Caboma’s 30-year Jam Keeps Bluegrass, Old-time Music Fresh

Bluegrass vs. old-time music: A primer

Mary Romagnoli, who plays mandolin and fiddle, has participated for several years. Its a safe environment to play, and on the other hand, there are some really good musicians that show up. Theres a kind of a game you play you pick a circle [of musicians], and if the circles too good for you, you stay on the edge. . .
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Ive played places worse than this before, Jackson joked after humbly strolling to the stage, dressed in country casual denim on denim and donning his trademark white cowboy hat. Imposing in stature, the singers head wasnt all that far from the low ceiling. He took advantage of that intimacy, locking eyes with transfixed fans as he crooned weepers like Knew All Along and the dreamy Way Beyond the Blue. He also riled the crowd up during the festive Appalachian Mountain Girl, smiling ear to ear as members of the eight-piece backing band took center stage to trade licks. The shows most emotional moment came when Jackson played the albums Blue Side of Heaven, a song inspired by the death of George Jones. 50 Greastest Live Acts Right Now It just kind of hit me hard when George [went], Jackson said when introducing the song. He was dying and he knew he wasnt gonna [live] but a few days it bothered me every day. I was listening to this song and I sent it to [Jones widow] Nancy Jones after George passed away and she told me she played this thing every day.
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Bach, bluegrass, and blues: Savannah Music Festival coming up

soul gospel blues singer Ruthie Foster

Here are just a few of the main subgenres you might hear during IBMA week and beyond: Newgrass: Also called progressive bluegrass, this music has roots in the classic bluegrass sound; but it branches out in new directions, often heavily influenced by rock, pop, jazz or even classical. Sounds like: Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck. Jamgrass: The Grateful Dead wasnt a bluegrass band, but it influenced this subgenre of bluegrass that features the usual instruments (and then some) on songs that start with a groove and journey to who knows? Sounds like: String Cheese Incident, the Waybacks, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth. Bluegrass gospel: Its hard to find a bluegrass band that doesnt have at least a song or two about faith in its repertoire, but some bands focus almost exclusively on songs of praise. Vocals and multi-part harmonies are front and center in this category.
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Alan Jackson Unveils ‘Bluegrass Album’ Tunes in Nashville

Morris Center You can dance to the zydeco rhythms of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, and take part in salsa dance party on another night Listen in as in as twelve top high school bands play their hearts out in the Swing Central Jazz Competition, and follow the winners through to an evening concert where they will share the stage with jazz greats including Marcus Roberts and Wycliffe Gordon Hear Texas troubadour Ruthie Foster bring together the fiery roots of soul, gospel, jazz, and blues in her work. Its no accident that her latest album is called Let It Burn. Listen to festival associate musical director and world renown classical violinist Daniel Hope give his first Savannah recital in years Hear Chris Thile, known for his bluegrass music with Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers, investigate both bluegrass an Bach There is, of course, quite a bit more: more dances, more roots music, more gospel, more jazz, more classical. Theres a strong education component as well, including education events for schoolchildren from the area, jazz mentorships, and in a new program this year, an acoustic music academy for talented string players in which they have the chance to learn from and work with festival artists. Tickets for the concerts are already sale, both in Savannah and through the festivals web site, where there is also detailed information about the artists and the schedule of events. In past years, Georgia Public Broadcasting has offered radio programs featuring music from the Savannah Music Festival, which have been broadcast across the United States.
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