They’re one of the oldest mountain ranges on the planet, a veritable wonderland of waterfalls, scenic rivers, caves, ridge after ridge of unspoiled woodlands, and awe-inspiring rock formations. They’re also home to some of America’s most affecting cultural and musical heritage. With the guidance of such high-lonesome experts as The Bluegrass Patriots, The Whitstein Brothers, Big Medicine, The Dillards, and Gary Brewer, we’re celebrating the splendor of the Ozarks.
They’re some of the most irascible, incorrigible, unconventional, delightful, and zany persons on the planet. They’re the mighty men of bluegrassland, and give the area much of its unique color, character, and charm. With the immense musical contributions of Don Rigsby, Loose Ties, Flatt and Scruggs, Clinton King, and Big Country Bluegrass, we’ll be shaking and howdying with little men, lovin men, sweet lovin men, lonesome men, loveless men, loggin men, lyin men, and lucky men.
He grew up in Boston, studied for the ministry in Texas, but destiny ultimately brought him to Nashville to pursue his bluegrassical dreams. Armed with a 20 megaton voice and a fiery zeal for tradition, he named his band 1946, after the year the original bluegrass band, featuring Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs appeared. David Peterson and 1946 will be our special live guests.
We’ll be soaring back to the tempestuous summer of 1974 when, among other things, bassist Mitch Jayne retires from The Dillards, the original Skillet Lickers cookbook appears with Kenny Baker, Sonny Osborne, Ralph Stanley, Don Reno, and many others. Mandolinist David Grisman forms the Great American String Band with Richard Greene, Taj Mahal, Buell Neidlinger, David Nichtern, and Sandy Rothman, and the Country Music Foundation press publishes Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys, an illustrated discography, selling for all of $3.50.
It’s the name of a 1973 Fairport Convention album, a magazine for teenage girls, a television network in Australia, it’s a slang word for murder, and in Rugby, the number assigned to the hooker. In China, it’s a lucky number. In Japan, it’s an unlucky number. It’s the number of companions in the Fellowship of the Ring, innings in a regulation baseball game, fruits of the spirit, and lives of a cat. We’ll be continuing our exploration of bluegrassical nines.
It’s a natural number, following eight and preceding ten, the title of a 1982 Broadway musical, the name of a Japanese girl group, the atomic number of fluorine, the number of justices on the Supreme Court, muses in Greek mythology, circles of Hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy, months of human pregnancy, and — until 2006 and the unceremonious demotion of Pluto — the number of planets in the solar system. We’ll be giving the number nine the high lonesome treatment it deserves.
The bluegrass world is still reeling from the pulverizing, pile-driving, powerhouse, pyrotechnics he brought to the New Grass Revival, during the band’s spectacular last nine years. He went on to become one of Nashville’s most sought after producers and session musicians, playing on over 400 projects, including 32 gold and platinum records. In 2004, he launched his solo career with the first of three albums ReQuest, followed by ReVision in 2007, and ReNew in 2014. We’ll be taking an in-depth look at that trilogy when guitar god Pat Flynn joins us live.
They’re known for their clever songwriting, eccentric mixture of folk music, post-apocalyptic themes, old time religion, tight vocal harmonies, and on-stage synergy. If you like your bluegrass served up dark and passionate with a side of blood, you won’t want to miss Athens, Georgia’s Packway Handle Band, who’ll be appearing live. We’ll also be featuring new tunes from Larry Sparks, Old Buck, Mike Scott, and Doyle Lawson.
They’re symbolically huge, larger than life. Their images instantly take us back to the good old days, when the Yankees won the pennant and Germany lost the war. They’re as bluegrassy as spring ties, Martin D-28s, and G runs. With the invaluable guidance of Pam Gadd, the Hot Mud Family, and Old Crow Medicine show, we’ll be looking at more wagon tracks, along with wagon lines, wagon wheels, wagon yards, wagon masters, and wagoners lads.
It could be a freight car, a mobile theatre on which theatrical scenery is built, a British car parts company, a type of automobile, a village in Maura County, New Mexico, or a Japanese musical instrument. Or, it could be a four-wheeled vehicle, pulled by horses, mules, and oxen, that carries goods, supplies and people. Something that used to be a common sight in bluegrassland before Henry Ford changed everything. We’ll be looking at lumber wagons, sin wagons, toy wagons, delivery wagons, one-horse wagons, steel wagons, southern wagons, covered wagons, chuck wagons, bandwagons, meat wagons, and love wagons.
With seemingly endless new ideas, ferocious string bends, hypnotic rhythms, and unconventional chord choices, he’s transformed the guitar into a weapon of impeccable taste, pulling off seemingly impossible musical feats, some of which are undoubtably illegal in many countries. He’s one of Nashville’s most in-demand session musicians, former member of New Grass Revival, and a stylist whose rock n roll sensibilities introduced a whole new way of thinking about the guitar and its place in the acoustic ensemble. Pat Flynn will be appearing live.