Our first-ever performance DVD, Murphy And Casey Play And Sing Bluegrass Songs For You, features 15 songs, a director's commentary track by Murphy, and bloopers galore. As you will see, we don't always play it right the first time! Or the second time! But we always laugh at our mistakes and try again. Recorded live in the studio with Marshall Wilborn (bass), Tom Adams (guitar), and Scott Brannon (guitar).
Question: What's a commentary track? While you are watching the songs being played on screen (at very low volume), Murphy, on a separate audio track, talks about what's going on in each song.
She answers questions you might have such as: Why is one guitar capoed and the other not? Why is Casey playing banjo in open D while Murphy is capoed up two frets? How do Murphy and Casey handle the banjo backup?
"Yahoooooooooooo! It's about time that you two gals put out a DVD for those of us who love you. I have the shirt, I have 16 of your DVD/CD's and don't know what I'd do without you. I traveled all the way to the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Bluegrass Banjo Kamp in Tennessee from Oregon just to hug Murphy, saw Jens Kruger & Casey the year before....I saved my social security checks for those two experiences that I'll never forget!! ......thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"
--Diana from Oregon
Somebody Touched Me, Bury Me Beneath The Willow, M & M Blues, Leroy and Liza, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Rocky Top, Two Dollar Bill, John Henry, Bluegrass Breakdown, Liberty, Soldier's Joy, Amazing Grace, All Of Us Used To Be Skinny, Save Me A Square On The Floor, Buffalo Gals (1 hour, 10 minutes) height=Tags: Murphy HenryCasey HenryMurphy And Casey Play And Sing Bluegrass Songs For YouCD ReleaseBanjo
When Five-String Fest announced that they would be having one of the largest banjo gatherings in the country on May 1st -4th of 2014, they were informed that one of the best banjo academies was the same weekend. What started has an overlook in schedule has turned out to be the best thing that could have possibly happen. Five-String Fest was trying to find a perfect time to have their festival, and settled on the first week in May, hoping to keep some of the Merlefest attendees to stay an extra week in the North Carolina area. The conflict in schedule was brought to attention by Jack Hatfield, SMBA director, when he contacted John Lockaby, FSF Operations Director. The Five-String Fest was making plans on having workshops, so the contact turned out to be exactly what was needed for the FSF. The negotiations started between the two organizations and a plan has been set in place.
Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy Director, Jack Hatfield says, “I am thrilled to merge my Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy with the new Five-String Fest to create what will undoubtedly be the most memorable banjo event in the world, in a beautiful region that has produced more great banjo players than any other, appropriately near the birthplace of the Father of Bluegrass banjo. The Elliot Family Farms venue is world-class. The stages and other structures are both modern and rustic. Never has this impressive a lineup of banjo talent been assembled in one place. The three-fold approach of great performances, well-organized workshops for all skill levels and styles, and contests which will attract the nation’s best pickers...plus the nearby Earl Scruggs Center assure there will be something exciting for every attendee every waking hour of the festival. I look forward to working with Mr. Lockaby and his staff, the Elliot family and dozens of the world’s best banjo pickers to make Five-String Fest the event of a lifetime for any lover of banjo music.” Jack Hatfield (SMBA Director)
The full lineup will be announced the first week in December, and it will be at that time that the SMBA will be able to announce their list of instructors. We can assure everyone that the instructors will be some of the best banjo players in the country.
John Kockaby, Operations Director for the Five-String Festival comments, “The Elliott’s and I are thrilled of this merger and will be going out of our way to be good host to this great academy. We believe they bring a lot of influence and experience in the workshop area. This will be our 3rd year of having festivals on the farm and this will be the Smoky Mountain Banjo Academies 9th year of having this particular academy. With the academy, the festival, banjo competitions, and over 50 banjo vendors, this is surely going to be the premier banjo gathering in the country. There will be much more news coming in the next few months, and we are extremely excited about this merger, among other items that seem to be falling into place for this festival. Jack Hatfield will be over the SMBA, and I will be over the FSF, but we will be working together on the competitions, in which more information will be coming out soon. Hope to see you next May at the Five-String Fest.”Tags: Smoky Mountain Banjo AcademyFive-String FestivalBanjoBusiness
Norwich, Norfolk, UK -- A special version of the British-made Shackleton banjo named after Edwardian explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is to become the first banjo to be played at the South Pole. The specially designed ultra-light instrument, called the Shackleton E100, will be designed and built by The Great British Banjo Company. The banjo will be trekked 1800 miles across Antarctica starting in November next year by a team following the route planned for Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition of 1914. Cybergrass covered the announcement of the Shackleton banjo in August.
