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NPR on Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs

A few weeks back I posted about the NPR 100, a series from back in 2000 that recounted “the stories behind 100 of the most important American musical works of the 20th century, across all styles and genres.”

In light of the passing of banjo legend Earl Scruggs, take a minute to listen to this episode which has a brief history of Earl — from his early days in North Carolina to his stint with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys — and the story behind the development of Scruggs style banjo playing and the song that catapulted it into the American consciousness: Foggy Mountain Breakdown (original recording here).

There’s also lots of incredible footage of Earl and the Foggy Mountain Boys from the Grand Ole Opry on YouTube which I’d highly recommend exploring.  Here are some good places to start:

Ground Speed: http://youtu.be/csSEZbRCEuc
Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms: http://youtu.be/zDgYN5qeG4Y
Little Rabbit Run: http://youtu.be/8uOy3WdT3mY
Salty Dog Blues (starting with a great rendition of “So Doggone Lonesome” from Johnny Cash): http://youtu.be/arCypiTi260
If I Should Wander Back Tonight (with some fantastic Dobro work by Uncle Josh): http://youtu.be/YORY20sG5rE

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NPR 100

I just discovered a great series that NPR did back in the year 2000 chronicling “the stories behind 100 of the most important American musical works of the 20th century, across all styles and genres.”

Each segment from the NPR 100 is available online for free, and the subjects run the gauntlet from John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I was particularly drawn to the story behind “I Walk the Line” as told by Rodeny Crowell and featuring snippets from a great interview that Cash did with NPR’s Terry Gross in 1999.

Learn the legends behind the classics:  The NPR 100.

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“The Sea In Between” Trailer Goes Live!

Over the past few months we’ve been working tirelessly on assembling all the music and footage from our trip to Mayne Island with Josh Garrels last summer. As you might know, the fruit of that trip will be a feature-length documentary: The Sea In Between. The film will explore Josh’s hand-built career, the process of collaborating on Mayne Island, and the challenges and rewards of being an artist in the 21st century. Today we are happy to share the trailer for the film with you:

 

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Finding Identity as an Electronic Musician

Here’s another post from the amazing guys over at Mason Jar Music!

Creating a unique identity and sound is a crucial step to becoming an artist, but it is one often overlooked by electronic musicians. Sometimes it’s helpful to look to other disciplines for insights in to one’s own, so I wanted to share some ideas I’ve had that are influenced by the way composers and instrumentalists in jazz and classical music work to develop their individuality. This process is different for everyone (by definition) but these are some thoughts that have helped me as I try to develop my sound. Continue reading

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Approaching Drum/Percussion Tracking with a Producer’s Mindset

Listen up, drummers! Here’s a fantastic article by the percussionist producer in our new Artist In Residence, Mason Jar Music. Continue reading

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