We had a fine week at the Roscoe Canaday Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Dixieland RV Park in Waldo, FL. There was a fine mix of bands and lots of activities throughout the week. Take a look at my blog for further details.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/03/roscoe-canaday-memorial-bluegrass.html
Tom Henderson, 87,the founder of the Bluegrass Parlor Band in 1988 and longtime DJ on WMNF radio in Tampa, FL died early this morning after a long illness. Tom’s radio program, “This is Bluegrass” had aired monthly from 1971 until quite recently. The Bluegrass Parlor, a retail music store as well as a famous meeting place and instructional center for Florida’s young bluegrass musicians, located in Tampa, was owned by Tom from 1980 until he sold it to Jeff Jones in 2005. Alumni of the Bluegrass Parlor Band include the great fiddler Aubrey Haynie, Nashville attorney for David Crow who was for many years fiddler for the Osborne Brothers, Jason Barie fiddler for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Florida favorite Scott Anderson. In more recent years Cory Walker, currently touring with Ricky Skaggs and Jarred Walker, mandolin player with Missy Raines, both came through the Parlor Band program. Tom Henderson was at the center of creating this rich load of Florida bluegrass musicians who have had significant national impact. The Bluegrass Parlor was also a venue visited by literally hundreds of bluegrass bands passing through Florida from Bill Monroe to Sierra Hull, the last band to play at the Parlor.
Tom had been ailing for many years, but always maintained an active interest in bluegrass happenings. He was a frequent contributer to the Bluegrass-L, an email List Serve devoted to discussing bluegrass music and matters. Recently, a benefit concert was held for him. He will be long remembered in the Florida bluegrass community and nationally. In 1988, Tom Henderson received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award. He is survivved by his wife Chris, daughter Karmen and son Rick, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. He will be long remembered.
I’ve posted an essay I call “Demographics and Bluegrass Festivals” exploring some issues I see arising on the bluegrass festival scene and suggesting some ways to counter or take advantage of them. I look forward to reading your responses and engaging in the ensuing discussion.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/02/demographics-and-bluegrass-festivals.html
Rhonda Vincent’s new CD, composed of two six song disks, one country and one bluegrass hits the streets on January 28th. It’s a first rate piece of work that offers terrific music while it asks (and perhaps answers) somw questions about what is bluegrass. Take a look at my view on this ground breaking release.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2014/01/rhonda-vincent-only-me-cd-review.html
The Power of Music examines music and its effect on people from scientific, spiritual, medical and other viewpoints. An important book, which, among many other things, explains why we love to jam and how jamming allows people to get into the “zone.” This is an important, readable, and enjoyable book.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tinyurl.com/ltm8ztd
I’ve chosen to feature a rather lengthy selection (14+ minutes) from the October Gibson Brothers concert at SUNY-Plattsburgh for the 1000th post on my YouTube channel. It includes three songs (Happy Sunny Side of Life, Farm of Yesterday, and Hold Watcha Got) which highlight the range of material they so successfully choose, as well as their brotherly chatter between songs communicating both humor and the loving brotherly competition between them. Enjoy the video.Source: Ted Lehmann YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/KeeneValleyGuy/featured?view_as=public
Our final tour of 2013 took us from the mountains of North Carolina, to Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia, New Hampshire, and New York. We had a wonderful ten week tour that seemed, this year, to have hardly a break. We head back out in only two weeks. Enjoy some of the highlights that always bring a smile of remembrance to our lips.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2013/12/looking-back-at-2013-4-fall.html
Today is the seventh anniversary of my blog. Since December 22, 2006, I’ve posted just over 1000 times with who knows how many photos. I recently changed format, by accident, and am still struggling to get that under control. Regardless, my annual assessment is available online.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2013/12/seventh-anniversary-post.html
I’ve posted the third in my retrospective view of the year coming to an end, focusing on the festivals we attended during the summer.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2013/12/looking-back-at-2013-3-summer-in-mostly.html
This is another essay in the the series I post first at the CBA on the Web site as a monthly column. It appears on my blog today, where I try to examine some of the issues where bluegrass and sound intersect.Source: Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms - I've posted an essay called "Bluegrass and Sound" trying to explore some of the issues surrounding sound reproduction as it effects bluegrass music. I'd be interested to read your responses to it.- Ted http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2013/12/blurgrass-and-sound-essay.html