Members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition 2014 (ITACE 2014) intend to become the first Polar explorers to walk the route which Shackleton was unable to complete after his ship became trapped in ice. Like Shackleton’s expedition the modern adventurers will carry with them a banjo. Shackleton became legendary for his leadership skills, bringing all of his 28 men back alive from his doomed expedition of 1914-16. A key part of Shackleton’s leadership style was his insistence on keeping morale high through the power of fun and music. When the Endurance had to be abandoned and all hands had to dispose of practically all their possessions, Shackleton allowed the expedition's meteorologist Leonard Hussey to keep his banjo, declaring: "We must have that banjo: it is vital mental medicine". Shackleton knew that the banjo would provide a crucial morale-boosting effect during the many months of hardship that lay ahead.
Saving the instrument proved a wise decision, because when Shackleton and a small team finally had to leave 22 men trapped on Elephant Island for over four months months while they set off on an 800 mile voyage in a small open boat to seek for help, the banjo played a vital role in maintaining morale for those left behind. The marooned men held regular concert parties and wrote songs on the banjo. Hussey's banjo never made it to the South Pole (although it did make it safely home and is now in the National Maritime Museum, its skin signed by Shackleton and many members of his crew). By saving the lives of all 28 of his men after may months of extreme conditions, Shackleton’s leadership and survival skills have become the stuff of legend, but his intended course across the Antarctic continent remains uncompleted. Until now.
The ITACE 2014 team say they are going to settle some unfinished business with the Antarctic. The company, founded by brand expert and author Simon Middleton, plans to design and develop a Polar version of the Shackleton banjo, which will be ultra-light and ‘indestructible’, and able to play at temperatures of -55 degrees.
Shackleton insisted that the expedition's banjo be rescued, famously calling out to his men: "We must have that banjo! It is vital mental medicine."
The Great British Banjo Company is the first production banjo manufacturer to operate in the UK in more than 60 years. The company made headlines earlier this year when it raised over £48,000 ($76,000) to develop its Shackleton banjo on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The campaign was in the top two per cent most successful Kickstarter campaigns in any country since the platform was created.
Simon Middleton explained: “Our Shackleton banjo has already become a real success with over 150 advance orders, and it isn’t even built yet. Now that we’ve become official partners with the amazing adventure of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition 2014 we are looking forward to designing and building a banjo unlike any that’s been made before.
“The new banjo will be manufactured in Britain, with design and final assembly in Norwich, Norfolk, just like our standard model, but we are going to make a limited edition of just 100 of the Shackleton E100, and the fact that one of them will have gone to the South Pole to honour Shackleton and his men will make the remaining 99 real collectors’ instruments.” Middleton added.
The Great British Banjo Company is a private limited company, owned and managed by a small group of family and friends in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. The company works with local craftsmen as well as instrument manufacturers in other parts of Britain. The business was founded by brand adviser, business author and musician Simon Middleton and has grown rapidly to become the UK's best known banjo specialist retailer and manufacturer.Tags: The Shackleton BanjoGreat British Banjo CompanyEventBanjo
Nashville, TN -- Balsam Range has announced the incredible lineup for its 4th annual Winter Concert Series. The award-winning band brings five concerts to the historic Colonial Theatre in Canton, NC, in the heart of Haywood County, which is home to the members of Balsam Range. Fans of great acoustic music will have five opportunities to enjoy the award-winning Balsam Range, and several very special musical guests.
“Normally, there isn’t a lot for bluegrass and acoustic artists to do in the winter months,” says Balsam Range’s Tim Surrett. “We started the concert series, in part, to just stay busy in the slower months, but also as something fun for our community and to share the talent of some of the folks we admire.”
Guest artists for each of the five concerts include The Jeff Little Trio with Steve Lewis and Josh Scott; multi-award winner and founding member of the Zac Brown Band, John Driskell Hopkins; Vancouver island Music Award winner, The Sweet Lowdown; premier studio musicians Jeff Collins, David Johnson and Tony Creasman; Country and Bluegrass masters Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson and Jerry Salley. Concerts are held at the Colonial Theatre in Canton on the first Saturday of each month, December 2013 through April 2014. Balsam Range, winner of the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year for PAPERTOWN, also performs at each show.
