Here is the Mississippi John Hurt Blues Foundation
, the website, which is the creation of one Frank Delaney of Spokane. There's a great deal of guitar related material and a page of mp3's by fans, which includes several interesting originals by one Fred Bolden, a grand nephew. I always knew he had a son who played guitar and wondered why no one had ever tried to record him. Now there is a grand nephew playing, if nowhere near as sublimely as his great uncle, in roughly the same style.Here
is an interview of John Hurt from 1963, courtesy of Stefan Grossman's guitar video empire. It is a real delight.
Consider this a follow up to this post
. Not all of the links there are good. The Mississippi John Hurt Guitar Tab Book
, for instance, is now available only in PDF
format but well worth the download. And here is an illustrated discography of John Hurt
by another Stefan, Stefan Wirz, a subject of yet another post
back in the day.
posted by y2karl
on Oct 4, 2006 -
For murder ballads, here's your Mississippi John Hurt's Louis Collins
and your Grayson & Whitter's Ommie Wise
. Then, for some early white blues bottleneck guitar, here's your Frank Hutchison's K. C. Blues
. Not to mention Charley Patton's Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues
. All courtesy the Internet Archives 78 RPM
tag. where there is way more--like Bix Beiderbecke's first record, Davenport Blues
, Louis Armstrong's Ain't Misbehavin'
and Geeshie Wiley's Last Kind Words
, among many others. Then, for more,
has an mp3 page
. The standout there, at least for me, is Gus Cannon's Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
. As for their namesake, the Nugrape Twins, well, the Archive has the mp3 of I've Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape
. And don't let me omit mentioning PublicDomain4U
. They have Mississippi John Hurt's Frankie
, for one. Tyrone's Record and Phonograph Links
will lead you to more 78 RPM goodness. And don't forget the inestimable and erudite vacapinta first directed
us to Dismuke's Virtual Talking Machine
posted by y2karl
on Aug 25, 2006 -
) is a man of many talents. His own site
(flash/sound) is fun (often funny) and chock full of agreeably wacky sounds, but can take some time to navigate. Reichel hasn't made it easy for you if you happen to be in a hurry. You may well get stuck somewhere and just give up. That'd be a shame, though, cause you'd miss getting acquainted with the guitars
he makes and plays. Or how he designs fonts
. The mixing board
shenanigans are not to be missed (once you get past those curious little fellows in the brown hats), plus you can sorta kinda play his daxophone
yourself. And of course conduct your own little ensemble of meercats
when one of them finally comes out of hiding and says "Hallo! Play with me".
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 3, 2006 -
...Record collectors are typically thought of as irascible loners, but in the Washington of the ’50s and early ’60s, there existed a group of scruffy young blues and folk fans who could’ve given the Illuminati a run for their all-seeing eyes. They thought of themselves as the guardians of a tradition the rest of the world had either forgotten or misinterpreted. They adopted fake names. They invented strange mythologies. They hatched plans to bring their favorite historical figures back from the dead--or at least back from the commercial oblivion to which the music biz had consigned them. But most of all, they inspired admiration and awe. Though they never used the term themselves, this bunch of vintage-78 obsessives was known by others as the East Coast Blues Mafia.The Thong Club
posted by y2karl
on Jul 13, 2006 -
with feeling and sophistication... I forgot just how good a guitarist Allan Holdsworth
is. A similar player is Scott Henderson
, who these days is much more in touch with his blues/funk roots. His outside playing is delicious. Notice how they both build up their solos instead of starting off with all guns blazing with nowhere to go.
