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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Three Bands and the Truth: Lonely Heartstring Band, the Gibson Brothers, and Del McCoury

                                                

 

    This is a great review of a night at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass festival. It featured three groups, The  Del McCoury Band, The Gibson Brothers and The Lonely Heartstring Band, a group that He reviewed earlier. Having a video of each band really gives you a great idea of what the night was like. BTW, each group is up for an award at next month's IBMA Awards. Del McCoury and band play the most traditional  bluegrass. The Gibson Brothers sing the more folk sound, with their vocals loudest in mix. The Lonely Heartstring Band are the most jamband sounding.  I am going to end comment with a group roundup and song by Vince Gill and Patty Loveless, One great gal who valued bluegrass herb''

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim - Thanks for the comment and the song, but I couldn't agree less about Lonely Heartstring. There's nothing "jam band" about them. They're one of the tightest, most disciplined contemporary bands to come down the pike in a long time. They are just about totally song oriented. While I'm sure, as in any good bluegrass band, there's plenty of improvisation within the structure of their songs, they play the song as they've arranged it, it almost always falls within a four minute limit, and a fully arranged and realized. Considering that the length of songs is still constrained by the amount of time allowed by a 45 rpm record, a formet that has virtually disappeared with the coming of LP records, DVD's, and audio streaming. The length of songs, however, still is limited, for the most part to around 3 - 4 minutes by the constraints of an obsolete format and increasingly obsolescent commercial radio broadcasting. 

 

 Ted,

     Maybe I used the word jamband too loosely, But I listened to the song and even though it is only 4 minutes long, there is alot more instrumentalplaying than singing, a good jam band in my opinion plays disciplined melodies, that do not just play fast scales and noodle, they also have their own sound,a very talented group.

Jim