Guest artists are chosen by a simple vote by the band, according to mandolin player, Darren Nicholson. “We try to get our own musical heroes and influences to the shows,” Nicholson says. “We want our hometown folks to enjoy the artists that we admire and who inspire us. Plus, these are guest artists who don’t get to play in this area very often.”
Past concerts have all been sell-outs with guest artists including Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, John Wiggins, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jim Hurst, Shawn Camp and more.
Devoted fans of the band can enjoy the added benefit of dinner with the members of Balsam Range before the concerts. Fans who join Balsam Nation, a membership program with special perks for fans, will get this opportunity for quality time with band members, Tim Surrett, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson, Buddy Melton and Marc Pruett. Balsam Nation members are offered exclusive unreleased music, early access to recorded projects, and more. For information on Balsam Nation membership, visit www.balsamnation.com
BALSAM RANGE WINTER CONCERT SERIES 2013-14
- 12/7/13 Jeff Little Trio (Featuring Flatpick Champ, Steve Lewis)
- 1/4/14 John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band)
- 2/1/14 The Sweet Lowdown (Vancouver Island Music Award winner)
- 3/1/14 Jeff Collins, Tony Creasman, David Johnson – Recording Studio “Dream Team” (Musicians, Arrangers, Producers)
- 4/5/14 Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley – Country/Bluegrass Legends
The Balsam Range Winter Concert Series is sponsored by Amy Spivey, Waynesville Inn, and Smoky Mountain Roasters. Tickets for each concert are available for $20 at The Colonial Theatre box office or by calling 828-235-2760.Tags: Balsam RangeTourConcertEvent
The Avett Brothers teamed up with Cheerwine, again this year to present the Legendary Giveback II, a one-night-only charity benefit concert at North Charleston Coliseum in South Carolina. This took place last Thursday night and I was honored to attend and present 2013’s Legendary Giveback II Deering Banjo! It was personally signed by The Avett Brothers the night of the concert and is now up for auction until November 25th.
This banjo is designed after the Deering Vega Senator, one of the models Scott Avett plays. Stained a Cheerwine red that accents the grain of the maple wood beautifully it is quite stunning to behold. As an added bonus it is Acoustic-Electric with a pickup already installed. The custom head bears the creative Legendary Giveback II artwork for 2013 designed by Charles Crisler.
This is about more than just legendary music…or soda…or instruments. It’s about giving back to the community. This year, Cheerwine and The Avett Brothers have decided on the below organizations to benefit from the Legendary Giveback. All proceeds from this banjo auction will go to these charities as well!
You can find out more and bid on it here (eBay)!
Cheerwine, based in North Carolina, is one of the oldest family-owned soda companies in the US, and has been giving back in the Carolinas for many, many years. Like Cheerwine, The Avett Brothers are Legends in the South, so it is little wonder that they want to help give back to the community that has given them so much. We at Deering, also being family-owned and run are proud to contribute to this cause and partner with two such wonderful groups of people in giving back to our community.
Get all the information you need and bid for the banjo at Legendary Giveback II Banjo at Deering.Tags: DeeringGiveback II BanjoBanjoAvett BrothersCheerwineCharityVega
Lonesome Will Mullins grew up near Clintwood, Virginia, in a house that was filled with family musicians and plenty of bluegrass, old time, and country music. He learned to play the banjo and guitar as a teenager, and before long he was playing in several bands while honing his trade by studying the work of bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, and Dr. Ralph Stanley. To say he learned well would be an understatement. Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. At 7:00 p.m., there will be a special set of Carter Family music with special guest Ronnie Williams. In addition, the music center and the Virginia Playboys will be collecting toys for local, needy children at Christmas that night. Anyone attending the concert wishing to participate in the toy drive should bring an unwrapped toy.
Today, Lonesome Will is one of the most accomplished singers and musicians around. Also influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, he mixes traditional bluegrass music with a breathtakingly energetic stage show. Backed by the Virginia Playboys, the show will be jam-packed with hard driving bluegrass, old time clawhammer banjo, and gospel music. When Lonesome Will takes the stage, audiences are swept away by his range, talent, and showmanship.