posted by BobsterLobster
on May 31, 2006 -
Made most popular to many Americans as the closing song for the Grand Ole Opry programs, Will The Circle Be Unbroken was written in 1907 by Ada Habershon, an intensely religious young woman and acquaintance of Dwight Moody
and Ira David Sankey
. The music was "composed" by Charles Gabriel
, a popular songwriter and composer of the era who is often solely credited with the song, but while he may have put the notes down on paper, the tune itself already existed as the African-American spiritual Glory Glory / Since I Laid My Burden Down. [lots more inside]
posted by luriete
on May 26, 2006 -
Kid Congo Powers
, noted guitar stylist, teenage president of The Ramones
Fan Club, erstwhile member of The Cramps
, The Gun Club
, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
(also known for his collaborations with Julee Cruise
, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy
and others) has produced a two part
online autobiography of sorts for New York Night Train
. It includes oral histories
, available as transcriptions or MP3s, pages from his Cramps scrapbook
, a vintage Creem article
, free MP3s
from his back catalogue, and, of course, his recipe for enchiladas
posted by jack_mo
on Feb 12, 2006 -
While my guitar fiercely weeps
Next on YouTubeFilter: Prince shares a stage with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison's son Dhani, at Harrison's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. No, scratch that: Prince ain't sharin' with nobody -- that stage is all his.
posted by Artifice_Eternity
on Feb 9, 2006 -
The Six String Sonics
are about reinventing the guitar.
The conventional guitar has many limitations. For example, it binds the player to chords that one can hold with one hand, or melodies that can easily be reached with one hand. As a result, guitar compositions have come to sound very similar to each other. We created Six String Sonics to rid the guitar of these limitations, and make room for more possibilities in composition
. A video
of their debut perfomance. [embedded MOV file]
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Feb 3, 2006 -
I'm not really a fan of this style of guitar playing but THIS
was good. It takes a minute before he starts to nail it. It's worth the wait. (embedded video-possibly slow download-worked for me)
posted by snsranch
on Feb 2, 2006 -
So You Think You Hate Country Music?
Then listen to this. The roots of American country music may surprise you. In this series of NPR programs, trace the gradual development of real country music through the first half of the 20th century. Learn how a woman's instrument of the late 1800s, the parlor guitar, became the the central symbol of country and rock; see how African-American musical forms like gospel and blues meshed with the development of country and early rock and influenced the traditional forms in turn; listen to German-Mexican hybrids of accordian style; find out why women had so many honky-tonk torch songs to sing in the late 40s. The series contains hours of content (narrative, interviews, music tracks), and a multitude of excellent links for deeper digging.
posted by Miko
on Feb 2, 2006 -
"I know these desires could kill me dead, but how you gonna act instead?"
So sings eros-haunted Delta-blues-steeped songwriter Chris Whitley
on his superbly dark new album, Soft Dangerous Shores
, and he's not kidding -- Whitley is currently "very very ill
" and receiving hospice care. After Whitley's 1991 debut, Living with the Law
, the slim (drug-addicted?) songwriter was acclaimed by his peers as "the real deal." When he was dropped by Sony in 1998, he released an album of stark poetic beauty recorded in a barn, Dirt Floor
. Soft Dangerous Shores
updates Whitley's coiled-viper resophonic guitars with dreamlike electronic atmospheres (one reviewer
describes it as "a hypnotic wrestling match between juke joint blues and Kraftwerkian beats"). Instead of posting an elegy for another underappreciated self-destructive genius a la Nick Drake
after his death, check out Whitley's music (via free downloads
) while he's still with us on Earth.
posted by digaman
on Nov 14, 2005 -
I love to guita-r.
(QT required, but the downloads were pretty fast.) Wha-wha without the paddles. These are videos of past winners and hall-of-famers of US Air Guitar Championships. Makes for a laugh.
posted by countzen
on Oct 27, 2005 -
"In designing GuitarBot, our goal was to create an electrified slide guitar that was versatile, responsive, capable of fast and slow playing, easy to control, with high-quality sound, modular and portable. We also wanted to extend, not simply duplicate, the capabilities of a human guitarist."
Don't miss the video
[16 meg Quicktime]. Brought to you by the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots
posted by quonsar
on Dec 1, 2004 -