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Country Music News International November 11. 2013

Country Music News International November 11. 2013

 

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CD: The Bluegrass Drifters


JOHN CAMPBELL -
The Bluegrass Drifters
 
Gospel Plow - Lost Ball - Running Late - Angel On High - Letter From My Darlin
 
It's already the 'time' of determining 2014 CD of the year awards for the Rural Roots Music Commission, and this very first one is incredibly good.  This is a stunningly tight bluegrass band, but they also sound a little like traditional country to me.  First song out of the chute, "Gospel Plow" is exactly that.  The tempo is one of those songs that just automatically want you to snap your fingers and sway with the rhythm.  The first instrument that attracted my attention in the first song was the Dobro played so super well. The second thing I noticed really fast was what a master of the fiddle John Campbell is.  I knew his brother Jimmy quite well.  (What a tragic way for such a gifted instrumentalist to leave us).  Jimmy played with Jim & Jesse, I had him and them on my TV show "Old Time Country Music" and what magic they created that night.  Johnny Campbell is a third generation fiddler who grew up listening to the greats like Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse, and the Stanley Brothers.  Wow, that's where the 'school' is really located.  I can even hear a little Kenny Baker (another of my television friends) in Johnny's style.  Whew, where has this guy been?  He sticks closely to the 'roots' of good Bluegrass music and certainly brings his enthusiasm and charisma to the bow and strings upon which he plays.  This short representation of the CD to come, definitely gives the listener a true Bluegrass listening experience.  This is not just another put one on and read a book.  No way are you going to read a book.  In my own book I can truthfully say this 2013 experience takes me back to early Bill Monroe (great Monroe style mandolin throughout), even to the time Bill and his brother Charley spent in Iowa.  Johnny Campbell is so 'true' to the genre, so 'true' to his musical background, so 'true' to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Johnny stays right on line all the way through.  Like Johnny I say "let's pick."  That's what this 'kind' of music is all about.  No one give's their soul away for a little fame.  No one give's their mind away for a little money.  No one gives their talent away for a little media attention.  "Keep your hand on the throttle and hold on."  This is the very first CD to go to the Rural Roots Music Commission, and I seriously believe that any traditional bluegrass-country group making a new CD will have a hard time competing with this one. My best advice to Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters is to try to set aside a couple of days Aug 25-31, 2014, to pick up, I'm pretty sure, a 'Traditional Bluegrass CD Award of the Year.' Not much information on who the players are or the studio they used, but the 'mix' is extremely well done.
 
Johnny Campbell

TRADITION BULLETIN NOVEMBER 11. 2013


TRADITION BULLETIN
 
Some more changes in the Bulletin.  As you can tell by now, this is a 'work in progress' so please forgive my various 'changes' trying to make it better, and still get all I send out done easier.  I'm going to try to combine my "Record Reviews" into the Bulletin  so I don't have to repeat it again another way.  I'm also adding "MEANDERING" as a way for me to recapture some of the stories of my strange musical past.  It's going to be about me so just skip that if you've a mind to.  Since I've led two lives (not three, I've never been a spy), one in rock music and one in country, you might find it amusing.  So here we go with today's bulletin.
 
Dolly Parton will play herself in a holiday movie for Lifetime.  "A Country Christmas Story" is the story about a bi-racial girl in the Appalachians who defies her family because she wants to be a country music star.  She eventually goes to Dollywood (where else?) to participate in a singing contest hosted by none other than Dolly herself.  Well, sounds interesting, and surely will bring Dolly more visitors to Dollywood, more movies to make, and records to sell. Other news about Dolly concerns holograms.  These interesting light-show type images have been used a lot recently to bring dead musicians alive in a stage presentation....using their music of course, but not them.  Ow, what it takes to make a buck.  Anyway the holograms used of Dolly, will be to bring Dolly on board as the "Ghost of Christmas Past" in the newly produced "Christmas Carol" at....where else....Dollywood.  Does Dolly still have the Dixie Stampede in Branson?  Maybe business is better there than in Dollywood?  Anyway, this 'new' presentation will also feature other actors playing the other roles.  Dolly said the final production is really great, she couldn't hardly believe it was so good.  Who's playing "Christmas Future?"  Kenny Rogers?
 
Buck Owens had what some of his friends called a 'photographic memory.'  Just before he died, he recorded his memories on a cassette tape.  Those stories have now been compiled into Owens autobiography, called "Buck Em" which seems appropriate, if he grew up in a railroad car with Merle Haggard.  Among the things Buck considers very important in his photographic memory is that he is one of the very first country music artists not to live in Nashville, but rather in Bakersfield, California.  He also discusses, and occasionally cusses his multiple failed marriages, the death of his musical partner Don Rich, the hosting of his television show "Hee Haw," (by the way LuLu Roman is still on tap to be with us in LeMars, 2014, along with John Carter Cash), and his many exploits touring as a traveling  country music super star.  At least Buck Owens, and his many female wives,  has more identifiable 'country' originality than Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, which certainly is questionable.
 
Some of you may remember that I helped a bit in the research for a documentary called "The Hayloft Gang."  It's finally available on DVD.  This is the story of the National Barn Dance and is narrated by Garrison Keillor.  It's a one hour documentary that tells the story of a changing America in the 'stories' inside the songs, that is so obviously missing in today's country music.  On the air from Chicago, the National Barn Dance preceded the Grand Ole Opry by nearly twenty years.  It gave career beginnings to many early mountain-music, bluegrass, and traditional country music pioneers.  My favorite story is how Patsy Montana went from Arkansas to Chicago with her uncle who was delivering a truckload of watermelons. While waiting to unload, she read a small ad asking singers to audition for the Barn Dance.  She finds a ride to the studio, and while she was waiting in the lobby for her turn, she sat next to a handsome young man, and they became instant friends......for a life time.  His name was Gene Autry.  This "Hayloft Gang" soundtrack features over 70 songs.....are you kidding?....no, 70, spanning from the mid-20's to the Great Depression and World War II.  The radio show was a melting pot of Americana music; listeners could hear everything from mountain string bands and polka trios to folk balladeers and cowboy crooners.  Sounds like some really good really American creativity without being a prostitute to be heard.
 
Bobby G. Rice (he's in our America's Country Music Hall of Fame), will be inducted into the Atlanta, Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame November 30th in Atlanta.  His biggest hit was "You Lay So Easy On My Mind," but he also has a couple of songs out right now that are more country than anything Blake could do.
 
Mark Jenkins reports that Tommy Buller (former Omahan now living in Nashville) says the new Alan Jackson Bluegrass CD is extremely good and a 'must buy.'  It appears that if we want real country music back we need to support those that buck the trend (Buck Owens would say Buck Em), and all those pop-rap-hiphop imitators claiming to be country.  Mark went on to say that the Los Angeles Award to Keith Urban (an Australian rock artist) and Miranda Lambert is absolutely laughable and then went into a tirade of language I can not (neither can Buck) repeat here.  Well, I said the same thing.

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