The Virginia Playboys will be backing Lonesome Will. The Burrows brothers – Adam and Jake – and Dorse Sears are the Virginia Playboys. From the mountains of North Carolina, Jake and Adam Burrows have a history of bluegrass in their family. The McPherson Brothers Band, who played on the Grand Ole Opry and shows with the great Jim and Jesse McReynolds in the ‘60s are their uncles. Their love of bluegrass began there, and they’ve learned well. Jake and Adam can play pretty much any instrument they pick up. Dorse Sears grew up in West Virginia and developed a love of bluegrass music as a young man. Captivated by the music of Jimmy Martin and Ralph Stanley, he began his career playing fiddle. When he picked up the mandolin, however, he simply couldn’t put it down. His playing is heavily influenced by Bill Monroe and Ronnie McCoury.
Ronnie Williams has been playing since 1975. One of his best memories is playing for Sara and Maybelle at the Fold in 1976. He remembers playing Gold Watch and Chain and Black Mountain Rag for “Mommy and Maybelle” at Janette’s request. Ronnie plays a Gibson guitar similar to Maybelle’s, and he also plays autoharp and sings beautifully. He’s been a friend of the Carter Family for years, and often visited various members of the family – a tradition he continues to this day. A great cook, Ronnie often helps out in the Fold’s kitchen. You won’t find anyone who knows more about the Carter Family and their music or anyone who plays it with more reverence and skill than Ronnie Williams does.
For some of the best bluegrass, old time, gospel – and Carter Family - music you’ll ever hear, don’t miss Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys with special guest Ronnie Williams at the Carter Family Fold. Over the past several years, Will has become a favorite of Fold audiences. He captivates his fans, and he holds his audiences spellbound. Performing officially since 2006, Will has released four CDs. For additional information, go to www.lonesomewill.com/. Bring along your dancing shoes, a toy for needy children, and be prepared for an evening of fun-filled entertainment!
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – Twitter @carterfoldinfo. To speak to a Fold staff member, call 276-594-0676.Tags: Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia PlayboysCarter Family FoldEventConcert
The John Hartford Memorial Festival has released another line up for the 2014 festival, happening May 29-31 at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the initial line up of Peter Rowan, Pokey LaFarge, and Pert Near Sandstone will be Jamie Hartford & Friends, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Mike Compton, The HillBenders, Leroy Troy, Bawn in the Mash, Rumpke Mountain Boys and many more. New to the festival will be Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, The Haunted Windchimes, Scenic Roots, Julia Belle Swain Band, Old Salt Union, The Crunchy Western Boys, Sloppy Joe, The Downtown County Band, andMaria Carrelli.
Heading into its fourth year, the John Hartford Memorial Festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians. “I’m thrilled to be a part of honoring John’s memory and to bring life back into the songs he crafted,” said Mike Compton.
“I think John’s passion for sound and lyrics has been felt for decades, and has altered the path of string band music,” Compton continued. “He’s sort of the granddaddy of this Jamgrass scene. There’s an awful lot of his repertoire in the bedrock of the scene, from before the Aereo-Plain album to the present. John would be thrilled to know this festival is going on. Shoot, I reckon he does,” he said.
Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist Mike Compton has achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin. He has recorded with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, and made music with John Hartford, recording a half-dozen records and touring extensively with him until John’s death in 2001. “Working for John for a half dozen years wasn’t always easy, but it was a growing experience for me that has shaped a lot of what I do now,” Compton concluded.
The John Hartford Memorial Festival is a 3-day, family-friendly music festival that takes place in scenic southern Indiana. The park offers cabin rentals, shaded camping, electric hook ups for RVs, hot showers, a fishing pond, playground, golf cart rentals and more, and is conveniently located near Brown County State Park. Campground and campfire acoustic pickin’ is encouraged and a usual sighting around the festival.
New to next year’s festival will be John Hartford Storytelling. John’s friends will share their memories and stories with the audience. While this informally happens every year, it will be an organized event held under the Boogie Tent at specific times. There will also be a Chompdown pitch-in breakfast with live music on Friday, May 30 from 10 am – Noon for all to participate in, and a Children’s Tent with planned activities. Pickers and players are encouraged to participate in the Old-Time Fiddling Contest and the John Hartford Songwriting Contest with cash prizes and more.
Three-day tickets for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival are on sale now at a discounted price of $75. Camping and cabin rentals are additional and paid separately. For a limited time, they are offering an exclusive, groundbreaking ticket special where you pay $25 (non-refundable down payment) upfront, and pay the remaining balance by May 1, 2014. That’s an unprecedented deal that won’t be sticking around long. Festival ticket prices go up to $100 on January 1.
