I had the opportunity to see this incredible mandolin player at the first ever Anastasia Music Festival. I had never heard of her before Saturday, but as I watched her play, it was clear that she was very, very talented. Since I could find no video of her sets at the festival, I'm posting this short one so you can get a feel for her skills, but I highly recommend searching for her on YouTube. To give you an idea, she first played with Alison [...]
This weekend I had the wonderful pleasure of attending Anastasia Music Festival in St. Augustine, FL. One of my favorite acts there was Mandolin Orange. They were entertaining, witty and very good musicians. While they had numerous original songs that were very good, this one really moved me - to tears actually. I thought I'd share it. Brave men fall with a battle cry Tears fill the eyes of their loved ones and their brothers in arms So it went, for Joseph Warren It should [...]
American guitarist Jimmy Herring is a musician’s musician. The North Carolina native has been playing guitar for close to 40 years and exhibits signs that he’s just getting started. A staple in the Jazz Fusion and Jam Band scene, Herring studied guitar at Berklee College of Music and the Guitar Institute of Technology. His playing style melds the influences of Jimi Hendrix’s raw emotion, the twang of Steve Morse, and the flowing phrases of jazz legends Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.
One of the finest lyricists and musical talents, in my humble opinion. I learned to play this song back in '92 I suppose it was. It's meant a great deal to me over the years. I was jumping online to get the lyrics to another of his songs, "Mice and Men", because the current cultural and political environment reminded me of it, and I ran across this live version of "Old Clothes". Powerful. I'm not sure of the context but it would have been awesome [...]
Angel Band The [My] latest sun is sinking fast, my race is nearly run My strongest trials now are past, my triumph is begun O come Angel Band, come & around me stand O bear me away on your snowy wings [snow white] to my immortal home O bear me away on your snowy wings [snow white] to my immortal home O bear my longing heart to Him who bled & died for me Whose blood now cleanses from all sin & gives [...]