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Playing Since: 2008
Experience Level: Novice
Occupation: Technical writer
1978 Gibson RB250
Framus guitar-banjo (used as a tres)
Guild D-25 guitar from about 1970
Dark Hollow Band, High Lonesome, the Shut Ins, the Stairwell Sisters, Crooked Still, Jerry Garcia, Springsteen's Seeger Sessions band, El Gran Combo, Sierra Maestra, Los Panchos
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @9:30:45 AM
I posted some experimental recordings the other night. I've always liked the importing of alien material into the bluegrass repertoire, but I wondered if people were going far enough with this. So I picked a couple of newgrass standards, but also an old Mexican pop song called "Atotonilco" and a Puerto Rican folk song (and later salsa standard) called "Elena Elena." I'm hoping people will talk me out of this line of thinking before it's too late. I have some more like it in the pipeline.
It's all recorded on my laptop in my living room, with help from my nephew Kai on guitar and my daughter Laura on mandolin. My old friend Tom Klein in Madison contributed the accordion parts.
I think this has been done before, but I haven't heard it. A guy told me a few days ago about a band called Summerdog that had a similar idea. They are hard to track down. I had to order an LP off EBay. When I get a chance to listen to it I'll report.
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