona Boyd: Malaguena

    Here’s Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd with the famous Cuban composition entitled La Malaguena. Liona was privileged enough to take took private lessons with “Segovia, Eli Kassner, Narciso Yepes, Alirio Díaz and Julian Bream.” read more I once had a guy tell me that I couldn’t really play the guitar unless I knew how to play Malagurna. I then asked him if he could give me his opinion as to who played it the best … he answered “Roy Clark.” Well, Roy […]

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  • Week in Tribute: Paco de Lucia – Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho

    You know, somehow it doesn’t seem the same as it did with Di Meola and McLaughlin but, it’s still great with this band. They segway from Mediterranean Sundance into Rio Ancho here.. Rio Ancho is basically just a 4 chord progression – Em/D/C/B Come to think of it, so is Mediterranean Sundance (What a concept. segwaying into a song with the same chord progression…) Paco has a way of making you forget chord progressions that really are very simple (any […]

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  • Week In Tribute: Paco de Lucia 2004 (Video VII)

    Week In Tribute: Paco de Lucia 2004 (Video VII)

    Here’s Paco de Lucia performing at Burghausen 2004 It’s 1 hour 42 minutes long so, grab a bottle of wine, tequila or whatever suits you. His guitar tone on this video sounds incredible. Lots of people think it’s the guitar, or the mics, or the sound of the room. Wrong. It’s the player. Some say it’s all in the hands… but in Paco’s case, it’s all in the soul. He could make a $10 guitar made out of balsa wood […]

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  • Week In Tribute: Paco de Lucia (Video VI)

    SOLEÁ-GUITARRA FLAMENCA is the title to this next in line Tribute to Paco de Lucia At first this video was annoying because the voice over dude wouldn’t shut up. It also doesn’t help when it’s in another language! This is not one of Paco’s more popular videos, and it is grainy looking, obviously taken off of a broadcast with lesser quality equipment. The playing though is vintage Paco and definitely worth the listen- check out the ending- wow!!! What do […]

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  • Week in Tribute: Paco de Lucia, with John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola (Video V)

    Here’s Paco with John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola performing Mediterranean Sundance. For those of you that don’t know, these three guitarist have done more to popularize the virtuosity of the acoustic guitar than perhaps anyone else on the planet. Oh yea, you might find videos of acoustic guitarist that have 8 billion views but, the combination of Paco, McLaughlin and Di Meola was and still is considered the ultimate meeting of the best of the best in the world […]

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  • Week In Tribute: Paco de Lucia – Video IV

    Here’s Paco de Lucia entitled- Entre dos Aguas Check out at about 14 seconds… left hand slides up on 1 string to play the scale. Very cool and worth pointing out. Seems lots of the flamenco players make this move- might have gotten this technique from violin (fiddle players) when shifting positions. At 2:58 Paco goes into a double time run that goes on quite long… certainly long enough for the camera guys to focus in on instead of the […]

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  • Week In Tribute: Paco de Lucia Video III

    Here’s Video #3 in out week in Tribute to Paco de Lucia. This one, is entitled Entre dos aguas from 1976 With regard to flamenco guitarists, Paco perhaps ventured out more than most. This is 1976… keep in mind people probably have never seen this sort of band set up with a flamenco guitarist back then. If you had to rate this performance on a scale of 1 to 10, what would you rate it?

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  • Week In Tribute: Paco de Lucia Video II

    Here’s Paco de Lucia in a concert filmed in Pula, Croatia, 2006 It’s an hour long but filled with excitement and great music. The Youtube videos say’s “Add-on recording Constantin Sharoudin, St.Peterbourg, Russia” Paco is obviously a little older in this video. What do you think of his playing compared to when he was younger? Did he loose anything? Share this concert with your friends.. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for the Week In Tribute: Paco de Lucia

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