My Old Man - The Five Spirits of Rhythm 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Father's Day Edition
June 17, 2012 11:33 AM   Subscribe

Well, it's official. I'm now having a cool and mellow Father's Day.
posted by kozad at 11:45 AM on June 17, 2012

I love the Spirits. Related is guitarist Teddy Bunn's other project, the Washboard Serenaders.
posted by The White Hat at 11:47 AM on June 17, 2012

My Old Man (couldn't find the Robert Flack cover)
posted by mr vino at 12:43 PM on June 17, 2012

Put a bottle of gin there
And he'll get in there.

posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:52 PM on June 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Couple more,

Sorry, I don't write html, but these are appropriate for today.
posted by primdehuit at 12:53 PM on June 17, 2012

If any of you folks could clean up those links above, thanks.

I just had to jump in there on the "my old man" thread.

I'm sort of in a hurry, my son is taking me shooting in the woods (in his newly refurbished truck), for a fathers day sojourn.

Happy Fathers Day to all Dads, Papas, Grandpas, Uncles, and other men of influence upon their relatives!

posted by primdehuit at 1:12 PM on June 17, 2012

There are several different genres of string bands, coming out of the varied yet sometimes overlapping worlds of country, blues, and jazz. Of the ensembles coming from the latter persuasion, one that is considered one of the most important was the Spirits of Rhythm. A string band, in case there is any confusion, is basically a group where the accompaniment to singing, if there is any, is provided by stringed instruments. Sometimes joining forces from outside the stringed instrument family are various homemade instruments or perhaps a harmonica. The Spirits of Rhythm was well-known for its cooking rhythmic sound. Much of the distinctive nature of this sound comes from the sometimes forgotten stringed instrument called the tiple, which is about the same size as the mandolin and shares a few of that instrument's aspects such as doubled strings (and as well, variations of both instruments without the doubled strings also exist). But the tiple has a special, deeper tone that not only sounds great for rhythmic guitar work but also gives the solos on the instrument a special lustre, easily recognizable from the guitar solos. The contrast between the different stringed instruments, and the player's zest in outdoing each other, was all part of the fun. In much the same manner of the old Django Reinhardt groups, the rhythm instruments are doubled up or in the case of the Spirits group tripled. Two of the tiple players were brothers Douglas and Walter Daniels, the latter sibling no relation to the Austin, TX, harmonica player. None of the players used picks or plectrums, again giving the sound another special edge to it. The tiple players in this group are basically considered the most important exponents of this instrument in jazz, perhaps because they are just about the only ones.
AllMusic:Spirits of Rhythm
posted by y2karl at 3:29 PM on June 17, 2012

posted by spitbull at 3:31 PM on June 17, 2012

Jerry Jeff has a son named Django Walker.

Sorry to sidetrack the thread y2karl, put it off to fathers day exuberance.
posted by primdehuit at 4:26 PM on June 17, 2012

Here are the cleaned up links: Jerry Jeff Walker's My Old Man; Steve Goodman's My Old Man, primdehuit.
posted by willF at 7:21 PM on June 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

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