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“That High Lonesome Sound” . . : A Very Quick Intro To The Dobro

The dobro is a strange and (IMO) really cool instrument.  “Dobro” itself was originally a brand name of resonator guitar. A resonator is the hubcap looking apparatus that sits in the middle of the instrument and gives it its unique

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Posted in Country/Bluegrass, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Sing Me Back Home” . . . : Guitar Great Clarence White

In my previous post, I was talking about the Ken Burns documentary “Country Music” on PBS (see https://roymusicusa.com/2019/09/28/will-the-circle-be-unbroken-banjo-steel-guitar-and-a-word-about-robert-hunter/). While I generally thought it to be excellent there were a few minor quibbles, namely the omission of two great guitarists, Doc

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Posted in Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Dawg Music : The Bluegrass Jazz of Dave Grisman and Friends

From the bluegrass/Dead nexus of the previous post, I noe move on to a sub genre of music as singular as it’s name, Dawg Music. The term is what mandolin player Dave Grisman called the music on his 1977 album

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“He took my twenty dollar bill” . . : Bluegrass and The Grateful Dead

My recent Grateful Dead listening phase has gone off road into bluegrass. My first exposure to bluegrass was in the early Seventies by performers who themselves were influenced by bluegrass. Besides the Dead, I remember hearing David Bromberg doing fiddle

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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