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You've never heard bluegrass quite like this! Featuring Red Chamber and the Jaybirds.
posted by BuddhaInABucket (22 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
LIKE.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:05 AM on August 5, 2011


Love it. Is there more?
posted by echo target at 11:06 AM on August 5, 2011


This is amazing. And I propose that the poster's name be changed to BuddahInABucketWithAHoleInIt.
posted by Stagger Lee at 11:07 AM on August 5, 2011


Looks like you can get the CD here, and listen to more.
posted by Stagger Lee at 11:09 AM on August 5, 2011


"I don't always listen to bluegrass, but when I do, I like it to have a Sanxian"
posted by brand-gnu at 11:10 AM on August 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think what's key is that bluegrass has maintained its identity as folk music. As a result, it always welcomes folk instruments of all kinds into its mix. Tuvan Bluegrass, for example.
posted by Deathalicious at 11:13 AM on August 5, 2011


This is so great. Thanks, BuddhaInABucket!
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 11:16 AM on August 5, 2011


I enjoyed that way more than I expected!
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:26 AM on August 5, 2011


Bluegrass is just like the universal solvent.
posted by randomkeystrike at 11:26 AM on August 5, 2011


I keep expecting a tavern fight to break out while this is playing.

Wang Xianzhi was a desperate little man
He wore two pistols every day
He shot him a man on the western Kwantung line
And you ought to see Wang Xianzhi runnin' away

posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:05 PM on August 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


The third-largest island in Europe meets... South?

The Chieftains - Full of Joy - 喜洋洋 (Xi Yang Yang)
http://youtu.be/86E4rWbiGt4
posted by elmono at 12:08 PM on August 5, 2011


Bluegrass is also a lingua franca of sorts, as any song can be translated into bluegrass form.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 12:10 PM on August 5, 2011


How many Chinese bluegrass bass players does it take to put in a light bulb?

One

Five

One

Five

One...
posted by charlesminus at 12:12 PM on August 5, 2011


Shouldn't that be,
Two
Four
One
Five
Three
Four
One
Five…?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 2:07 PM on August 5, 2011


I suppose those Chinese stringed instruments sound a lot like banjos anyway, so you might say that while I may have heard bluegrass played like this, I've never SEEN it played like this. Does anyone play bluegrass on xylophones and vibes? That would be different.
posted by shambles at 2:47 PM on August 5, 2011


Well, actually, it should be









一...
posted by charlesminus at 3:19 PM on August 5, 2011


I would love to see them do the Dueling Banjos song from Deliverance.
posted by cazoo at 3:48 PM on August 5, 2011


This is awesome - I've sent it on to all my Old Timey friends.
posted by Pecinpah at 4:23 PM on August 5, 2011


Brewglass!

(Sorry... sorry... sorry, but I claim a bad influence.)
posted by Mike D at 5:41 PM on August 5, 2011


I'm not sure Bluegrass is technically Southern music. It's more hillbilly (in the non-perjoritive sense) music.

And for no reason, this.
posted by gjc at 7:40 PM on August 5, 2011


OMG, that was wonderful. Thanks for the joy.
posted by nickyskye at 9:51 PM on August 5, 2011


This totally worked! Now I wish I'd learned to play a plucking instrument...
posted by of strange foe at 7:22 PM on August 6, 2011


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