Archive for January 2011

Midwestern January “Snow-Season” Tour…

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Well first off, apologies for not having posted more Down Home Radio episodes of late.  There’s great stuff in the archive waiting to come out, but I got real busy with my string band The Dust Busters and couldn’t produce Down Home for a while.  It will come out soon! (Fairly soon…)

Meanwhile, The Dust Busters are taking to the road again for our January 2011 Midwestern “Snow-Season” tour. Its gonna be a great tour, with a number of really cool shows on the schedule! See ya out there in the world…

Wednesday Jan. 19th- Hiram College, Hiram, OH.

Thursday Jan. 20th- House Concert in Cleveland, OH sponsored by Roots of American Music.

Friday Jan. 21st- Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL – Trad Fest with Bruce Molsky and the Foghorn Stringband.

Saturday Jan. 22nd- Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL – Trad Fest with Bruce Molsky and the Foghorn Stringband.

Sunday Jan. 23rd- Independent Media Center gig in Urbana, IL with the Foghorn Stringband.

Tuesday Jan. 25th-  Rachel’s Cafe Bloomington, Indiana.

Thursday Jan. 27th- Greenline Cafe, Philadelphia PA with Noggin Hill.

Saturday 29th- Cafe Nola, Frederick, Maryland with Lydia Martin of the Martin Family Band and The Woodshedders.

Sunday Jan. 30thWindup Space with Stephen Strohmeier and Walker & Jay, Baltimore, MD.

To Hear Your Banjo Play

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Here’s an amazing 1947 film called, “To Hear Your Banjo Play.”  The story and dialogue were written by Alan Lomax.  The film is narrated by Lomax and features a young Pete Seeger guiding viewers through a brief history of the banjo, American Folk Music and its relevance to modern society.  This film features some of the best of the 1940′s New York folk music scene.  It has the only footage of Woody Guthrie performing in his prime, Margot Mayo’s American Square Dance Group is featured, along with Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Butch Hawes and others.  Texas Gladden makes an appearance as well.  This is an incredible film!

Here is some more footage of Woody Guthrie, apparently from the same session as the footage used in “To Hear Your Banjo Play.”  Woody is singing his song, “Ranger’s Command.”  Apparently this footage has only recently come to light.

And don’t forget to check out our good friends at the Old Time Herald – lots of great articles, reviews and more!