Strix the harbinger
guards the exit gate, quizzing all
Who will pass this night?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's All Going to Hell!

Just when I think the world has completely gone to a Justin Bieber/Lady Gaga hell (*harrumph, harrumph*) a young man like Riley Baugus comes walkin' out of the hills and plays us a real song. And all is right with the world once more.

10 comments:

Silk Hope said...

Damn!.... As I look at my 5 string banjo in the corner I feel so small. That was some rendition. I guess I'ed better get to work. Neil that guy is REALLY good. Truly a piece of Americana. Thank you.

Mr. Hope

Anonymous said...

I'm not necessarily convinced that Bieber/Gaga are the worst possible fate . . . I mean, they both seem pretty wholesome compared to most of the 60s trash I grew up on. This guy looks like he's had his share of grits. Nice.

mw

Oldfool said...

Back in the mid sixties I had a 5 string I was learning to play. Then one night I saw a 14 year old boy sit in with Bill Monroe in Santa Monica. I traded the 5 string the next day for a Gibson acoustic which I still have. I never got very good at it either.

Gunnar Berg said...

mw, Wholesome maybe. Talent is the issue.

Silk Hope said...

Santa Monica? Where? ... I lived there 20 years.

Oldfool said...

45 year old memories.
I think it was McCabes but it could have been the "Ash Grove". McCabes had music some nights in a back room. I saw "Blood, Sweat and Tears" there. I was impressed.
I know I bought the guitar there. The more I think about it the more I think it was Ash Grove for Bill Monroe. I went there a lot too.
That 14 year old boy didn't just impress me. Bill Monroe was kind of cranky and I think he didn't want to have this guest player but I'm guessing he was doing a payback. When the boy started playing Bill smiled and stepped forward so he could watch. It was the only time I ever saw him smile.
Not that it is important but I like remembering it.

Silk Hope said...

That sound about right. McCabes still exists. Ash Grove is toast. SanMo has changed radically...for the worst.

Margadant said...

Great spotting, Berg.

Johann Rissik said...

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Gunnar Berg said...

Errr, sorry.