Order your tickets today to get the discounted price! Visit the website for further details and tickets. www.johnhartfordmemfest.com
2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Line-up:
- Peter Rowan
- Pokey LaFarge
- Pert Near Sandstone
- Jamie Hartford and Friends
- Larry and Jenny Keel
- Danny Barnes
- The HillBenders
- Rumpke Mountain Boys
- Bawn in the Mash
- Mike Compton
- Leroy Troy
- Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
- Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
- The Haunted Windchimes
- Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin
- Scenic Roots
- The Henhouse Prowlers
- The Downtown County Band
- Eric Lambert & Friends
- Julia Belle Swain Band
- Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells
- Flatland Harmony Experiment
- Deep Fried Pickle Project
- Crunchy Western Boys
- Betse Ellis
- Colin O’Brien
- New Old Calvary
- The Whipstitch Sallies
- Alex Riffle & the Stiff Riffs
- Hickory Robot
- Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
- Sloppy Joe
- Old Salt Union
- The Worley Boys
- Huckleberry Green
- Ray Lawrence Jr
- Maria Carrelli
- White Lightning Boys
- Cluster Pluck
Nashville, TN -- Country music and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs is set for several national television appearances in support of his new autobiography, Kentucky Traveler, and his most recent CD, Cluck Ol' Hen, a collaborative live album with pop artist Bruce Hornsby.
This Saturday morning (today!), Skaggs will appear on the Fox News Channel's Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld and will perform on the network's hit morning news show, Fox & Friends. Skaggs will also appear on The Better Show (The Hallmark Channel & nationally syndicated TV) on Thanksgiving Day.
Cluck Ol' Hen is a fresh collection of songs from the masterful duo of Skaggs and Hornsby. The live tunes were originally recorded when the two music icons hit the tour circuit in support of their first collaborative album, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby. Hornsby’s spirited piano brings a new dimension to these songs, with electrifying solos and improvisation thrown in the mix of Skaggs, Hornsby and Skaggs’ band, Kentucky Thunder.
Skaggs and Hornsby hit the road this fall, embarking on the Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder Tour.
Ricky Skaggs released his first-ever unprecedented piece of Bluegrass and Country Music literature, an autobiography, titled Kentucky Traveler on August 13, 2013. The book details the life of Skaggs and gives a priceless look at America’s most cherished and vibrant musical tradition through the eyes of someone who has lived it. The bluegrass music legend has just about done it all over the course of his 50+ years in music. With hundreds of career accolades and countless life experiences under his belt, Skaggs certainly has a story to tell. Now, for the first time, Skaggs is ready to tell the story of his life with the release of his personal autobiography, Kentucky Traveler (It Books).
In Kentucky Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, the music legend who revived modern bluegrass music, gives a warm, honest, one-of-a-kind memoir of forty years in music—along with the Ten Commandments of Bluegrass, as handed down by Ricky’s mentor Bill Monroe; the Essential Guide to Bedrock Country Songs, a lovingly compiled walk through the songs that have moved Skaggs the most throughout his life; Songs the Lord Taught Us, a primer on Skaggs’s most essential gospel songs; and a bevy of personal snapshots of his musical heroes.
- Saturday, November 23
- 3:00 AM ET - Fox News Channel - Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld
- 9:50 AM ET - Fox News Channel - Fox & Friends
- Thursday, November 28
- 12:00 PM ET - The Hallmark Channel - The Better Show
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Hosted by Jim Lauderdale with musical direction from all star band leader Buddy Miller, the program is stacked with memorable collaborations from Booker T.’s timeless masterpiece “Green Onions,” to the finale on The Band classic “The Weight,” played in tribute to the late Levon Helm, opened by Levon’s daughter Amy Helm and Levon Helm Band members Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. They were joined by the full house band and guest vocalists Raitt, John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris and Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes trading off on vocals.
The program was presented by Nissan and Tennessee Tourism and produced by Martin Fischer and Edie Hoback of High Five Entertainment and Jed Hilly, Michelle Aquilato, Holly Lowman and Courtney Gregg for the Americana Music Association.
The announcement comes on the eve of what the Public Broadcast Service (PBS) is calling Americana Music Weekend, November 22-23, which features an edited version of the 2013 Honors & Awards in a special Austin City Limits presentation titled ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013 and the PBS Arts Special Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana (check you local listings for details).
View 2012's Booker T Jones “Green Onions” below
View 2012's “The Weight” tribute to Levon Helm...
View 2013's Finale, "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" here...
For more information visit www.AmericanaMusic.orgTags: Americana Music AssociationAmericana Honors and AwardsBroadcast PBSEvent